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The Cambridge vs Oxford Chess Set
The Cambridge vs Oxford Chess Set

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This chess set is all about Cambridge and Oxford: generous and powerful founders and benefactors, inspiring academics, stunning surroundings and an 800 year old university rivalry. The playing pieces were modelled on existing statues and landmarks from each city by an award-winning sculptor, and are designed as a set for elegant presentation and play.

The King and Queen pieces were chosen from the benefactors: Cambridge: King Henry VIII of England and Lady Margaret Beaufort, Oxford: William Herbert 3rd Earl of Pembroke and Queen Caroline of Ansbach

The Bishop piece was chosen to represent research and teaching. Cambridge: Sir Isaac Newton, Oxford: John Locke

Punting has been a pastime in both cities since the early 20th century. The movement of novice punters zigzagging down the river even resembles the movement of the knight on the chess board.

The Rook piece is represented by the Tower of Church of St Mary the Great, Cambridge and Carfax Tower, Oxford (Remnant of the 12th- century St Martins Church).

And last but not least, the Pawn. The quintessence of what both cities and universities are about: imparting knowledge to the next generation of students and being an inspiration for new ideas and solutions.

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