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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
League Rules 2021/22 Updated League Rules for 2021/22 Season Sep 16, 2021
Childrens Chess starts with the Belfast London Junior Chess Championship Qualifier Childrens Chess is back. With its first tournament on Saturday 2nd October 2021. Taking place at Methodist College. A 6 ... Sep 15, 2021
GreenIsland Back to School Blitz 2021 Greenisland FC Chess Club put on a Back to School Blitz Competition on Thursday 9th September. Players from GFC Chess C... Sep 11, 2021
The New Board and the motions from this years UCU AGM 2021 With so much interest in Chess this year we had to run an extension to the AGM to include discussion of the proposals pu... Sep 06, 2021
Bangor Classic - Beginning Saturday 11 September 2021 9:30am to 11:30am An outdoor flexible tournment brought to us from Bangor Chess Club and chess organizer Brendan Jamison. Aug 30, 2021
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Second Executive Board Meeting 2021-22 Second Executive Board Meeting 2021-22. Civil Service Pavilion. Monday 27th Sept 2021 7:00pm. Sep 27, 2021 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM — NICS,Maynard Sinclair Pavilion, Stormont, Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 3TA
LJCC - Belfast Qualifier 2021: 2nd October An opportunity for Primary Students to Qualify for the London Junior Chess Championships and for Secondary pupils to enj... Oct 02, 2021 09:30 AM - 04:00 PM — Methodist College,1 Malone Rd, Belfast BT9 6BY
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