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Ulster Chess News

In 1999, as the new millennium approached, David McAlister began to publish the quarterly Ulster Chess News through his personal website. For the next few years, he documented the local chess scene.

David offered to transfer content from these articles to the Chronicles and has generously taken considerable pains to ensure his original content is presented in a style more appropriate to our new way of doing things.

The content is just as it was but presentation is considerably different with each quarter's reporting deconstructed into individual articles on tournaments and other events. Styling has also been adapted to match the look-and-feel of the UCU site rather than the original which reflected the rather spartan look of the Internet back-in-the-day.

These quarterly reports were about the only record of events at that time. When the UCU Website first started, it could not host the quality articles David was preparing. Over the years, facilities on this website have improved and gradually the recording and reporting of events has been focused here; as a result David's energy's were directed elsewhere and issues of the Ulster Chess News became more sporadic until they stopped altogether in early 2012.

David continues to research and document aspects of the Ulster Chess Union in his always perceptive blog Ulster Chess Chronicle. Documenting the history of Irish chess has always been a favourite subject and his own Irish Chess History site and his postings to the more general Irish chess history & records website IRLchess are always fascinating reads.

News
FIDE Rating Report - February 21 players make their FIDE rating debuts in the 1st Feb rating list - FIDE Rating Report by Brendan Jamison, FIDE Nation... Feb 02, 2023
IM Mark Orr to headline Ulster Rapidplay 2023 International Master Mark Orr, the most renowned player to ever come out of Bangor Chess Club, will be be returning on 1... Feb 02, 2023
February programming at Bangor Chess Club Jan 29, 2023
UCU Simultaneous will take place on thursday 16th February 2023 We will be playing GM Benjamin Finegold (online). At the Civil Service Pavilion. Other dates for your diaries are the Ci... Jan 29, 2023
Childrens Chess Grandprix Standings after January 2023 With 2 of the 5 childrens chess tournaments completed we have the standings so far in the Grandprix. There are 3 more to... Jan 29, 2023
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Upcoming Events
FIDE-rated Lisburn Rapid Championship 2023 Friday 10th Feb. Friday 10th February 2023 This is event 9 of 10 in the NI FIDE Rapid Grand Prix 2022/2023 Feb 10, 2023 07:00 PM - 10:15 PM — Lisburn Chess Club, 60-62 Longstone Street
February 11th Childrens Chess 12:30 – 5:00 The monthly schools chess tournaments continues at Methodist College. Feb 11, 2023 12:30 PM - 05:00 PM — Methodist College,1 Malone Rd, Belfast BT9 6BY
City of Bangor Winter Blitz 2023 A 6 round competition with a time control of 10+0 on Thursday 16th February Feb 16, 2023 07:30 PM - 10:00 PM — Church of Ireland Groomsport Parish Hall, 30 Main Street, Groomsport, County Down, BT19 6JR
Greenisland FC Chess - The Valentine's Day Recovery Greenisland FC Chess Club will host a FIDE rated blitz on Friday 24th February Feb 24, 2023 07:00 PM - 09:30 PM — Greenisland FC Chess Club, 100 Glenkeen Avenue, Greenisland, BT38 8ST
Ladies Day The second in the 2022/2023 season Ladies Day event will be held by Greenisland FC Chess Club Feb 26, 2023 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM — Greenisland FC Chess Club, 100 Glenkeen Avenue, Greenisland, BT38 8ST
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