Dunfermline 'A' team player, Garry Forbes recently enjoyed representing Guernsey in their recent Chess Inter-Insular match in Jersey. The match is contested over 16 boards and the Guernsey team won 9.5-6.5 (with full board scores below). Garry had the black pieces and his match ended in very quick fashion when his opponent forced an early draw by perpetual.
Guernsey also retained the reserve shield and Fred Hamperl (also the Guernsey team captain) won the coveted title of Channel Island Champion outright for the 2nd time by defeating the Jersey Champion Belzo on board 1. The Guernsey champion plays Jersey champion on board 1 for this title. http://www.guernseychessclub.org.gg for further info under Press Reports.
It was a fantastically enjoyable weekend as the match was played in a hotel in the Jersey countryside. Several Guernsey players enjoyed a game of tennis on the Friday afternoon in the sunshine and there is always a meal and drinks after the match. The cameraderie between both teams is excellent and this has been further strengthened by the islands entering a team in the 4NCL.
Although Guernsey were fielding a very strong side due to several strong Jersey players being unable to play, Guernsey players still had to be at their best to win on Jersey soil for the first time since 1994, with several Guernsey players punching well above their weight (especially Colin Goman on board 9, who was originally first reserve and stepped in heroically at the last minute).
The match alternates every year between the islands (even years in Jersey, odd years in Guernsey) and Guernsey's 9.5-6.5 victory was the biggest over Jersey since 1997. The victory takes the match totals since the first Inter-Insular in 1931 to Jersey 40, Guernsey 27, Draw 6. This was Garry's 6th match for Guernsey against Jersey and this was his 2nd team victory (the first one being the 9-7 victory at home in 2005).
Guernsey will be hoping to get their good home record in recent years back on track in 2011. After defeating Jersey in two tight matches in 2005 and 2007, they unfortunately lost heavily in 2009. This is the biggest chess fixture of the season for both islands and Garry is already looking forward to the chess Inter-Insular in 2011.
2010 73RD INTER-INSULAR BOARD ORDER, SAT 24th April, JERSEY
GUERNSEY 9.5 JERSEY 6.5
1 W F FM Hamperl (2075) V B K Belzo (2118) 1-0.
2 B A Hale (1868) V W A Rosenbeiger (2153) 0-1.
3 W P Rowe (2042) V B PWojciechowski (2105) 1/2.
4 B P CM Kirby (2065) V W M Mazurkiewicz (1847) 1/2.
5 W P Carpenter (1826)* V B J Rodriguez (1944)* 1-0.
6 B T CM Brookfield (1796) V W T Khan (2181) 1/2.
7 W J Cummins (1898) V B G Mooney (2001) 0-1.
8 B T Knight (1663)* V W P Le Feuvre (1716)* 0-1.
9 W C Goman (1871) V B L Jouault (1984) 1-0.
10 B G Forbes (1925) V W G Girard (1806)* 1/2.
11 W J Bridel (1742) V B W Philpot (1651)* 1/2.
12 B M Kirk (1541)* V W S Richford (1651)* 1-0.
13 W R Finch (1485)* V B D Potigny (1552)* 1-0.
14 B J Spicer (1526)* V W A Green (1656)* 1-0.
15 W D Smith (1532)* V B S Ruff (1495)* 1/2.
16 B S Naftel (1485)* V W N Murray (1446)* 1/2.
Board 1 is playing for the title of Channel Island Championship.
FIDE ratings have been used where possible.
If no FIDE ratings then national used. * denotes national rating used.