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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.

2nd Irish Chess Association Congress 1886

The short-lived Irish Chess Association organised three Congresses in 1885, 1886 and 1889. The second of these was held in Belfast and featured a Masters' Tournament won by W.H.K. Pollock, an Handicap (odds) Tournament won by Amos Burn and a blindfold simultaneous exhibition by J.H. Blackburne.

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The Silver King

The UCU's oldest piece of silverware is the Ulster Trophy, more commonly known as the Silver King. It is awarded to the team winning Division One of the Belfast and District League.

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Simultaneous exhibitions

This section will document simultaneous play against local chess players by strong masters, including three World Champions.

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Inter City Matches 1926-1936

Between 1926 and 1936 an annual match was played between the chess-players of the cities of Belfast and Dublin. There were only 9 encounters in those years - no match being played in either 1930 or 1933. Honours were even over the 9 matches, with 4 wins to Belfast, 4 wins to Dublin and 1 draw.

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FIDE rating report - April 2023 13 players gained new FIDE ratings in the April list. Apr 01, 2023
The Grandprix Standings going into the last Childrens Chess of the year After Saturday 1st April and the final Childrens Chess Tournament we will have the winners of the Grandprix. Mar 31, 2023
Childrens Chess continued on February 11th 2023 at Methodist College February 11th saw top young chess players gather at Methodist College to play some top chess. The afternoon consisted of... Mar 04, 2023
FIDE rating report - March 2023 15 players gained new FIDE ratings in the March 2023 list. Feb 28, 2023
Ladies Day with WIM Trisha Report A report by Karina Campbell We were lucky to get back to Greenisland FC Chess Club where it all started. On Sunday 26th... Feb 27, 2023
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