Tuesday, July 8

Oxford defeats Cambridge in match play, 4½ - 2½

The annual University match between Oxford and Cambridge took place in the rooms of the City of London Chess Club and saw the former side emerge victorious by a score of 4 1/2 - 2 1/2. Leading the Oxford men on first board was American Rhodes scholar Franklin F. Russell, who played to a draw in a fascinating encounter vs. Cambridge ace E.A. Coad-Pryor. The game - which owing to constraints of time was broken off and adjudicated by the match umpire, veteran Master Amos Burn - is reproduced below. It presents at one point a material imbalance very rarely seen, viz., five pawns versus a Rook, and it is very much to be regretted that so singular a contest could not be played to a finish. Readers are invited to examine the final position for themselves in order to form a judgment thereon.

During their annual visit to London the Oxford and Cambridge teams, as is customary, joined forces to contest a series of matches against several of the leading clubs of the metropolis. Readers of keen memory may recall our report on last year's matches; we expect to devote a column to this year's contests in the very near future.

Herewith the aforementioned top board battle from the Oxford-Cambridge match:


Correction, 18 July 1914: We are informed by Mr. Russell that in the above encounter he handled the Black pieces and Mr. Coad-Pryor the White. Our apologies to our readers and to both players; we relied for our original report on the game score as given in a foreign publication which has in the past not always proved itself entirely reliable.

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