7-round Swiss. Closed championship: players were required to have been born in Ulster, or to have been then resident for 12 months in Ulster, or to have a close family connection to Ulster. In addition players were required to be rated 1600 or above, or to have qualified from the Ulster Intermediate Championship. Other entries could be allowed at the discretion of the controller.
Top two finishers were to qualify for the 2003 British championship
None for the championship. For the British championship qualifying places, the tie break was 1. Progressive; 2. Median Buchholz; 3. Buchholz. Rod Nixon took the second qualifying place.
40 moves in 2 hours, then 30 minutes for all remaining moves
All 71 (including 2 partial)
Damien Lavery has kindly made available a collection of 66 photos, of which all but 4 are previously unpublished. Warning: 3.5MB total. Below: the late Tom Clarke with the McSparran Cup.
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