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|Mar-07-05|| ||nikolaas: He did howeever win the belgian championship at least 5 times. |
|Mar-07-05|| ||WTHarvey: Chessmetrics.com puts O'Kelly de Galway at #30 in the world in 1956 at the age of 45. Here are some critical positions from Alberic's games including a couple not given here: http://www.wtharvey.com/okel.html |
|Mar-07-05|| ||Benzol: Are <WTHarvey> and <Lawrence> related?
|Mar-08-05|| ||Lawrence: I think we must be identical twins who were farmed out to different families. |
|Mar-08-05|| ||TheAlchemist: <Sneaky> You should see this one with Nf5. Karstens vs Friesicke, 1937 |
|Jul-08-05|| ||BaranDuin: His family emigrated to Belgium In the 18th century.|
|Sep-26-05|| ||nikolaas: Dear mister Keene. I know you played O'Kelly a few times. Do you still recall him? Have you ever spoken to him? I want to write a book about him, but I don't know if he was a nice guy :-(|
|May-17-06|| ||BIDMONFA: Alberic O'Kelly de Galway|
|Apr-11-07|| ||Stonewaller2: Sounds like here's another member of the Wild Geese of Chess, along with Paul Morphy whose uncle, born a Murphy, emigrated to Spain around the same time as O'Kelly's family moved to Belgium.|
|May-17-10|| ||Cibator: O'Kelly was also an International Arbiter, and was in charge of the Petrosian-Spassky world championship matches in 1966 and 1969.|
|May-17-10|| ||wordfunph: The Belgian master Count Alberic O'Kelly de Galway competed in the 1957, 1958, and 1959 Beverwijk international tournaments. His score over the 3 tournaments was an amazing +1 =25 -1.|
|May-17-10|| ||DarthStapler: I think the biography should mention the opening named after him, 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 a6|
|May-17-10|| ||Stonehenge: Done :)|
|May-17-12|| ||LoveThatJoker: Esteemed Alberic O'Kelly de Galway, today you are remembered!|
|Feb-09-13|| ||Dezaxa: I still have his book: Improve Your Chess Fast (1978). The curious thing about it is that the diagrams were reproduced from correspondence course material created earlier by O'Kelly and follow the French custom of representing the bishops as jesters.|
|Feb-09-13|| ||parisattack: Assess Your Chess Fast is the companion volume. Similar formatting, identical DJ except for color.|
His Petrosian book is also excellent.
|May-17-13|| ||offramp: ...And today you are remembered as well. It happens every year.|
Over the summer months I am intending to contact O'Kelly through a Ouija board used at midnight beneath a tree in the Warandepark.
If you want me to ask him anything please put your questions here.
|May-17-13|| ||Abdel Irada: Here's a link to O'Kelly de Galway's Wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb%C3....|
I warn, however, that the information on this page is quite scant. And I still have no idea how he ended up with the "O'Kelly" in his name.
|May-17-13|| ||Benzol: Wasn't Ireland settled as part of the Norman conquest. I believe that O'Kelly is actually of French origin but many of the French invaders actually went to Ireland and went native becoming more Irish than the Irish.|
|May-17-13|| ||Abdel Irada: The etymology of the name is a bit uncertain, but none the less intriguing for that:|
<This interesting surname, with variant spellings Kelley and Kellie, has three distinct possible origins. Firstly, it is an Anglicized form of the great Old Gaelic name "O'Ceallaigh". The Gaelic prefix "O" indicates "male descendant of", plus the personal byname "Ceallach" meaning "strife" or "contention". The main (O')Kelly clan belonged to Ui Maine (mid Galway and South Roscommon), and the reigning chieftain, O'Ceallaigh (circa 1351), was a renowned patron of the arts. O'Kelly of Gallagh, whose claim to the designation chief of the name is officially recognised is entitled to be called the O'Kelly.>
Two points about the above:
•As I understand it, the prefix "O'" specifically means "grandson of," while "Mac" or "Mc" means "son of."
•Fascinating that the geographic origin was partly in <Galway>. This may suggest that our protagonist's family at one time resided there before returning to the Continent.
|May-17-13|| ||Benzol: <Abdel> Thanks for the link. Most interesting.|
|May-17-13|| ||KlingonBorgTatar: Count Alberic O'Kelly de Galway belongs to the group of world class chess playing aristocrats which includes Sir George Thomas, Baron Tassilo Von Heydebrand und Von der Lasa and Mme Chantal Chaude de Silans. His book on Petrosian I believe is one of the best ever written as one could feel the deep strategies and maneuvering genius of Botvinnik's conqueror just by perusing it. The reader is not cluttered with variations. Instead, ideas are clearly elucidated such that only one or two variations would suffice. Each game is prefaced by a backgrounder which captures the drama and tension of the event and
titled poetically. Andersen - Petrosian is titled "The Haunted House". On the 20th move Petrosian sacs his Kt and O'Kelly writes, " this magnificent sacrifice is made possible because White's pieces are scattered and his King's side is undeveloped. The ghosts enter the house ..."|
|May-17-13|| ||Howard: O'Kelly, in fact, made the cover of the February, 1981 issue of Chess Life when he died. That's how I first heard of him.|
He played Fischer at the famous 1965 Capablanca Memorial, in Havana. Their meeting wasn't exactly face-to-face though, as is well-known.
|May-17-13|| ||offramp: Isn't that the swimsuit issue?|
|May-17-13|| ||brankat: R.I.P. GM O'Kelly.|
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