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Tournament: 82nd Varsity Match • Venue: University of London Union, Malet Street • Date: 21 March 1964
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The 82nd Varsity Chess Match between Oxford University and Cambridge University was held at the University of London Union, Malet Street, London, on 21 March 1964. Match adjudicators were Leonard Barden and Bob Wade.Four game scores from this match are available - can anyone supply others?

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Bd Oxford University 1964 Cambridge University Opening
1w Peter Nicholas Lee (Exeter) 1-0 Christopher Baruch Wood (Emmanuel) French
2b Paul Doyle Yerbury (Jesus) ½-½ Alan Templeton Ludgate (Selwyn) Danish Gambit
3w Alastair Ian Ninian Brodie (Balliol) 0-1 Graham Arthur Winbow (St John's) Sicilian
4b Baruch Noel Green (Jesus, capt) 0-1 Geoffrey Charles Fox (Trinity) Sicilian
5w Geoffrey Alan Hollis (Hertford) ½-½ David Ian Wishart Reynolds (Emmanuel) Sicilian
6b Steven John Groak (Merton) ½-½ George Michael Sheldrick (Jesus) Reti-French
7w Peter Joyce (St Peter's) 1-0 Peter George Wann (Peterhouse) French

Sources: Oxford-Cambridge Chess Matches (1873-1987), compiled by Jeremy Gaige, Philadelphia 1987; The Times, 23 Mar 1964 (results, little text) & 28 March 1964, page 6 (issuing a correction of GC Fox's names, etc); BCM, April 1964, p103 (ditto); Hastings & St Leonards Observer, 4 Apr 1964 (contributor Brian Denman); CHESS, March 1964, p221 (results), p236 (games).


BCM report, April 1964, p103, gives only the bare results, venue and date as above. Cambridge board four given incorrectly as "G.C. Cox". CHESS, Vol.29, No.456, March 28th 1964, p221, reports that "the last board game was adjudicated by Barden and Wade."

[The Guardian, 2 April 1964, p5 - Leonard Barden]"Freeing the 'bad' Bishop. Openings like the French Defence. Queen's Gambit with 2...P-K3 [e6], and Dutch Defence have as their main theme White's attempt to keep the opposing queen’s bishop hemmed in by its own pawns. If White succeeds, he can install a winning bind of his own minor pieces on the black squares in the centre.

"Among these openings, Black’s best prospects are in the French. Modern master games have shown that Black can often bring his problem bishop into action play on the king’s side at KN3 [g6] or KR4 [h5]. This week's game, played on top board in the Oxford-Cambridge University match, is a good example of the right strategy for both sides. White is positionally superior until he is sidetracked into winning a pawn. Afterwards, the superiority of Black’s bishop over White’s knight proves decisive.

"The match was a 3½-3½ draw. The play was of a high standard apart from the end game. There Cambridge lost an overwhelming game, and on another board Oxford reached a book win with two knights against a pawn—but drew.

[game score C.Wood-P.Lee]

"Top board games in the Oxford v Cambridge match have usually been poor quality—including two games where future British internationals lost their queens to knight forks. This is the best for many years. Lee, fourth in the 1963 world junior championship, looks a future international prospect; his opponent is the son of the editor of CHESS [magazine].”

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Date Notes
2018 Uploaded results and games.
3 January 2023 Small amendment to the score of Reynolds-Hollis, bd 5, with two extra half-moves. My thanks to Ian Reynolds.
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