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|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.|
|Nov-03-13|| ||TheAlchemist: Wikipedia gives his full name as Albéric Joseph Rodolphe Marie Robert Ghislain O'Kelly de Galway|
|May-10-14|| ||diagonal: Portret Albéric O’Kelly de Galway:
Excellent dutch page with a full survey of his chess career & results:
|Apr-12-15|| ||offramp: ¬¬¬
<MR O'KELLY Sr:> So What shall we call our newborn son?
<MRS O'KELLY:> Well, we are both big fans of The Ring by Wagner...
<MR O'KELLY Sr:> You mean Siegfried? Or Gunther?
<MRS O'KELLY:> Actually ...
|May-03-15|| ||offramp: The Wikipedia article has a stupid sentence:
"He was descendent [sic] of Charlemagne."
All Europeans are descendants of Charlemagne!
|Jan-13-16|| ||john barleycorn: This beautiful game is missing here.
A. O'Kelly vs O. Barda (1954 Dr. Dyckhoff tournament)
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.f3 d5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bc3 c6 7.e3 b6 8.cd5 cd5 9.Bd3 O-O 10.Ne2 Nc6 11.e4 Nh5 12.e5 f5 13.h4 Qc7 14.Qc2 Qf7 15.Be3 Na5 16.g4 fg4 17.Bxh7+ Kh8 18.f4 Qe7 19.Bg6 Rf5 20.Bxh5 Rxh5 21.Ng3 Rf5 22.h5 Bd7 23.Qd1 Rc8 24.Bd2 Rcf8 25.Qxg4 Nb3 26.Ra2 Be8 27.Nxf5 Rxf5 28.Be3 Qc7 29.Rg1 Bxh5 30.Rh1 Qf7 31.c4 1-0
|Mar-05-16|| ||Granny O Doul: We may all be descendants of Charlemagne, but only one of us is rightful ruler of the Holy Roman Empire.|
|Mar-05-16|| ||Howard: Glad that I'm finally getting the recognition that I deserve ! Thanks, Granny O Doul, for enlightening our fellow chess fans.|
|Mar-17-16|| ||diagonal: <Sixty years ago, in summer 1956, Albéric O'Kelly de Galway was awarded the Grandmaster title>, after winning the 6th Ostend 1956 http://www.belgianchesshistory.be/t...|
Three players were new Grandmasters that same year in 1956, cp. a note in: Hastings (1955/56)
Alberic O'Kelly de Galway was obviously the first Belgium Grandmaster, and <he became the first Grandmaster of over-the-board and correspondence chess in 1962> as winner of the 3rd World Correspondence Championship (1959-1962).
An International arbiter of note, O'Kelly was chief arbiter in the two world championship matches between Petrosian and Spassky (1966 and 1969) plus the de-facto wc match between Karpov and Korchnoi (1974).
A talented speaker and polyglot gentleman, Alberic O’Kelly de Galway spoke perfectly eight languages.
O'Kelly started chess late at 12 and won his first major tournament at 26 and his first Belgian Championship at age of 27. He improved his play, thanks to regular visits to the world class player Akiba Rubinstein from Poland, later living in Belgium, who taught him the magic of chess :)
|Mar-27-16|| ||Yopo: renewing the postage
[Site "corr Dyckhoff mem"]
[White "Alberic O'Kelly"]
[Black "Olaf Barda"]
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. f3 d5 5. a3
Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 c6 7. e3 b6 8. cxd5 cxd5 9. Bd3
O-O 10. Ne2 Nc6 11. e4 Nh5 12. e5 f5 13. h4
Qc7 14. Qc2 Qf7 15. Be3 Na5 16. g4 fxg4 17. Bxh7+
Kh8 18. f4 Qe7 19. Bg6 Rf5 20. Bxh5 Rxh5 21. Ng3
Rf5 22. h5 Bd7 23. Qd1 Rc8 24. Bd2 Rcf8 25. Qxg4
Nb3 26. Ra2 Be8 27. Nxf5 Rxf5 28. Be3 Qc7 29. Rg1
Bxh5 30. Rh1 Qf7 31. c4 1-0
|May-17-16|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, Count!|
|May-17-16|| ||Hodor: Hodor!|
|May-17-16|| ||diagonal: Remembering Albéric O'Kelly de Galway:
Winner at Brussels Quadrangular 1937, <Beverwijk (Hoogovens) 1946> (ahead of Stolz), he won the first ever Zonal tournament, played at Hilversum 1947 (ahead of joint Pachman and Trifunovic), Teplice-Sanov 1947, Rio de Janeiro 1948, <Sao Paulo International 1948> (ahead of Eliskases, Rossetto, Engels, Sanguineti, Medina, 14 players), Saarbrücken 1950, <Dortmund 1951> (Prequel, 2nd-3rd Fuderer, Milic, on 7th place Bogoljubov), Dublin 1954, Southdean 1954, Cork 1955, Dublin 1956, <Ostende (6th) 1956> (ahead of Donner, Golombek, Lehmann, Bernstein, etc.), multiple winner at Open Festival of Bognor Regis, in West Sussex on the south coast of England: (4th) 1956, (8th) 1960 (with Darga), (9th) 1961 & (13th) 1965, Ghent 1956, Tarragona 1957 (ahead of Rossolimo), Paris (Christmas) 1959, <Zürich (Nimzowitsch Memorial) 1960> (ahead of Dieter Keller, Fuderer, Gereben, Dückstein, Van den Berg, Paoli, Kieninger, etc.), Eastbourne 1960, Terrassa 1960, <Utrecht (PAM tournament) 1961> (ahead of Robatsch, Matanovic, Bisguier, Langeweg, Donner, etc.), Paris (Christmas) 1961, 1962 & 1963 (shared with Darga), thrice winner at the Costa del Sol series, played in Torremolinos or Malaga: namely Costa del Sol (III.) 1963, Costa del Sol (VI.) 1966 (shared) & Costa del Sol (VII.) 1967, the inaugural edition of the classic <Palma de Mallorca in 1965> (shared with Pomar Salamanca and Darga), twice winner at Olot, Spain 1967 & 1969 (ahead of joint runners-up Marovic, Ivkov, followed by Pomar Salamanca). In addition, O’Kelly finished three times in a row as clear second at Beverwijk from 1951 to 1953.
As mentioned above, O’Kelly played eight Olympiads from 1950 till 1968 and was 13 times the Belgian Champion. A big success came when O’Kelly de Galway won the title of ICCF (3rd) Correspondence Chess World Champion in 1962.
|Oct-03-16|| ||TheFocus: Rest in peace, Count Alberic.|
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