Michael Keane died 2013

I thought I would mention the death on Sunday of our colleague Michael (Mick) Keane who would be remembered by some of the older BCA members.  He was buried yesterday after Mass in Ballinteer Church in Dublin where there was a fine turn-out of chess players and members of the blind community in general.

Mick was retired from active chess for many years but in his day he represented Ireland in six Olympiads and in the 1982 World Individual in Hastings.  He was a very strong player and always acquitted himself with distinction when representing his country.  He joined the BCA in 1947 and was a member for many years taking part in the postal competitions which were then popular.  I have lots of his over-the-board games but the below are two games played by Mick in the Leinster Leagues when he was a member of the O’Hanlon Chess Club for the Blind which operated during the Sixties.  They were played against two quality players of the day.
Michael Keane - Ray Cassidy, Gioco Piano, Armstrong Cup 1965-66
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. c3 Nf6 5. d4 exd4 6. cxd4 Bb4+ 7. Nc3 Nxe4 8. O-O Bxc3 9. d5 Bf6 10. Re1 Ne7 11. Bg5 Bxg5 12. Nxg5 O-O 13. Rxe4 d6 14. Nxh7 Kxh7 15. Qh5+ Kg8 16. Rh4 f5 17. Re1 Bd7 18. Qh7+ Kf7 19. Rh6 Be8 20. R1e6 Ng8 21. Qg6+ 1-0
Eamon Keogh - Michael Keane, French Rubenstein!  Armstrong Cup 1965-66
1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Nd7 5. Nf3 Ngf6 6. Ng3 c5 7. dxc5 Bxc5 8. Bd3 O-O 9. O-O Qc7 10. Qe2 b6 11. Bg5 h6 12. Bxf6 Nxf6 13. Nd2 Bb7 14. Nde4 Nxe4 15. Nxe4 Qc6 16. Qf3 Be7 17. Qg3 Rad8 18. Rad1 Rd4 19. Nc3 Bd6 20. Be4 Bxg3 21. Bxc6 Rxd1 22. Rxd1 Bxh2+ 23. Kxh2 Bxc6 24. Rd6 Rc8 25. Ne2 Kf8 26. Nd4 Be8 0-1













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