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Tournament: 106th Varsity Match • Venue: RAC Club, Pall Mall, London • Date: 6 March 1988
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The 106th Varsity Chess Match between Oxford University and Cambridge University was held at the RAC Club, Pall Mall, London on 6 March 1988. The sponsors were Lloyds Bank. Only two game scores available (boards 3 and 5) - can anyone supply other scores?

1987«     1988 Varsity Chess Match     »1989
Bd Oxford University Fed Rating 1988 Cambridge University Fed Rating
1b Peter Kenneth Wells (Jesus / Nuffield) ENG 2410m 1-0 D Harsha Aturupane (Trinity) SRI 2385f
2w David Douglas Alex'r Lawson (Trinity) SCO (192) ½-½ Jeremy P Sharp (Downing) ENG (199)
3b Martin Luke Hazelton (St Anne's) ENG 2230 1-0 David John Watts (Sidney Sussex) ENG 2270
4w Frank van Hasselt (New) HKG 2205 ½-½ Andrew David Harley (Selwyn) ENG 2245
5b Julian Michael Way (Keble) ENG (188) 0-1 Sukh David Singh (Queens') ENG (206)
6w Neil David Crabb (St Edmund Hall) ENG (187) 0-1 Graham Kenneth Burgess (Downing) ENG 2280
7b Tom J Brown (Queen's)   (183) 1-0 Gerard Francis Thompson (Trinity)   (171)
8w Jane Sarah Riley (St Hugh's)   (113) ½-½ Alison Margaret Franklin (later Bexfield) (Downing)   (136)

Best game prizes went to Hazelton of Oxford and Singh of Cambridge.

Sources: BCM, April 1988, p161-2; games in BCM, May 1988, p217.

Oxford's 8th win in a row. 1st decisive game came after 4 hrs 40 mins of play on board 3, followed by an Oxford win on top board after another 5 mins. Time control: 45/2hrs 30mins, 20/15mins, remaining/10mins.

Notes: BCM spelling GF Thomson, but Gerard F Thompson given in 1989 BCF Grading List.

David Lawson switched from Cambridge to Oxford this year.

Peter Wells's college given as Nuffield in the Spectator but he had previously been Jesus.

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