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Event: (unofficial) Varsity Match • Venue: Cambridge • Date: 3 March 1945 • last edited: Monday November 16, 2020 1:30 AM
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This unofficial Varsity Chess Match between Oxford University and Cambridge University was held in Cambridge on 3 March 1945. No game scores from this match are available.

Bd Oxford University  1945 Cambridge University
1 Robin Charles Oliver Matthews (Corpus Christi) 0-1 David Russell Bland (Trinity)
2 John Ouvry Lindfield Roberts (Wadham) ½-½ Basil Vivian Landau (Queens')
3 Adrian David Hugh Bivar (Corpus Christi) 0-1 James Malcolm Mitford Veitch (St John's)
4 Geoffrey Clendon Daukes (Trinity) 1-0 Thomas Brindley Booth (Trinity)
5 Edward Chorley Crosfield (Balliol) 0-1 John Cedric Shepherdson (Trinity)
6 Duncan Amos Watson (St Edmund Hall) 0-1 Thomas Stobart Rawlinson (Sidney Sussex)
7 Peter Anscar Williams (Corpus Christi) 0-1 Hugo Boyes Johnson (Pembroke)

Sources: Oxford-Cambridge Chess Matches (1873-1987), compiled by Jeremy Gaige, Philadelphia 1987; BCM, April 1945, p89 & May 1945, p112.


Venue: Cambridge (not known precisely where in Cambridge). Colours, openings not known.

[BCM, Apr 1945, p89] "Cambridge University beat Oxford University at Cambridge on March 3rd, the score being 5½-1½.

[BCM, May 1945, p112] "Last month we announced the result of the Oxford and Cambridge match. Here is the full score:-..."

Robert (Robin) Charles Oliver Matthews (1927-2010). Economist and chess problemist. Wikipedia. Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, Professor of Political Economy at Oxford from 1965 to 1975, Professor of Political Economy at Cambridge from 1980 to 1991, Master of Clare College, Cambridge from 1975 to 1993. Wrote two books on chess problems: Chess Problems: Introduction to an art (with M Lipton and JM Rice), 1963; and Mostly Three-Movers: Collected Chess Problems 1939-1993, Feenschach-Phénix, Aachen, 1995.

John Ouvry Lindfield Roberts (1925-2001).

Adrian David Hugh Bivar (1926-2015). Professor of Iranian Studies, SOAS, London University. Numismatist. Wikipedia.

Geoffrey Clendon Daukes (1924-1990). "Was a member of Moral Re-Armament and lived many years in India" (British Museum website)

Edward Chorley Crosfield (1918-2001).

Sir Duncan Amos Watson (1926-2015). Lost his eyesight aged 16, in about 1942. By profession a solicitor. Became president, World Blind Union and chair of RNIB. Awarded CBE (1986) and later knighted. Obituary in the Guardian.

Peter Anscar Williams (1916-2000). Was at Corpus 1944-46 and 1952.

David Russell Bland (1926-2001). Author of books on mathematics, physics (wave theory). Taught at the Cranfield Institute of Technology, now Cranfield University.

Basil Vivian Landau (1925-2017). Lecturer in mathematics, Salford University. Director of Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, peace activist. Played for Papua New Guinea in the Chess Olympiad of 1984: board six, scored +1, =2, -5. Played at Paignton, 2005, still in the grading list in 2010.

James Malcolm Mitford Veitch (1926-2002). A Malcolm Veitch was a regular correspondent to BCM's Q&Q some years ago, and a player of the same name was based in the north of England, perhaps more recently.

Thomas Brindley Booth (1926-2011). Inventor (autopilot technology).

John Cedric Shepherdson (1926-2015). Mathematics professor, Bristol University. Bristol University obituary.

Thomas Stobart Rawlinson (born 1926?). 2nd Lt., East Lancashire Regt., 1949. From Barton in Lancashire.

Hugo Boyes Johnson (1925-2017). Director of Scottish Provident Ireland Ltd in 1986. Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries.

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