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Articles and Reports for the season under the Editorship of Calum Leitch

Irish Universities' Championship 2006

Chris Millar reports on the QUB team's participation in the 2006 Irish Intervarsity Championship

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2006 Derry "En Passant" Championships

This year, the En Passant Championships where held in the Longtower, Derry

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Malone vs QUB

Malone vs QUB

Queen University make a come-back to League competition with their opening match against last years League 2 winners Fisherwick B, also known these days as Malone. How would the young upstarts fare against the experienced, veteran campaigners?

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Euro Club Cup October 2006

Euro Club Cup October 2006

A Belfast team played in the prestigious European Club Cup in Fügen, Austria from 8 to 14 October 2006. Michael Waters contributes a humorous take on events amongst the European elite. However don't be fooled by the apparently light-hearted approach, this was an excellent performance from our six players. Battling back after a difficult start, victories in rounds 5 and 6 brought about a very creditable final position.

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UCU October 2006 Rapidplay

UCU October 2006 Rapidplay

The first tournament of the calender year was a rapidplay tournament which was held at the Belfast Boat Club on Sunday 22nd October and was a six-round Swiss. Gareth Annesley of the RVH Club came first half a point ahead of top seed Steve Scannell.

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Hillsborough vs QUB

Hillsborough vs QUB

After a generally impressive start by QUB in their opening fixture, their next encounter saw them face one of Division 2’s most solid performers – Hillsborough, a team widely renowned throughout Belfast for their solid reputation. On paper, some may feel this is an easier fixture than Malone, but these campaigners have proved in the past they are no pushovers and if QUB have title aspirations then it is vital that they perform to the best of their capabilities against a potential banana skin of a fixture.

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Groomsport Slay Division 2 Goliaths

Groomsport Slay Division 2 Goliaths

Early pacemakers QUB face a difficult test this week against Division 2 hopefuls Bangor Groomsport. Bangor Groomsport - undoubtedly a well rehearsed side under the captaincy of Richard Proctor and generally a team that strike a serious promotion challenge year in year out.

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Steve Scannell's Sparkling Simultaneous

Steve Scannell's Sparkling Simultaneous

Ulster Chess faithfuls were treated last night to a simultaneous performance by Joint Ulster Champion Steve Scannell, who gave a terrific exhibition of how to play 10 boards at once.

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Fisherwick Winter Tournament - So Far

On Monday 13th November, the second half of this season's Fisherwick got under way. Read on to find out how the competition has progressed so far.

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Below par Queens Pegged back by Portadown

Below par Queens Pegged back by Portadown

After QUB’s disappointing and demoralising defeat against Bangor Groomsport, they faced a tricky tie last Wednesday night against division 2’s surprise package Portadown.

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Royals become the latest casualties to the QUB’s top guns

Royals become the latest casualties to the QUB’s top guns

On a cold Tuesday night, QUB’s hopefuls made their way to RVH for the tense league battle against the recently relegated side.

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Bombardier come up short

Bombardier come up short

Last Wednesday night saw QUB travel to face Bombardier in an eagerly anticipated game. Malone and Groomsport were eyeing the game with interest as they saw this fixture as a potential banana skin for QUB. Another point of interest saw Calum Leitch return to face his old club of 2 years where he was deemed a success. McKittrick and co. were hoping to teach these young upstarts - in particular Leitch a valuable lesson and were hoping their vast experience would count favourably.

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Fisherwick Winter Tournament Report

The 10-round marathon that is the Fisherwick Winter Tournament was completed on Monday night, with QUB player John Masterson finishing clear first.

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Scannell attains Ulster Rapidplay crown

Scannell attains Ulster Rapidplay crown

On Saturday 30th December, Steve Scannell became the new Ulster Rapidplay Champion.

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Bombardier whitewashed by rampant Queens

Bombardier whitewashed by rampant Queens

Bombardier visited QUB last wednesday night with high hopes of a victory against the young upstarts. Unfortunately, this was not the case.

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QUB Win Battle of Ulster Chess Leviathans

The ninth round in the race for league glory and the John Strawbridge Cup saw Queen’s University host their south-Belfast rivals Malone/Fisherwick.

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Steve "Hendry" Scannell lifts Williamson Shield for 6th time

Steve "Hendry" Scannell lifts Williamson Shield for 6th time

At the Maynard Sinclair Pavilion, Civil Service saw Steve Scannell win the Williamson Shield for the 6th time (outright)

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Clifton's Morgan Claims QUB Open Victory

QUB's own annual competition saw Clifton House board 1 Stephen Morgan fight off stiff competition and a final-round scare to emerge as the tournament's clear winner.

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Ravenous Queen's Romp to 5-0 Revenge

Ravenous Queen's Romp to 5-0 Revenge

On November 1st 2006, Groomsport subjected the QUB chess renaissance to the indignity of its sole defeat under your author’s stewardship of the club. It was in this context that the university team, “Los Galacticos”, travelled to their opponents’ seaside residence with a desire to not just vanquish the memory of the 3.5-1.5 loss, but also to stamp their supremacy upon the charges of one Richard “The Gangster” Proctor, a man among Ulster Chess’s most nefarious instigators.

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