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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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Week 12 and the second week of face to face Chess at the Summer 2021 tournament We had more players registering this week with a total of 10 players playing in beautiful sunshine on the balcony of the... Jul 27, 2021
Members Registered to attend the AGM on Saturday 24th July Final list of players attending the AGM on Saturday Evening 8:00pm The Pavilion/Zoom Jul 22, 2021
New Social Media organisers : Karina Kruk / Alex Goss The Ulster Chess Union has new Social Media organisers. Karina Kruk with the assistance of Alex Goss will be organising ... Jul 20, 2021
Summer 2021 Tournament back to Pavilion. With week 11 weds 14th July of the Summer 2021 tournament we saw face to face chess back at the Civil Service Pavilion. Jul 18, 2021
8 year old Ethan Cole wins simul at Greenisland FC with score of 16-0 The recently created Greenisland FC Chess Club hosted its first simultaneous exhibition on Friday 16th July. Jul 17, 2021
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