SYDNEY 2 WINS; MELBOURNE, NIL.>
For some months past the Sydney and Melbourne Chess Clubs have been engaged in playing two games by correspondence.
The first game, a King's Bishop Gambit, was won by the Sydney Club.
Melbourne vs Sydney, 1913
Melbourne has just written, resigning [this] second game ... with notes by Mr. A. W. Britton.>
The Book move Kt takes P leads to exchanges. White seized the first chance of leaving the beaten track. This new move seems worthy of consideration.
A specious move that turns out badly. Castles was better.
The only reply, 13... Kt Q 4 or 13... P Q B 4 or 13... Kt takes B P were all threatened. If now 13... Kt Q 4 ; 14. Q Kt 5 ch ; 14... P B 3 ; 15. Q takes Kt P ; 15... Kt takes R ; 16. Q takes P ch ; 16... K B 1 ; 17. B takes Kt and White has better winning chances than Black.
<13...Nd5 14.Qb5+ c6 15.Qxb7 Nxf4 16.Qxc6+ Kf8 17.Bxf4>
Not good, weakening the Queen's side.
The sacrifice gave White a certain draw. This game was one of two played simultaneously, and Sydney had virtuallv won the other; hence White was playing with the odds of the draw in hand, avoiding which cost Black the game.
Taking the chance of a win, but the draw was still in hand.
This position will repay study. The text move was inferior to 25. Q Q 3 or 25. Q B 3 Though Black's game is difficult, a win for white is difficult to prove. A draw was easy to force, however, in reply in either move; hence, perhaps, Black's selection of R Q 5.
A strong continuation, taken with the following move.
R takes R was better, but white would still have had the best of it by replying with the following line of play: 28. Q takes R P ch ; 28... K K 2 ; 29. R takes R ch ; 29... K Q 2 ; 30. Q R 3 ch ; 30... K B 3 ; 31. Q K B 3 ; 31... K Q 2 ; 32. Q B 5 ch ; 32... K B 3 ; 33. P Q B 3
<28.Qxh6+ Ke7 29.Rxe4+ Kd7 30.Qh3+ Kc6 31.Qf3 Kd7 32.Qf5+ Kc6 33.c3>
Forced. The resulting end game, Q and R P v R and Kt is an easy win for white.>