Events and Tournaments
In the Trinity Term of 2019, we hosted a Simultaneous Exhibition against GM Hou Yifan, the current Women's World Number 1 chess player. Yifan is the youngest ever to win the Women's World Chess Championship (16), which she achieved 4 times, in 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2016, and the youngest ever to achieve the title of Women's Grandmaster and FIDE-rated 2659. Yifan is a Rhodes Scholar, and at the time was reading an MSc in Education at St Hilda's College for the 2018-2019 academic year. See the facebook event and our photo album.
In the Hilary Term of 2019, we hosted WGM IM Irina Bulmaga for a Simultaneous Exhibition of 20 boards. The result were 18 wins to Irina, 1 draw, and 1 win to second team member Tudor Enescu.
In the Hilary Term of 2020, we hosted GM Keith Arkell for a Simultaneous Exhibition of 23 boards. The result were 20.5 wins to Keith, 3 draws, 1 win to Richard Zhu, St Hild'as College. See our photo album.
The club also has a long history of running simultaneous exhibition. In 2013, we hosted GM Darmen Sadvakasov, ex-Junior World Champion. At the Second Annual Varsity Match against Cambridge, Johannes Zukertort ("the greatest player never to be World Champion") gave a six-board match blindfold whilst waiting for the final six games to finish; Joseph Henry Blackburne ("The Black Death") see this report from the City of London chess magazine.
150th Anniversary Celebration
In 2019, the Oxford University Chess Club celebrated its 150th anniversary, a milestone longer than any other university club. The OUCC plans to hold a belated celebration for this occasion. All alumni of the OUCC are invited to come. The confirmed date for this event is the 1st week of Trinity a.k.a. Saturday the 29th February 2020.
To see everyone who has been invited so far click here. If you know the contact details of someone not contacted yet please let us know immediately.