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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 first 21 seasons of the Silver King 1893-1914

The UCU's oldest piece of silverware is the Ulster Trophy, more commonly known as the Silver King. This series of articles will document the early history of the Silver King until competition was suspended due to The Great War of 1914-1918.

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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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Belfast Culture Night 2018. Cafe Chess Playing at Caffe Nero and Costa Coffee. Belfast Culture Night. Enjoy meeting potential new chess players. Play chess and enjoy the cafe experience. Share your e... Sep 20, 2018
Summer Tournament report week 18 - one week to go With only one week left in the tournament. How do things stand. Sep 16, 2018
Belfast holds one of 8 qualifiers for the UK Open Blitz 2018 On September 8th at Stormont Pavilion players gathered to play in the Belfast Qualifier for the UK Open Blitz 2018. The ... Sep 16, 2018
The Ulster Chess Union holds its nineth Summer School Within the lovely location of Ballynafiegh Bowling Club. Over the three days Weds 8th to Fri 10th August 2018. Fourteen ... Sep 16, 2018
Ulster Chess Union re-affiliates with Irish Chess Union Joint statement from the Ulster Chess Union and the Irish Chess Union Sep 02, 2018
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