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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
Fantastic Chess Top prize money and a Brilliant Chess Tournament the City of Belfast 2024 The excellent surrounds of the Civil Service Pavilion played host to the Ulster Chess Union City of Belfast 2024. With s... May 27, 2024
May 2024 FIDE Rating Report By FIDE National Arbiter Brendan Jamison May 01, 2024
Chess in Schools and Communities Tutor Training Day at 2 Royal Avenue On Saturday 27th April the UK chess charity, Chess in Schools and Communities (“CSC”), ran their first ever Northern... Apr 28, 2024
UCU League 2023/24 final tables and board prizes Report on the UCU Belfast & District League 2023/24 Apr 28, 2024
Annual General Meeting 2024 2023/2024 season is rapidly coming to a close and with this comes the announcement of the UCU’s Annual General Meeting... Apr 27, 2024
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The Summer Tournament Weds 22nd May at Civil Service Pavilion The Summer Tournament is at Civil Service Social Club starting Wednesday 1st May 2024 at the Maynard Sinclair Pavilion a... May 29, 2024 07:30 PM - 10:45 PM — NICS,Maynard Sinclair Pavilion, Stormont, Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 3TA
Ulster Fischer Random Rapidplay Championship 2024 7 rounds of Fischer Random Chess, Sunday 2nd June at the Civil Service Pavilion. Jun 02, 2024 10:30 AM - 06:00 PM — NICS,Maynard Sinclair Pavilion, Stormont, Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 3TA
Sixth Executive Board Meeting Agenda TBC Jun 11, 2024 08:00 PM - 09:00 PM — Maynard Sinclair Pavilion
Annual General Meeting 2023-2024 Jun 17, 2024 07:30 PM - 09:30 PM — Fall Bowling Club, 63 Andersonstown Road
Ulster Championships 2024 : FIDE Rated 6 rounds at 90mins + 30secs. 3 sections. The top Ulster Competition. FIDE Rated. Aug 24, 2024 - Aug 26, 2024 — Queens University, South Dinning Hall, University Rd, Belfast, BT7 1NN
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