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Event: (unofficial) Varsity Match • Venue: [unknown] • Date: 18 March 1941 • last edited: Monday March 18, 2024 11:37 AM
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This unofficial Varsity Chess Match between Oxford University and Cambridge University was held at Balliol College, Oxford on 18 March 1941. No game scores from this match are available.

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Bd Oxford University 1941 Cambridge University
1 Clifford Leak (Corpus Christi) 1-0 Geoffrey Irving Rhodes (Selwyn)
2 John Warcup Cornforth (St Catherine's) 0-1 John Edward Richardson (Jesus)
3 Leonard Judah Richenberg (Corpus Christi) 1-0 Arthur Leslie Roy Perry (St John's)
4 Michael Justin Aylmer Spears (Magdalen) 1-0 Christopher Thurston Rivington (Trinity)
5 Peter Fairbairn Copping (St Catherine's) 0-1 Hugh Desmond Bullock (Pembroke)
6 Peter William Reginald Summerson (Exeter) 0-1 John Harley-Mason (Trinity Hall)
7 Laurence Jonathan Cohen (Balliol) 1def0 Guy Edgar Schubert (Trinity)

Sources: Oxford-Cambridge Chess Matches (1873-1987), compiled by Jeremy Gaige, Philadelphia 1987; BCM, May 1941, p138; BCM, Jan 1942, p8.


Colours not known. BCM, May 1941, p138, gives the individual results but no mention of venue or date. It gives the result of the bottom board game as "by default". No other details. BCM, Jan 1942, p8, gives date and venue but doesn't mention that the bottom board was by default. "In the academic year 1940-41 the Oxford University Chess Club played five matches. Of the two against Oxford City Club the first was won 8½-7½ and the second 10-5. The two against an Army team from Didcot were both won 5-0 and 5½-1½. The Cambridge match, played at Balliol in Oxford on March 18th, was very closely fought." Then scores as given above (with various misspellings). "An inter-college tournament was also run, which was won by Balliol: St. Catherine's were runners-up. Sir George Thomas gave a much-appreciated simultaneous display in Hilary term. This year so far two matches have been played. The first, against Nottingham University, was drawn 4-4. In the second Oxford City revenged their double defeat of last year by winning 7-5: they had a very strong team including Dr. Fazekas and Dr. Schenck [sic - Hans Georg Schenk]. Though war conditions mean that many members are only up for a year the University Club is now on a firmer footing than it has been for some years, and is glad to be able to keep chess alive in the University."

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