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Varsity Chess Matches 1873-present: Oxford University versus Cambridge University

List compiled by John Saunders - please report any errors spotted to me. Last edited: Wednesday March 29, 2017 11:47 PM

1873 Varsity Match: Oxford vs Cambridge
Woodcut of the first Oxford vs Cambridge Varsity Chess Match, 1873 (from the Illustrated London News)


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No. Year Score Winners Oxf Wins Camb Wins Draws Venue Notes
No. Year Score Winners Oxf Wins Camb Wins Draws Venue Notes
1 1873 10-3 Oxford 1 0 0 City of London CC 6pm - 11pm, two games if poss, adjudicator Steinitz
2 1874 5-15 Cambridge 1 1 0 City of London CC Staunton attended.
3 1875 6-11 Cambridge 1 2 0 City of London CC  
4 1876 12-5 Oxford 2 2 0 West End CC 1pm start time, smaller attendance
5 1877 9-3 Oxford 3 2 0 St George's CC King's Street, St James's.
6 1878 2-10 Cambridge 3 3 0 St George's CC  
7 1879 5½-6½ Cambridge 3 4 0 St George's CC  
8 1880 1-12 Cambridge 3 5 0 St George's CC  
9 1881 5½-6½ Cambridge 3 6 0 St George's CC  
10 1882 5½-7½ Cambridge 3 7 0 St George's CC  
11 1883 5½-5½ Drawn 3 7 1 St George's CC  
12 1884 4½-5½ Cambridge 3 8 1 St George's CC  
13 1885 5½-6½ Cambridge 3 9 1 St George's CC  
14 1886 6½-3½ Oxford 4 9 1 St George's CC  
15 1887 5-7 Cambridge 4 10 1 British CC  
16 1888 7½-2½ Oxford 5 10 1 British CC Clocks used for 1st time (previously hourglasses optional)
17 1889 7-3 Oxford 6 10 1 British CC First Oxford Past vs Cambridge Past match held.
18 1890 3½-4½ Cambridge 6 11 1 British CC  
19 1891 4-5 Cambridge 6 12 1 British CC First appearance of HE Atkins.
20 1892 1½-5½ Cambridge 6 13 1 British CC 1 game per board played (this rule enforced from 1893)
21 1893 1-6 Cambridge 6 14 1 British CC One game only - clocks made compulsory.
22 1894 3-4 Cambridge 6 15 1 British CC  
23 1895 4-3 Oxford 7 15 1 British CC  
24 1896 4-3 Oxford 8 15 1 British CC  
25 1897 4-3 Oxford 9 15 1 British CC  
26 1898 3-4 Cambridge 9 16 1 British CC  
27 1899 1½-5½ Cambridge 9 17 1 British CC  
28 1900 2½-4½ Cambridge 9 18 1 British CC  
29 1901 3½-3½ Drawn 9 18 2 British CC  
30 1902 1½-5½ Cambridge 9 19 2 British CC  
31 1903 2½-4½ Cambridge 9 20 2 St George's CC Pillsbury acted as adjudicator.
32 1904 2½-4½ Cambridge 9 21 2 St George's CC  
33 1905 4½-2½ Oxford 10 21 2 St George's CC  
34 1906 4½-2½ Oxford 11 21 2 St George's CC  
35 1907 3½-3½ Drawn 11 21 3 St George's CC  
36 1908 4-3 Oxford 12 21 3 St George's CC  
37 1909 4½-2½ Oxford 13 21 3 St George's CC  
38 1910 2½-4½ Cambridge 13 22 3 St George's CC  
39 1911 4½-2½ Oxford 14 22 3 City of London CC  
40 1912 4-3 Oxford 15 22 3 City of London CC  
41 1913 6½-½ Oxford 16 22 3 City of London CC  
42 1914 4½-2½ Oxford 17 22 3 City of London CC  
  1915             No contest
  1916             No contest
  1917             No contest
  1918             No contest
43 1919 0-7 Cambridge 17 23 3 Oxford First time held outside London
44 1920 3½-3½ Drawn 17 23 4 City of London CC  
45 1921 5-2 Oxford 18 23 4 City of London CC  
46 1922 4-3 Oxford 19 23 4 City of London CC  
47 1923 5-2 Oxford 20 23 4 City of London CC  
48 1924 4½-2½ Oxford 21 23 4 City of London CC  
49 1925 4-3 Oxford 22 23 4 City of London CC  
50 1926 2½-4½ Cambridge 22 24 4 City of London CC  
51 1927 4-3 Oxford 23 24 4 City of London CC  
52 1928 2½-4½ Cambridge 23 25 4 City of London CC  
53 1929 3½-3½ Drawn 23 25 5 City of London CC  
54 1930 4-3 Oxford 24 25 5 City of London CC  
55 1931 3½-3½ Drawn 24 25 6 City of London CC  
56 1932 3-4 Cambridge 24 26 6 City of London CC  
57 1933 5-2 Oxford 25 26 6 City of London CC  
58 1934 3½-3½ Drawn 25 26 7 City of London CC  
59 1935 3½-3½ Drawn 25 26 8 City of London CC  
60 1936 1-6 Cambridge 25 27 8 City of London CC  
61 1937 3-4 Cambridge 25 28 8 City of London CC  
62 1938 4-3 Oxford 26 28 8 City of London CC  
63 1939 3-4 Cambridge 26 29 8 City of London CC  
Unofficial 1940 3½-3½ Drawn       Cambridge, St Johns Unofficial match
Unofficial 1941 4-3 Oxford       Oxford, Balliol Unofficial match
Unofficial 1942 4½-2½ Oxford       Cambridge Unofficial match
  1943             No contest
Unofficial 1944 3½-3½ Drawn       Oxford Unofficial match
Unofficial 1945 1½-5½ Cambridge       Cambridge Unofficial match
64 1946 4½-2½ Oxford 27 29 8 London, St Bride's  
65 1947 3½-3½ Drawn 27 29 9 London, St Bride's Acc. D Jones, West London CC acc. BCM
66 1948 5½-1½ Oxford 28 29 9 London, West London CC  
67 1949 6-1 Oxford 29 29 9 London Wall Oxford level in the series for the first time since 1878
68 1950 2½-4½ Cambridge 29 30 9 London, West London CC  
69 1951 3½-3½ Drawn 29 30 10 London, West London CC  
70 1952 4½-2½ Oxford 30 30 10 London West London CC  
71 1953 5-2 Oxford 31 30 10 London, National CC Margaret Pugh Trophy introduced. Oxford ahead for 1st time since 1877
72 1954 3½-3½ Drawn 31 30 11 London, West London CC  
73 1955 3-4 Cambridge 31 31 11 London, St Brides  
74 1956 4-3 Oxford 32 31 11 London, RAC RAC was venue acc. H Mutkin, but BCM says St. Bride's
75 1957 3½-3½ Drawn 32 31 12 London, Hampstead  
76 1958 1½-5½ Cambridge 32 32 12 London, RAC  
77 1959 3½-3½ Drawn 32 32 13 London, RAC  
78 1960 3½-3½ Drawn 32 32 14 London, RAC  
79 1961 3½-3½ Drawn 32 32 15 London, ULU/RAC? University of London Union acc. BCM, Mar 1961, & CHESS, but RAC acc. BCM, Jan 1961
80 1962 4½-2½ Oxford 33 32 15 London, ULU  
81 1963 4-3 Oxford 34 32 15 London, ULU Oxford lead the series by two wins for the first time ever.
82 1964 3½-3½ Drawn 34 32 16 London, ULU  
83 1965 5½-1½ Oxford 35 32 16 London, ULU  
84 1966 3½-3½ Drawn 35 32 17 London, Atlantic House  
85 1967 1½-5½ Cambridge 35 33 17 London, ULU  
86 1968 2-5 Cambridge 35 34 17 London, ULU  
87 1969 4½-2½ Oxford 36 34 17 London, ULU  
88 1970 3-4 Cambridge 36 35 17 Cambridge, Downing  
89 1971 2-5 Cambridge 36 36 17 Oxford, Christ Ch  
90 1972 1½-5½ Cambridge 36 37 17 Cambridge, Jesus Cambridge leads the series for first time since 1951
91 1973 3-4 Cambridge 36 38 17 London, RAC Centenary match
92 1974 2½-4½ Cambridge 36 39 17 Oxford, Corpus  
93 1975 1-6 Cambridge 36 40 17 Cambridge, Christs  
94 1976 2½-4½ Cambridge 36 41 17 Oxford, Corpus  
95 1977 1½-5½ Cambridge 36 42 17 Cambridge, Caius  
96 1978 2½-4½ Cambridge 36 43 17 London, RAC Women's board added - but only counts for tie-breaks
97 1979 3½-4½ Cambridge 36 44 17 London, RAC Women's board result counted as tie-breaker
98 1980 3-4 Cambridge 36 45 17 London, RAC Cambridge's 11th consecutive win put them ahead by 9 wins
99 1981 6-2* Oxford 37 45 17 London, RAC * the 'ladies' board' did not count as part of the match, yet BCM, Times & Guardian record the match score as 6-2 and not 5½-1½ - JS
100 1982 5-3 Oxford 38 45 17 London, RAC 100th match. Women's board result counts as of right.
101 1983 6-2 Oxford 39 45 17 London, RAC  
102 1984 4½-3½ Oxford 40 45 17 London, RAC  
103 1985 5-3 Oxford 41 45 17 London, RAC  
104 1986 5½-2½ Oxford 42 45 17 London, RAC  
105 1987 5-3 Oxford 43 45 17 London, RAC  
106 1988 4½-3½ Oxford 44 45 17 London, RAC Oxford's best run of wins - 8 in a row
107 1989 2½-5½ Cambridge 44 46 17 London, RAC  
108 1990 5-3 Oxford 45 46 17 London, RAC  
109 1991 5½-2½ Oxford 46 46 17 London, RAC  
110 1992 6-2 Oxford 47 46 17 London, RAC Oxford's first lead in the series since 1970. Woman plays on board 7
111 1993 5½-2½ Oxford 48 46 17 London, RAC  
112 1994 3½-4½ Cambridge 48 47 17 London, RAC  
113 1995 2-6 Cambridge 48 48 17 London, RAC  
114 1996 3-5 Cambridge 48 49 17 London, RAC  
115 1997 2½-5½ Cambridge 48 50 17 London, RAC  
116 1998 5-3 Oxford 49 50 17 London, RAC  
117 1999 2½-5½ Cambridge 49 51 17 London, RAC  
118 2000 3½-4½ Cambridge 49 52 17 London, RAC Two women contest board one. Live coverage & commentary.
119 2001 2½-5½ Cambridge 49 53 17 London, RAC  
120 2002 4-4 Drawn 49 53 18 London, RAC First drawn match since 1966. Cambridge leave trophy on the train!
121 2003 1½-6½ Cambridge 49 54 18 London, RAC  
122 2004 6-2 Oxford 50 54 18 London, RAC  
123 2005 3-5 Cambridge 50 55 18 London, RAC  
124 2006 4½-3½ Oxford 51 55 18 London, RAC  
125 2007 3-5 Cambridge 51 56 18 London, RAC  
126 2008 4-4 Drawn 51 56 19 London, RAC  
127 2009 5-3 Oxford 52 56 19 London, RAC  
128 2010 4-4 Drawn 52 56 20 London, RAC  
129 2011 4½-3½ Oxford 53 56 20 London, RAC  
130 2012 3½-4½ Cambridge 53 57 20 London, RAC  
131 2013 3½-4½ Cambridge 53 58 20 London, RAC  
132 2014 4-4 Drawn 53 58 21 London, RAC  
133 2015 4-4 Drawn 53 58 22 London, RAC Electronic boards used.
134 2016 2-6 Cambridge 53 59 22 London, RAC  
135 2017 4½-3½ Oxford 54 59 22 London, RAC chess24.com live coverage

Varsity Match Records (after 2017 match)

Teams
Oxford wins 54
Cambridge wins 59
Drawn 22
Oxford - total game points 527½ (but see note against 1981 match)
Cambridge - total game points 555½
Longest run of wins - Oxford 8 (1981-88)
Longest run of wins - Cambridge 11 (1970-80)
Longest unbeaten run - Oxford as above plus 1959-66
Longest unbeaten - run Cambridge as above
Biggest Margin - Oxford (from 1891) 6½-½, 1913
Biggest Margin - Cambridge (from 1891) 7-0, 1919
No of Players
Total - Oxford 474
Total - Cambridge 490
Most appearances - Oxford 6 - Kieran Smallbone
Most appearances - Cambridge 6 - John Neville Keynes, James Vigus, David Hodge
Colleges
Most players from single college - Oxford 45 - Balliol College
Most players from single college - Cambridge 96 - Trinity College
Format
1873-91 7 boards, multiple games played per board
1892-1977 7 boards, single game per board
1978-81 7 boards plus 1 women's board - tie-break only
1982-91 7 boards, 1 women's board, all boards count
1992-present 8 boards (including at least 1 player of each gender per team)

 

 

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