THE JERSEY VS GUERNSEY CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Inter-Insular Tournament has been hosted annually since 1931 with the only breaks being due to World War 2 and Covid. Each year the finest chess players from Jersey and Guernsey go head to head with the overall winner claiming the title of Channel Island Champion of the year.
The first Inter-Insular match was played in 1931. To date Jersey have 47 wins, Guernsey 30 and there have been 7 drawn matches. Amazingly Jersey player Philip Le Feuvre has competed in 57 of the 84 matches. His 57 appearances are an Inter-Insular record. In 2014 he surpassed the record of another legend of Inter-Insular chess, Guernseyman John Bisson who played 52 times.
For a full history of the event, please visit the Inter-Insular page on the Guernsey Chess Club’s website here.
84TH INTERINSULAR 2023
The Jersey Chess Club beat Guernsey Chess Club 9-7 in a 16-board match held in Guernsey on Saturday 22nd April. This was Jersey's first victory since 2018. Guernsey won the last pre-Covid and first post-Covid matches 11.5-4.5 (2019) and 8-7 (2022).
It was good to win back the team trophy (the Hollis Cup). Graham Mooney's well-contested, drawn game secured at least a draw in the match for Jersey and Gary Clark's win, in the last game to finish, took us to a 9-7 victory.
Congratulations to Garry Forbes who shared the Channel Islands Individual Championship (the Garde Trophy) and Gary Clark who won the David Browning Trophy, for winning on the highest board (not including the top board). Finally, congratulations to Sarah Weber for winning the Reserves Shield (the Withers Shield).
The Guernsey Chess Club provided a warm welcome and great hospitality at the Les Cotils Hotel.
|1||F Hamperl||1/2||-||1/2||G Forbes|
|2||P Kirby||1/2||-||1/2||P Carpenter|
|3||M Kirk||0||-||1||G Clark|
|4||A Strade||1/2||-||1/2||G Mooney|
|5||G Nevska||-||T Hill|
|6||P Rowe||-||G Girard|
|7||J Morgan||-||L Joualt|
|8||T Brookfield||-||J Ponomarenko|
|9||A Hale||-||R Ruddy|
|10||K Bateman||-||D Wilson|
|11||C Goman||-||M Johnson|
|12||R Finch||0||-||1||D Lara|
|13||S Naftel||-||G Weber|
|14||R Finch||-||G Boxall|
|15||T Harnden||0||-||1||J Briden|
|16||J Hill||G Witts|