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Albert Edward Wallace vs William Crane
Wallace - Crane (1893), Sydney AUS, rd 11, Sep-09
English Opening: Agincourt Defense (A13)  ·  1-0



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The 11th game was opened by Mr. Wallace with 1. P to Q B 4 which is known as the English opening in honour of Howard Staunton, the famous champion of England, with whom this debut was a great favourite.

Mr. Crane, aided by weak opening moves on the part of his antagonist, gained a pawn and position at the seventh move; but, at the 15th move, Mr. Wallace by ingenious play, recovered the pawn.>

<adjourned at the 17th move>

- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW) issue Monday 11 September 1893 page 6>

The eleventh game in this contest was resumed and concluded last night.

It will be remembered that at the adjournment of play on Saturday Mr. Wallace, who had made inferior opening moves, established a position which, with the correct continuation, promised to secure him a win.

His sealed move proved to be Q takes Q.

Black, taking the Q with his B gave up the two pawns on his Q side, and played on for some moves on the chance of a drawing position. Mr. Wallace however, pushed his advantage to a patient win, and Black shortly afterwards resigned.>


A good solid opening, in which both players are soon left to their own resources.


We prefer 5. P to Q 4.


If 6. Kt to B 3, then 6... P takes P.


A forcible reply, which properly continued should have given Black a won game.


The intention being to stop White's check at R 4, but 9... Q to R 4 answers better that purpose. At this point 9... Kt to K Kt 5 was afterwards thought to be a good line, but White can safely reply with 10. Q to R 4.


Now, however, Kt to K Kt 5 would have been a winning move.


Black is missing plenty of chances, but Tick! Tick! Tick! is responsible therefor. Here he might have simplified the position by 13... B to B 6 ; 14. R to Q Kt sq ; B takes Kt ; 15. P takes B ; Kt takes B ; 16. R takes N ; P takes P, with an easy game to win;

<(13...Bc3 14.Rb1 Bxd4 15.exd4 Nxc1 16.Rxc1 cxb3)>

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13... Kt to B 4 was also a winning move.

<15.Rxc4> (32 minutes)

<15...exd4> (59 minutes)

Even now 15... Q to Q 3, would have won a piece and the game.

Black had to make two moves in two minutes at this stage.

<16.Rxb4> (1 hour 15 minutes)

<16...dxe3> (1 hour 19 minutes)


K takes Q would also lose.


P to Q R 4 would be a little better.


Winning a piece and the game.

White has played the ending skilfully.>

- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW) issue Wednesday 13 September 1893 page 5>

½ ½ ½ 0 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 1 (6/11) Wallace

½ ½ ½ 1 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 0 (5/11) Crane

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