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Event: 51st Varsity Match • Venue: City of London Chess Club, Wardrobe Court, London EC • Date: Friday 25 March 1927
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The 51st Varsity Chess Match between Oxford University and Cambridge University was held at City of London Chess Club, Wardrobe Court, London EC, on Friday 25 March 1927. All game scores from this match are available.

Bd Oxford University 1927 Cambridge University
1w Kenneth Humphry Bancroft (Pembroke) ½-½ (Philip) Stuart Milner-Barry (Trinity)
2b Gerald Abrahams (Wadham) 1-0 Victor Arthur Coates (Sidney Sussex)
3w Graham Russell Mitchell (Magdalen) 1-0 James Andrew Herrick (Pembroke)
4b Arthur Eric Smith (St Edmund Hall) ½-½ Ronald Cherry Weaver (Corpus Christi)
5w Giovanni Marie Denis George Costigan (St John's) ½-½ Maurice Arthur Vernon (Trinity)
6b Reginald Walter Bonham (St Catherine's) 0-1 John Edward Pepper (St John's)
7w Hugh Findlay Sutherland (Balliol) ½-½ Ronald Langley Mitchell (Trinity)

Sources: Oxford-Cambridge Chess Matches (1873-1987), compiled by Jeremy Gaige, Philadelphia 1987; BCM, April 1927, p156-157; The Times, 26 March 1927 (including all game scores); BCM, Jan 1927, p10 (Past match); A Century of British Chess by PW Sergeant

Notes: Boards 1, 3 and 6 were adjudicated by Sir George Thomas

[The Times, 26 March 1927] OXFORD’S NARROW WIN. (From Our Chess Correspondent.) The 61st annual match between the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge was played yesterday afternoon at the rooms of the City of London Chess Club, Wardrobe-court, E.C., Oxford winning by the odd game. The play was keen all through, and there were no conspicuous oversights. Oxford had the white pieces on the odd-numbered boards. The games on boards 1, 3, and 6 were adjudicated by Sir George A. Thomas. The record now is :—Cambridge 24 wins, Oxford 23 wins, and four matches drawn."

Universities' Week

18 March - Cambridge University 3½-2½ North London
19 March - Combined Universities 8-8 London University
21 March - Combined Universities 11-9 Insurance
22 March - Combined Universities 12-10 Hampstead
23 March - Combined Universities 4½-13½ City of London

Oxford Past vs Cambridge Past, 18 December 1926 at City of London CC (9th match)

Bd Oxford University Past 1926 Cambridge University Past
1 Theodore Henry Tylor (Balliol) 1-0 William Hewison Gunston (St John's)
2 George Shorrock Ashcombe Wheatcroft (New) ½-½ (Creassey Edward) Cecil Tattersall (Trinity)
3 Philip Walsingham Sergeant (Trinity) 0-1 John Matthias Bee (St Catharine's)
4 John Harold Morrison (Wadham) 1-0 Kenneth Arthur Lulham Hill (Emmanuel)
5 Henry Delacombe Roome (Merton) ½-½ John Elliott West (Downing)
6 Alexander Oppenheim (Balliol) 0-1 Eric Augustus Coad-Pryor (Trinity)
7 Alan Hamilton Crothers (Queen's) 0-1 George Ernest Smith (St John's)
8 Dermot Michael Macgregor Morrah (New) 0-1 Charles Edward Taylor (Trinity)
9 Sir Richard Barnett (Wadham) ½-½ Harold John Snowden (Queens')
10 Napier Baliol Scott (Christ Church) 0-1 Leonard Illingworth (Trinity)
11 John Rowland Hanning (New) 0-1 John Brown (Sidney Sussex)
12 E Maxwell (Christ Church) 1-0 Dr Vickerman Henzell Rutherford (Sidney Sussex)
13 Hon. Frederick Gustavus Hamilton-Russell (Christ Church) 0-1 Frederick Russell Hoare (Trinity)
14 Arthur Hereford Wykeham George (New) 0-1 George Cecil Ives (Magdalene)

[BCM, January 1927, p 10]"At the City of London Chess Club on the afternoon of December 18th [1926] a match was played between teams of 14 a-side drawn from past members of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. Neither side was quite representative, notable absentees being H. E. Atkins for Cambridge, and E. M. Jackson and J. A. J. Drewitt for Oxford ; but it is always difficult in this fixture to get teams approaching full strength.

"The victory of the Light Blues was expected ; and they showed no mercy to their opponents, starting off with 4 wins and ending up with a score of 9-4, with one game to be adjudicated, Tattersall and Wheatcroft not being able to come to a decision about their difficult end-game." (board 2 adjudicated - result given in Sergeant, p305)

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