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Ulster Chronicles

Contemporaneous reports on tournaments and events from past years

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Albert Long Collection

Albert Long was Secretary of the Ulster Chess Union from circa 1950 to 1970. He kept extensive formal records of his work and the results of UCU competitions during that period. His working notebooks, which contain an even greater amount of detail, have also been given to the UCU. These archives form the core of this collection. Added to them are records kept by his successors and other officials up to the end of the millennium, plus records of the Belfast and Strandtown clubs dating back into the 19th Century. It is intended that a significant amount of this historical material will be transcribed into this section of the UCU website.

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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.

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Trophy winners, donors and dedications

The Ulster Chess Union endeavours to reward competitors appropriately with silver-ware and prize funds. Some of our trophies are now of considerable vintage, with the Silver King and Williamson Shield both over 100 years old. This section details the winners of our trophies, together with those who donated them or to whom they are dedicated.

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Player Biographies

Biographies of significant people in Ulster chess detailing some of their achievements and contributions

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International & Representative Events

Reports and information about International and Representative events in which UCU players compete.

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Games Archive

A list of games and game archives available on the site

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Trophies

Trophies and Honours awarded by the Ulster Chess Union

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Schools Competitions

Reports on young players competing in Schools, University and other age-level events.

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4 of our young players make their FIDE blitz debuts in the July rating list Brendan Jamison has been a driving force to get as many of our local players onto the FIDE rating ladder. So far in 2022... Jun 30, 2022
News story: Elephant Chess Sculpture creates magic trail across Belfast city centre International sculptor Brendan Jamison has created a chess-themed charity sculpture for the NI Hospice in a special city... Jun 18, 2022
Ulster Rapidplay Championship 2022 took place on Sunday 22nd May. Some 26 players gathered at the Civil Service Pavilion. 12 in the top section and 14 in the intermediate section. With a... Jun 12, 2022
Newry Festival Report Over the last weekend of May, there was plenty of chess activity in Newry! Jun 01, 2022
The Belfast Megafinals took place on Saturday 14th May 2022 An opportunity to qualify for the Delancey Chess Challenge Gigafinals and to be part of one of the most prestigous and l... May 29, 2022
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The 101st Irish Championship 2022 The Irish Championship 2022: First Weekender, The 101st Irish Championship 2022, The Irish Championship 2022: Rapid, The... Jul 01, 2022 - Jul 10, 2022 — Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Dublin
Lisburn Chess Club Series #2 The second in a three tournament blitz series Jul 01, 2022 07:30 PM - 10:00 PM — Lisburn Chess Club, 60-62 Longstone Street
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Bangor Congress 2022 6 round Swiss Open Tournament at Bangor with two competing sections Sep 03, 2022 09:45 AM - 05:00 PM — Church of Ireland Parish Hall, 30 Main Street, Groomsport, County Down, BT19 6JR, Northern Ireland
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