Insurance Chess Club

   Match Programme 2008-09



 Match Programme 2008-09

The Club undertakes a programme of matches against external opposition, both in formal competition and as friendly fixtures. The different sections of the Match area can be accessed from the above navigation bar, and follow the link to the Fixture list (left) for a full schedule of matches.

The Bronowski Trophy Competition now has its own dedicated section within the site. The Bronowski pages have been given a distinct and different style. The other change is that archived Bronowski matches from 2004-05 onwards are now within the Bronowski section rather than within the Insurance CC archive. Earlier Bronowski matches (Insurance fixtures only) are still within the Insurance CC archive.

Formal competition

The premier competition in which the Club participates is for the Bronowski Trophy, in which the opposition comprises teams drawn from the the United Banks, the London Commercial League and the Central London Legal Chess League. This is a league competition and matches are played over 14 boards, giving plenty of opportunity for match play to Club members.

The Club also enters the Eastman Cup, a team knockout competition over 10 boards run by the London League. Entries for the Eastman Cup usually include some of the strongest teams playing in the London League. Teams knocked out in the first round of the Eastman Cup go into the Eastman Plate competition.

Friendly Fixtures

The Club has a full programme of friendly fixtures, many of them of long standing. These friendly matches are mainly played at the weekend as "away" fixtures. They include the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, and, traditionally the last fixture of the season, the famous Hastings Club.

The Tooke Memorial Prize

This is a silver-plated goblet awarded to the member achieving the highest score in matches for the Club each season. The prize was originally a cash prize donated by Alfred Tooke in 1947 and annually thereafter. Following his death in 1955, the annual cash prize was maintained by the Club, eventually being replaced by the silver-plated goblet awarded today.