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Tournament: 93rd Varsity Match • Venue: Christ's College, Cambridge • Date: 22 March 1975
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The 93rd Varsity Chess Match between Oxford University and Cambridge University was held at Christ's College, Cambridge, on 22 March 1975. Match arbiter was probably Harry Golombek. No game scores from this match are available - can anyone supply any of them?

Bd Oxford University
Cambridge University
Opening, No. of Moves
1b Jonathan Simon Speelman (Worcester)
Michael Frank Stean (Trinity)
2w Graham Andrews (Merton)
Andrew Jonathan Mestel (Trinity)
3b James Burnett (University)
John Grantley Cooper (Caius)
4w Anthony Lewarne Hosking (Balliol)
Paul Edwin Littlewood (Christ's)
5b Michael Cyril Truran (Oriel)
Johann Peter Sommerville (Caius)
6w Keith Leslie Howells (Wadham)
John Graham Nicholson (Pembroke)
7b Michael John Pitt (Brasenose)
Andrew Colin Cooper (Trinity Hall)

Sources: Oxford-Cambridge Chess Matches (1873-1987), compiled by Jeremy Gaige, Philadelphia 1987; The Times, 24 March 1975; BCM, May 1975, p208


"From Harry Golombek, Chalfont St Giles, Bucks - Cambridge University fielded a very strong team in their Annual Match against Oxford at Christ's College [Cambridge] and it was no surprise when they scored an overwhelming 5-1 victory, with one game for adjudication." (BCM, May 1975, p208)

"... On top board Michael Stean had little difficulty in beating Speelman. Three more losses for Oxford followed in quick succession, on boards seven, four and six, so that Cambridge won the match more than half an hour before the end of play." (The Times, 24 Mar 1975)

Michael John Pitt (born 12 May 1945, died 10 May 2014, of motor neurone disease) was a stalwart of the Lewisham Chess Club from the 1960s until his death. Helped organise the Lewisham Internationals and Congresses of the 1980s. He was the half-brother of another Lewisham stalwart, Irish FM Andrew Philip Smith (his father had died and his mother remarried). First born child of Kay and Kenneth Pitt, a nurse and meteorologist in the RAF respectively. Kenneth died in 1951, aged only 31. Attended St Joseph’s Academy in Blackheath, London and graduated to Oxford University where he studied classics. Qualified as an accountant and eventually became Deputy Treasurer at Bromley Council where he worked for 40 years. Wife Gloria, three children, plus grandchildren. (Unfortunately, I have not made a note of my source for this obit - JS)

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