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Albert Edward Wallace vs William Crane
Wallace - Crane (1893), Sydney AUS, rd 9, Aug-29
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. Winawer Attack (C67)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Kibitzer's Corner
Oct-01-15  optimal play: <<<<<<<<<CHESS>


Mr. Wallace opened the ninth game last night with the Ruy Lopez attack, adopting a line of play favoured by Zukertort and Mackenzie. This ensures a very strong development for white, requiring the greatest care on the part of his opponent. When only a few moves beyond those given in the books had been recorded Mr Wallace, feeling indisposed, suggested an adjournment, to which Mr. Crane at once assented.>

- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW) issue Wednesday 30 August 1893 page 9>

The ninth game was continued on Saturday night in the Australia Hotel, and after four hours' play was again adjourned. Mr. Crane is a pawn ahead, but the situation looks very like a draw.>

- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW) issue Monday 4 September 1893 page 5>

The ninth game, which appears below, will be found interesting.

Mr. Wallace kept a harassing Ruy Lopez attack till the 30th move, when an injudicious exchange of rooks left Mr. Crane the winner of a pawn; that advantage was insufficient to win, as will be seen from the record.>


A strong variation, which was popular at the Paris Congress.


If 7... Q P takes B ; 8. P takes P ; Kt to B 4 ; 9. R to Q sq ; B to Q 2 ; 10. P to K 6 ! ; P takes P ; 11. Kt to K 5 wins.

<(7...dxc6 8.dxe5 Nf5 9.Rd1 Bd7 10.e6 fxe6 11.Ne5)>

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To avoid Kt takes P.

<15.Bf4> (49 minutes)

<15...Qf7> (58 minutes)


18... R to Kt sq was much better.


A strong move.


Very inferior; he should be prepared to double the rooks.


White threatened R takes Kt, but P to B 4 here was the best prevention.

<30.Rxf8+> (1 hour 34 minutes)

A slip which spoils White's attack.

<30...Nxf8> (1 hour 59 minutes)


Losing a pawn, but 32. B to B 3 would be met with P to Q 5, &c.


After this the game seems a forced draw.

<The newspaper records additional moves> 45... B to B sq ; 46. Kt to Q 3 (ch) ; K to Q 3

<(45...Bc8 46.Nd3+ Kd6)>

Drawn Game

White (1 hour 56 minutes), Black (2 hours 48 minutes)>

- The Sydney Mail and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW) issue Saturday 9 September 1893>

½ ½ ½ 0 1 1 ½ ½ ½ (5/9) Wallace

½ ½ ½ 1 0 0 ½ ½ ½ (4/9) Crane

Jan-15-21  offramp: After 35. Kxf2.

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Where have I see that position before? I know!

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Marshall vs Lasker, 1907

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