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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
Bangor Academy launches chess club Science teacher and UCU chess player Mr Magee launches Chess Club at Bangor Academy. Brendan Jamison hands over Chess se... Sep 14, 2019
Summer Tournament with only 3 weeks of competition left The standings, after 18 weeks of chess and only 3 weeks of competition left. Whos winning. Whos close - and a reminder ... Sep 03, 2019
New Ulster Champion crowned - Daniil Zelenchuk An exciting Ulster Championship took place on the bank holiday weekend of 24th-26th August at the brilliant venue of the... Sep 02, 2019
Summer School a brilliant 3 days of chess endings The annual Ulster Chess Union Summer Chess School took place on 7th, 8th, 9th August at the beautiful venue of Ballynafe... Aug 11, 2019
Fully booked ** Summer Chess School 2019 August 7th - 9th. The Childrens Summer Chess School is being held at Ballynafeigh Bowling Club now in its 10th Year - Fully booked. Jul 20, 2019
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The Civil Service 2019 Summer Tournament :Week21 The UCU Civil Service Summer Tournament is open to all chess players and provides regular competitive chess during the s... Sep 18, 2019 07:30 PM - 10:45 PM — NICS,Maynard Sinclair Pavilion, Stormont, Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 3TA
Cafe Chess at Belfast Culture Night 2019 A table awaits you at Caffe Nero Lombard St. Enjoy Chess and Coffee and good conversation.... This year the Culture nigh... Sep 20, 2019 - Sep 21, 2019 — Caffe Nero Lombard St.
LJCC - Belfast Qualifier 2019: 5th October An opportunity for Primary Students to Qualify for the London Junior Chess Championships - one of the most prestigious J... Oct 05, 2019 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM — Methodist College, 1 Malone Rd, Belfast BT9 6BY
BANGOR CONGRESS 2019 - FIDE Rated Sponsored by Mellon Hyundia Date: Saturday 5 October 2019 Oct 05, 2019 10:30 AM - 05:30 PM — Groomsport Parish Hall, 30 Main Street, Groomsport, County Down, BT19 6JR
Lisburn October Blitz (FIDE rated) and Bullet tournament On 12th October enjoy the Lisburn Blitz and Bullet tournament. Oct 12, 2019 10:30 AM - 04:00 PM — Level 2, Lisburn City Library, 23 Linenhall Street, Lisburn, BT28 1FJ
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