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Tournament: 39th Varsity Match • Venue: City of London CC, 7 Grocer's Hall Court, London EC • Date: Monday 27 March 1911
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The 39th Varsity Chess Match between Oxford University and Cambridge University was held at City of London CC, 7 Grocer's Hall Court, London EC, on Monday 27 March 1911.

1910«     1911 Varsity Chess Match     »1912
Bd Oxford University   vs   Cambridge University
1b Alexander Percival Waterfield (Christ Church) 1-0 Henry Evans Foster (Trinity)
2w Herbert Neville Bewley (Wadham) ½-½ Gilbert Henry Stevens (Caius)
3b Robert Wilbur Burgess (Lincoln) 1-0 Frederick Edmund Glanville Southwell (St Catharine's)
4w Alan Grant Macfarlane (Worcester) 0-1 Eric Augustus Coad-Pryor (Trinity)
5b Benjamin Allen Bull (Jesus) 1-0 Arthur James Turner (Caius)
6w Godfrey Davies (Pembroke) 1-0 Duncan Wakeman Wooldridge (St John's)
7b Frank Colin Bryan (Jesus) 0-1 Allen (E) Watkins (St John'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); BCN, April 1911, p154; Ancestry.com; FindMyPast.com; Who Was Who 1897-2007; Wikipedia. All seven games available in the download.

BCM, April 1911, p154: "Oxford v. Cambridge.—The annual match between the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge was played at the City of London Chess Club on Monday, March 27th, and resulted in a victory for Oxford by 4½ points to 2½. The total record of matches contested is Cambridge won 22, Oxford won 14, and three matches drawn." [board results]

"BCM, May 1911, p206: "Universities’ Chess Week, 1911.—The combined Oxford and Cambridge teams, with the assistance of seniors from both Universities, played their usual series of matches with the London clubs (preparatory to the Inter-University match) from March 20th to 28th, They met with considerable success, beating Metropolitan, Insurance, and Sydenham, and putting up a fairly good resistance against the City of London and Hampstead, in addition to which a weak “ combined ” team was just beaten by London University, who had the assistance of Mr. Herbert Jacobs on board 1. It should be mentioned that Metropolitan were not at full strength owing to a slight misunderstanding as to dates. The full scores are appended :—"


Monday 20 March - Combined Universities 10½, Metropolitan 7½
Tuesday 21 March - Combined Universities 6, Hampstead 10
Wednesday 22 March - Combined Universities 7½, City of London 12½
Thursday 23 March - Combined Universities 14, Insurance 6
Saturday 25 March - Combined Universities 7, London University 9
Tuesday 28 March - Combined Universities 8½, Sydenham and Forest Hill 11½

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Date Notes
17 April 2022 Original upload. Biographical details and match reports to be added later.
21 February 2024 The complete score of the bottom board game A.Watkins 1-0 F.Bryan is now available (and it becomes obvious why the editor of The Field decided to dispense with it).
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