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Tournament: 81st Varsity Match • Venue: University of London Union, Malet Street • Date: 23 March 1963
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The 81st Varsity Chess Match between Oxford University and Cambridge University was held at the University of London Union, Malet Street, London, on 23 March 1963. All game scores from this match are available.

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Bd Oxford University 1963 Cambridge University Opening, No. of Moves
1b John Kenneth Footner (Queen's) 1-0 George Michael Sheldrick (Jesus) Morra Gambit
2w John Walter F May (Queen's) 0-1 Christopher Baruch Wood (Emmanuel) QGD Tarrasch
3b Graham Coleridge Taylor (Worcester) 0-1 Ian Christopher Smart (Trinity) Morra Gambit Declined
4w Roger William Morgan (Merton) 1-0 Ian Roebuck (King's) Alekhine's Def
5b Peter Nicholas Lee (Exeter) ½-½ Frederick Michael Akeroyd (St John's) King's Gambit Declined
6w Paul Doyle Yerbury (Jesus) 1-0 David Ian Wishart Reynolds (Emmanuel) French
7b Alastair Ian Ninian Brodie (Balliol) ½-½ David John Ferguson Ewing (Emmanuel) Sicilian

Sources: Oxford-Cambridge Chess Matches (1873-1987), compiled by Jeremy Gaige, Philadelphia 1987; BCM, May 1963, p139; CHESS, March 1963, p189-190; The Times, 25 Mar 1963, p8; Christopher Wood email, 2005.


BCM report (May 1963, p139) gives the bare results of games, date, venue, plus the following photo:

1963 Oxford University chess team

The Winning Oxford Team: From left to right (standing): PN Lee, JWF May, GC Taylor, AIN Brodie, PD Yerbury;
(sitting) JK Footner, RW Morgan.

CHESS, May 1963, p189-190 gives all seven game scores.

[CHESS, March 1963, p177] "Cambridge won the toss for the first time in five years. Oxford now lead 41.5-39.5 (plus 2.5-1.5 in unofficial wartime matches) in the series which started in 1873. Of the sixteen players this year, only two hailed from south of Birmingham."

[The Times, 25 March 1963, p8 - unaccredited]"Oxford University beat Cambridge University by the odd game in their annual seven-a-side chess match which was played in London on Saturday. The result remained in doubt until the conclusion of the last game to finish, which the Oxford player Yerbury won in 41 moves after a lively and imaginative struggle to give Oxford victory by four points to three. Tne Oxford success for the second year in succession gives them a lead in match points of 40 to 39 in the series*." (* this margin was later revised - see home page for details of overall match scores in a given year)

Ian Christopher Smart - won the 1961 London Boys Under-18 Championship after a play-off with Ronald A Harris. They scored 8½/11 in a field of 69. From Leatherhead, attended Epsom College. Source: CHESS, 9 Feb 1961, Vol.26/379, p181.

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