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Frederick Karl Esling
Number of games in database: 60
Years covered: 1878 to 1906
Overall record: +31 -20 =9 (59.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

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FREDERICK KARL ESLING
(born Jul-20-1860, died Jul-31-1955, 95 years old) Australia

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Frederick Karl Esling was born in Creswick, Victoria, Australia. He was Australian champion in 1885 and passed away in Melbourne in 1955.

In 1871 Esling was sent by his Danish father to Germany to further his education. He learnt to play after receiving a chess book and set on his 15th birthday. He then started to play at chess clubs in Brunswick and Hanover. In 1878, Esling finished 3rd in the candidate master tournament at Frankfurt. Esling returned to Melbourne in 1879 with a degree in civil engineering.

Picture

http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...

Summary of his match and tournament record in Australia:

1880
Match with J Wisker (+5, =2, -4)

1885
Australian Championship match with GHD Gossip (+1, =0, -0). Gossip did not appear for resumption of 2nd game Esling was recognised in 1950 as the first Australian champion

1887
Australian Championship - Adelaide 1887
2nd (6/9) behind H. Charlick

1890
Melbourne Championship
=1st (8/9) with RL Hodgson (Hodgson won play-off match)

1891
Victorian Championship
1st (11/11)

1892
Victorian Championship
1st (13/14)

1893
Victorian Championship
=1st (10.5/13) with RL Hodgson (Esling won play-off match)

1894
Victorian Championship
1st (18/18)

1895
Australian championship match, Melbourne
AEN Wallace defeated FK Esling (+7, =4, -5)

1896
Victorian Championship
1st (17.5/19)

1897
Victorian Championship
1st (17/18)

1922
Australian Championship, Melbourne
Esling withdrew after losing in the first round to AW Davies

Esling was also a regular participant in the annual telegraph matches that were held between Victoria and the other colonies in the latter part of the 19th century.

Sources

Graham Clayton

Anthony Wright "Australian Chess to 1914", Melbourne 1995 John van Manen "The Records of Australian Chess - Tournament and Match Tables - Volumes I & II", Modbury Heights, 1987

Wikipedia article: Frederick Esling


 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 60  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. F K Esling vs Anderssen 1-020 1878 Casual gameC52 Evans Gambit
2. A Fritz vs F K Esling 1-028 1878 HauptturnierB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
3. F K Esling vs J Wisker  0-123 1880 Melbourne AustraliaC30 King's Gambit Declined
4. F K Esling vs L Goldsmith 1-018 1880 Casual gameC30 King's Gambit Declined
5. J Wisker vs F K Esling  0-151 1880 Melbourne AustraliaC77 Ruy Lopez
6. F K Esling vs J Wisker  0-128 1880 Melbourne AustraliaC52 Evans Gambit
7. F K Esling vs J Wisker 1-065 1880 Melbourne AustraliaC50 Giuoco Piano
8. L Goldsmith vs F K Esling 1-017 1880 Casual gameC41 Philidor Defense
9. Blackburne vs F K Esling 1-058 1885 Simultaneous exhibitionC25 Vienna
10. Gossip vs F K Esling 0-136 1885 AUS-ch mC25 Vienna
11. Blackburne vs F K Esling  ½-½24 1885 8 board simultaneous blindfold exhibitionC45 Scotch Game
12. F K Esling vs Gossip  1-052 1885 New South Wales v Victoria Telegraph MatchB10 Caro-Kann
13. Gossip vs F K Esling 1-043 1887 Australian ChampionshipC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
14. P Eiffe vs F K Esling 0-136 1887 Australian ChampionshipC77 Ruy Lopez
15. J Crewe vs F K Esling 0-129 1887 Australian ChampionshipD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. F K Esling vs H Charlick ½-½46 1887 Australian ChampionshipC22 Center Game
17. F K Esling vs W Tullidge 1-040 1887 Australian ChampionshipA03 Bird's Opening
18. F K Esling vs G B Hall 1-037 1887 Australian ChampionshipA02 Bird's Opening
19. F K Esling vs H Hookham ½-½47 1887 Australian ChampionshipA03 Bird's Opening
20. F K Esling vs D Heiman 1-044 1887 Australian ChampionshipC13 French
21. J G Witton vs F K Esling 0-118 1887 Australian ChampionshipC38 King's Gambit Accepted
22. F K Esling vs R Hodgson  0-145 1890 Melbourne ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
23. Lilly vs F K Esling  0-134 1890 Victoria Club TournamentC20 King's Pawn Game
24. W Tullidge vs F K Esling  0-132 1891 VIC chC51 Evans Gambit
25. E B Loughran vs F K Esling  0-131 1891 VIC chC53 Giuoco Piano
 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 60  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-29-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: Frederick Carl Esling
Born 20th July 1860 in Creswick
Died 31st July 1955 in Melbourne
He was Australian Champion in 1885.
Feb-07-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  Calli: *waits for <Karpova> to paste the lastest Chess Note here*
Feb-08-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  Karpova: Here it is:
http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/... (C.N. 5412) with two pictures:

Young Esling: http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...

Old Esling: http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...

Feb-08-08  vonKrolock: That game with Anderssen is the last of the off-hand games featured in the main body of A.'s bio by H. von Gottschall - an impressive result for Esling, and also - quite disappointing an item in purely chessical measures...
Feb-09-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  meloncio: <vonKrolock><That game with Anderssen is the last of the off-hand games featured in the main body of A.'s bio by H. von Gottschall - an impressive result for Esling, and also - quite disappointing an item in purely chessical measures...> OK, but where is the game? Can we find it anywhere?
Feb-10-08  vonKrolock: Ok :) Not even in chesslive.com, but first ten moves as in a Zytogorski vs Anderssen, London 1851 game - and here the moves:

[Event " -"]
[Site "Frankfurt"]
[Date "1878.07.27"]
[Round "0"]
[White "Esling,Frederick Carl"]
[Black "Anderssen,Adolf"]
[Result "1-0"]
[Eco "C52"]
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 Bxb4 5.c3 Ba5 6.d4 exd4 7.0-0 dxc3 8.Qb3 Qf6 9.Bg5 Qg6 10.Nxc3 d6 11.Nd5 Bd7 12.Rad1 h6 13.Nf4 Qd7 14.Bxf7+ Kf8 15.e5 hxg5 16.Bg6 Be8 17.Se6+ Ke7 18.exd6+ cxd6 19.Bxh7 Rxh7 20.Nfxg5 1-0

Feb-10-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  Calli: <vonKrolock> Thanks! Minor corrections: 13.Qh7 (not d7) and 17.Ne6+ (nicht ein Springer auf Englisch!).

Anyway, you are right about the disappointing quality of this game.

Feb-10-08  vonKrolock: Thank You, <Calli>! Maybe in the following form the PGN can be useful then:

[Event "-"]
[Site "Frankfurt"]
[Date "1878.07.27"]
[Round "0"]
[White "Esling,Frederick Carl"]
[Black "Anderssen,Adolf"]
[Result "1-0"]
[Eco "C52"]
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 Bxb4 5.c3 Ba5 6.d4 exd4 7.0-0 dxc3 8.Qb3 Qf6 9.Bg5 Qg6 10.Nxc3 d6 11.Nd5 Bd7 12.Rad1 h6 13.Nf4 Qh7 14.Bxf7+ Kf8 15.e5 hxg5 16.Bg6 Be8 17.Ne6+ Ke7 18.exd6+ cxd6 19.Bxh7 Rxh7 20.Nfxg5 1-0

Feb-11-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  meloncio: <vonKrolock><Calli> Thanks!
Oct-02-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: In 1871 Esling was sent by his Danish father to Germany to further his education. He learnt to play after receiving a chess book and set on his 15th birthday. He then started to play at chess clubs in Brunswick and Hanover.

In 1878, Esling finished 3rd in the candidate master tournament at Frankfurt. Esling returned to Melbourne in 1879 with a degree in civil engineering.

Here is a summary of his match and tournament record in Australia:

1880
Match with J Wisker (+5, =2, -4)

1885
Australian Championship match with GHD Gossip (+1, =0, -0). Gossip did not appear for resumption of 2nd game Esling was recognised in 1950 as the first Australian champion

1887
Australian Championship - Adelaide 1887
2nd (6/9) behind H. Charlick

1890
Melbourne Championship
=1st (8/9) with RL Hodgson (Hodgson won play-off match)

1891
Victorian Championship
1st (11/11)

1892
Victorian Championship
1st (13/14)

1893
Victorian Championship
=1st (10.5/13) with RL Hodgson (Esling won play-off match)

1894
Victorian Championship
1st (18/18)

1895
Australian championship match, Melbourne
AEN Wallace defeated FK Esling (+7, =4, -5)

1896
Victorian Championship
1st (17.5/19)

1897
Victorian Championship
1st (17/18)

1922
Australian Championship, Melbourne
Esling withdrew after losing in the first round to AW Davies

Esling was also a regular participant in the annual telegraph matches that were held between Victoria and the other colonies in the latter part of the 19th century.

Sources
Anthony Wright "Australian Chess to 1914", Melbourne 1995 John van Manen "The Records of Australian Chess - Tournament and Match Tables - Volumes I & II", Modbury Heights, 1987

Apr-07-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: <GrahamClayton

<1885
Australian Championship match with GHD Gossip (+1, =0, -0). Gossip did not appear for resumption of 2nd game Esling was recognised in 1950 as the first Australian champion>
>

chessbase database is giving the following as '2nd game':

[Event "AUS-ch m"]
[Site "Australia"]
[Date "1885.06.27"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Esling, Frederick Karl"]
[Black "Gossip, George Hatfeild"]
[Result "*"]
[ECO "C84"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Nc3 b5 7. Bb3 b4 8. Nd5 d6 9. Ba4 Bd7 10. Bxc6 Bxc6 11. d4 exd4 12. Nxd4 Bxd5 13. exd5 O-O 14. Nc6 Qd7 15. Re1 Rfe8 16. Qf3 a5


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(Sealed. Resumption abandoned.) *

Apr-09-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: I see why no one publishes the Anderssen game - Anderssen played at about 1600 strength. I don't understand Esling's 15.e5, either - why not just win immediately with 15.Ng6+ or 15.Bg6?
Jul-28-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: As I mentioned in my previous post, Esling was a civil engineer. The National Museum of Australia has a couple of items presented to Esling for his engineering work on the Melbourne railway system:

http://www.nma.gov.au/collections-s...

http://www.nma.gov.au/collections-s...

Jul-19-12  BIDMONFA: Frederick Karl Esling

ESLING, Frederick K.
http://www.bidmonfa.com/esling_fred...
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Feb-22-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  optimal play: In 1895, Esling challenged Albert Edward Wallace (who was the reigning Australian chess champion) to a match for the title. It was played in Melbourne between 8 June and 11 July, and aroused great interest. Wallace narrowly won, winning seven games and losing five, with four draws. Chessgames.com has one of those games on the database (round 10) so I have today submitted the other 15 to complete the full 16 game match.
Apr-10-13  RookFile: Very interesting guy, was glad to learn about Esling today.
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