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Event: 66th Varsity Match • Venue: West London CC • Date: 20 March 1948
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The 66th Varsity Chess Match between Oxford University and Cambridge University was held at West London CC on 20 March 1948. Two game scores from this match are available (boards 1 and 4).

Bd Oxford University 1948 Cambridge University Opening, No. of Moves
1b Dennis Morton Horne (Oriel) 1-0 Henry Peter Francis Swinnerton-Dyer (Trinity) Ruy Lopez
2w Alan Fraser Truscott (Magdalen) ½-½ Francis Henry Charles Marriott (Emmanuel) Reversed King's Indian
3b Leonard Judah Richenberg (Corpus Christi) 1-0 George Spencer Brown (Trinity) Sicilian
4w Harry Frederick Moxon (Lincoln) 1-0 Ian Lucas Bridges (King's) Sicilian
5b John Donald Niblett (Brasenose) 1-0 Ernst Robert Reifenberg (Trinity) Sicilian
6w Valentine Grieve (St John's) 1-0 Ivan Vladimir Idelson (Clare) French
7b Graham William Lines (University) 0-1 Elias Steelo Awad (Magdalene) Two Knights' Def

Sources: Oxford-Cambridge Chess Matches (1873-1987), compiled by Jeremy Gaige, Philadelphia 1987; The Times, 22 March 1948; Manchester Guardian, 22 March 1948; BCM, May 1948, p158.


[The Times, 22 March 1948, p6] "UNIVERSITY CHESS - The Oxford and Cambridge chess match was played on Saturday at the West London Chess Club, and resulted in a win for Oxford by four points. The score was: Oxford, 5½; Cambridge, 1½. Oxford has only to win two more matches to be equal* with Cambridge in these encounters. The teams were:— [as above]" [* by the counting as later agreed this should be one more win rather than two - JS]

[Manchester Guardian, 22 March 1948] "OXFORD DEFEATS CAMBRIDGE - The annual chess mafch between Oxford and Cambridge Universities, which took place at the West London Chess Club on Saturday, ended in a victory for Oxford, by 5½ to 1½. They started off favourites partly because of the strength of their two top boards. Horne did not belie his reputation, for, in a defence to the Ruy Lopez, after exchanging queens, he began a bold attack against his o pponent’s castled king's side and compelled resignation on the thirty-sixth move. Play on the fourth board finished after only fifteen moves, the Cambridge player failing in a Sicilian defence. Cambridge’s only win came on the bottom board."

[BCM, May 1948, p157] "Universities Week.—A match was played on March 6th between Oxford and London Universities at Imperial College Union, and won by Oxford by 6 games to 4, after 5 games were adjudicated. D. M. Horne beat K. F. Roth, A. F. Truscott lost to O. Penrose, and H. F. Moxon beat J. H. B. Bennett on the first three boards.

On the 15th the Combined Universities played the Insurance—and the match ended 10 all. The Universities had four graduates to help them. The first three boards resulted in A. F. Truscott beating G. C. Nurse, and N. A. Perkins (O.P.) and H. P. Swinnerton-Dyer (C.) drawing with D. G. Durham and W. Veitch respectively.

On the 16th, with two of the Hampstead side who could also have represented the Universities the match was won by Hampstead by 9-8. A. F. Truscott (O.) drew with A. W. Bowen. N. A. Perkins (O.P.) lost to D. B. Pritchard and H. P. Swinnerton-Dyer (C.) beat D. B. Scott were the result of the top three boards.

On the 16th their opponents were West London and the Combined team won by 12-8. D. M. Horne (O.) drew with E. G. Sergeant, A. F. Truscott (O.) beat F. Fischer and Dr. J. Dean (C.P.) lost to F. J. Carver on the first three boards.

On the 17th the Universities’ team beat Metropolitan by 11-9. The first three boards resulted as follows: D. M. Horne (O.) and J. Gilchrist drew. A. F. Truscott (O.) beat A. Bernfield and H. P. Swinnerton-Dyer (C.) beat J. M. Bee.

On the 19th, however, the Combined team lost to a strong team of the Civil Service by 7-13, though D. M. Horne (O.) beat R. J. Broadbent on board 1. Dr. J. W. Cornforth (O.P.) and H. P. Swinnerton-Dyer (C.) lost to E. G. Sergeant and N. A. Perkins respectively.

The Varsity match was played at the headquarters of the West London Club, and Oxford proved fairly easy winners, bringing their total wins to 27, against Cambridge 29, while 8 matches have been drawn. [n.b. Oxford now deemed to have won 28 matches - JS] [results and game score of Swinnerton-Dyer v Horne given]

Biographical Information

Leonard Judah Richenberg (Corpus Christi) (1922-2000) (Gaige gives spelling as 'Reichenberg' but this is definitely wrong.) Company Director, Pan Polychord Ltd and others. Referred to as an "economics professor (sic) at Oxford and a former adviser to the MacMillan government" in the book "Can't Buy Me Love: The Beatles, Britain and America" by Jonathan Gould, and managing director of the Triumph Investment Group which at one time owned 25% of the Beatles' business. Former member of the RAC Club chess circle. Schoolfriend of Kingsley Amis at City of London School: quote from Life of Kingsley Amis by Zachary Leader: "Richenberg and Amis had been friends and desk-mates since the third form and were stars of the Classical side. But both came to question the utility of a Classical education. Richenberg was good at maths and wanted to become a mathematician; Amis wanted to be a writer and was keen on studying English. In the end, only Amis made the switch. At Oxford, Richenberg read PPE at Corpus Christi, was awarded a double First, took a B.Litt. in economics, and became an economics don at Jesus College, though only for a year. He then moved to the Treasury as an economic adviser and eventually went into business, where he made and lost a great deal of money. He and Amis remained friends even after a misunderstanding over Amis’s novel I Want It Now (1968), in the first chapter of which a party is held at the home of a rich, celebrity-seeking couple named Reichenberg. Len Dowsett, Richenberg’s successor as School Captain, remembers him as brilliant, on one occasion playing and winning three simultaneous games of chess while blindfolded. [Denis] Norden describes him as ‘dazzling, the one we thought would leave a mark’." See also Quotes & Queries entries 5819, 5827 and 5833 in the 2007 BCM.

Harry Frederick Moxon (Lincoln) (1926-2002). Chartered accountant, later IT expert, school governor, Labour Party supporter and campaigner, Bolton area. Also campaigned unsuccessfully for half-blues to be awarded to Oxford chess team. Played chess for Surrey. In the 1954 Grading List shown as affiliated to the Clapham Common club and graded 4a (= 193-200).

John Donald Niblett (Brasenose) (1922?-alive?) - no further info found.

Valentine Grieve (St John's) (1926-1998). Solicitor, Manchester. Known as Val Grieve, very active in the church in Manchester and very well documented online.

Graham William Lines (1929-2015). Actor. "... known for Ulysses (1967), The Tomorrow People (1973) and Kenilworth (1967)." (IMDB) "GRAHAM WILLIAM LINES (Whitgift School) died on 13 September 2015 aged 86. He was awarded an Exhibition and came up to Univ to read PPE. He achieved a Third and went on to become an actor, a long theatrical career which began at Oxford with the Univ Players. He was in many of their productions including The Merchant of Venice (Bassanio) and Measure for Measure (Lucio) in 1948. He was in regular contact with friends from his Oxford days, and maintained contact with Univ Old Members. He attended the Univ Players Diamond Jubilee Conversazione in 2000. His acting highlights included playing Haines in Joseph Strick's Ulysses (1967), appearing in the first British performance of Mephisto at the Round House (1981) and playing D. H. Lawrence in Eastwood during the fiftieth anniversary of Lawrence's death. His wife Marian was also an actor. [We are very grateful to Graham’s daughter Anna for supplying this tribute.]" (University College Record, Nov 2016) Leonard Barden comments: "[Graham Lines] played second board in our Whitgift team which won the London Schools League and a BCF Schools shield. Graham got lucky in the Oxford exam because Karl Popper's seminal book The Open Society and its Enemies had just come out, our history teacher gave it to us to read, and Graham got a question on historicism which he answered suggesting a compromise between Popper and the historicists. Several of the examiners hadn't read the book yet so were hugely impressed and Graham got offers from three different colleges but he spent all his time at Oxford on acting so as stated only got a third. 

"[Graham Lines] played in the Major Open at Harrogate 1947 and scored 7/11 but at [London 1948?] got I think 0/11 [I have yet to check this - JS], so that more or less stopped his chess career.  Many decades later he organised an Old Whitgiftians match against younger Whitgiftians at which I had a reunion with Alan Truscott for the first time for 60 years.  There was a match where I beat RA Harris and Truscott lost to David Sedgwick."

Henry Peter Francis Swinnerton-Dyer, later Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer (1927-2018). Wikipedia. Played in the 1946,1947,1948 and 1949 matches. Emeritus Professor, Dept. of Pure Mathematics, Cambridge University (Trinity and St Catherine's Colleges) (2004). Also an international bridge player. Son (born 2 viii 1927) of Sir Leonard Schroeder Swinnerton-Dyer (30 iii 1898 - 10 vi 1975), 15th bart., president of the British Chess Federation (1956-59)... "An occasional but welcome recruit to the top board for Shropshire was Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer (b.1927), the son of Sir Leonard Dyer. He has the distinction of being the only player to represent Shropshire who is mentioned in Modern Chess Openings (in the section on the rare Ponziani Opening). Sir Peter, 16th baronet and landowner of the Westhope Estate near Craven Arms, was later knighted for his outstanding contribution to Number Theory in his role as Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University. Here he extricates himself from a bad opening against his well-known opponent and gains a pawn and then a piece when Black blunders in a bad position. In the early fifties Sir Peter gave up chess in favour of bridge. English Chess Forum discussion

Francis Henry Charles Marriott (Emmanuel) (1926-2012). Educ. Charterhouse, matric. Emmanuel 1944 (maths), Diploma in Agricultural Science (1948), assistant lecturer, later lecturer, at Aberdeen University, and obtained a doctorate there in 1951, research post in the Department of Physiology, Oxford (1955-69), lectureship in the Department of Biomathematics, Oxford, with an associated Fellowship at Wolfson College. Keen chess and bridge player, the latter with his wife, Catherine (née Broadfoot), whom he married in 1946 and who predeceased him in 1990. (Journal of the Royal Statistical Society 2012) Played three times in the Scottish Chess Championship: in 1949 he scored 1/5 (Chess Scotland - including a photo); in 1955, 3/7 (Chess Scotland), and in 1964, scoring 3/9 (Chess Scotland).

Ian Lucas Bridges (King's) (1921-2005). For many years housemaster and head of Mathematics at Uppingham (which he had attended as a boy). Awarded Croix de Guerre during the Normandy campaign, WW2. His father was Esteban Lucas Bridges, author of Uttermost Part of the Earth.

Ernst Robert Reifenberg (28 Oct 1928, Berlin - 23 June 1964, Dolomites). [not to be confused with Leonard Richenberg/Reichenberg] Preferred to be called Peter. "He had from a very early age shown a remarkable talent for mathematics and chess—there is a story of him beating a surprised adult at chess on his way to Palestine at the age of five." (JC Shepherdson, Journal of the London Mathematical Society, 40 (1965) pps 370-377) Author of works on mathematics found on the web. German Wikipedia. Died as the result of a rock fall while rock-climbing in the Dolomites in 1964. left Germany for Czechoslovakia in 1933, then moved to Palestine later the same year, Tel Aviv 1934, Berlin in 1937, then UK from August 1938. Attended private school in London, then Bembridge School, Isle of Wight. Major scholarship in mathematics to Trinity, Cambridge, 1946. Prize Fellowship at Trinity in 1951. In 1952 he went to the University of California at Berkeley as a Commonwealth Fellow and in 1954, in the last year of his Trinity Fellowship, came to the University of Bristol as a lecturer. He spent the academic year 1959—1960 on leave of absence at Oregon State Univorsity. He was appointed Reader in Mathematics in the University of Bristol in 1961; he spent the summer of 1963 as a visitor at Brown University. "... main interests were in chess, bridge, mountaineering and motoring. He played chess for Cambridge against Oxford, but he began to feel that chess took too much of his time, and although he continued to play the occasional game for County teams his main game in recent years was bridge, which he played regularly and well. Mountaineering was his chief pleasure." (same source as above)

Ivan** Vladimir Idelson (Clare) (1929-1994). General Manager of Simon-MEL Distribution Engineering. Gave impetus to the Cambridge board 3, George Spencer Brown, to produce a paper on the Law of Forms - Bertrand Russell also cited as an inspiration by Brown. (** I have chosen to use "Ivan" rather than "Ian", which was given for birth and marriage records, as given for later records - death, company director, burial.) Buried Highgate Cem., "Philosopher, engineer, therapist and mathematician. Son of Idelson Vladimir Robert (b.1881, Rostov-on-Don -1954, Watford), international lawyer. Married to Taissa Nicholas."

Elias Steelo Awad (Magdalene) (c1927 - 2007). PhD, biochemistry. Died in New York.

[BCM, February 1948, p42] "A match between Oxford Past and Cambridge Past was played in London on 20 December [1947]. Cambridge had White on the odd boards and won by 1 point."

Bd Oxford University Past 1948 Cambridge University Past
1b Dr James Macrae Aitken (Balliol) ½-½ William Winter (Clare)
2w Theodore Henry Tylor (Balliol) ½-½ John Matthias Bee (St Catharine's)
3b Richard Hilary Newman (Worcester) 1-0 Eugene Ernest Colman (Trinity)
4w John W Cornforth (St Catherine's) ½-½ David Bernard Scott (Magdalene)
5b Dr. Michael James Steuart Dewar (Balliol) 0-1 Roland Hartnett (Downing)
6w William Ernest Baker Pryer (Pembroke) ½-½ John Dean (St Catharine's)
7b Thomas Ivor Casswell (Pembroke) 0-1 Mervyn Edward Wise (Pembroke)
8w Joseph Francis Palmer Deller (Lincoln) 0-1 Eric Augustus Coad-Pryor (Trinity)
9b Napier Baliol-Scott (Christ Church) 0-1 John David Solomon (Downing)
10w Dermot Michael Macgregor Morrah (New) 1-0 Lionel Sharples Penrose (St John's)
11b Michael James Albery (Exeter) 1-0 John Robert Gilbert (St Catharine's)

Richard Hilary Newman - played in the 1928 and 1929 matches. Richard Hilary Newman (Worcester) (1908-1992) Note: Both BCM and Sergeant have RA Newman (Worcester) though RH Newman (Worcester) played in 1929. Gaige's booklet has 'Richard Hilary Newman for both, "R. H. Newman, born 1908, died at Charing Cross Hospital in June [1992]. Richard Hilary Newman played for Oxford in 1928/9, belonged to the Brixton club in the days when it vied with Hampstead in the London League, won the Army Championship in 1943 and met all the leading English players from R. P. Mitchell (sic) to J. Penrose. He played in a dozen British Championships (5th in 1947) and defeated Tolush in the 1947 match against the USSR." (BCM, Oct 1992, p525). Cautionary note for chess researchers: there were two RH Newmans of roughly the same vintage. BCM, May 1984, p194: "R. H. Newman, President of the West of England Chess Union, died in mid-March." A different RH Newman - in Gaige's Chess Personalia the 1984 obit index has an entry for 'Newman, Ralph (sic) H. - 1984, p194' whereas BCM gives no first name. Note: The BCF Yearbook 1981/2 lists the president of the WECU as 'R.H.T. Newman, Rock Lodge, Lynton, Devon' though earlier editions have him simply as RH Newman. Personal note (JS): I played RH Newman in a correspondence game in the Counties Correspondence Championship in 1978/79. He resigned very prematurely! His resignation letter was as follows : "50 Kensington Mansions, London SW5, 31 January 1979 : Many thanks for the game which you played admirably. 50 years ago I would not have played such an anti-positional move as 16.P-KB4, but I'd wrongly hoped to be able to get my K-side Ps forward. Since I now have to lose the e3 P I won't insult you by dragging out the game. Best Wishes, RH Newman."

Dr. Michael James Steuart Dewar (1918-1997). Played in the unofficial 1940 match. Organic chemist, wrote The Electronic Theory of Organic Chemistry. Born in Ahmednagar, India, on September 24, 1918, where his father was a civil servant. After Winchester, received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from Oxford. Professor of Chemistry at Queen Mary College, London, 1951. Kharasch Chair at the University of Chicago in 1959. University of Texas at Austin, Robert A. Welch research chair, in 1963. University of Florida as Graduate Research Professor, 1989. At Oxford played chess with JW Cornforth who described him as "an excellent strategist though a poor tactician, and he was immensely proud of a contribution he made to the theory of a chess opening." (John. N. Murrell. “Michael James Steuart Dewar. 24 September 1918-11 October 1997.” Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society, vol. 44, 1998, pp. 129–140. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/770235.) From his autobiography A Semiempirical Life (American Chemical Society, 1992): "Oxford was a good place for chess during the war... [Sir Robert Robinson] was also an enthusiastic chess player. One of my many happy memories is an epic match Robert and I played one year in the Oxford County Championship, a titanic struggle that ended in a draw after more than 80 moves. It was published in The British Chess Magazine... my excursion into chess ended when we left Oxford because there was no chess club in Maidenhead." (Robinson game ref. BCM, Nov 1941, p293, though the game was in fact only 55 moves long)

William Ernest Baker Pryer (b 2 Feb 1902, Axminster Devon, d Apr qtr. 1993, Watford, Herts) - played in the 1921, 1922 and 1924 matches. William Ernest Baker Pryer Listed as a Watford player, graded 188 on the 1969 BCF Grading List. Still playing in 1975. Was 3b (201-208) on the 1956 Grading List (Hertfordshire). No obit in BCM.

Thomas Ivor Casswell (1902-1989). Did not play in a Varsity chess match. Was a legal assistant in the Land Registry. Chessgames.com has a game played by him against RD Keene from the 1962 London League. Seems to have been an active correspondence player.

Michael James Albery (1910-75) - represented Oxford in the Varsity matches of 1931 and 1932. Listed on web sites as a 'lawyer and poet'. No further info available.

Joseph Francis Palmer Deller (1894-1967). Played in the 1921 and 1922 matches. Schoolmaster: Tollington School, Muswell Hill (1915-16); Science master, King Alfred's School, Wantage (1916-1919 - also war service (RNVR, serving on HMS Defiance and HMS Ganges, 1917-18); assistant master, Rotherham Grammar School (1920); Senior Physics Master, Tiffin's School, Kingston-upon-Thames (1922-24) and then Berkhamstead School, herts (1925-27); Head of Science, King's College School, Wimbledon (1927-   ).

Dermot Michael Macgregor Morrah (1896-1974), writer and expert on royalty and ceremony, genealogist. Obit. Represented Oxford in the Varsity match of 1920.

Napier Baliol-Scott (25 December 1903 - ? September 1956). Played in the 1923, 1924 and 1925 matches. The Times obituary of 24 Sept 1956 referred to his death as "recent":"Mr N. Baliol Scott - Expert Organizer - Mr. N. Baliol Scott, who died recently at the age of 52 as the result of a road accident, had been an under-secretary at the Minister of Supply for the past four years or so first as Director of Organization and Methods and latterly in charge of the general division. Napier Baliol Scott was born on December 25, 1903, the edler son of Edward Baliol Scott, of the ancient family of Scott of Scot's Hall, Smeeth, Kent, which traces its descent from John de Baliol, founder of Balliol College, Oxford, and father of John Baliol, King of Scotland. He was educated at Westminster and was elected to an exhibition to Christ Church, Oxford, in 1922, where he graduated in 1926. He was an excellent chess player and represented Oxford against Cambridge in 1925..." Mentioned in the BCF Hon.Sec's report 1956, published in the 1956/57 BCF Yearbook (p16). Also in BCM, Oct 1956, p286: "We regret to report the death of the Under Secretary of the Ministry of Supply, Mr. Balliol Scott. He died on September 19th [1956] as a result of injuries received in collision with a motor vehicle on a pedestrian crossing. As President of the Ministry of Supply Chess Club he was greatly esteemed and his death has come as a great shock to those who knew him."

James Matthias Bee. Played in the 1908, 1909 and 1910 matches. John Matthias Bee, died at the age of 90 [1978/9?]. "For many years he was Match Captain and President of the Metropolitan CC and played for Cambridge University before the First World War. In the 1924-25 City of London CC Championship he finished 7-9 eq with F F L Alexander and V Buerger. In 1945 he played a leading part in re-opening the Met. C C in which he remained active until 1968." (BCM, March 1979, p120). Set chess problems in the Boy's Own Paper (1950s). Leonard Barden comments: "He was my predecessor as chess editor of the Evening Standard. It was barely a column, just a two-move problem with solutions and no other commentary and appeared anonymously, which is why I thought it must be some hack in the office. So I wrote to the Features Editor offering a better column with chess news, games, and game positions as well as problems. This was accepted, although the FE pulled a face when I stated my proposed fee which was quite modest but apparently several times more than Bee received. I still didn't know who I had replaced until some months later at a party I told somebody the story and that person, who knew Bee, claimed that Bee was broken-hearted by being sacked and that I was some kind of monster."

David Bernard Scott (originally Schultz) (born 27 August 1915, London, died 7 November 1993, Hove, Sussex). Played in the 1935, 1936, 1937 and 1938 matches. Biography, London Mathematical Society - David Bernard Schultz later changed his name to David Bernard Scott (and became a professor). He was a cousin of Leonard Richenberg who played in the 1941-42 and 1946-48 Varsity matches. Obituary in BCM, Dec 1993, p677: "We report with regret the death of D. B. Scott (London, 27.viii.1915 - Hove, 7.xi. 1993) a player prominent in Middlesex and Sussex circles. He was a mathematician who graduated from Cambridge, held posts at the University of London from 1939 onwards and founded the maths department at the University of Sussex, where he was professor from 1962 to 1980. A member of the Hampstead club, he helped R. C. Griffith keep the BCM afloat during the war by contributing game notes (including a win of his against Winter) and was Sussex Champion in 1965. I recall him telling of a wonderful occasion for him when, at a pre-war Margate tournament, Capablanca made an observation about his game of that day, then sat down to show a missed winning method and then duly refuted suggestions from a voice at the back of the crowd which happened to come from ... Flohr! Resident in Hastings since 1987, Bernard Scott was very helpful and friendly in many ways. He attended some of the Kasparov-Short games and wished to reconcile Tony Miles and Ray Keene at that time. B[ernard].C[afferty]." Lecturer in Mathematics, Queen Mary's College, London 1939-46; Lecturer in Mathematics, Aberdeen University 1947; Lecturer in Mathematics, King's College London 1947-53, Reader 1953- 62; Professor of Mathematics, Sussex University 1962-80 (Emeritus); married 1939 Barbara Noel Smith (four sons; marriage dissolved 1972); died Hove 7 November 1993. He was the founding Professor of Mathematics at Sussex University, from 1962 to 1980, and the Independent's first chess writer. [Independent obit, 18 Dec 1993]

Roland Hartnett. Played in the 1929 and 1930 matches. b 1908, d 1988. Occ. physics tutor (1939 census).

Eugene Ernest Colman. Played in the 1900 and 1901 matches. b 1878, d 1964. Wikipedia entry.

John David Solomon. Did not play in a Varsity match. Member of Hampstead CC and very active as a player with some extant games. Born in 1906 and died in 1998. According to the 1939 census, he was resident in Hampstead and a music student / research geologist. Referred to in BCM (Jan 1943) as representing the Musicians' Union. Taught Geography at Wandsworth School. [Richard James commented at the Streatham & Brixton blog, 2015] "... played for Richmond. Rejoined Richmond & Twickenham CC briefly possibly late 70s/early 80s. Also a strong bridge player." In the 1954 BCF Grading List listed as affiliated to Battersea CC and graded 3b (201-208).

John Dean (1917-1983). Played in the 1936, 1937, 1938 and 1939 matches. Attended Wednesbury High School and played in the 1935 British Boys' Championship, finishing 3rd (BCM, June 1935, pps 272-275). Exhibition in Natural Sciences, 1st class degree. Became a paediatrician in Vancouver, British Columbia. MA MB BChir Cantab(1942) MRCP(1947) FRCP(1973) Full obit here.

John Robert Gilbert (1921 - 18 March 2011). Played in the 1946 and 1947 matches. "Gilbert (matr. 1940) [died] On 18 March 2011, John Robert Gilbert of Colwyn Bay, North Wales. John won a Scholarship to St Catharine’s from Epsom College, Surrey, and read Modern & Medieval Languages. His daughter Anne writes ‘My father was a keen chess player and, if any records of the chess club remain for the period he was at St Catharine’s, you may find his name there. He was called up during the war and served in the Intelligence Corps as a code breaker at Bletchley Park. He was a tax inspector his entire working life from 1947 to retirement in 1981.’ According to the College Magazine, he won the Naumann cup at the Metropolitan Chess Club in 1948." (St Catharine's Magazine, 2011, p91)

Eric Augustus Coad-Pryor (1890-1958). Played in the 1911, 1912, 1913 and 1914 matches. Eric Augustus Coad-Pryor, b 1890 (Dorchester), d 1958 as a result of a road accident. [BCM, Dec 1958, p325] "The tragic death of Mr. Coad-Pryor, as the result of a road accident near his home in Beckenham, means an irreparable loss to the chess life of this country, and a brief outline of his career will be of interest to our readers. Eric Augustus Coad-Pryor was born at Dorchester in 1890. He was educated at Haileybury and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated with honours in the Natural Science Tripos. Leaving the university, he entered the metallurgical department of the National Physical Laboratory. In 1921 he became director of the research laboratories of the United Glass Bottle Manufacturers, and in this capacity served on a number of national and international technical committees. In 1931 he was invited to join the John Lewis Partnership, with which he had remained ever since, being, in the end, the Assistant Chief Inspector. His accomplishments were varied and many: in photography he was outstandingly skilful; he was an enthusiastic member of more than one dramatic society; he was a Kent county tennis player, and as a musician he was an excellent pianist. Chess was a dominant interest in his life. He played in the universities' match, and amongst much else was a vice-President of the Kent County C.A., and one-time Champion, a vice-President of the British Chess Federation, where, in particular, his liaison work in connection with the National Chess Centre will be sadly missed; and a vice-President of the London Commercial Chess League. In his later life, he had given great encouragement to junior players: he was Deputy President of the Chess Education Society and had shown much practical interest in its work for many years. Above all, there remains the abiding impression of a personality of great charm, quiet but decisive in his deliberations on committee, and always showing outstanding zest and loyalty in work, in play, and in companionship. We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife and daughters. - D. J. M[organ].

Mervyn Edward Wise (1917-?). Played in the 1937, 1938 and 1939 matches. Academic, expert on the mathematics of medicine. (No death record found - may still be alive?) "An active London and Surrey player in the mid 1950s and I played him in a Richmond (?) congress. Maybe he was a Richmond CC member." (Leonard Barden)

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