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Andrew Burns vs Sedgefield Wyatt Sedgefield
Match (1868), Melbourne AUS
Scotch Game: Classical Variation (C45)  ·  1-0

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Aug-29-15  optimal play: <<<<MELBOURNE CHESS CLUB.>

First game in the match between Messrs. Burns and Sedgefield:->

<6...Nxd4>

Kt to K 2 would perhaps have been preferable.

<8...Qg6>

Q to Q B 3 would have given Black a freer game, thus:- 8... Q to Q B 3 ; 9. Q to B 2 (best) ; P to Q 4 ; 10. (if) P to K 5 ; Q B to B 4 ; 11. B to Q 3 (best) ; B takes B, etc

<(8...Qc6 9.Qc2 d5 10.e5 Bf5 11.Bd3 Bxd3)>


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<10.Qf3>

To prevent the advance of Knight to Q 4.

<14...Kh8>

Black might now have played 14... B to K 3 with safety, for if White were then to push forward the Queen's Pawn, Black would obtain a good position by 15... Kt to K 4, etc

<(14...Be6 15.d5 Ne5)>


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<19...Nc6>

If he had played 19... B to Q B 3, White would have replied with 20. P to Q 5 winning the Knight on the next move.

<23...Nxd4>

Tempting, but unsound. If Black had taken the Pawn with Rook he would have lost a piece, 23... R takes P ; 24. R takes R ; Kt takes R ; 25. R to K sq ; (if) Kt to B 3 ; 26 R takes B ; Q takes R ; 27. Q takes R, and wins.

<(23...Rxd4 24.Rxd4 Nxd4 25.Re1 Nc6 26.Rxe6 Qxe6 27.Qxf8+)>


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<24.Qe3>

The winning coup. If Black were now to reply with Kt to B 3, White would play B to K Kt 5, winning the exchange.

<26...Qg6>

If P to B 5, White replies with Q to K 4 threatening mate.

<28...Qxd8>

If he had taken with Rook, White would have played Q to K Kt 5, etc>

- The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic.) issue Saturday 20 June 1868 page 12>

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