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The Time Traveller

The original series of articles by the Time Traveller appeared in David McAlister's web magazine "Ulster Chess History." They were the fruit of his researches into contemporaneous newspaper reports plus various Irish and Ulster archives and covered the period up to the early 1980s. Those articles will now be presented here at the official UCU website and David will add new articles as well.

2nd Irish Chess Association Congress 1886

The short-lived Irish Chess Association organised three Congresses in 1885, 1886 and 1889. The second of these was held in Belfast and featured a Masters' Tournament won by W.H.K. Pollock, an Handicap (odds) Tournament won by Amos Burn and a blindfold simultaneous exhibition by J.H. Blackburne.

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The Silver King

The UCU's oldest piece of silverware is the Ulster Trophy, more commonly known as the Silver King. It is awarded to the team winning Division One of the Belfast and District League.

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Simultaneous exhibitions

This section will document simultaneous play against local chess players by strong masters, including three World Champions.

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Inter City Matches 1926-1936

Between 1926 and 1936 an annual match was played between the chess-players of the cities of Belfast and Dublin. There were only 9 encounters in those years - no match being played in either 1930 or 1933. Honours were even over the 9 matches, with 4 wins to Belfast, 4 wins to Dublin and 1 draw.

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New Year RapidPlay Championship 2019 Bangor Bangor Chess Club Hosted a brilliant New Year Rapidplay Championship with over 40 players. At the excellent Groomsport V... Jan 13, 2019
James Fairley and Geoff Hindley receive Honorary Life Membership of the UCU The Ulster Chess Union award James Fairley and Geoff Hindley Honorary Life Membership of the Ulster Chess Union. At Meth... Jan 13, 2019
Annual Flexible Winter Tournament 2018 -2019 Jan 01, 2019
Strand gain breathing space as Kelly's Heroes dent Ballynafeigh hopes (B&D League 2018/19 Week 8) Strand 1 go into the Christmas/New Year break four points ahead as they beat the Fruithill H... Jan 01, 2019
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Newry Rapidplay 2019 February 2nd We are very excited to launch the first ever rapidplay chess championships in Newry, acting as a celebration of the rece... Feb 02, 2019 10:45 AM - 05:30 PM — Sean Hollywood Arts Centre, 1A Bank Parade, Newry, BT35 6HP
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