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Tournament: 38th Varsity Match • Venue: St George's Chess Club, 2 Savile Row, London • Date: Monday 21 March 1910
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The 38th Varsity Chess Match between Oxford University and Cambridge University was held at St George's Chess Club, 2 Savile Row, London, on Monday 21 March 1910.

1909«     1910 Varsity Chess Match     »1911
Bd Oxford University1   vs   Cambridge University
1w Reuben Lob (Worcester) ½-½ John Matthias Bee (St Catharine's)
2b Alexander Percival Waterfield (Christ Church) 1-0 Frederick Russell Hoare (Trinity)
3w Herbert Neville Bewley (Wadham) 0-1 Henry Evans Foster (Trinity)
4b Edward Henry McGrath (Christ Church) 0-1 Gilbert Henry Stevens (Caius)
5w Robert Wilbur Burgess (Lincoln) ½-½ Shah Muhammad Sulaiman (Christ's)
6b Alan Grant Macfarlane (Worcester) ½-½ Frederick Edmund Glanville Southwell (St Catharine's)
7w Benjamin Allen Bull (Jesus) 0-1 Frederick James Saunders (Christ's)

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 available in the download.


1 The original team selection as reported in the Daily News of 16 March was to have been R Lob (Worcester), A P Waterfield (Christ Church), J G Rennie (New – "Reussie" is given), H N Bewley (Wadham), W S Mackie (Christ Church), E H McGrath (Christ Church), R Biske (Wadham).

Year-Book of Chess 1911, p175: "Cambridge won very easily, though Oxford were favourites at the start, and but for weak play should at any rate have fared better than they did."

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17 April 2022 Original upload. Biographical details and match reports to be added later.
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