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Sedgefield Wyatt Sedgefield vs Andrew Burns
Match (1868), Melbourne AUS
English Opening: Anglo-Dutch Defense (A10)  ·  0-1



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Aug-27-15  optimal play: <<<MELBOURNE CHESS CLUB.>

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


It will be observed that if Black were now to play 9... P to Q Kt 3, the position of the pieces on both sides would be exactly alike.


This is well played. If Black were now to take Pawn with Pawn, White would reply with Kt takes Pawn, as Black dare not capture the Kt, because of B to Q B 4 winning the Queen.


We should now have preferred continuing the game, thus:- 16. B takes Kt ; B takes B ; 17. R to B sq ; B to Kt2* 18. Q to B 2 ; R to Q B sq ; 19. Q to Q Kt And White's game is to be preferred.

<(16.Bxb4 Bxb4 17.Rc1 Bb7 18.Qc2 Rc8 19.Qb1)>

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*(if) 17... B to Q 2 ; 18. Kt takes B ; Q takes Kt ; 19. Q to B 2 White can then play P to K Kt 4, getting a strong attack on the King's position.

<(17...Bd7 18.Nxd7 Qxd7 19.Qc2)>

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The retreat of this piece enables Black to plant his Bishop in a position which will prove very embarrassing to White. He should rather have captured the Kt.


Taking with Queen's Pawn would have enabled Black to place his Bishop advantageously at Q 4.


By this move Black loses the exchange.


White might have gained time by attacking the Queen with Rook.


Q to R 5 would have given White a bad game, thus:- 31. Q to R 5 ; Q takes Q best ; 32. R takes R (ch) ; B takes R ; 33. R takes Q ; P to K 6 And Black must win.

<(31.Qh5 Qxh5 32.Rxc8+ Bxc8 33.Rxh5 e3)>

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White could now have got rid of the troublesome Bishop by 33. B to B 3; if Black then play 33... P to K 6, the game would probably be continued in the following manner:- 34. R to B 3 ; Q to K 5 ; 35. B takes B ; P takes B ; 36. Q to Q B sq, and wins.

<(33.Bc3 e3 34.Rf3 Qe4 35.Bxb4 axb4 36.Qc1)>

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This was not Black's best move. He should have taken the Q Pawn, threatening to win the Bishop by the check of Queen at Q R 8 etc


There was no necessity for this sacrifice. White should have played his Bishop to Q 6, with the view of defending his Queen's Pawn, or attacking Black's undefended Pawns on the Queen's side. Black's best reply then would be 37... P to K R 3, for suppose 37... Q to Kt 8 (ch) ; 38. R to B sq ; (if) B to Q 6 ; 39. Q takes B, and wins.

<(37.Bd6 Qb1+ 38.Rf1 Bd3 39.Qxd3)>

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- The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic.) issue Saturday 4 July 1868 page 12>

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