The 133rd Varsity Chess Match between Oxford and Cambridge will take place at the RAC Club, Pall Mall, London, on Saturday 7th of March 2015.
This year’s event will be officially opened by GM Luke McShane, who played board one for Oxford in the 2004 and 2005 Varsity chess matches. The approximate average age of Oxford team is 23 years and Cambridge is 21 years, with approximate average ratings of Oxford 2126 and Cambridge 2252.
The annual Varsity Match against Cambridge University was originally suggested by Howard Staunton in 1853. It has been held annually since 1873 and is the oldest fixture on the chess calendar. Edwin Anthony, then President of the Club, and Wilhelm Steinitz were responsible for establishing the match. After 132 matches the overall score stands at: Cambridge 58, Oxford 53, Drawn 21.
Oxford team: David Zakarian (2386f, ARM), David Pires Tavares Martins (2293f, POR), Rhys Cumming (2130, ENG), Gordon Scott (2087, ENG), Dominic Foord (2081, ENG), Howard Chiu (2076c, SIN), Jude Lenier (2065, ENG), Nicole Miranda Gonzalez (1934wf, CHI).
Cambridge team: Yang Fan-Zhou (2477m, ENG), Daniel Fernandez (2456m, SIN), Richard Weaving (2257, ENG), Rafe Martyn (2253f, ENG), Jean-Luc Weller (2233, ENG), Andrew McClement (2179, SCO), Saravanan Sathyanandha (2163, ENG), En Huei Danielle Ho (1974wf, SIN).
The games of the 133rd varsity match start at 12:30 local time, 13:30 CET.