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Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge

Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge

On the 9th - 10th July 2016 eight of our top junior chess players travelled to Manchester to compete in the Delancey UK Schools GigaFinals.

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Plenty of Chess at the 2016 Summer School

Plenty of Chess at the 2016 Summer School

The Ulster Chess Union runs it annual Summer School. The location, the beautiful setting of Ormeau Bowling Pavilion - brilliantly organised by Damien Cunningham and the local council - many thanks. Three days of chess, chess, chess....

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2016 Bangor Blitz

2016 Bangor Blitz

On Thursday 8th September Groomsport Hall was the scene of the 2nd Bangor Blitz Tournament.

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" Bourne" Again in Bournemouth?

" Bourne" Again in Bournemouth?

Martin Kelly goes to Bournemouth and comes home with 3 1/2 points not dropping a game.

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Belfast Culture Night 2016. Cafe Chess Playing at Caffe Nero.

Belfast Culture Night 2016. Cafe Chess Playing at Caffe Nero.

Belfast Culture Night. Enjoy meeting potential new chess players. Play chess and enjoy the cafe experience. Share your enthusiasm for the game. At Caffe Nero, 19 Lombard St. September 16th 4:00pm til late. This is part of the Belfast annual Culture Night ( http://culturenightbelfast.com ). With lots of exciting public events celebrating culture.

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A brilliant culture night with Chess at the Caffe Nero

A brilliant culture night with Chess at the Caffe Nero

A cup of delicious coffee, a vibrant atmosphere, a lovely venue at the Caffe Nero, new aquiantances and the game of chess - what more could you ask for!

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One week of proper play left in the Summer Tournament

One week of proper play left in the Summer Tournament

The last week of the Summer tournament is this week. Wednesday 21st Sept. What are the standings. Whos going to win...... Remember the last week 28th Sept will be prize giving and a quick play handicap times on the clock depending on the difference of the two players ratings - always fun.

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Final night of Summer Tournament

Final night of Summer Tournament

The final night of the Summer Tournament was held Weds 21st September. 22 players. The final results are in. Next week is prize giving and a handicap tournament.

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Awards and a fun rapidplay Tournament

Awards and a fun rapidplay Tournament

The Summer tournament came to an end on Weds 28th Sept. with a fun handicap tournament and prize giving.

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The Belfast Qualifier for the London Junior Chess Championship

The Belfast Qualifier for the London Junior Chess Championship

The new school year starts and we have our first monthly tournament. The London Junior Chess Championship (LJCC). An opportunity for the younger players to qualify for the LJCC finals - one of the most prestigious tournaments.

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Champions stumble against QUB

Champions stumble against QUB

(B&D League 2016/17 Week 1) Muldoons 1 got their Silver King defence off to a poor start as they were beaten by QUB 1, while Ballynafeigh 1 are the early leaders after beating Ballynafeigh 2.

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The Ulster Masters took place on  14th-16th October at Queens University

The Ulster Masters took place on 14th-16th October at Queens University

Chess enthusiasts congregated to play the Ulster Masters a weekend 6 round swiss. Who would win, who would master...

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Ballynafeigh surge ahead

Ballynafeigh surge ahead

(B&D League 2016/17 Week 2) Ballynafeigh 1 have opened up a clear lead in Divison 1 after routing The A Team, while early indications are that an exciting chase for the Strawbridge Cup is developing.

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Ballynafeigh 2 upset The A Team

Ballynafeigh 2 upset The A Team

(B&D League 2016/17 Week 3) Ballynafeigh 2 move up to second place in Division 1 with a surprise win over The A Team, while Division 2 remains as tight as ever.

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This years Childrens Chess Grandprix kicks off in November

This years Childrens Chess Grandprix kicks off in November

On Saturday November 5th the new seasons Childrens Chess series of tournaments started. Some 26 youngsters played chess and solved problems. In a friendly atmosphere some brilliant battles were fought.

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QUB sit atop Division 1 after A Team annihilation

QUB sit atop Division 1 after A Team annihilation

(B&D League 2016/17 Week 4) A convincing win for QUB 1 over The A Team puts them on top of Division 1 for the time being.

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Alan Burns Grand Prix starts on December 11th

Alan Burns Grand Prix starts on December 11th

The Alan Burns Grand Prix series kicks-off on 11th December. Now in its fourth year, the Lackadaisical Rapidplays offer the chance for an excellent Sunday lunch followed by an afternoon of entertaining chess.

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Ballynafeigh 3 stun Kelly's Heroes to open up Division 2 lead

Ballynafeigh 3 stun Kelly's Heroes to open up Division 2 lead

(B&D League 2016/17 Week 5) Ballynafeigh 3 are emerging as the clear leaders in Division 2 after dominating a strong Kelly's Heroes team. Meanwhile in Division 1, it remains tight at the top as QUB 1 and Ballynafeigh 1 shared the points.

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Universal Childrens Day and Chess Problem Solving.

Universal Childrens Day and Chess Problem Solving.

In support of the Chess and Heritage Event run alongside of " Celebration of 800 years of Mayorality and Freeman of Newcastle of Tyne" on the Universal Children Day. Malola Prasath invited the Ulster Chess Union, to make it into a grand "Northeast Celebration". Ulster Chess Union ran a fun problem solving event at Caffe Nero, Lombard St. A small group of Problem solvers met and enthusiastically solved problems.

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News
FIDE Rating Report - February 21 players make their FIDE rating debuts in the 1st Feb rating list - FIDE Rating Report by Brendan Jamison, FIDE Nation... Feb 02, 2023
IM Mark Orr to headline Ulster Rapidplay 2023 International Master Mark Orr, the most renowned player to ever come out of Bangor Chess Club, will be be returning on 1... Feb 02, 2023
February programming at Bangor Chess Club Jan 29, 2023
UCU Simultaneous will take place on thursday 16th February 2023 We will be playing GM Benjamin Finegold (online). At the Civil Service Pavilion. Other dates for your diaries are the Ci... Jan 29, 2023
Childrens Chess Grandprix Standings after January 2023 With 2 of the 5 childrens chess tournaments completed we have the standings so far in the Grandprix. There are 3 more to... Jan 29, 2023
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Upcoming Events
Sligo Spring Tournament 2023 A popular event for which the UCU was glad to receive an invite. The tournament will be held 3-5 February Feb 03, 2023 - Feb 05, 2023 — Diamond Coast Hotel, Enniscrone, Co Sligo, F26 E9F9
FIDE-rated Lisburn Rapid Championship 2023 Friday 10th Feb. Friday 10th February 2023 This is event 9 of 10 in the NI FIDE Rapid Grand Prix 2022/2023 Feb 10, 2023 07:00 PM - 10:15 PM — Lisburn Chess Club, 60-62 Longstone Street
February 11th Childrens Chess 12:30 – 5:00 The monthly schools chess tournaments continues at Methodist College. Feb 11, 2023 12:30 PM - 05:00 PM — Methodist College,1 Malone Rd, Belfast BT9 6BY
City of Bangor Winter Blitz 2023 A 6 round competition with a time control of 10+0 on Thursday 16th February Feb 16, 2023 07:30 PM - 10:00 PM — Church of Ireland Groomsport Parish Hall, 30 Main Street, Groomsport, County Down, BT19 6JR
Ladies Day The second in the 2022/2023 season Ladies Day event will be held by Greenisland FC Chess Club Feb 26, 2023 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM — Greenisland FC Chess Club, 100 Glenkeen Avenue, Greenisland, BT38 8ST
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