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Albert Edward Wallace vs William Crane
Wallace - Crane (1893), Sydney AUS, rd 5, Aug-05
Center Game: Berger Variation (C22)  ·  1-0



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The fifth game began on Saturday last at Gunsler's Cafe in the presence of a large number of lovers of chess.

Mr. Wallace opened with the centre gambit, a debut which nearly always leads to interesting and lively situations.

Mr. Crane chose the defence, which develops K B at Kt 2 and should have obtained an even game: he however, neglected to play 6... P to Q3, and his opponent, by advancing the K P, drove the adverse K knight home to Black's great disadvantage.

Mr. Wallace having obtained an advantage in the opening, pursued the attack with vigour, and Mr. Crane, who well-defended a difficult game, lost a pawn at the 18th move.>

- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW) issue Monday 7 August 1893 page 6>



Last night at Gunsler's Cafe the fifth game was finished, and ended in Mr. Wallace's favour.

The score now stands one all, with three draws.

We publish below the score of the game with annotations from which it will be seen that Mr. Wallace played admirably throughout, and that Mr. Crane never recovered from a slip made in the opening.>


An obvious error, from the effects of which Black never recovers. 6... P to Q 3 gives an even game.


White could here begin a strong attack by 11. P to K Kt 4


Safer would have been B to Q 2


A fine move, which renders Black's defences very difficult.

<15.Qxe2> (25 min.)

<15...Qe8> (42 min.)

<16...f6> (28 minutes over move 16)


Best, if 17. Kt takes K B P ; B takes Kt, winning a piece.


If 18. Kt takes R, Black gets out of trouble by 18... P takes B


19... Q takes Kt P seems sounder.


Unsound would have been 27... Kt to Kt 5, or 27... B takes P

<30.h3> (80 min.)

<30...h5> (120 min.)

<34.Rh1> (161 min.)

<34...Kf7> (152 min.)


Quicker would have been 35. R to Q R 5, threatening 36. R takes P


The R P cannot be saved.

<45.b3> (2 hours 6 minutes)

<45...Rc8> (2 hours 58 minutes)


Well played.

<60.Kd5> (2 hours 30 minutes)

<60...Rxg5> (4 hours)


He can do nothing but wait for the end.


If 63. P to B 7 Black draws by K takes P


If 69. R takes P, Black draws by K to Kt 2

White has played a difficult ending with great accuracy.>

Time: Wallace, 2 hours 32 minutes; Crane, 4 hours 30 minutes.>

- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW) issue Wednesday 9 August 1893 page 6>

Interesting to note that Wallace had a couple of “opportunities” at the end to blow his win, as he did in the fourth game, but made sure of the outcome this time!

Score after five games:-

½ ½ ½ 0 1 Wallace

½ ½ ½ 1 0 Crane

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