The University chess team obtained second place in thhe seventeenth annual intercollegiate chess tournament with Princeton, Yale, and Columbia. Princeton was first with a score of 7 1-2 games out of a possible 12. The University team scored a total of 6 1-2, Columbia was third with 5 1-2, and Yale fourth with 4 1-2. This is Princeton's first victory; of the previous tournaments, Harvard has won 9, Columbia 6, and Yale 1.
The best individual scores were made by L. W. Stephens '10, of Princeton, whose brilliant playing at first board was the surprise of the tournament, and by W. W. Parshley '09, of the University team, both of whom had three victories and no defeats.
The tournament was held at the West Side Republican Club, New York, on December 21, 22, and 23. In the first day's play Yale and Princeton each won two games, tied the third, and lost the fourth to Harvard and Columbia respectively, making the score Yale 2 1-2, Princeton 2 1-2, Harvard 1 1-2, and Columbia 1 1-2. On the second day Princeton gained the lead by winning three games from Yale, one of which went by default, and by drawing the fourth, making the totals Princeton 6, and Yale 3. The University team defeated Columbia by 2 1-2 to 1 1-2 giving Harvard 4, and Columbia 3.
On the last day the University team easily defeated Princeton by 2 1-2 games to 1 1-2, but this was not a large enough score to overcome the lead already established by Princeton. Columbia defeated Yale 2 1-2 to 1 1-2, thereby gaining third place in the tournament.
The complete score of the tournament follows: