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Lewis Samuel Phillips vs William Crane
NSW v VIC Telegraphic Match (1871), Sydney/Melbourne, rd 1, Nov-09
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Normal Variation (B45)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Dec-17-13  optimal play: <<<<<At board No. 1: Mr. Crane adopted the "Sicilian defence," an opening which, unless carefully conducted by a practised player, generally leaves the Q P weak and in the rear.

Mr. Phillips took advantage of all the opportunities afforded him by the opening, and early succeeded in gaining a pawn ; but, in order to do so, was compelled himself to submit to a doubled pawn.

By careful after-play the Sydney player reduced the game to a position on which it was mutually voted a draw ; a result which must be regarded as highly creditable to so young a player as Mr. Crane.>

- Australian Town and Country Journal (NSW) issue Saturday 18 November 1871>


(a) 1...c5

This defence is a favourite with many players of distinction, Herr Anderssen being especially partial to it.

(b) 2...♘c6

2... P to K 3 is slightly preferable.

(c) 5...♗c5

5... P to Q R 3 is the correct play, and the only mode of avoiding embarrassment.

(d) 7.♗e3

7. B to K B 4 is usually played in similar situations.

(e) 7...♗b4

Black, finding that the Pawn cannot be saved, determines to sell it as dearly as he can.

(f) 19...♔f7

He dared not take the Q B P, because of R to B 3. This portion of the game is well played on both sides.

(g) 34. ♗b3

R to Q Kt 4 would have given Black some trouble, but with careful play would have led to the same result.

The game, though carefully played, on both sides, is free from complicated positions, owing to the numerous exchanges in the early part of the fray.>

- Australian Town and Country Journal (NSW) issue Saturday 25 November 1871>

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