BUCA Championship Winners

This page outlines all the winners of the BUCA Championship there have ever been. As much information as possible has been added. It is believed that all winners are known, but not all venues or individual winners. Any information that you have to add to this page would be greatly received.


British Universities’ Chess Association Founded

Between 1947 and his death in 1989, Baruch Harold Wood (BH Wood) was the President of the British Universities’ Chess Association. He Presided over events until his death. The peak period was in the early 1970s, during the Fischer boom. The Association lapsed in 1991, shortly after BH’s death. In this era, the various London colleges competed as a united “University of London” team. The triumvirate of Cambridge, London and Oxford dominated this period, coming first or first equal on 34 occasions between them. It was also possible to have shared winners; there being no tie-break in the event of a share of first place. There was no competition in 1989 due to BH Wood’s death, and 1991 allowed Polytechnics to compete, but none entered!


YearWinnerVenue
1947Leeds
1948Oxford
1949Manchester
1950Oxford
1951Oxford
1952Durham, Oxford
1953Birmingham
1954Cambridge
1956Cambridge
1957London
1958Cambridge, Glasgow, London
1959Oxford
1960London
1961Cambridge
1962Cambridge
1963London
1964OxfordManchester
1965LondonSheffield
1966CambridgeOxford
1967LondonYork
1968OxfordSwansea
1969CambridgeLiverpool
1970LondonManchester
1971CambridgeLeeds
1972CambridgeImperial
1973CambridgeLeeds
1974CambridgeBirmingham
1975LondonSheffield
1976GlasgowEdinburgh
1977Sheffield
1978LeedsLeeds
1979LondonSouthampton
1980EdinburghLancaster
1981LeedsLeeds
1982OxfordImperial
1983Cambridge
1984OxfordBirmingham
1985OxfordCardiff
1986LondonManchester
1987LeedsLeeds
1988CambridgeBristol
1990CambridgeBirmingham
1991NottinghamSwansea

Independent Events

The Association had lapsed, but many Universities took on the mantle of organising inter-University events between 1991 and 2008. These were held on an infrequent basis. BUCA was briefly revived in 2007, but had lapsed again by 2008.


YearWinnerVenue
1998OxfordBirmingham
2001CambridgeCambridge
2002WarwickWarwick
2003OxfordBirmingham
2004OxfordWarwick
2007SheffieldWarwick
2008SheffieldNottingham

British Universities’ Chess Association Reformed

The Association was refounded in 2010. Rather than be organised by Universities, it was organised by the Association.


YearChampionshipPlateBowlShieldVenue
2010BathOxford
2011OxfordOxford
2012EdinburghHigh Wycombe
2013ImperialHigh Wycombe
2014ImperialImperialWest Bromwich
2015CambridgeCambridgeAberystwythBirmingham
2016CambridgeImperialImperialBirmingham
2017WarwickWarwickWarwickWarwickHinckley