Tuesday, 16 August 2016

NEW Ulster Chess Union Children's Chess Events

The 2016 / 2017 timetable for the Ulster Chess Union Children's Chess Events has now been released and details can be found in our tournaments section.

Last year proved to be hugely competitive in all sections, with large numbers attending the Saturday events. All junior players are welcome to these events regardless of their experience or playing strength.


Monday, 11 July 2016

Summer Chess School

The Ulster Chess Union will be running its annual summer chess school from the 3rd - 5th August in Ballynafeigh Bowing Club. This is a great opportunity for young players to improve and develop their game, guided by the excellent children's chess coach Mark Newman. Each fun filled day is comprised of tutorials, games, puzzles and mini competitions. Further details can be found on the UCU website.


Sunday, 10 July 2016

Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge

Over the weekend 3 of Ulster Chess's finest kids were competing in the Delancey UK Schools Giga Finals. Each of these children had qualified by winning their section in the local Mega Finals.

Avrora Zelenchuk won the U7 Girls section with an outstanding score of 5/6. This qualifies her to compete in the Tera Finals, to be held later this year. Dexter Harris scored an excellent 4/6 in the U8 boys section winning a rosette for his efforts.


Daniil Zelenchuk was competing in the U13 boys section and scored a fantastic 3.5/6. This was enough to win him a rosette in a very difficult section.


Congratulations to all 3 of these players who performed amazingly well in such a competitive tournament. 

Friday, 10 June 2016

Chess at Stormont

Today was the annual end of year Children's Chess event held at the Parliament Buildings in Stormont Estate. The day consisted of a tour round Stormont, an elite chess competition, and the end of year prize giving ceremony.







Big thank you to Mark Newman for running the day and for organising all the Children's Chess events throughout the year. Also to Chris Lyttle for hosting the event at Stormont.

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Mega-final: The Delancey UK Schools' Chess Challenge 2016

Today the Mega-finals were held at Methodist College Belfast, with the winners qualifying for the Giga-finals in Manchester in July. Each section was fiercely contested with some scintillating chess played throughout the day. A full report of the competition will appear soon on the Ulster Chess Union Website, however, the all the winners are pictured below. Congratulations to everyone who qualified for the next round!
Mega Final Winners 2016

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Strandtown Chess Academy

The final of the knockout cup was played this week with Anna Clatworthy facing off against Patrick McEvoy.


 In a closely fought game Anna eventually triumphed making her the winner of this inaugural event.


One of the features we have each week at Strandtown is the player of the week award and this was recently won by Bradley Gillespie.



Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Strandtown Knockout Cup

Today was another excellent and fun day at the Strandtown Chess Academy, with lots of exciting games and enthusiastic children.


The main mover on the chess ladder today was Emma White, who reached her highest ever position of 3rd place - congratulations Emma!!


The draw for the semi-finals of the Strandtown Knockout Cup was made today and has produced some very interesting match ups -

Anna Clatworthy     vs       Milo Carter

Patrick McEvoy       vs       Eloise McClelland