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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
The second in the Alan Burns Lacksidasicals 2020 The 2020 series of Alan Burns Lacksidasicals continued on the 8th March. A fun afternoon of thoughtful chess. Mar 22, 2020
Top chess played at Methodist College March 14th. The monthly Chess tournaments held at Methodist College continued on March 14th. Numbers were low but some top players w... Mar 21, 2020
Winter Flexible Tournament 2019-20 This Tournament ended on 16 March , earlier than planned due to the Corona virus. This tournament has been running annua... Mar 17, 2020
CANCELLATION OF ALL REMAINING UCU EVENTS AND LEAGUES THIS SEASON The below statement by the UCU Tournament Director has been approved by the UCU Executive Board Given the coronavirus p... Mar 15, 2020
2020 Irish Junior Chess Championships Postponed Dear chess players, chess parents and the wider chess community, I am very sorry we have had to postpone this year’s ... Mar 15, 2020
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