Captain’s Corner 1: Peter Webster

Captain’s Corner is a new feature where the Club captains answer a brief questionnaire. Our aim is to eventually expand our profiles to cover as many players as we can in the HR Cup and friendlies.

Peter Webster of the Oxford & Cambridge kicks us off:

Tell us a little about your Club

The foundation of the Oxford and Cambridge University Club dates from a meeting of members from the two Universities held at the British Coffee House, 27 Cockspur Street on 17 May 1830, with Lord Palmerston in the chair.

The Club in its current incarnation was formed in March 1972 by the amalgamation of the United University Club and the Oxford and Cambridge University Club.

And your Chess Circle

As well as participating in the Hamilton-Russell Cup and friendlies, chess boards are permanently set up in the Club for those wishing to play.

What about your own involvement with chess?

I was a Cambridge half-blue at chess, and a former Greater Manchester under-18 champion and British under-21 correspondence chess champion.

 Who is your favourite chess player?

 Nigel Short

 Favourite chess book/ DVD or video?

 Gligoric on the 1972 Fischer-Spassky match

 Anything to add? Perhaps some trivia about yourself!

 I became chess captain of (the senior) Greater Manchester County First Team whilst still at school


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