Current news in Ulster Chess

The Ulster Chess Union is responsible for organising, administering and developing chess in the Province of Northern Ireland.

January 2023 FIDE rating report

The Omagh Rapidplay helped generate several rating debuts in December. With 50 players at the Ulster Blitz Championship on 29th December, these games will be rated by FIDE on 31st January so expect a big surge of new rating debuts then! We were delighted so many newcomers attended this event and also joined the Ulster Chess Union on the day.

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Death of Professor James Fairley

Former Belfast South player James Fairley died on January 2 2023. His brother David has also informed me that the funeral service will take place on Friday January 13 in St Donard's Church of Ireland, Bloomfield Rd at 10.45am.

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Dundonald Rapid – Report by Brendan Jamison

Dundonald Rapid – Report by Brendan Jamison

53 players competed in the first FIDE rapid of the new year at Civil Service Chess Club on Saturday 7th January 2023.

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Ladies Day with WIM Trisha Kanyamarala

Ladies Day returns to Greenisland FC Chess Club and we're delighted to announce that will the current Irish Ladies Champ, WIM Trisha Kanyamarala will be joining us!

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Ulster Blitz Tournament Report December 2022 by Chris Dorrian

Ulster Blitz Tournament Report December 2022 by Chris Dorrian

WHAT A TOURNAMENT! The Ulster Blitz Tournament was one for the ages. There were 50 players competing across 18 rounds of chess. That is 450 games across the day. Maybe the biggest ever?

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FIDE-RATED Bangor Leap Year Blitz 2024 Feb 29, 2024 07:30 PM - 10:00 PM — Church of Ireland Parish Hall, 30 Main Street, Groomsport, County Down, BT19 6JR
Danny Roberts Lecture on Sicilian Sveshnikov at Bangor Chess Club Top Ulster player Danny Roberts gives demo board talk from 7:30pm to 8:15pm, followed by a short break and then smaller... Mar 07, 2024 07:30 PM - 09:30 PM — Bangor Chess Club, Church of Ireland Parish Hall, 30 Main Street Groomsport
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