Somewhat weaker on the top two three boards, Cambridge outgraded Oxford on the remaining five and so a fairly close contest was expected. At first Oxford looked good and when, after about two-and-a-half-hours' play, we returned from an excellent lunch, I made it approximately 35/8-29/8 to Oxford. But the illusion was soon dispelled as Cambridge scored victories in quick succession on boards five and six - the latter, to which I awarded the best game prize, appears below. And in the end, Cambridge won easily, making five draws and a further win on bottom board, to finish with 5.5- 2.5 without a single defeat.
For all that, it seems most unjust that the Cambridge players will, as they have for the best part of a century, be receiving half-blues for their pains while the Oxford players still don't get this recognition. The Oxford University Blues Committee recently turned down an application for half-blue status yet again - though tiddlywinks does qualify. There's currently a concerted effort to get chess recognised as a sport in Britain, as it is in most of the European Community - indeed Gary Kasparov should be coming to the House of Commons on 25 March in support; more of that nearer the time. If that is achieved, maybe other attitudes will change too.
In the opening 7 e5!? is fairly unusual and so is 8 ...f5 - Black generally plays 8 ...d5 9 exd6 Bxd6 10 Ne4 Be7 (but not 10 ...Bxf4? 11 Bxf4 Qxf4 12 Qd4). 10 Qh5+? lost time but the game remained quite unclear until the blunder 22 ...Ng4?? At the end, 24 ...gxf5 25 Rxf5+ leads to slaughter.
White: David Moskovic
Black: Joel Ouaknine
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