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William Tullidge vs Joseph George Witton
Australian Championship (1887), Adelaide AUS, rd 2, Aug-18
Italian Game: Giuoco Pianissimo (C50)  ·  1-0


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  optimal play: <<<The Chess Congress in connection with the Adelaide Chess Club was continued in the Town Hall Exchange room on Thursday...>

At Board No. 2 two Victorians Messrs. Tullidge and Witton also had a very even game. Mr. Tullidge opened with the Giuoco piano opening. At the seventy-third move Mr. Witton gave up the contest, 6 hours 13 minutes having been taken up, of which Mr. Tullidge only occupied 1 hour 54 minutes, whilst his opponent took 4 hours 19 minutes.>

- South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA) issue Friday 19 August 1887>

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  optimal play: <<The game between Mr. Tullidge and Mr. Witton was the longest of the series, lasting 6 hours 13 minutes, and there were no less than 74 moves. The opening was the giuoco piano, and the battle was very hard fought to the end, Mr. Tullidge only winning through having a pawn advanced one further square than his adversary's. At one time the game looked like a draw. The ending was played by the winner in a most skilful manner, and forms quite a chess study.>

- South Australian Weekly Chronicle (Adelaide, SA) issue Saturday 27 August 1887>

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  Chessical: I believe that Black could have drawn this rook and pawn ending:

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<61. Kc5> Rh2 62. Rxg5 Rxh3 63. f4 Rxc3+ 64. Kd5 h3 65. Rh5 Kb4 66. f5 Kb5

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67. Rh7 Rc5+ 68. Ke6 Rc6+ 69. Ke5 Rc5+ 70. Kf6 Rc3 71.Kg6 Rg3+ 72. Kf6 Rc3 73. Kg6 Rg3+

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74. Kf7 Rc3 75. f6 Rc7+ 76. Kg6 Rxh7 77. Kxh7
h2 78. f7 h1=Q+ 79. Kg8; <<or>>

<61. Ka5> Rh2 62. f4 Rxh3

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and then:

(i) <63. fxg5> Rg3 64. Rxh4 Rxg5+ =

(ii) <63. f5> Rg3 64. Rxg3 hxg3 65. f6 g2 66. f7 g1=Q 67. f8=Q+ Kb3 =

(iii) <63. c4> Rg3 64. Rxg5 Rxg5+ 65. fxg5 h3 66. g6 h2 67. g7 h1=Q 68. g8=Q Qe1+ 69. Kb5 Qb4+ =

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