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Event: 65th Varsity Match • Venue: London, St Brides (but see below) • Date: 17 March 1947
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The 65th Varsity Chess Match between Oxford University and Cambridge University was held at St Brides' Institute on 17 March 1947. No game scores from this match are available.

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Bd Oxford University  1947 Cambridge University Openings
1b Leonard Judah Richenberg (Corpus Christi) 0-1 John Edward Richardson (Jesus) English
2w Dennis Morton Horne (Oriel) 1-0 Kenneth Preston Charlesworth (Emmanuel) Ruy Lopez
3b Clifford Leak (Corpus Christi) 1-0 Alan Phillips (Magdalene) KP Hungarian Def
4w John Edwin Jones (Hertford) 0-1 John Harwood (Queens') Dutch Def
5b Robin Charles Oliver Matthews (Corpus Christi) 0-1 Henry Peter Francis Swinnerton-Dyer (Trinity) French
6w David le Brun Jones (Trinity) ½-½ John Robert Gilbert (St Catharine's) QP Catalan
7b Richard Shermer Lankester (Jesus) 1-0 Francis Henry Charles Marriott (Emmanuel) QGA

Sources: Oxford-Cambridge Chess Matches (1873-1987), compiled by Jeremy Gaige, Philadelphia 1987; The Times, 18 March 1947; BCM, Jan 1949, p11 (nearly two years after the event!).

Venue: Lud-Eagle Chess Club is cited as hosts by the Times, which would mean St Bride's Institute. A participant, David Jones, also commented in 2007 that St Bride's was the venue. However, BCM gives West London CC.

[The Times, 18 March 1947, p7] "UNIVERSITY CHESS - The Oxford and Cambridge chess match was played yesterday at the Lud-Eagle Chess Club, London, and resulted in a draw of 3½ points each. The result was:— [as above] Cambridge had white on the odd numbered boards." [no more text - no game scores]

There was no report of this match in the Manchester Guardian.

Oxford Past v Cambridge Past, 21 December 1946, St Bride's, London

Bd Oxford University Past  21.12.1946 Cambridge University Past
1 Dr James Macrae Aitken (Balliol) 1-0 William Winter (Clare)
2 Theodore Henry Tylor (Balliol) 1-0 C Hugh O'D Alexander (King's)
3 Richard Hilary Newman (Worcester) 0-1 P Stuart Milner-Barry (Trinity)
4 Dr Hans Georg Schenk (Exeter) 0-1 John Matthias Bee (St Catharine's)
5 Reginald Walter Bonham (St Catherine's) 0-1 Leonard Illingworth (Trinity)
6 John Warcup Cornforth (St Catherine's) 1-0 John David Solomon (Downing)
7 George Shorrock Ashcombe Wheatcroft (New) 1-0 Lionel Sharples Penrose (St John's)
8 William Ernest Baker Pryer (Pembroke) 1-0 Ronald Grubb Stansfield (Clare)
9 Nicholas Anthony Perkins (St John's) 1-0 Eric Augustus Coad-Pryor (Trinity)
10 Robert Douglas Wormald (Balliol) 1-0 Jacob Bronowski (Jesus)
11 Philip Walsingham Sergeant (Trinity) ½-½ Richard William Barnes Clarke (Clare)
12 Dermot Michael Macgregor Morrah (New) 1-0 default

[n.b. there were various typos in this table of results in BCM which I have resolved]

[BCM, Feb 1947, p57] "A match, Oxford Past v. Cambridge Past, was played in London on 21 December 1946 at St Bride's.

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Date Notes
2018 Original Upload
20 November 2020 Added commentary sent me by Leonard Barden, for which many thanks. (This has now been transferred to the Varsity chess match biographical file.)
8 July 2022 Added the part-game R.Clarke ½-½ P.Sergeant. Many thanks to Gerard Killoran.
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