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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
New National Abiters BREAKING NEWS: Northern Ireland has two new FIDE licensed National Arbiters - Mark Newman and Adrian Dornford-Smith. Re... Jun 16, 2020
Lockdown Summer Tournament: weeks 4 - 6 The Summer drop in tournament continues. With a couple of new players and plenty of good chess. Read on for results and ... Jun 10, 2020
Final Standings for the 2020 Childrens Chess Grandprix With the March Childrens Chess completed we have the final standings for the 2020 Grandprix. The top four of each secti... Jun 08, 2020
Farewell from Ross and Brendan As of 25th May 2020 Ross Harris (Chairperson) and Brendan Jamison (Secretary / tournament director/ league controller) h... May 31, 2020
Lockdown Summer Tournament: week3 The competition continues - with a few more players and some challenging chess games. Email me if you wish to join this ... May 26, 2020
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