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Sydney Chess Club vs Melbourne Chess Club
"G'day Mate" (game of the day Jul-24-2011)
corr (1913) (correspondence), Australia
Italian Game: Scotch Gambit. Anderssen Attack (C56)  ·  1-0



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Jul-24-11  smitten: Whoa, wild game!
Jul-24-11  ColeTrane: just hit "play" n watched one of my favorite gambits in action, up all night trippin bout some pure cowboy genes blue jeans outback jack cheers
Jul-24-11  CeeFoR: Why 33.. Qd3+ ?
Jul-24-11  Shams: <Why 33.. Qd3+ ?> Moves that prevent mate in one are hard to come by in this position.
Jul-24-11  Oceanlake: Maybe 12.... N b4 wasn't such a good idea.
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Jul-24-11  goodevans: Winning this position for white after <43 ... Nd7> is far from easy.

Don't believe me? Give it a go at

Jul-24-11  abuzic: 24. Re4?
white had the chance for perpetual with 24. Qg4+ Kh7 25. Qe4+ (if 24...Kh8 25. Rh5 Kh7 26. Qh4 Rg8 27. Rxh6+ Kg7 28. Rh7+ Kf8 29. Re1 Qe7 30. Rxe7 and black loses)

or white could continue with 24. Re3 with equal chances. With 21 Nf6+?! perhaps white was planning to play Rd7 or Rg4+ later, but after 24. Re4 white mess it allowing 24...Rfd8 to stop black's plan. Black continued with 25...Rd4 missing 25...Qd7 with equal chances.

Jul-24-11  twinlark: Awesome, great coming across a piece of Aussie history of which I was previously unaware.
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  thegoodanarchist: That was highly entertaining!
Jul-24-11  SMCB1997: Wow, amazing game!
Jul-24-11  zealouspawn: Goodevans:

Got it first try! It wasn't super easy, but also not as hard as I thought it might be. I gave up the h pawn to win the queenside pawns, and ended up winning in 20-30 moves

Jul-24-11  WhiteRook48: that is the most awesome game between chess clubs that I've ever seen!
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  kevin86: The pun would have been much better if the game had ended in a MATE.

I'm I correct in assessing Melbourne (pronounced "mel-bun) as very much like San Francisco? I read that it is hilly,has cable cars,and a large gay population.

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  GrahamClayton: <twinlark>Awesome, great coming across a piece of Aussie history of which I was previously unaware.

I uploaded this game into the database after finding it in an online newspaper archive. I have uploaded many more Australian games from the period from 1890 up to the late 1920's. There are some great finds!

Aug-04-11  twinlark: <GrahamClayton>

Keep up the good work (what else did you find?). Here's something from Mark Twain about our history:

<Australian history is almost always picturesque; indeed, it is also so curious and strange, that it is itself the chiefest novelty the country has to offer and so it pushes the other novelties into second and third place. It does not read like history, but like the most beautiful lies; and all of a fresh new sort, no mouldy old stale ones. It is full of surprises and adventures, the incongruities, and contradictions, and incredibilities; but they are all true, they all happened.> - Mark Twain 1897

This quote is also in the front of Peter FitzSimon's most recent book about the Batavia shipwreck off WA in 1629. I recommend reading it, it will blow your mind.

Peter compares the events to Lord of the Flies meets Nightmare on Elm Street.

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  GrahamClayton: <twinlark>Keep up the good work (what else did you find?)

One of the better discoveries was this living pieces game played in 1914:

W Viner vs J Jacobsen, 1914

I have also found club games, correspondence games that pre-date the formation of the Correspondence Chess League of Australia in 1928, as well as some lesser-known non-Australian games as well.

Feb-04-14  optimal play: <<<<<<CHESS.>



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.>

(a) 10.Nb5

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.

(b) 12...Nb4

A specious move that turns out badly. Castles was better.

(c) 13.Qe2

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>

(d) 13...c5

Not good, weakening the Queen's side.

(e) 21.Nf6+

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.

(f) 24.Re4

Taking the chance of a win, but the draw was still in hand.

(g) 25...Rd4

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.

(h) 26.Qg4+

A strong continuation, taken with the following move.

(i) 27...Qd7

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>

(j) 31...Rxg2+

Forced. The resulting end game, Q and R P v R and Kt is an easy win for white.>

- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW) issue Saturday 23 August 1913>

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