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O'Kelly de Galway, Alberic

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Alberic O'Kelly de Galway (1911-1980) was a Belgium grandmaster (1956).  In 1962 he became the first grandmaster of over-the-board and  correspondence chess.  He was winner of the 3rd World Correspondence Championship (1962-1965).  He won the Belgium championship 12 times.  He was chief arbiter in four world championship matches.  In Belgium he was honored with the Golden Palm of the Order of the Crown.  He could speak seven different languages.  He was not a Count like some sources say.  He died at the age of 70.

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  • 7 years ago · Quote · #1

    AlecKeen

    I remember O'Kelly de Galway giving an exhibition in the late 1950's on a "board" the size of a couple of tennis courts, with human pieces. He certainly plugged the "Count" (or was it "Baron") thing for all it was worth. Presumably the origins of the surname and tag were from a Wild Geese family.
  • 23 months ago · Quote · #2

    NimzoRoy

    I guess Pergamon Press made a mistake here since they took his word for being a Count. It's a great book (© 1965) for the $2.00(!) I paid for it back in the Mesozoic Era (or whenever) but only has 30 games in 120 pp and only covers games from 1946-1963. It's available at amazon and eBay but I don't recommend it because the prices I saw were way too high.
     
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