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Ulster Chronicles

Contemporaneous reports on tournaments and events from past years

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Albert Long Collection

Albert Long was Secretary of the Ulster Chess Union from circa 1950 to 1970. He kept extensive formal records of his work and the results of UCU competitions during that period. His working notebooks, which contain an even greater amount of detail, have also been given to the UCU. These archives form the core of this collection. Added to them are records kept by his successors and other officials up to the end of the millennium, plus records of the Belfast and Strandtown clubs dating back into the 19th Century. It is intended that a significant amount of this historical material will be transcribed into this section of the UCU website.

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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.

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Trophy winners, donors and dedications

The Ulster Chess Union endeavours to reward competitors appropriately with silver-ware and prize funds. Some of our trophies are now of considerable vintage, with the Silver King and Williamson Shield both over 100 years old. This section details the winners of our trophies, together with those who donated them or to whom they are dedicated.

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Player Biographies

Biographies of significant people in Ulster chess detailing some of their achievements and contributions

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International & Representative Events

Reports and information about International and Representative events in which UCU players compete.

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Games Archive

A list of games and game archives available on the site

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Trophies

Trophies and Honours awarded by the Ulster Chess Union

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Schools Competitions

Reports on young players competing in Schools, University and other age-level events.

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News
UCU Summer School places/British Blitz Belfast Qualifier/Ulster Championships There are still a few places for the UCU Summer School Weds 10th, Thurs 11th, Fri 12th August. The UK Blitz Open Belfast... Aug 06, 2022
Ethan Cole plays for Ireland at the Glorney Cup 2022 Absolutely brillant to have Ethan Cole playing Board 1 on the Ireland team playing at the International Glorney Cup in t... Jul 31, 2022
News Story: Newry FIDE Summer Classic doubles capacity For the upcoming FIDE-rated event in Newry on Sunday 14th August, the U1800 Summer Classic, we were limited to 18 player... Jul 30, 2022
The Summer Tournament Scores after 12 weeks of games After 12 weeks of games. How do players % stand. Jul 26, 2022
Naomi Long MLA invites top young chess players to Stormont for Awards and Competition. On Friday June 10th a celebration of young chess talent took place at Stormont. Students, Parents, Principals, Teachers ... Jul 23, 2022
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Upcoming Events
Summer Chess School 2022 The Ulster Chess Union is running a 3 Day Summer Chess School for Children, Beginners to Expert. Aug 10, 2022 - Aug 12, 2022 — Ormeau Park - one of the Bowling Club halls - to be confirmed.
15th week of the Summer Tournament : Civil Service Pavilion : 10th August The Summer Tournament is back at Civil Service Social Club starting every Wednesday at the Maynard Sinclair Pavilion unt... Aug 10, 2022 07:30 PM - 10:45 PM — NICS,Maynard Sinclair Pavilion, Stormont, Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 3TA
FIDE Rated U1800 Newry Summer Classic Another event being held at Newry for under 1800 rated players with a time control of 60+0 on Sunday 14th August Aug 14, 2022 09:45 AM - 06:45 PM — Sticky Fingers Arts Centre, 10 Upper Edward Street, Newry, BT35 6AX
The Ulster Championships 2022 August 27 - 29. 6 rounds at 90mins + 30secs. 3 sections. The top Ulster Competition. Aug 27, 2022 - Aug 29, 2022 — Queens University, Belfast
Bangor Congress 2022 6 round Swiss Open Tournament at Bangor with two competing sections Sep 03, 2022 09:45 AM - 05:00 PM — Church of Ireland Parish Hall, 30 Main Street, Groomsport, County Down, BT19 6JR, Northern Ireland
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