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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
CHESS: Current entry list for Newry: Sat 1 Feb 2020, 10:30am check-in Ulster Rapidplay Chess Championships in Newry on Saturday 1 February. Both sections will be FIDE-rated. Sponsored by New... Jan 22, 2020
Williamson Shield 2020 - report by Arbiter Andy Boal A brilliant weekend of chess at a top venue and prizes awarded by Ciaran Madden of Compass Financial Associates Ltd. wh... Jan 22, 2020
Omagh Rapidplay 2019 Players gathered at the annual Omagh Rapidplay 2019 on Saturday 30th November located at and Sponsored by Christian Brot... Dec 27, 2019
The Ulster Masters 2019 at Bangor. For the first time in its history, the Ulster Masters was played outside Belfast this year. The major chess event was ru... Dec 21, 2019
Ulster Schools Individual Championships 2019/20 Students gathered at the annual Chess Championships at Methodist College Saturday morning 7th December 2019. The fight t... Dec 08, 2019
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Ulster Rapidplay Championships 2020 - FIDE RATED - Saturday 1 February 2020 Sponsored by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council. The top Rapidplay tournament in Ulster. At the Sticky Fingers Arts... Feb 01, 2020 10:30 AM - 06:00 PM — Sticky Fingers Arts Centre, The Imaginarium, 10 Upper Edward St, Newry, BT35 6AX
Childrens Chess - fun tournament - 8th February 2020 The Childrens Chess afternoon tournaments continues its monthly series on 8th February at Methodist College. All welcome... Feb 08, 2020 12:30 PM - 05:00 PM — Methodist College, 1 Malone Rd, Belfast BT9 6BY
Irish Junior Chess Championships 2020 The Irish Chess Union [ICU] in association with the Ulster Chess Union [UCU] present the IRISH JUNIOR CHESS CHAMPIONSHI... Apr 03, 2020 - Apr 05, 2020
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