Monday, 10 April 2017


The last match of the season was a 3.5-1.5 defeat at the hands of potential champions Muldoons.

Well done to Graeme and Richard on scoring the 1.5

Here is a short video of the Muldoons versus BS match which took place at Muldoons alternative venue in Clifton House.

This video shows the BS versus Muldoons match which took place at the BS alternative venue a few weeks ago.

Ecc 12:12 And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.

Friday, 10 February 2017


The traditional UCU Chess simul is on Thursday 16th February at Inst.
This has proven to be a very popular annual event and this year GM Mark Hebden is the guest star.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017


A brilliant idea has emerged from within the Ulster Chess Community.  A fundraising venture to send three kids to Russia.

Brendan Jamison seems to be deeply involved in the enterprise.

You can read the details at this link.

Here is a Russian folksong which was hi-jacked and turned into a Western pop tune.

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

Saturday, 14 January 2017


A very brief report from Rookie and video clip.

1.Ray Devenney 0.5-0.5 Sergio Esteve Sanchez;
2. Sam Flanagan 0.5-0.5 Stephen Rush; 
3.John Bryars 1-0 John Masterson; 
4.Bruce MacLean 0-1 Calum Ormerod; 
5.Bobby Thompson 0-1 Ian Woodfield. 
Total: 2-3. +Bonus: 2-5. 

So close this time. It was down to the last game. And a second great result for John after his draw with Nick Pilkiewicz. 
We're now 7.5 points behind Ballynafeigh 2 with a game in hand. 

That game in hand is next Monday, 16/1/17, at 8pm away to Muldoon's, Corporation Square. Where there's life, there's hope!

Friday, 6 January 2017


Here is a short video of the latest Belfast South match.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016


The last league game of the year took place at the thriving Ballynafeigh club.  

My game was drawn, I offered a draw in advantageous position to escape the oppressive heat of the club room.  It was much too hot for me.

Below is the final position, I offered a draw after playing Nd2, in normal circumstances I would have played on.

A short video of the Ballynafeigh club room, two matches and tutoring was taking place on the night.

Not sure what the final result of the match was, have to wait on Rookie`s report to find out.

Abraham  knew what it was to feel the heat. A famous passage of scripture from Genesis 18.

Genesis18:1 And the Lord appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day;

Victor Bologan gives good lines for white against the Scandanavian, Modern and Akekhine defences. 

The trick is trying to remember all the lines, it gets harder as you get older!


1. Mikhail Pavlov 0.5-0.5 Sam Flanagan; 
2.John O'Doherty 0-1 Ray Devenney; 
3. Robert Lavery 1-0 Bobby Thompson; 
4. Eoin Carey 0-1 Graeme McCormick; 
5. Chris Kelly 0-1 John Bryars. Total: 1.5-3.5.                              

It's a Cracker! A Christmas Cracker!

At Christmas, I usually have Pavlova for dessert, but this time Pavlov, "dogged" as ever, saw his luck "desert" him, as he drew with Sam!

Against promoted Graeme, Carey scored an "Eoin" goal, as he lost his game!

"Yule" not believe this, but 2 Bobby's turned up and Lavery beat Thompson in an "arresting" game!

All square so far, but "log" up a win for Ray over John- a Yule log!

"Snow" joke for "Christmassey Chris" as he lost to on form John Bryars!

Merry Christmas, everyone. Martin Kelly(Captain).