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Tournament: 102nd Varsity Match • Venue: RAC Club, Pall Mall, London • Date: 10 March 1984
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The 102nd Varsity Chess Match between Oxford University and Cambridge University was held at the RAC Club, Pall Mall, London on 10 March 1984. The sponsors were Lloyds Bank. Only two game scores available (boards 2 and 4) - can anyone supply other scores?

Bd Oxford University
Cambridge University
Openings, No of Moves
1b William Nicholas Watson (Merton)
Andrew Charles Louis Dyson (Trinity)
Robatsch, 42
2w Colin Anderson McNab (Queen's)
Stephen David Bell (Emmanuel)
King's Indian Def, 61
3b Kenneth Wingate Regan (Merton)
David John Walker (Trinity)
Queen's Indian, 34
4w John Crofton Hawksworth (Nuffield)
Allan William Beardsworth (Clare)
Benoni, 31
5b John J Cox (Corpus Christi)
Gareth Anthony (Trinity Hall)
Sicilian, 34
6w Jonathan Paul Levitt (Magdalen)
Michael Kerridge (Trinity)
King's Indian Def, 43
7b Erik Oskar Michael Charles Teichmann (Magdalen)
Matthew A Eke (Trinity)
QGD Orthodox, 36
8w Anita Rakshit (St Hilda's)
Penelope Anne Coxon (Newnham)
Sicilian, 20

Sources: Oxford-Cambridge Chess Matches (1873-1987), compiled by Jeremy Gaige, Philadelphia 1987; BCM, May 1984, p195; The Times, 12 Mar 1984.




Chief arbiter Harry Golombek, assisted by Bob Wade.

The Times, 12 Mar 1984, p2: "Oxford beat Cambridge 4½-3½ in the universities' annual chess match at the RAC Club in Pall Mall on Saturday.

"They were favourites as they had won the three previous contests and had much the more experienced team containing four recognized masters. William Watson on first board and Kenneth Regan on third were international masters and the Scotsman, Colin McNab, on second board and the Old Etonian, John Cox, on fifth, were FIDE masters.

"Despite this, the struggle was even, and after a 20-move draw on the bottom board between the ladies Cambridge took the lead though Matthew Eke's 36-move victory over Erik Teichmann. This game was awarded second prize for the Cambridge team's best played games.

"The balance was soon restored when John Hawksworth won a fine game on fourth board for Oxford against Allan Beardsworth. This game deservedly won first prize for Oxford's best played game.

"After that the advantage swayed to and fro and the score was 3½-all, with one game, on board two, still in progress at the end.

"An accelerated rate of play was put in motion under the competition's recent rules and victory went to McNab.

"The event was sponsored and organized by Lloyd's Bank.

"The prizes for the best played games in the Oxford team went to Hawksworth for his win against Beardsworth and to Levitt for his game against Kerridge, and for the Cambridge side to Walker for his game against Regan and to Eke for his game against Teichmann.

BCM comments included: "Judges, Harry Golombek and Bob Wade, awarded best game prizes to the games on board 3 and 4." [not according to the Times report?!]

"... narrow win for Oxford University who were much more highly rated than their opponents but had to struggle to clinch the match. Both of Oxford's IMs lost!" (BCM)

1984 Varsity chess match
Cambridge's Andrew Dyson relaxes after 1 d4 in his top board game against IM William Watson of Oxford... watched by Adrian Hollis and match referee Harry Golombek. Dyson had a memorable day. He defeated Watson on time in one of the surprise results of the match, then set a record by representing Cambridge in the university bridge match that same evening (Lloyds Bank press release).

1984 Oxford University team

Winning Oxford University team. Back, left to right: John Cox, Jonathan Levitt, Colin McNab, Erik Teichmann, John Hawksworth, Adrian Hollis. Front, left to right: William Watson, Anita Rakshit, Kenneth Regan. (Photo: Lloyds Bank)

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