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Albert Edward Wallace vs William Crane
Wallace - Crane (1893), Sydney AUS, rd 3, Jul-25
Colle System (D05)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Sep-25-15  optimal play: The third game of the 1893 Chess Championship of Australia played on 25th July.

<<<Mr Wallace having the move chose Zukertort's opening, which as usual resolved itself into the Queen's pawn game.

Neither player gained any decisive advantage in the opening, which followed the text up to the ninth move by White, who then played Kt to K 5. Black's answer, Kt to Q B 3, might have resulted in a game more entertaining to the spectators had White continued with 10. P to K B 4, but he preferred the exchange of Knights, and his next move, P takes Q P led to further exchanges which rendered a draw inevitable.>


A favourite opening with Zukertort, and one that Mr. Wallace has previously played with success.


B to Kt 2 is usual.


Rather tame. White might have continued with 10. P to B 4, which leads to a good attack, the weak K P notwithstanding.


B to Kt 2 looks better.


Best, as it avoids an isolated P.


(46 minutes)

If 15. P to K 4 ; B to R sq ; 16. Q takes Q ; R takes Q ; 17. B to R 3 ; R to B 2, even game.

<(15.e4 Ba8 16.Qxd8 Rxd8 17.Ba3 Rc7)>

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(53 minutes)

<(Time limit 15 moves an hour)>


The draw is inevitable as the Rooks will be exchanged.>

- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW) issue Wednesday 26 July 1893 page 3>

[The player who first wins seven games shall be declared the winner of the match. Drawn games not to count until after five games have been drawn; any game thereafter drawn to count as half a win to each player.]

The first three games were all drawn.

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