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Hilda Chater Perpetual Trophy

Article in the Ireland's Saturday Night, 28 January 1961 (Abridged)

The Ulster Chess Union has had a "problem" solved in an intriguing way. Owing to the growth of chess in the schools, a perpetual trophy was badly needed for the Ulster Schoolgirls, Championship. The problem got around among the fans, and was promptly solved by post from St. Alban's, Herts., by Miss H. F. Chater, for many years a well-known figure in Ulster chess, but now living in England.

She offered the Union £20 to buy a cup, or, as an alternative, an old silver salver which was a family heirloom. The Union chose the salver and Miss Chater had it cleaned and inscribed in London and sent to Belfast, where it so impressed the committee that they decided to have it valued for insurance purposes. And the value? £150.

Pamela Patterson pointing out her name on the Hilda Chater Perpetual Trophy, after winning the 1966 Ulster Girls' Chess Championship. Also in the photograph is Dr Robert Harte, headmaster of Belfast High School and President of the Ulster Chess Union.

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