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Andrew Burns vs S Ellis / Sedgefield
Consultation game (1866), Melbourne AUS, rd 1, Nov-01
Scotch Game: Classical Variation (C45)  ·  1-0

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Jan-26-15  optimal play: <<<<Melbourne Chess Club.>

The first game in the match between Mr. Burns and Messrs. Ellis and Sedgefield in consultation was played on Thursday, the 1st inst., and after five hours' play Mr. Burns succeeded in defeating his formidable opponents. We publish the game.

There was a numerous attendance of members, who seemed to take great interest in the contest. The players will meet every Thursday, at four o'clock, till the conclusion of the match.

We are requested to intimate to chess players visiting Melbourne from the country or the neighbouring colonies, that the committee will be glad if they will visit the club room. Gentlemen wishing to do so are requested to leave their cards for the secretary at the club room, Nissen's Cafe, Bourke-street east.>

17...Bxg2+

Having a bad position, the allies gave up the Bishop with the object of winning two Pawns for it thus being left with three Pawns for the piece. They, however, overlooked White's 21st move.

21.Qg2

A fine move. Black cannot avoid the loss of another piece.

26.Kxh2

And the Allies, after continuing the game for some moves, resigned.>

- The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic.) issue Saturday 10 November 1866 page 12>

The "allies" are probably Louis Ellis & Sedgefield Wyatt Sedgefield

7...Ng6 appears to be an innovation from Ellis & Sedgefield, but not a very good one.

8...Nf4 ? has not been played since, and with good reason.

9.Nb5 ! is a more aggressive move than 9.Kh1

16...Ng5 ? is a mistake; instead 16...Nc5 would have been safe enough.

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