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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?

Bd Oxford University Rating 1988 Cambridge University Rating
1b Peter Kenneth Wells (Jesus / Nuffield) (220) 1-0 D Harsha Aturupane (Trinity) (200)
2w David Douglas Alex'r Lawson (Trinity) (192) ½-½ Jeremy P Sharp (Downing) (199)
3b Martin Luke Hazelton (St Anne's) (199) 1-0 David John Watts (Sidney Sussex) (190)
4w Frank van Hasselt (New) (190) ½-½ Andrew David Harley (Selwyn) (202)
5b Julian Michael Way (Keble) (188) 0-1 Sukh David Singh (Queens') (206)
6w Neil David Crabb (St Edmund Hall) (187) 0-1 Graham Kenneth Burgess (Downing) (202)
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.

It seems 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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