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William Crane vs Albert Edward Wallace
Wallace - Crane (1893), Sydney AUS, rd 12, Sep-12
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Anderssen Variation (C77)  ·  1/2-1/2



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The [eleventh] game being concluded before half-past 8 o'clock, the twelfth game was commenced. Mr. Crane once more essaying the Ruy Lopez attack.

The resulting variation gave White a tardily developed game, but it seems adapted to Mr. Crane's style of play, and more than once in the present match when the same opening has been played he has entered upon the middle game with a strong position.

In the present instance the early exchange of both bishops made the game somewhat uninteresting: both players have a strong centre, and the position gives every promise of a draw.>

<(adjourned at the 17th move)>

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

The twelfth game was continued on Saturday night at the Australia Hotel, when a draw was agreed to at the 32nd move.

The opening was the "Ruy Lopez," which Mr. Wallace defended by 3... P to Q R 3, followed by the development of the B at Q B 4 at the fifth move.

Against this defence Mr. Crane could make no impression, and after the exchange of both Bishops in the early part of the game, the position became "drawish," and masterly inactivity was resorted to, each player vainly hoping that the other would, by forcing tactics, leave a "hole" in the position.

At the 32nd move Mr. Crane proposed a draw, which he had declined at the 19th move.

The score at present is:-

Mr. Wallace, four games; Mr. Crane, three games.

Winning will be determined by one player scoring seven games.>


A very good line of defence.


White's development of the Q Kt is not adapted to this variation of the "Lopez."


Kt 3 was a better spot for this B.


Recapturing with the Kt allows the adverse Kt a strong post at K B 5.


We prefer 14. Kt to Kt 3.

<15.Ng5> (50 min.)

<15...Nf8> (34 min.)

<17...Qc7> (sealed move)


Here Black proposed a draw, which White might as well have accepted.


A series of exchanges now follows, which leave no scope for combination.


The interposition of the Kt would have been better.

If 29. K to K 2, Black wins the Q by 29... Kt to B 5 ch.

<30.Qxf7+> (1 hour 59 minutes)

<30...Kxf7> (1 hour 40 minutes)>

- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW) issue Monday 18 September 1893 page 3>

½ ½ ½ 0 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 1 ½ (6½/12) Wallace

½ ½ ½ 1 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 0 ½ (5½/12) Crane

The official score of, Wallace – 4; Crane – 3; excludes the first five draws in accordance with rule 2.

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