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Ulster Chronicles

Contemporaneous reports on tournaments and events from past few decades; web content since 2004 with additional archival material dating back to the 80's

Welcome to the UCU Chronicles.

Here we offer archival reports of activity in local chess clubs and the UCU itself. This part of the archive is composed of contemporaneous reports, that is reports which were created at the time or very soon after an event had finished. This gives the reports a unique flavour.

At the end of each season, usually soon after the Union's AGM, all reports for the season published on this site, are gathered together and moved to this location - the Ulster Chronicles. This gives members a clean slate for the incoming season while keeping the analysis, discussion, lists, games and photos available in a convenient location for browsing, chronologically if you want. At the moment, this local material dates back to 2004 when the UCU Website started to expand with its own content.

We have also been able to acquire archival material from a variety of sources to supplement this content. Checkout our Contributors Page which credits the sources for this additional material and includes indexes for these specific catalogues. Generally though, all reports are gathered together by season so it is possible to follow events as they unfolded.

Many of these historical reports included local games; these are collectively available in our Games Archive which we hope to collate into a more convenient form for downloading. These games, in particular, offer a unique perspective on local chess over the years.

Table of Contents

Listed below are the seasonal catalogues making up the Chronicles

Additional Material

Retrospective reports and other specific archival material is also available

Player Biographies: personal notes on players and personalities who have made an impact on Ulster Chess over the years. Active players are listed in our Membership List showing their game and rating histories

The Time Traveller: retrospective reports looking back over the UCU's history since its formation in 1932 and even beyond to the 19th Century when local chess were being formed and loosely organised amongst themselves. Some our trophies, such as the Williamson Shield, were first competed for in these early days

Trophy winners, donors and dedications: listing the trophies offered by the Union and providing lists of their winners, profiles of those who donated them or after whom they were named. Since 2004, complete details of all UCU events are available in our Results Service showing fixtures/rounds and final standings

News
New Chess Club in Belfast New chess club starting in Belfast- all ages and abilities welcome. Location: Morton Community Centre, Lorne St Time: ... Oct 02, 2022
The Ulster Masters 2022 will be held at Lisburn Chess Club This years Ulster Masters will have 5 rounds. One on friday evening 11th Nov and two each on Saturday 12th, Sunday 13th ... Oct 02, 2022
Downpatrick Rapid - 17th September 2022 The NI Rapidplay Grand Prix continued with the Downpatrick Rapidplay 17th Sept. So far, 40 players have competed in the... Oct 02, 2022
Roaming Knights in North Belfast will celebrate its one year anniversary 22nd Oct 2022 Roaming Knights in North Belfast will celebrate its one year anniversary with a special chess cake and afternoon rapid t... Oct 02, 2022
October 2022 FIDE rating report - 15 players make a FIDE debut Report by B.Jamison, FIDE National Arbiter The month of September saw 5 FIDE-rated events in total, 2 blitz and 3 rapid... Sep 30, 2022
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Upcoming Events
FIDE-rated Newry Autumn Rapid Sunday 9th October 2022 This is event 4 of 10 in the NI FIDE Rapid Grand Prix 2022/2023 Oct 09, 2022 10:30 AM - 05:00 PM — Sticky Fingers Arts Centre, 10 Upper Edward Street, Newry, BT35 6AX
FIDE-rated Groomsport Autumn Blitz 2022 FIDE-rated Blitz competition to be held Thursday 13th October at Groomsport. Oct 13, 2022 07:30 PM - 10:00 PM — Church of Ireland Parish Hall, 30 Main Street, Groomsport, Co. Down, BT19 6JR
Ladies Day The first in the 2022/2023 season Ladies Day event will be held by Queen's Chess Club. Oct 16, 2022 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM — Blue Sky Room - Queen's University Belfast Student Union
FIDE-rated Greenisland Rapid Championship 2022 Oct. 30th Sunday 30th October 2022. This is event 6 of 10 in the NI FIDE Rapid Grand Prix 2022/2023. 1pm to 5:30pm. 8 rounds of 12... Oct 30, 2022 01:00 PM - 06:30 PM — Greenisland FC Clubhouse, 100 Glenkeen Av, Greenisland, BT38 8ST
Ulster Masters, 11-13th November 2022 This years Ulster Masters will be held at the brilliant Lisburn Chess Club. Nov 11, 2022 - Dec 13, 2022 — Lisburn Chess Club, 60-62 Longstone Street
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