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Tournament: 108th Varsity Match • Venue: RAC Club, Pall Mall, London • Date: 3 March 1990
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The 108th Varsity Chess Match between Oxford University and Cambridge University was held at the RAC Club, Pall Mall, London on 3 March 1990. The match sponsors were Watson, Farley & Williams (sponsors since 1990). Only two game scores available (boards 1 & 3) - can anyone supply other scores?

Bd Oxford University Rating Nat 1990 Cambridge University Rating Nat
1b David Robert Norwood (Keble) 2530g ENG 1-0 Jeremy P Sharp (Downing) (205) ENG
2w Demetrios Agnos (Hertford) 2390 ENG 1-0 Sukh David Singh (Queens') 2310 ENG
3b David Douglas A Lawson (Trinity) 2315 SCO 1-0 Jonathan G Wilson (Trinity) 2245 ENG
4w Darren P Wheeler (St John's) (199) ENG ½-½ Arne Hessenbruch (Darwin) (198) LUX
5b Soren Riis (St Anthony's) 2310 DEN 1-0 Barney Pell (Trinity) (182) USA
6w Martin Luke Hazelton (St Anne's) 2230 ENG ½-½ Jon David Lee (Trinity) (180) ENG
7b Mark Graves (Keble) (181) ENG 0-1 Alan R Baker (Emmanuel) (176) ENG
8w Anna Jillings (St Hilda's)   ENG 0-1 Natasha Regan (King's) 2010 ENG

David Norwood became the first GM to take part in the match. Best game prizes: David Lawson & Alan Baker.

Sources: BCM, April 1990, p170 & The Spectator, 17 March 1990, p52.



1990 Varsity Chess Match, Oxford vs Cambridge
Picture includes (left of trophy) Henry Mutkin and (right of trophy) Martin Watson, partner at Watson, Farley & Williams. Also back row, 4th from left, Natasha Regan, then Demetrios Agnos, David Norwood, Jonathan Wilson (with sheepdog hairstyle). Female player next to Martin Watson is Anna Jillings, who later became Anna Semlyen, professional juggler, yoga teacher and traffic consultant(!).