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Tournament: 101st Varsity Match • Venue: RAC Club, Pall Mall, London • Date: 12 March 1983
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The 101st Varsity Chess Match between Oxford University and Cambridge University was held at the RAC Club, Pall Mall, London on 12 March 1983. Match referee [arbiter] was Harry Golombek. The sponsors were Lloyds Bank. Three game scores available (boards 1, 3 and 4) - can anyone supply other scores?

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Bd Oxford University Rating 1983 Cambridge University Rating Openings, No of Moves
1b Kenneth Wingate Regan (Merton) 2435 1-0 Nicholas Wilson Ivell (Magdalene) 2350 Sicilian, 26
2w William Nicholas Watson (Merton) 2395 0-1 Stephen David Bell (Emmanuel)   Pirc, 42
3b David H Cummings (Keble) 2360 1-0 Michael Kerridge (Trinity)   English, 32
4w John J Cox (Corpus Christi) 2345 1-0 Allan William Beardsworth (Clare)   English, 61
5b Timothy J Upton (Queen's) 2345 1-0 Stuart Howard Niman (Trinity)   Two Knights Def, 40
6w Jonathan Paul Levitt (Magdalen) 2310 1-0 Gareth Anthony (Trinity Hall)   King's Indian Def, 23
7b John Crofton Hawksworth (Jesus)   1-0 Colin Mackenzie (Pembroke)   English, 35
8w Anita Rakshit (St Hilda's)   0-1 Penelope Anne Coxon (Newnham)   Sicilian, 35

Sources: Oxford-Cambridge Chess Matches (1873-1987), compiled by Jeremy Gaige, Philadelphia 1987; BCM, May 1983, p199 & BCM, April 1983, back cover; The Guardian, 14 March 1983; The Times, 14 Mar 1983; thanks to Nick Ivell and Brian Denman for supplying games.

"Oxford, with much the higher rated team, scored their third consecutive victory over Cambridge in the 101st official match between the senior universities. There was no squabbling over eligibility for this contest... Cambridge still lead overall in the series by a margin of six matches." (BCM) [BCM says 'we hope to quote a more detailed account next month by the match referee, Harry Golombek' but nothing ever appeared]

The Guardian, 14 March 1983, p2 (by Leonard Barden): "Oxford defeated Cambridge 6-2 in the annual Varsity chess match sponsored by Lloyds Bank in London at the weekend. Oxford included several master players and was probably the strongest ever in the series. It was their third successive victory. Ken Regan, the US international, beat Nicholas Ivell in 26 moves on top board, and David Cummings, the Oxford captain won the best game of the match. But Cambridge’s Penelope Coxon again won the women’s board where Oxford have failed to record a victory in six attempts."

1983 Varsity Chess Match
Left to right: Bob Wade, Penny Coxon, Harry Golombek, Adrian Hollis, Anita Rakshit

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Date Notes
6 January 2022 Added the game Cox-Beardsworth. Many thanks to John Cox for supplying.


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