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Tournament: 105th Varsity Match • Venue: RAC Club, Pall Mall, London • Date: 14 March 1987
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The 105th Varsity Chess Match between Oxford University and Cambridge University was held at the RAC Club, Pall Mall, London on 14 March 1987. The sponsors were Lloyds Bank. Only three game scores available (boards 1, 2 and 6) - can anyone supply other scores?

Bd Oxford University Rating 1987 Cambridge University Rating
1w Peter Kenneth Wells (Jesus) 2400 1-0 David J Watts (Sidney Sussex) 2265
2b James Clifford Howell (Jesus) 2380 1-0 David Douglas Alexander Lawson (Trinity)  
3w Neil F Dickenson (Hertford) 2245 ½-½ Sukh David Singh (Queens')  
4b Martin Luke Hazelton (St Anne's) 2230 ½-½ Andrew David Harley (Selwyn) 2240
5w William Gnam (Dr) (Balliol)   1-0 Robert C Cannings (Trinity)  
6b Stephen G Walker (Oriel)   0-1 Graham K Burgess (Downing)  
7w Neil David Crabb (St Edmund Hall)   1-0 Mark Hardman Thornton (Sidney Sussex)  
8b Jane Sarah Riley (St Hugh's)   0-1 Alison Franklin (Downing)  

Best game prizes went to Howell of Oxford and Burgess of Cambridge.

Sources: Oxford-Cambridge Chess Matches (1873-1987), compiled by Jeremy Gaige, Philadelphia 1987; BCM, May 1987, p184; The Guardian, 28 March 1987

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1987 Oxford University chess team
Winning Oxford team. Left to right: Jane Sarah Riley, Martin Hazelton, William Gnam, James Howell, Neil Dickenson, Neil Crabb, Stephen Walker, Peter Wells (seated).

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Date Notes
2017 Original upload
18 July 2020 Added the game P.Wells-Watts, found in a contemporary Guardian column annotated by Leonard Barden.