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The Guernsey Chess Club meets every Tuesday evening at 7:15pm at the Grange Lodge Hotel. Visitors are always welcome. Please feel free to contact one of the officers listed if you wish to find out more.
For information about Guernsey and how to get here see Visit Guernsey site also see links to Guernsey sites. Cheap flights can be found with early reservation.
Guernsey won two matches(beating Jersey and Malta) in the Euro Small Nations tournament in Monaco finsihing 2 December 2013 see report
The 40th Guernsey International Chess Festival will be held on 19-25 October 2014 at the Peninsula Hotel, Guernsey.
GM Sergei Tiviakov won the 39th Guernsey International Chess Festival Open tournament! Holiday Winners Dennis O'Connell and Wim van Hoek. Jude Lenier won the most brilliant game prize see report
Winter League starts Tuesday 24 September, matrices now online!
Fred Hamperl won the 2013 summer league and the 15 minute reapid play on Tuesday 17 September.
AGM is Tuesday 14 May at Grange Lodge. Summer League is being organised by Toby Brookfield please let us know if you can play in it.
Guernsey lost the 76th Inter Insular match 5.5 - 10.5 on Saturday 27 April at Les Cotils, but Fiona Naftel made sure everyone had a great time. Fred Hamperl drew with Black on the top board to retain the Channel Island championship trophy.
GMs Mark Hebden and Marc Narciso won the 38th Guernsey International Chess Festival Open tournament! Holiday Winners Jonathan Perrin, Wim van Hoek and Peter van Nijen. Twelve year old Theo Slade won the most brilliant game prize see report
Winter League starts on Tuesday 25 September - Grange Lodge 7.30 pm - Check new matrices to see who your opponent is.
The Guernsey team have returned from the Istanbul Olympiad see results on Olympiad link. Photo: Board1: Fred Hamperl, Board2: Peter Kirby, Board3: Peter Rowe, Board4: Toby Brookfield (not in photo Reserve: Tim Knight).
Guernsey won the 75th Inter Insular match 9 - 7 on Saturday 28 April at Hotel de Normandie in Jersey. Fred Hamperl won with White on the top board to retain the Channel Island championship trophy. Team Captain Kerry Bateman was the last to finish his game and he sealed the victory for Guernsey with his win.
David Savident played his way back into form as several Guernsey players entered the Bournemouth Congress 21 April 2012.
75th Inter Insular teams have been exchanged tonight 18 April 2012 click on Inter Insular link in menu and then click match results query button to see pairings scroll down for reserves match.
Fred and Toby go to Avoine and stay in Chinon, Loire Valley, 9-11 March 2012. Fred beats the local hero IM and wins the open, Toby is equal 11th See Report Results see game in interesting games section
See article in Gallery magazine (February 2012 edition), have a laugh at the terrible photo of Fred Page1 Page2
Guernsey has selected its summer 2012 Istanbul Olympiad team: Fred Hamperl, Peter Rowe, Toby Brookfield, Tim Knight and Peter Kirby see announcement here
The Guernsey Press had this photo question on Wednesday 18 January Click to see! do you know who it is? Answer with other young Guernsey greats!
Division 2 cycle 2 matrix now online. Congratulations to Bogdan Nalichowski and Jonathan Spicer who are promoted to the first division after the first cycle.
Wasif Anees won the 10 minute blitz tournament held on 10 January 2012. John Cummins was second and Matt Kirk third. Richard Thorburn did very well in joint fifth with a 50% score.
Guernsey's Kerry Bateman was recognised in the Daily Telegraph for his brilliancy see article Bateman Brilliancy!
GM Sarunas Sulskis won the 37th Guernsey International Open with 6/7. GMs Pert and Hebden were 2nd equal with David Collier and Tiger was 5th with 3 other players. Peter Hoogakker finally won the Holiday tournament after coming 2nd 4 times before. Click buttons on top left corner for pairings and crosstables - also see press articles here Festival 2011
2005-6 World Champion, Veselin Topalov visited Guernsey on 5/6 October 2011 and palyed a simultaneous match against the Guernsey Chess Federation see report - press report
Silvio Danailov president of the European Chess Union made a presentation to the Guernsey Education department in connection with chess in schools in Guernsey. The meeting was very positive and was a good start to the CIS iniative in Guernsey.
Matthew Kirk and Fred Hamperl won the Blitz tournament held on 20 Sept 2011 with 6 points over 7 rounds. David Savident was third with 5 points and Peter Rowe and Andy Hale were joint fourth with 4 and half points.
Blitz 20 Sept 2011, Winter League starts 27 Sept 2011, please come along!
Peter Rowe won the 2011 Summer League with 10 points out of 12.
2nd Euro Minor Nations in the Faroe Islands August 2011. Guernsey beat Jersey 2.5-1.5! see report
Jonathan Spicer is the St Peter's Master, winning with a perfect score, held at La Pomare Saturday 9 July, 2pm. Jonathan beat Channel Island champion Fred Hamperl in the last round, on a board balancing on a high wall (both players standing). In fact all the boards were scattered around the the big traditional Guernsey granite farmhouse, inside and outside in the gardens. The non regular chess player trophy went to Matt Cable with 2.5 out of 4 (I never thought I'd ever see the day when I'd be adding Matt's name to a chess website for chess prowess, then neither did he I expect :-). Thanks to Mark Dunster for hosting and Toby Brookfield for organising. see poster
Tuesday 31 May 2011 - Tim Knight and Peter Rowe shared first place in the Buzzer quickplay, 3rd were Matthew Kirk, David Savident and Fred Hamperl. Remember summer league starts next week.
Summer League starts Tuesday 7 June, contact Toby. Buzzer quickplay Tuesday 31 May, contact Fred. All at Grange Lodge Hotel. Please come along!
Tuesday 24 May 2011 - Fred Hamperl won the deferred 2010 Blitz tournament. Peter Rowe was 2nd, Wasif Anees 3rd and Bogdan Nalichowski 4th.
Toby Brookfield has written an excellent newsletter please see it on this link Knights before Bishops
The AGM is Tuesday 17 May 7.30 pm at the Grange Lodge Hotel. Please come along!
Jersey won the 74th Inter Insular match 9 - 7 on Saturday 14 May at the Grange Lodge Hotel. Fred Hamperl drew with black on the top board to retain the Channel Island championship trophy. Toby Brookfield won the Browning Trophy for highest board win, Jonathan Spicer won the hat-trick trophy for his magnificent 3 wins out of 3 in Inter Insulars. Sam Smith was crowned Channel Island junior champion. Many thanks to grandmaster Neil McDonald for attending and helping players from both islands. press report
Fred Hamperl came equal 17th in the Thessaloniki Open in Greece out of a field of over 100 players.
Inter Insular teams were exchanged on 12 April see teams in Inter Insular section.
Fred Hamperl is the new 2011/12 Guernsey Champion. Peter Rowe came second and Toby Brookfield stormed through the field to gain third place. Andy Hale was fourth.
At Castle Chess weekend tournament in Jersey, Guernsey's Toby Brookfield finished second and Jonathan Spicer won the junior and a grading prize.
In Choisille, Loire Valley France, Fred Hamperl got a good 2100 performance.
David Smith and Toby Brookfield played in Gibraltar 2 week tournament.
Nick Pert won the 36th Guernsey International Open on tie break from Tiger-Hillarp-Persson and Evgeny Sveshnikov. Pieter Sandijck won the holiday tournament - see press articles Festival 2010
Guernsey's Olympiad team are in Siberia - see press articles 28-09-2010 01-10-2010 05-10-2010 08-10-2010
Winter league starts 28 September. Matrices updated online now.
Jonathan Spicer finished equal 19th in the British under 16's with 2.5 out of 7.
Fred Hamperl finished 8th equal with 2 other players in Ischia (Italian island north of Capri). The tournament had 6 GMs, 2 IMs, 1 WGM and 2 FMs in it. Fred mated the French WGM (Women's Grand Master) in the last round to win Euro 200 (he finished above the Itlaian champion), see interesting games. Also see humorous press article on his last round game see press article
Dave Smith lead a very successful last minute organised rescue mission to the 4NCL bank holiday weekend 1, 2 & 3 May 2010. Guernsey beat e2-e4 3.5-2.5 on the Saturday with a win from Fred Hamperl on board 1 and a great captain's victory from Dave Smith on board 6. On Sunday we lost to Bristol 2 2-4, but the match was closer than the scoreline suggested. Then on Monday Guernsey Mates won 4-2 to make Guernsey's final score for the season look much more respectable. Many thanks to Graham Mooney, Matthew Simmons and Shankar Kumar from the Jersey squad that helped us out. Also thank you to Ian Jamieson and David Sedgwick for supporting us. Not forgetting Toby Brookfield who played well but was just a little unlucky seeing a couple of great positions slip away.
Guernsey win 2010 Inter Insular 9.5 - 6.5 see press article
Change of venue from 20 April 2010 until end of September 2010 - Cobo Bay Hotel back function room
Colin Goman clinches the second div2 promotion place. Jonathan Spicer holds on to his division 1 spot with a great win with the black pieces in a critical relegation one on one game.
Summer League starts Tuesday 13 April Grange Lodge, see matrix on summer league pages.
Dave Smith is the winner of Division 2 and will play for the championship next year.
Fred Hamperl has won the Guernsey Championship, his first time outright. Fred will play board 1 at the inter insular for the Channel Island championship trophy. It isn't clear who his opponent will be yet. There is a close fought battle between Jon Hawes, Christoff Belzo and Alan Rosenbeiger with just a few games to go in Jersey.
Pictures from Pia van Rossum that she did during the 2009 Guernsey Festival. Thank you, Pia!>
4NCL results: R1 Gsy v Gloucestershire Gambits loss 2 - 4, R2 Gsy v SCS win 3.5 - 2.5, see 4NCL page for more details.
Tiger Hillarp-Persson won the 35th Guernsey International Chess Festival with 6.5 out of 7. John Gibson won the Holiday tournament. The 36th Festival will be held at the Peninsula Hotel again from 17th to 23rd October 2010.
There will be giant chess in the market square Saturday 17 October 10 am to 3 pm to promote the 35th Guernsey International Chess Festival 18-24 October at the Peninsula Hotel.
Guernsey will be entering a team into division 3 of the 4NCL (Four Nations Chess League). There will be 11 rounds spread over 5 weekends at good venues in the UK. Please let Jonathan O'Connor know if you would like to play for the "Guernsey Mates" team. Player registration is currently underway. We could particularly do with help over the first weekend 24-25 October as it clashes with our festival here in Guernsey see link
Follow the Guernsey team's performance at the Euro Minor Nations in Andorra 20-28 June 2009. Guernsey beat Liechtenstein 3-1! see report
The club is meeting temporarily at the Guernsey Bowl Stadium from Tuesday 9th June until Tuesday 23 June (inc). This is the one behind the Houge du Pommier Hotel.
Fred Hamperl won the 2009 Open Quickplay with a perfect score see results, matrix.
Summer League starts Tuesday 26 May and Open Quickplay is Saturday 30 May. Contact Jonathan O'Connor for more information on the tournaments.
Guernsey lost the 72nd Inter-Insular match to Jersey 4.5-11.5 at the Jerbourg Hotel Saturday 25 April 2009. Well done to Jonathan Spicer for his win and to Tim Kinght and the Reserves team for their wins (Nick Argent, Matt Kirk).
Peter Rowe is the 2009 Guernsey Champion! After an exciting finale game with Fred Hamperl on 7 April 2009. Fred with white needed to win to be champion and went all out for it, but Peter came through to be champion for the 21st time!
Peter Kirby of the Guernsey Chess Federation won the 4th Spectrum Guernsey tournament held at the Peninsula Hotel 3-5 April 2009.
The Yacht Club has knocked down its club room as part of building works, this interefed with Mark and Fred's league game on Saturday morning (10/1/09), the board was vibrating with the whole building as the foundations were ripped off the sea wall. As a result of this on Tuesday night we had no room so Jonathan O'Connor organised a fun blitz tournament, Fred won see results matrix.
Peter Rowe won the blitz tournament held on 16 December 2008. Fred Hamperl was second and Wasif Anees third.
Follow the Guernsey team's progress at the Dresden 38th Olympiad, 12-25 November 2008. Guernsey now have 3 match wins and a match tie, having beaten Rwanda 3-1, Namibia 2.5-1.5 and Gabon 2.5-1.5 and tied with Angola 2-2 and Zambia 2-2. Also Peter Kirby achieved the Candidate Master title with his win on 23/11/08. It snowed overnight on 21-22/11/08 and it's all white here now. report - official website - results site - press article
GM Tiger Hillarp-Persson won the 34th Guernsey International Chess Festival with an outstanding 6.5 out of 7. GMs Bojan Kurajica and GM Kevin Spraggett were clear second equal on 5.5 points.
Division 1, 2 and 3 matrices for 2008/09 now available
The highest placed eligible player in the Open tournament will receive entry into the British Chess Championship 2009!
East beat West of Guernsey 7 to 4 - East v West results
Jonathan O'Connor has won the Spectrum Bideford Challengers with 4.5 out of 5. Congratulations Jonathan!
Jonathan Spicer scores 4 out of 9 in Dubai. Well done!
Jonathan Spicer is off to Dubai to play in the 7th Dubai Juniors 6-15 July 2008 for juniors under 14 years of age. The Guernsey Chess Club wishes him good luck! - See press report
Andy Hale won the Open Quickplay at the Yacht Club on Saturday 31 May 2008. Fellow school teacher Jonathan Hills lost to his pupil Jonathan Spicer!
Guernsey were defeated by Jersey 5-11 in the 71st Inter-Insular match. Guernsey won the reserves Withers shield and Fred Hamperl became the first Guernsey player to win the Dave Browning trophy in its 8 years existence. See Inter-Insular pages for all the results.
Peter Rowe is the 2008 Guernsey Champion. This is the 20th time Peter has won the title (including 3 joint firsts).
Fred Hamperl from Guernsey wins the 3rd Guernsey Spectrum Tournament (see game against Louis Jouault from Jersey in interesting game section). Jonathan Spicer won a prize with 2.5 out of 6 overall, which is a fantastic achievement for a Guernsey junior against overseas opposition.
The 71st Inter-Insular will be held in Jersey on Saturday 19th April 2008, at Les Charrieres Hotel.
The 34th Fortis Guernsey International Chess Festival will be held from 19th to 25th October 2008, in keeping with our tradition of the 3rd Sunday in October. It was a very difficult decision for us because such a good contingent of English juniors attended in 2007 and the 2008 half term holiday is a week later than our tradtional 3rd Sunday in October. Despite this we are hoping many of the juniors will still be able to attend. Entry Form.
33rd Fortis Guernsey International Chess Festival GM Tiger Hillarp-Persson wins with 6 out of 7 having taken a half point bye in round 1. GM Vladimir Epishin was equal second - click to see TV report - Press Reports - Festival Pages.
Fred Hamperl and Peter Kirby play at Neuchatel in Switzerland - see report.
Guernsey win 70th Inter-Insular 8.5 - 7.5. Fred Hamperl wins on board 1 to win the Garde trophy and become outright Channel Island Champion, last time that happened for Guernsey was in 1977, 30 years ago with Dave Browning - see reports - Full Report - Press Report
3 Guernsey players do really well at Cappelle La Grande, Toby and Anton were on stage with trophies winning their grading prizes and Fred got a 2281 performance! - see report.
Video of Peter Williams, 10 years old at the 2nd Spectrum Guernsey Tournament - click to see TV report
Guernsey player Toby Brookfield shared first place at Spectrum Chess 2nd Guernsey Congress on the weekend 16th, 17th and 18th of March at the Peninsula Hotel. See report. Entry form see pdf, Word doc, image 1 and image 2. See the Spectrum website here. Peninsula Hotel website.
IM Robert Bellin played 9 Guernsey Juniors and school teacher in simultaneous match, he won 10-0. See reports - Full Report - Press Intro - Press Report
33rd Fortis Guernsey International Chess Festival will be held at the Peninsula Hotel from 21st to 27th October. First prize £1,200 (approx Euro 1,800), second prize approx £800, two tournaments and lots of other prizes. See Festival pages for entries so far and history. Entry Form (web) Entry Form (pdf) - Information Leaflet . Good rates at such a high quality hotel £28 sharing and £35 for single occupancy with breakfast, see rates list Hotel special rates - Hotel web site.
GM Tiger Hillarp-Persson played a blindfold simultaneous match against 6 Guernsey Chess Club members at the Guernsey Yacht Club Tuesday 24/10/2006 7:30 pm in front of an audience. He won 6 - 0. Later he said he didn't use any memory techniques and just had an excepionally good memory, amazing! £125 was collected and donated to the Guernsey Blind Association - click to see TV report
GM Leonid Gofshtein wins 32nd Guernsey International Chess Festival. See festival pages for the crosstables and statistics etc. See the pictures here Channel Television video report on 32nd Fortis Guernsey International Chess Festival. Features GM Tiger Hillarp-Persson, CM Kevin Thurlow and Island Champion Peter Rowe - click to see
New! - Play through past festival games online in Java applet see Festival pages
32nd Fortis Guernsey International Chess Festival will be held at the Peninsula Hotel from 15th to 21st October. First prize £1,200 (approx Euro 1,800), second prize £600, two tournaments and lots of other prizes. See Festival pages for entries so far and history. Entry Form (print in landscape) - Information Leaflet Exceptional rates at such a high quality hotel £26 sharing and £33 for single occupancy with breakfast, see rates list Hotel special rates - Hotel web site.
Guernsey team at 37th World Chess Olympiad in Torino. Another record team score as well as Fide Master and Cadidate Master titles for two players. The Guernsey team is improving gradually all the time, many thanks to Robert Bellin for his coaching and support. See report. Report
Jersey win 69th Inter-Insular 11-5, Guernsey retain the Withers reserve match shield, held in Jersey on 6 May see Inter-Insular pages for pairings and history. Report
Southend Open, 3 Guernsey players take part, see report. Report
Spectrum Chess held weekend congress in Guernsey on 17-19 March 2006. The Guernsey players took away most the prize fund see report. Report
New Junior Club will meet every Friday evening at 6:30 pm at the Yacht Club.
John Bisson passed away on Sunday 23 October 2005. The founder of the Guernsey Festival and great ambassador for Guernsey Chess over many decades. He will be sadly missed by all of us. Obituary 90th birthday
GM Oleg Korneev wins 31st International Festival (see festival pages). Report
31st International Festival will be held from 16th October to 22nd October 2005 at the Cobo Bay Hotel (see festival pages for entry information). Festival pages
Fred Hamperl reports from Paignton and the important Guernsey Olympiad play-off match that was played there. Report
The Winter League returns to 3 divisions with 31 players, back to the old days, the Yacht Club venue has helped boost numbers.
East beat West of Guernsey in a fun match
Guernsey win 68th Inter Insular on 23 April 2005 despite losing all top 4 boards. Report Results
Peter Kirby reports from Dubai. Report
New Photo Galleries and Active Server Pages, full Guernsey International Chess Festival history under Festival section and new Inter-Insular pages.
Guernsey achieve record score at Calvia, Mallorca Olympiad.