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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 Blitz 13th Feb 2020 Bangor continues to be more than just a chess club - regularly inviting players to talks and competitions. It held a FID... Feb 24, 2020
Greenisland buzzes with speed chess extravaganza Tournament report by Brendan Jamison, National Arbiter 33 players gathered at Greenisland Baptist Church on Saturday 22... Feb 24, 2020
Breaking news: Strand 2 win Division 2 Strand were chasing Belfast South in what looked like an impossible mission.... but.... Feb 22, 2020
Top Ulster Youngsters playing Chess at Methodist College On Saturday 8th February 2020 a brilliant chess afternoon took place at Methodist College. Part of the Monthly series of... Feb 15, 2020
BREAKING NEWS: Strand Chess Club wins Silver King league Champions 2020 The Strand Club wins the Silver King, the coveted Division 1 trophy awarded to Champions of the Belfast & District Chess... Feb 09, 2020
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Upcoming Events
BANGOR FEBRUARY MINI BLITZ + OPENING TALK ON SICILIAN SVESHNIKOV BY DANNY ROBERTS Enjoy some games and a brilliant talk by top Ulster player Danny Roberts at Bangor Chess Club. Feb 27, 2020 07:30 PM - 10:00 PM — Bangor Chess Club, Groomsport Parish Hall, 30 Main Street, Groomsport, County Down, BT19 6JR
Childrens Chess - fun tournament - 14th March 2020 The Childrens Chess afternoon tournaments continues its monthly series on 14th March at Methodist College. All welcome. ... Mar 14, 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
The UCU AGM/Annual prize-giving will take place on Saturday 23 May 2020 at 6:30pm to 7:30pm. The UCU AGM/Annual prize-giving will take place at Maynard Sinclair Pavilion (East Belfast) on Saturday 23 May 2020 at 6... May 23, 2020 06:30 PM - 07:30 PM — NICS,Maynard Sinclair Pavilion, Stormont, Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 3TA
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