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Ulster Chronicles

Contemporaneous reports on tournaments and events from past few decades; web content since 2004 with additional archival material dating back to the 80's

Welcome to the UCU Chronicles.

Here we offer archival reports of activity in local chess clubs and the UCU itself. This part of the archive is composed of contemporaneous reports, that is reports which were created at the time or very soon after an event had finished. This gives the reports a unique flavour.

At the end of each season, usually soon after the Union's AGM, all reports for the season published on this site, are gathered together and moved to this location - the Ulster Chronicles. This gives members a clean slate for the incoming season while keeping the analysis, discussion, lists, games and photos available in a convenient location for browsing, chronologically if you want. At the moment, this local material dates back to 2004 when the UCU Website started to expand with its own content.

We have also been able to acquire archival material from a variety of sources to supplement this content. Checkout our Contributors Page which credits the sources for this additional material and includes indexes for these specific catalogues. Generally though, all reports are gathered together by season so it is possible to follow events as they unfolded.

Many of these historical reports included local games; these are collectively available in our Games Archive which we hope to collate into a more convenient form for downloading. These games, in particular, offer a unique perspective on local chess over the years.

Table of Contents

Listed below are the seasonal catalogues making up the Chronicles

Additional Material

Retrospective reports and other specific archival material is also available

Player Biographies: personal notes on players and personalities who have made an impact on Ulster Chess over the years. Active players are listed in our Membership List showing their game and rating histories

The Time Traveller: retrospective reports looking back over the UCU's history since its formation in 1932 and even beyond to the 19th Century when local chess were being formed and loosely organised amongst themselves. Some our trophies, such as the Williamson Shield, were first competed for in these early days

Trophy winners, donors and dedications: listing the trophies offered by the Union and providing lists of their winners, profiles of those who donated them or after whom they were named. Since 2004, complete details of all UCU events are available in our Results Service showing fixtures/rounds and final standings

News
Omagh Rapidplay 3rd Dec 2022 - tournament report by B. Jamison 104 players have now taken part in the NI Rapid Grand Prix, with Omagh the 7th out of 10 tournaments in the series. On 3... Dec 04, 2022
December 2022 FIDE rating report - 14 more players make a debut Report by B. Jamison, FIDE National Arbiter The month of November saw a big wave of FIDE-rated events, with 14 players ... Dec 02, 2022
London Junior Chess Championships, Belfast Qualifier 1st Oct 2022 Methodist College series of Monthly tournaments kicked off with the qualifier for the prestigious London Junior Chess Ch... Nov 27, 2022
Eddie Hanzharov wins Gold Coast Blitz with 6/6 On 17th November, Bangor Chess Club held its last FIDE-rated event of 2022, the Gold Coast Blitz. Nov 26, 2022
December programming at Bangor Chess Club Nov 22, 2022
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Upcoming Events
2nd Board Meeting Tues 6th December 2nd Executive Board Meeting 2022-23. Lisburn Chess Club. Tues 6th December 2022 7:30pm. Dec 06, 2022 07:30 PM - 09:30 PM — Lisburn Chess Club, 60-62 Longstone Street
Ulster Schools Individual Championships 2022 Come and challenge to become the Ulster Schools Chess Champion 2022. 10th December at Methodist College. Dec 10, 2022 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM — Methodist College,1 Malone Rd, Belfast BT9 6BY
FIDE-rated Ulster Blitz Championship 2022 Dec 29th The annual Ulster Blitz Championship will be FIDE rated and held at Greenisland FC Chess Club on Thursday 29th December. Dec 29, 2022 10:15 AM - 04:00 PM — Greenisland FC Clubhouse, 100 Glenkeen Av, Greenisland, BT38 8ST
FIDE-rated Dundonald Rapid Championship 2023 Saturday 7th January 2023. Civil Service Pavilion. This is event 8 of 10 in the NI FIDE Rapid Grand Prix 2022/2023 Jan 07, 2023 11:45 AM - 07:00 PM — NICS,Maynard Sinclair Pavilion, Stormont, Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 3TA
Williamson Championship 2023 20th-22nd January Start the New year with this wonderful historic tournament - over 100 years old - The Williamson Shield 2023. 5 rounds o... Jan 20, 2023 - Jan 22, 2023 — NICS,Maynard Sinclair Pavilion, Stormont, Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 3TA
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