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Tournament: 94th Varsity Match • Venue: Corpus Christi College, Oxford • Date: 20 March 1976
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The 94th Varsity Chess Match between Oxford University and Cambridge University was held at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, on 20 March 1976. Match arbiter was probably Harry Golombek. Three game scores from this match are available (boards 2, 3 and 5) - can anyone supply any of the others?

Bd Oxford University 1976 Cambridge University
1b Jonathan Simon Speelman (Worcester) ½-½ Andrew Jonathan Mestel (Trinity)
2w Michael Cyril Truran (Oriel) ½-½ John Grantley Cooper (Caius)
3b Anthony Lewarne Hosking (Balliol) ½-½ Paul Edwin Littlewood (Christ's)
4w Peter John Sharp (Trinity) 0-1 Johann Peter Sommerville (Caius)
5b Michael John Pitt (Brasenose) 1-0 David (Dafydd) R Johnston (St Catharine's)
6w Mark Lindsay Roberts (Christ Church) 0-1 Terence Peter Douglas Chapman (Churchill)
7b Keith Leslie Howells (Wadham) 0-1 Richard John Fairfax Sams (Corpus Christi)

Sources: Oxford-Cambridge Chess Matches (1873-1987), compiled by Jeremy Gaige, Philadelphia 1987; The Times, 27 March 1976, p7; BCM, June 1976, p251 (little more than bare results); Mike Truran


Whilst the match was going on, Cambridge University were also winning a National Club Championship (round of 16) match against Cheltenham in another room at the same Oxford venue. Amongst the players were Hartston, Keene and Stean.

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Date Notes
2018 First uploaded
30 May 2019 Added game score of Truran-Cooper. Many thanks to Mike Truran.
29 September 2021 Added game score of Littlewood-Hosking. Many thanks to Paul Littlewood.
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