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British Championships (again)

Grandmaster Jonathan Mestel became British Chess Champion at Southport recently.

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New Season

Autumn is here, so both club and school chess-players will be soon be starting a new season.

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City of Dublin Congress Results

It was remiss of me to have left out of last week's report of the City of Dublin Congress the actual winners of the four tournaments.

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City of Dublin Congress

Last weekend 234 players,took part in one of the biggest ever chess congresses in Ireland

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Bangor Chess Congress

No stone was left unturned by way of reduced fees and schoolboys prizes in attracting young players to the Bangor Chess Congress at the Winston Hotel.

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New Chess Season

The new chess season is now under way, heralded by the first three rounds of the Williamson Shield last weekend at Queen's University Students Union.

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Williamson Shield

The Williamson Shield ended last weekend and a full report will feature in next week's column.

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Williamson Shield Results

As promised, the names of the top scorers in the recent Williamson Shield

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New Clubs

Chess is going from strength to strength, as proved by the formation of new clubs this year.

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Half-term Holiday

Half-term holiday has been all too brief for our school children but Hallowe'en did not mean a break from chess.

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Keeping up-to-date

Are you keen on keeping to to date on the latest chess news and games?

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No easy wins

There are no easy wins in the local chess leagues plus forthcoming tournaments and the weekly game.

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Co. Down Schools' Championship

Results from the Schools Championship and Gary Montgomery gives a helping hand to Karpov for his World Championship attempt

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Dr. George calls 'em out

Crisis in the chess community; has the Rookie gone to roost?

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Fisherwick Club Championship

Fisherwick young players on top plus results from the Ulster Intermediate and Junior competitions

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Ulster Intermediate & Junior Results

Fisherwick young players on top plus results from the Ulster Intermediate and Junior competitions

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Rookie on a Wednesday

Letter from Dr. Ross Savage published in the Irish News

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World and Ulster Schools Championship

Reports from the World Chess Championship semi-final and upcoming Ulster Schools Championship

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Double blow for Hungarian Chess

Hungarian chess suffered a double blow with the tragic death of grandmaster Janos Felsch in a car crash in Kent, and with the defeat of Zoltan Ribli by Vassily Smyslov

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World Chess Championship

Kasparov and Smyslov both win through to the World Chess Championship final play-off.

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Looking back to 1983

We are now in George Orwell's 1984 and I would like to cast a "big brotherly" look back to 1983 in the chess world

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"Munster" payout

The New year was heralded in bt two chess tournaments at opposite ends of Ireland: the Ulster Senior Championship in Belfast and the 16th Mulcahy Memorial in Cork

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The Belfast Megafinal took place on 11th May 2024 We are fortunate to be able to run the Belfast Megafinal where players can qualify for the Delancey Chess Challenge and ... Jun 17, 2024
Annual General Meeting 2024 2023/2024 season is rapidly coming to a close and with this comes the announcement of the UCU’s Annual General Meeting... Jun 15, 2024
The Ulster Fischer Random Championship took place on Sunday 2nd June. With 7 rounds of 20mins and 5 sec increments. Each round having a different starting position. We were on to see who wou... Jun 09, 2024
June 2024 FIDE NI rating report By Brendan Jamison May 31, 2024
Fantastic Chess Top prize money and a Brilliant Chess Tournament the City of Belfast 2024 The excellent surrounds of the Civil Service Pavilion played host to the Ulster Chess Union City of Belfast 2024. With s... May 27, 2024
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