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Event: 46th Varsity Match • Venue: City of London Chess Club, Wardrobe Court, London EC • Date: Friday 24 March 1924
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The 46th Varsity Chess Match between Oxford University and Cambridge University was held at City of London Chess Club, Wardrobe Court, London EC, on Friday 24 March 1922. All seven game scores from this match are available.

1921«     1922 Varsity Chess Match     »1923
Bd Oxford University 1922 Cambridge University
1w Theodore Henry Tylor (Balliol) 1-0 Kenneth Arthur Lulham Hill (Emmanuel)
2b Thomas Arthur Staynes, M.C. (Brasenose) 1-0 Lionel Sharples Penrose (St John's)
3w William Ernest Baker Pryer (Pembroke) 1-0 Alan Maurice Ewbank (St John's)
4b Joseph Francis Palmer Deller (Lincoln) 1-0 Maxwell Herman Alexander Newman (St John's)
5w José Manuel Bermúdez y Quadreny (St Catherine's) 0-1 Paul Ian Wyndham (Trinity)
6b Ewart Whitehead (Jesus) 0-1 John Elliott West (Downing)
7w Charles Edward Kemp (Corpus Christi) 0-1 Arthur Wallis Exell (Emmanuel)

Sources: Oxford-Cambridge Chess Matches (1873-1987), compiled by Jeremy Gaige, Philadelphia 1987; BCM, April 1922, p149 & p201 (positions of games adjudicated); The Times, 25 March 1922; A Century of British Chess by PW Sergeant; BCM, January 1922, p52 ('Past' match); The Times, 8 January 1923 ('Past' match)

Notes: boards 1-5 were adjudicated by Amos Burn and Sir George Thomas.

[BCM, April 1922, ppn 149-150] "Oxford v. Cambridge.—The 46th annual encounter took place at the City of London Chess Club, on Friday, March 24th. Cambridge won the two games on Boards 6 and 7, but these were the only games finished at the call of time. Mr. Amos Burn adjudicated the games on Boards 1, 3 and 4 in favour of Oxford, and that on Board 5 in favour of Cambridge, thus making the score three all; it was agreed that Sir G. A. Thomas, who was to have been the adjudicator, but had had to go, should examine the position on Board 2 with Mr. Burn, which was complicated, but is thought to be in favour of Oxford. We hope to give all five positions next month."

[The Times, 25 Mar 1922, p7] "OXFORD V. CAMBRIDGE AT CHESS. ISSUE LEFT TO REFEREES. (BY our chess correspondent.) The 46th annual match between the Oxford and Cambridge Chess Clubs was played yesterday at the rooms of the City of London Chess Club, Wardrobe-court, Doctors’ Commons, E.C. Cambridge started well by winning their games on board No. 7 and then on board No. 6 ; the game on board No. 7 only lasted for 12 moves. No other games were concluded at the call of time, leaving five for Mr. Amos Burn to adjudicate. Sir G. A. Thomas was to have assisted him in this, but could not wait until the end. Mr. Burn’s decisions gave the victory on boards Nos. 1, 3, and 4 to Oxford, and on board No. 5 to Cambridge. The game on board No. 2 Mr. Burn thought Oxford should win, but as there is a good deal of play in it Sir G. A. Thomas will agree with Mr Burn as to the winner. The result depends on this decision."

1922 Universities' Week

March 20 Combined Univs 11½-4½ Insurance
March 21 Combined Univs 10-10 Hampstead
March 22 Combined Univs 11-8 City of London
March 23 Oxford Univ 2-2 Lud-Eagle (Consultation)
March 24 Varsity match
March 25 Combined Univs 6-6 Imperial CC
March 27 Combined Univs 4½-1½ House of Commons
March 28 Combined Univs 6-5 London University

Games from Combined Universities vs House of Commons match, 27 March 1922 (Annotations by Amos Burn)

Oxford Past vs Cambridge Past, Saturday 7 January 1922 at the City of London CC (4th match)

Bd Oxford University Past 1922 Cambridge University Past
1 Sir Richard Barnett (Wadham) 0-1 (Creassey Edward) Cecil Tattersall (Trinity)
2 Philip Walsingham Sergeant (Trinity) 0-1 Harold John Snowden (Queens')
3 Henry Delacombe Roome (Merton) ½-½ John Matthias Bee (St Catharine's)
4 John George Rennie (New) 1-0 Charles Edward Taylor (Trinity)
5 Rev. William Alban Cunningham Craig (St John's) 1-0 George Ernest Smith (St John's)
6 Dermot Michael Macgregor Morrah (New) 1-0 George Cecil Ives (Magdalene)
7 L James (Trinity) 1-0 Francis Charles Martley (Trinity)
8 Major Edgar Montague-Jones (New) 1-0 Rev. Arthur Selwyn Patteson Blackburne (Corpus Christi)
9 Hon. Frederick Gustavus Hamilton-Russell (Christ Church) 1-0 Canon John Charles Morris (Selwyn)

[BCM, January 1922, ppn 52-53] INTER-UNIVERSITY (PAST) MATCH.

On January 7th, at the City of London Chess Club, the fourth match, we believe, in the history of Oxford and Cambridge chess was played between senior members of the two Universities. At any rate, similar matches were played in 1889,1890 and 1892, Cambridge winning on the first two occasions and Oxford on the third.

The revival of the contest was suggested by some of the past University members of the City of London Chess Club to Mr. J. Walter Russell, the hon. sec., and he took up the idea with enthusiasm. With the consent of the committee, the hospitality of the club was offered and invitations were issued by Mr. Russell to all the leading Oxford and Cambridge players whose addresses could be ascertained, notices being also inserted in chess magazines and columns. Unfortunately the response was not as good as had been hoped, and illness further diminished the list. Notable absentees were H. E. Atkins and W. H. Gunston for Cambridge, E. M. Jackson, G. E. Wainwright and C. D. Locock for Oxford. Finally teams of 10 a-side were arranged for, but only 9 of each were able to put in an appearance, Cambridge suffering a heavy blow through the inability of E. L. Raymond to play. With full strength on both sides the Light Blues would perhaps have been the favourites. As things went, they made a fine fight on the top boards but were overweighted below and suffered a rather heavy defeat.

The match started shortly before 3 p.m., and at 3-30 D. M. Morrah, now a Fellow of All Souls, drew first blood for Oxford. Major E. Montagu-Jones followed, and then L. James, while it was 5 o'clock before C. E. C. Tattersall scored Cambridge’s first success. Three more Oxford wins followed, then J. M. Bee halved points with H. D. Roome; and at 6-30 the only game unfinished was P. W. Sergeant v. H. J. Snowden, which was adjudicated by Mr. Amos Burn a win for the Cantab.

Major Barnett, it may be noted, played in the 1890 and 1892 matches, being then simply “R. W. Barnett.”

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