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Archived articles from the 2017-2018 season

City of Belfast this weekend

This weekend sees the City of Belfast we have some 28 entrants two sections and three days of brilliant chess. Please note there will be road works near the event. Details below. When travelling allow for delays - leave early.

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The Belfast Delancey Mega-Finals

The Belfast Delancey Mega-Finals

The largest Schools tournament in the UK. The UK Chess Challenge. Held the Belfast Mega-finals at Methodist College on Saturday 12th May. Who would qualify to play in the Giga-Finals? The sun shone - and we had great fun playing chess....

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The City of Belfast an International field and 3 days of chess and beautiful weather

The City of Belfast an International field and 3 days of chess and beautiful weather

With two titled players from Germany and 4 players from Dublin in the beautiful surrounds of the NICS Pavillion a scene was set for a brilliant tournament. On the bank holiday of 26th, 27th, 28th May we had 3 days of 2 games a day at a wonderful slow pace.

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Chris Lyttle MLA invites top youngsters to Stormont Chess Award Ceremony

Chris Lyttle MLA invites top youngsters to Stormont Chess Award Ceremony

On friday 8th June 2018 Chris Lyttle MLA invited top young chess players to Stormont to receive awards for chess and to play in the Belfast Elite Competition.

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Alan Burns Lacksidasical May 2018

Alan Burns Lacksidasical May 2018

The 3rd of the Alan Burns Lacksidasicals took place on May 13th. A beautiful sunny day for a relaxing game of chess.

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Alan Burns Lacksidasical June 2018

Alan Burns Lacksidasical June 2018

On Sunday June 10th we had the final of this years Alan Burns Lacksidasicals. Afternoons of relaxing fun chess. The winner of the 2018 Alan Burns GrandPrix would be decided.

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Daniil Zelenchuk stars at the Glorney Cup 2018

Daniil Zelenchuk stars at the Glorney Cup 2018

One of Ulster's brightest young talents, 15 year old Daniil Zelenchuk, was representing Ireland recently in the 2018 Glorney Cup.

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Ulster Players excel at the Delancey UK chess Challenge Giga-finals

Ulster Players excel at the Delancey UK chess Challenge Giga-finals

Over the weekend of 14th, 15th July 2018 seven players representing Ulster excelled at the Delancey UK Giga-finals in Manchester.

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Stephen Rush at the Irish Championships 2018 and Danny Roberts at the Irish Majors.

Stephen Rush at the Irish Championships 2018 and Danny Roberts at the Irish Majors.

Stephen Rush played at the Irish Championships over the week starting 4th August to 12th. Danny Roberts played in the Irish Majors both getting good results.

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Brendan Jamison joins World-renowned Saint Louis Chess Club

Brendan Jamison joins World-renowned Saint Louis Chess Club

Our intrepid Tournament and League Controller - spent the Summer touring the USA where he won two tournaments and joined the fantastic Saint Louis Chess Club.

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In the UCU Summer tournament we have reached week 16.

In the UCU Summer tournament we have reached week 16.

With only 4 tournament weeks left followed by a prize giving on Sept. 26th. How are the players standings? Who is in with a chance of winning.

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New Ulster Champion Thomas Donaldson

The Ulster Championship was held over 25th-27th August at the brilliant location of the Europa Hotel. With 57 entries and 3 sections there were tough battles and exciting chess. Thomas Donaldson was crowned the new Ulster Champion for 2018.

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The Ulster Chess Union holds its nineth Summer School

The Ulster Chess Union holds its nineth Summer School

Within the lovely location of Ballynafiegh Bowling Club. Over the three days Weds 8th to Fri 10th August 2018. Fourteen youngsters met and enjoyed 3 focused days of chess.

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Belfast holds one of 8 qualifiers for the UK Open Blitz 2018

Belfast holds one of 8 qualifiers for the UK Open Blitz 2018

On September 8th at Stormont Pavilion players gathered to play in the Belfast Qualifier for the UK Open Blitz 2018. The top two prizes are entry into the UK Open Blitz final.

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Belfast Culture Night 2018. Cafe Chess Playing at Caffe Nero and Costa Coffee.

Belfast Culture Night 2018. Cafe Chess Playing at Caffe Nero and Costa Coffee.

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. or Costa Coffee, Victoria Centre, September 21st 3:30pm til late. This is part of the Belfast annual Culture Night with lots of exciting public events celebrating culture.

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Belfast Culture Night 2018 lots of chat, coffee and chess

Belfast Culture Night 2018 lots of chat, coffee and chess

The UCU had two cafes this year. Costa Cafe at Victoria Square and our long term location of Caffe Nero at Lombard Street. Chess, good company in the surrounds of the brilliant atmosphere of Belfast Culture Night.

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Results of the 2018 Summer tournament

Results of the 2018 Summer tournament

With the last round of the 2018 Summer Tournament having been played we can see the final positions of the players. Next week we have fun time base handicap tournament and the award ceremony.

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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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