Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing
Henry Wellsteed Apperly vs Henry Charlick
"Charlick's Angels" (game of the day Dec-20-2017)
Adelaide-Unley match (1894), Adelaide AUS, Dec-10
Englund Gambit Complex: Hartlaub-Charlick Gambit (A40)  ·  0-1



explore this opening
find similar games 35 more games of H Charlick
sac: 13...Qg3 PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: Games that have been used in game collections will have a section at the bottom which shows collections which include it. For more information, see "What are Game Collections?" on our Help Page.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.


Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 2 OF 2 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Jan-07-06  Whitehat1963: This looks like one of Morphy's quick slaughters. Love it!
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: Me too!
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: What's hard to believe is that this was played by post-an OTB game would have been understandable with a very weak player sitting opposite.
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: I had the same thought - although of course the standard of play in 1894 in Australia probably wasn't too high. A fairly well-stocked chess library would probably have included a few books by Staunton, Steinitz's "Modern Chess Instructor," Freeborough and Ranken's "Chess Openings, Ancient and Modern," and maybe the London 1883 tournament book.

And even today there are plenty of weak correspondence players. I once won a postal game that went 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7 5.e5 Nh5?? 6.Bxe7 1-0. And then there's the immortal game that went 1.e4 g6 (sent with the note "If 2.Any, Bg7.") 2.Bh6!! Bg7 3.Bxg7 1-0. Or so legend has it - I've never seen the names of the actual players given.

Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <FSR> Tony Albano, an old friend, once won a CC game after 1.d4 following that lovely conditional move.

When he told me about the postcard, I busted a gut.

Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: <perfidious> Oh yes, I meant 1.d4, not 1.e4. Good to know it's not just an urban legend. I'm impatient, so I used conditional moves a lot in CC, but most strong players avoid 'em like the plague. Your friend ought to get his game published in Dunne's column or someplace, so we'd have a name attached to it.
Apr-24-12  Stefan Buecker: Apperly - Charlick was not a corr. game. It was played in December 1894 in a match on 15 boards between Adelaide and Unley. A contemporary source says that Mr. Apperly played below his usual form.
Jun-21-13  optimal play: <Stefan Buecker> You are correct!


Adelaide v. Unley. — A match took place on Monday night at the Adelaide Clubrooms, and resulted in a decisive win for the home team... The match on Monday night will doubtless be memorable for the brilliant game played by Mr. Charlick, who after sacrificing his Queen mated Mr. Apperly with his Bishop in the sixteenth [sic] move. The opening was the Charlick Counter Gambit. The beauty of the end game has not been equalled in the club matches, and merely further emphasizes the greatness of the ex-champion's play.>

- South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA) issue Wednesday 12 December 1894>


The Adelaides and Unleys met on Monday evening, the former winning by 7 ½ to 4 ½ with one undecided. Mr. Charlick defeated Apperly brilliantly by sacrificing his Queen and mating on the 16th [sic] move.>

Bunyip (Gawler, SA) issue Friday 14 December 1894>

Suggested pun: "Charlick's Angles"

Jan-17-15  GoldenBird: I've looked deeply into 1 variation of the 'Charlick attack'. 1.d4 e5 2. dxe5 Nc6 3. Nf3 Nge7, attempting Ng6 to regain the pawn and continue development, any thoughts?
Jan-18-16  Christoforus Polacco: <GoldenBird> I have one : play this opening against computer like me a few hundreds time :) Have a good fun !
Premium Chessgames Member
  dernier loup de T: A pity this strong australian master did never play in Europe or in USA?... New york 1889 tournament for instance... Problem of distance and fees, i suppose...
Dec-20-17  bengalcat47: Another good pun for this game would be "Oh Henry!"
Dec-20-17  acapo: After Blacks ..9th move he had all his pieces developed and castled white had one piece and his King was ripe for a quick disposal.
Dec-20-17  acapo: Combinations flow like water downhill when all your troops are deployed
Dec-20-17  Steve.Patzer: That was fast.
Dec-20-17  morfishine: Angels? Black sure plays like the devil


Premium Chessgames Member
  kevin86: Early checkmate from the back row.
Dec-20-17  chesst: white sees her & does
what saw black...that
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: <GoldenBird> 1.d4 e5 2.dxe5 Nc6 3.Nf3 Nge7 is the Zilbermints Gambit. According to Wikipedia (which cites Kaissiber 5):

<4.Nc3 is the most critical response, when 4...Ng6 is ineffective in view of 5.Bg5! Be7 6.Bxe7 Qxe7 7.Nd5 so Black may need to fall back upon 4...h6.>

Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <FSR>, some games of Zilbermintz may be found at
Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: 13...♕g3! - one of the more unusual queen sacrifices, with the queen placed on an empty square and not capturing a piece.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Messiah: Very nice game!
May-03-20  optimal play: Hey, how about this!

I’ve just now found out one of my suggested puns got used about 2½ years ago.

Well, I presume it’s my pun although instead of “Charlick’s Angles” as I suggested, Chessgames punned the game “Charlick’s Angels”?!

I suggested “Charlick’s Angles” back in 2013 (see my post above Jun-21-13) as a pun on the popular 70’s TV show Charlie’s Angels, with Charlick’s instead of Charlie’s and Angles instead of Angels.

The basis of my suggestion, apart from the pun on the player’s name, is the diagonal angles of the two bishops resulting in checkmate. Hence “angles” instead of “angels”.

Perhaps Chessgames considered that a bit too obscure and so changed “angles” to “angels” to be more in line with the TV show, although I don’t really see what “angels” has to do with the game.

So anyway, I see the amended version of my pun was used on 20th December 2017 so it only took about 4½ years for Chessgames to use it.

Perhaps they were running out of suggestions and so had to resort to the previously overlooked puns?

I remember one of my pun suggestions got used in just two days, but anyway it’s a pleasant surprise to see a pun I made almost seven years ago to actually have been used.

May-05-20  optimal play: <Henry Charlick Goes For Charlick Gambit!!!>

Two years after this game Apperly became state champion of Queensland:

Game Collection: 1896 Queensland Championship

Not sure how strong chess players were in Queensland in the 1890’s but Charlick had won the Australian Championship in 1887:

Australian Championship (1887)

And he even beat Joseph Henry Blackburne in a miniature (albeit in a simul):

Blackburne vs H Charlick, 1885

<Joseph Henry Blackburne spent the first 5 months of 1885 touring Australia, giving simultaneous, blindfold simultaneous and exhibition games in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide. He gave this opinion of the strength of Australian chess: "Taken as a whole, the players were not as strong as I expected. I thought that I would meet more first class players. Burns and Fisher are comparable to Thorold and Wayte, the top London amateurs. Esling is also very promising."

Source: Anthony Wright, "Australian Chess to 1914", Melbourne 1995.>

I'm not sure what Blackburne considered "first class players" but comparing the top Australian players to the top London amateurs is not in any way a slight since there were no Australian professional players back in those days.

Premium Chessgames Member
  Dionysius1: Since the first 2 full moves are the Opening of the Day, may I kick off by saying percentage wise this has to be one of the most successful defences?

Opening Explorer

May sweet reason flow!

search thread:   
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 2 OF 2 ·  Later Kibitzing>

NOTE: Create an account today to post replies and access other powerful features which are available only to registered users. Becoming a member is free, anonymous, and takes less than 1 minute! If you already have a username, then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion.

Please observe our posting guidelines:

  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate, or gibberish posts.
  3. No vitriolic or systematic personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No cyberstalking or malicious posting of negative or private information (doxing/doxxing) of members.
  6. No trolling.
  7. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by moderators, create a false impression of consensus or support, or stage conversations, is prohibited.
  8. Do not degrade Chessgames or any of it's staff/volunteers.

Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.

Blow the Whistle

See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a moderator.

NOTE: Please keep all discussion on-topic. This forum is for this specific game only. To discuss chess or this site in general, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
All moderator actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

<This page contains Editor Notes. Click here to read them.>

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
Hartlaub-Charlick Gambit (A40) 0-1 The castled K wins again
from 115 Movies Fredthebear Watched at the Drive-in by fredthebear
by Gottschalk
Short and Beautiful Games
by zaxonus
Anthony Wright, "Australian Chess to 1914", Melbourne 1995.
from Pubs by Year & Unconfirmed Source 19 Great Ts by fredthebear
Henry Charlick gambit. interesting
from good openings by Gambit86
Englund Gambit Complex: Hartlaub-Charlick Gambit
from seçme partiler by deniznba
Queen Sacrifices -3
by obrit
"Charlick's Angles"
from optimal play's favorite games by optimal play
MKD's Favourite Games
by MKD
by FSR

Home | About | Login | Logout | F.A.Q. | Profile | Preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | New Kibitzing | Chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | Privacy Notice | Contact Us

Copyright 2001-2023, Chessgames Services LLC