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

<9...Ne4>

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.

<12.cxd5>

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.

<16.Be2>

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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<24.Ba1>

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.

<25...fxe4>

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

<26...Qf6>

By this move Black loses the exchange.

<28.Nxh6+>

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

<31.Rg3>

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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<33.Bb2>

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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<35...Bf5>

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

<37.Rxf5>

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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