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Albert Edward Wallace vs William Crane
Wallace - Crane (1893), Sydney AUS, rd 15, Oct-10
Tarrasch Defense: Symmetrical Variation (D32)  ·  1-0



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Kibitzer's Corner
Oct-06-15  optimal play: <<<<<<<<CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP>

Mr. Wallace began the fifteenth game with his favourite Queen's gambit.

[T]his game was adjourned at the 17th move.>

- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW) issue Wednesday 11 October 1893 page 3>


The adjourned 15th game was finished last night and resulted in another win for Mr. Wallace, who played very well all through, as the record of the game given below will show.

The score now stands, Mr. Wallace - 6½*, Mr. Crane - 3½*

<(excluding the first five drawn games)>

The former player has now only to draw or win a game to attain the championship.>


In a previous game Black played 6... P to Q Kt 3, and got a bad position. The text move is an improvement, but P takes B P seems better still.

<15.Nd2> (19 minutes.)

<15...Bd6> (57 minutes.)

<17.g3> (37 minutes.)

<17...Rd8> (1 hour 13 minutes.)

This loses a valuable Pawn, better would have been 17... B to Kt 2.


Best [for Black] if 20. Q to R 4 ; B to B 3 ; 21. Kt to B 3 ; B to B 6 ; 22. B to B 4 ; B to K Kt 5, and wins.

<(20.Qh4 Bc6 21.Nc3 Bf3 22.Bc4 Bg4)>

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This advance compromises Black's game, 20... B to B 6 offered better chances.


A strong move.


He should have taken the Kt.

<30.Bxe5> ! (1 hour 5 minutes.)

<30...Bxe5> (2 hours)

<31.Rxf7> !

White's play at this point is very good.


He has nothing better, his game being hopeless.>

White (Wallace) 1 hour 17 minutes, Black (Crane) 2 hours 58 minutes.>

- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW) issue Wednesday 18 October 1893 page 3>

Wallace (9/15)

½ ½ ½ 0 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 1 ½ 1

Crane (6/15)

½ ½ ½ 1 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 0 ½ 0 ½ 0

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