AUSTRALASIAN CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP>
WM. CRANE, JUN., v. A. E. N. WALLACE.>
On Saturday night play in this contest was resumed at Gunsler's Café, Pitt-street, in the presence of a large number of lovers of the royal game.
Mr Crane opened with the Ruy Lopez Knight's Game, and the game proceeded on the lines adopted by Mr. Wallace in the first game.
Each player seems to study safety in preference to brilliancy, and it is probable that a number of draws will occur.>
5. R to K sq, or 5. P to Q 4, are moves more frequently played.
The position of the forces is identical with that in the first game.
White now plays 10. Kt to Q 2, whereas Mr. Wallace, in the game mentioned, selected 10. Q to K 4.
Better would have been 11. P to Q B 3, which would prevent Black's occupation of Q 5.
This leaves White with the slight theoretical advantage of Knight against Bishop.
Best, because it stops Black moving the Q R to K sq, and also because it obviates the threatened "pin" by B to Kt 5.
Looking to the end, Black prepares to bring his King into the field.
Black, after long deliberation, decided that 20... B takes P, was not good play.
In reply to that move White had two continuations:- (1) 21. R takes R ; R takes R ; 22. R takes R ; K takes R ; 23. Kt to B 5 ; B to Kt 8 and the game is even. (2) 21. P to Q Kt 3 and Black cannot save the Bishop.
The exchange of pieces indicates a desire to play for the end game.
We refrain from commenting on the remaining moves, as the game is unfinished.
Mr. Wallace at the thirty-first move proposed a draw, but his opponent preferred playing the game out.
<(An adjournment was then agreed in accordance with rule 6 and Wallace sealed his 31st move in accordance with rule 15)>
Time consumed : Mr. Crane, 123 minutes ; Mr. Wallace 121 minutes.>