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Albert Edward Wallace vs William Crane
Wallace - Crane (1893), Sydney AUS, rd 13, Sep-19
Tarrasch Defense: Symmetrical Variation (D32)  ·  1-0



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Kibitzer's Corner
Oct-04-15  optimal play: <<<<<<<CHESS>


The thirteenth game between Messrs. Wallace and Crane was begun at the Hotel Australia last night.

The first-named player opened with P to Q 4, and an unusually lively game ensued. Mr. Wallace, who played remarkably well, has a material advantage, as reference to the diagram will show, and should have little difficulty in placing another game to his credit.

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<position at adjournment>

White to play his 32nd move.>

- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW) issue Wednesday 20 September 1893 page 5>

The adjourned thirteenth game was concluded last night at the Hotel Australia, when, as was anticipated, Mr. Wallace scored and easy win.

The record now stand five to three* in his favour, and he only requires to score two more games to win the match.>

<[*excluding the first five draws]>


The right move was 6... P to Q R 3. If then 7. P takes B P, Black replies with the same move.


A similar position occurred in the great match between St. Amant and Staunton, the respective champions of France and England.

Saint Amant vs Staunton, 1843

The latter now played 8... B to Kt 2, which analysis shows to be inferior to 8... B to Q 2.


If 10. Kt takes P, Kt takes Kt followed by Q to R 4 ch.


Well played.


If 11... P takes P ; 12. Kt takes P! ; Kt takes Kt ; 13. Q takes Kt ; Q to Kt 3 ; 14. Kt to Q 4, with a winning game.

<(11...cxb4 12.Nxd5 Nxd5 13.Qxd5 Qb6 14.Nd4)>

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<13.Nxd5> !


Better would have been 14... R to B sq

<15.Qe4+> (24 minutes)

<15...Be7> (60 minutes)


Black has no good move; if Q is shifted, the White plays P to Kt 5.


Weak, 19... Kt to Kt sq would afford Black relief for a time.


He should have taken with the Kt.


An excellent move.

<30.Ra7+> (56 minutes)

<30...Kd6> (1 hour 58 minutes)

30... K to Kt sq looks more promising.

<31.Ra6+> (1 hour 18 minutes)

<31...Kc7> (2 hours 18 minutes)


The adjournment move: the obvious check with B at Kt 6 wins much quicker. 32. B takes P would be bad, e.g. 32... R takes B ; 33. R to R 7 ch ; K to Kt 3, and draws at least.


The rest of the game plays itself.

Mr. Wallace deserves great credit for his capital conduct of the attack.

White, 1 hour 56 minutes; Black, 3 hours.>

- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW) issue Wednesday 27 September 1893 page 5>

Wallace (7½/13)

½ ½ ½ 0 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 1

Crane (5½/13)

½ ½ ½ 1 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 0 ½ 0

Oct-05-15  thomastonk: <optimal play> I admire your daily activity.

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