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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
Summer Tournament 2021 four weeks played Players are welcome to drop in to play a game of 90mins each. On a wednesday evening. So far we have played 4 weeks. Who... Jun 02, 2021
Virtual City of Belfast 2021 - Day 2 - hot off the press Day 2 of the Virtual City of Belfast 2021. With the last 2 rounds we see who is crowned the Henderson Champion and who i... May 31, 2021
Virtual City of Belfast 2021 - Day 1 - hot off the press Day one of the Virtual City of Belfast 2021 is complete. How do players stand. May 29, 2021
BREAKING NEWS: Greenisland FC launches Chess Club Greenisland Football Club has launched a brand new chess club at Greenisland Football Club. It opens on Friday 11th June... May 27, 2021
The 2021 AGM and Ulster Championships - Weekend of July 24th We are looking at having the 2021 AGM and the Ulster Championships for 2021 face to face. Over the weekend of July 24th,... May 24, 2021
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Ulster Championships 2021 We hope to run these with face to face games over the weekend 23rd Juy, 24th July, 25th July. Jul 23, 2021 - Jul 25, 2021 — NICS,Maynard Sinclair Pavilion, Stormont, Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 3TA
Ulster Chess Union AGM 2021 Hope fully face to face. The Ulster Chess Union AGM 24th July 8:00pm (TBC) Jul 24, 2021 08:00 PM - 10:00 PM — NICS,Maynard Sinclair Pavilion, Stormont, Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 3TA
The ICU have announced: 100th Irish Championship 2021 This was last run successfully with distance rules enforced last year. The ICU hope to repeat this this year at the End ... Jul 31, 2021 - Aug 08, 2021 — Collaiste Eanna, Co Dublin
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