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A S Hollander vs Louis Goldsmith
New South Wales v Victoria Telegraph Match (1870), Australia, Nov-09
Dutch Defense: Queen's Knight Variation (A85)  ·  0-1



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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-05-13  optimal play: <<<<INTERCOLONIAL CHESS MATCH.

A chess match between representatives chosen from the chess clubs of New South Wales and Victoria, by means of the telegraph, came off on the 9th of November.

Mr. Goldsmith played steadily all day, and with such skill that his victory at five, o'clock was almost a certainty, so much so that his opponent resigned on the renewal of communication.

- Illustrated Australian News for Home Readers (Melbourne, Vic.) issue Monday 5 December 1870>

(a) 4.♗d2

P to K 3, and B to Kt 5, are the moves usually adopted at this point.

(b) 7.♗e2

B to Q 3 would have been decidedly better.

(c) 11.♕e2

Q to Q B 2 would have been much more effective.

(d) 11...e5

Taking prompt advantage of his opponents weak play.

(e) 16.O-O-O

White's last three moves have so far compromised his game that he has now small chance of escaping from the toils, and are unaccountable even in a tyro.

(f) 18.b3

Mere infatuation. After this, no amount of surgery can cure him.

(g) 22.♕f2

What a pitiable development of the chess board!

(h) 23...♗b3

B to R 7 or P takes P would have been more to the purpose.

(i) 31...♗c2

White's game, long hopeless, is now completely gone.

We cannot understand Mr. Hollander's play in this game, which is quite a rook below his usual standard, even at the present time.

Mr. Goldsmith deserves to be congratulated on his excellent play throughout.

- Australian Town and Country Journal (NSW) issue Saturday 19 November 1870>


On Wednesday, the full complement of champions, and also the emergency men, assembled at the appointed hour...

Play commenced at about 11 a.m., and terminated at midnight.

The players were thus paired, viz. :-

No, 1, Hollander v. Goldsmith ;
No. 2, Phillips v. M'Rae ;
No. 3, Heydon v. Burns ;
No. 4, Baynes v. Smith ;
No. 5, Ryan v. Sedgefield ;
No. 6, Stanley v. Russell ;
No. 7, Fisher v. Pendrill.

The result of the match was that Victoria scored games 1, 2 and 3 ; New South Wales scored game No. 4. Games Nos. 5 and 6 were drawn, and No. 7 terminated in a dispute, which it has been agreed to refer to Judge Francis.

- Australian Town and Country Journal (NSW) issue Saturday 12 November 1870>

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