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George B Hall vs Henry Charlick
Adelaide (1887), Adelaide AUS
Latvian Gambit: General (C40)  ·  1-0

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Jan-22-16  optimal play: If this unlikely game was actually played at Adelaide in 1887 as stated in the heading, then it could only have been a casual game.

It certainly wasn't part of the Australian Championship (1887) if it was ever really played by Hall and Charlick at all.

The Latvian Gambit was actually played during the Championship but not by Hall or Charlick.

Gossip vs W Tullidge, 1887

Charlick defeated Hall during the Championship

G B Hall vs H Charlick, 1887

and went on to win the title.

Whilst there may have been some 'warm-up' games played prior to the start of the competition, this game doesn't reflect even the quality of a casual encounter between these two.

16...Rxf2? Clearly this was not a serious game. Black has been behind from the opening and now makes a spurious sacrifice.

The drawn-out endgame is farcical and not what would be expected between these two players.

Unless there is some evidence that this was a genuine game between Hall and Charlick, I have serious doubts as to its authenticity.

Jan-22-16  SvetlanaBabe: Definitely a genuine game and included in many published Australian chess books. 16...Rf2!?!? is a speculative sacrifice that just falls short. Good game. Charlick must have had just one dram too many of his preferred beverage - Whiskey! There is a hilarious incident often told by Gary Wastell, President of the ACF, about how Charlick once butted out his cigar on his opponent's rook whilst giggling menacingly and saying "You can't use this one now, the ramparts are ablaze!" He won the game!
They don't make chess players like Henry Charlick anymore, a real tragedy that in itself!
Jan-23-16  optimal play: <"You can't use this one now, the ramparts are ablaze!">

heh heh

Charlick should have tried that during this game!

I mean, he was a rook down, so what did he have to lose?

And you may be right about the whiskey, that would probably explain this game!

:D

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