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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.

Simultaneous exhibitions

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

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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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Early Ulster Championships 1892-1902

The first Ulster Individual Championship was held in 1892 as part of the North of Ireland Chess Congress. After 1892 there were five further championships before the series petered out. J.J. O'Hanlon won the sixth championship in 1902 and continued to hold the title until 1913, when he decided to resign as Ulster champion, upon winning the Irish Championship. The championship only resumed in 1933 after the Ulster Chess Union was formally established the previous year.

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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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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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News
Bangor Blitz Nov 2018 In the league free week Bangor Club hosted a top Blitz tournament at their club - with 34 players in attendance and Bren... Nov 18, 2018
QUB teams lead all three divisions after three wins (B&D League 2018/19 Week 4) All three divisions are led by a QUB team after some fine performances from the students. Nov 18, 2018
November Childrens Chess 2018 An autumn afternoon of fun chess and brilliant puzzle solving. 16 top youngsters meet up a Methodist college for a battl... Nov 16, 2018
Civil Service stranded (B&D League 2018/19 Week 3) Strand 1 are the new league leaders after a 4-1 win over Civil Service, while Northern Light... Nov 11, 2018
Martin Kelly remembering two wonderful Belfast South players Sadly Sam Ferris and Dave Riley have recently passed away. Both well respected and much loved members of Belfast South. Nov 06, 2018
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Omagh Rapidplay 2018 November 24th, The annual competition Omagh Rapidplay 2018 at Christian Brothers Grammar School. Nov 24, 2018 10:30 AM - 05:30 PM — Christian Brothers Grammar School, Omagh, BT78 1LD
Ulster Schools Individual Championships 2018 The top young chess players of Ulster battle it out to see who will be the Ulster Champion. 8th December at Methodist Co... Dec 08, 2018 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM — Methodist College, Belfast
NICS Lackadaisical #1 2018-19 The first in the series of NICS rapidplays contributing to the Alan Burns Grand Prix. Why not enjoy Sunday Lunch in the ... Dec 09, 2018 01:00 PM - 06:00 PM — NICS,Maynard Sinclair Pavilion, Stormont
The Mulcahy Memorial 2019 Jan 11, 2019 - Jan 13, 2019
Williamson Shield 2019 Start the New year with this wonderful historic tournament - over 100 years old - The Williamson Shield 2019 Jan 19, 2019 10:30 PM - 09:15 PM — NICS,Maynard Sinclair Pavilion, Stormont, Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 3TA
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