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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
Open Air Event 5: Groomsport Outdoor Blitz Championship - Saturday 26 September 2020 Another brilliant outdoor tournament run by Brendan Jamison. A 6 round blitz with 10 players. Sep 27, 2020
Outdoor Autumn Blitz Chess Championship at Stormont Estate, Belfast Another brilliant outdoor event was held on Saturday morning 19th Sept. 2020. Report by Tournament Organiser Brendan Ja... Sep 27, 2020
Reminder - UCU Board meeting 19th Sept 6:30pm on Zoom. Reminder - UCU Board meeting 19th Sept 6:30pm we are holding a virtual meeting due to the Covid Virus. See details for t... Sep 18, 2020
UCU Board extends UCU membership and Club affiliations With the unusual circumstances with Covid - the feeling with the Board is that indoors face to face chess is unlikely in... Sep 13, 2020
Ulster Chess Union proposal for this years AGM Ulster Chess Union proposal for this years AGM Sep 12, 2020
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