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Chess Notes by Rookie

Between 1983 and 1990, a weekly column was published in the Irish News with the byline of Rookie
Chess Notes by Rookie

Rookie in 1984

Rookie, in real life the irrepressible Martin Kelly, published over 300 of his chess columns in the Irish Press. Fortunately for us, we have been able to gather cuttings of his column and add them to our archive including the regular game posted along with each issue. Usually these games were from local competitions giving us a unique insight into Ulster chess of the 80's.

During these years, Martin honed his Extreme Punning skills to grandmaster level; these days his weekly reports of Belfast South's League Results - some of which have crept on to this site - often have a pun-count in double-figures.

Additional material appeared sporadically in various local papers over the same period and some of these - usually with photos - have also been recovered and will be appearing here soon. These include Ireland's Saturday Night (the Pink), Belfast Newsletter, Belfast Telegraph, The Down Recorder, Andersonstown News and the County Down Spectator.

Indexes

Reports are listed in each seasons archive but you can access Rookie specific items from the following lists:

News
UK Chess Challenge 2021 Online + ‘Over the Board’ Terafinal ! The organisers of the UK Chess Challenge 2021. For School pupils has gone virtual. Please find details below. Registrati... Apr 19, 2021
Winter 2020 Tournament ends with fun event and Closing Ceremony Monday 29th March saw the last evening of the Winter Tournament with a fun swiss tournament followed by an award ceremon... Apr 11, 2021
Winter Tournament 2020 final results With 22 weeks of play and some brilliant chess. We have our final round and the results of this years Winter tournament.... Mar 28, 2021
The Virtual Ulster Masters was played on November 21st/22nd 2020 With two sections and some 23 players - the Masters was our first slow weekend Virtual Chess Tournament. With Senior Ch... Mar 27, 2021
The Virtual Rapidplay League 2020-21 Standings We are well into the Virtual Rapidplay League. What are the standings. Mar 27, 2021
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Virtual City of Belfast 2021 The Virtual City of Belfast 2021 will take place over the weekend 29th - 30th May 2021. 5 rounds. May 29, 2021 - May 30, 2021 — lichess.org
The ICU have announced: 100th Irish Championship 2021 This was last run successfully with distance rules enforced last year. The ICU hope to repeat this this year at the End ... Jul 31, 2021 - Aug 08, 2021 — Collaiste Eanna, Co Dublin
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