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Tournament: 28th Varsity Match • Venue: British Chess Club, 37 King Street, London • Date: Friday 30 March 1900
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The 28th Varsity Chess Match between Oxford University and Cambridge University was held at British Chess Club, 37 King Street, Covent Garden, London, on Friday 30 March 1900.

1899«     1900 Varsity Chess Match     »1901
Bd Oxford University   vs   Cambridge University
1w Frederick Soddy (Merton) 0-1 Creassey Edward Cecil Tattersall (Trinity)
2b Arthur Hereford Wykeham George (New) 0-1 Harold Goodlake Softlaw (Trinity Hall)
3w Gerald Edward Harold Ellis (Lincoln) 0-1 Clement Christopher Wiles (St John's)
4b Harold Hilton (Magdalen) 1-0 Eugene Ernest Colman (Trinity)
5w Frederick Augustus Babcock (Wadham) 1-0 (Canon) Ernest William Burnell (Caius)
6b Henry Bartle Compton Arthur (New) 0-1 Joseph Edmund Wright (Trinity)
7w Frederick Waterfield (Christ Church) 0-1 William Scott Ostle (Jesus)

Main sources: Oxford-Cambridge Chess Matches (1873-1987), (compiled by Jeremy Gaige, Philadelphia 1987); Sergeant, Philip W, A Century of Chess (London 1934, referred to in the text as PWS); Ancestry.com; FindMyPast.com; Who Was Who 1897-2007; Wikipedia. All seven games are available in the download.


(1) PW Sergeant gives "H Wilton" and "G Waterfield"
(2) Summary of rules given in BCM: 7 men who must be of not more than 5 years from matriculation and bona fide in residence. Can play no more than 5 times. CU get half blues. Time limit 20/hr.


Saturday 24 March - Combined Universities 4½, Hastings 4½ (played in Hastings)

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Date Notes
17 April 2022 Original upload. Biographical details and match reports to be added later.
7 March 2023 The match was played on Friday 30 March 1900, not 28 March as previously given. My thanks to Jason Radley for spotting the error.
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