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William John Miles vs Francis J Wallis
New South Wales Championship (1901), Sydney AUS, rd 2, Jul-11
English Opening: Anglo-Dutch Defense (A10)  ·  1-0



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Mar-06-21  optimal play: 2...e5?! was a novelty


19.Bg5? much better is 19.e5! winning a piece.

24.exf6 is quicker.

26.Qh7+? ummm ... 26.Qxg7 mates

Even his last move 27.fxg7 is mate in 5 compared to 27.Qxg7 which is mate in only 2

I suppose it made no difference but was white deliberately dragging out this game?

Not exactly high quality from either player.

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  fredthebear: 25...Qb5?! is goofy in leu of resigning. Maybe the scoresheet is missing a move or two.

White still eventually mates after 25...Qg5.

Mar-08-21  optimal play: <fredthebear: 25...Qb5?! is goofy in leu of resigning. Maybe the scoresheet is missing a move or two. White still eventually mates after 25...Qg5.>

I did a search on TROVE and found the game:


(English opening.)>

White, W. J. Miles ; Black, F. J. Wallis.>

2 PKB4 PK4 (a)
3 PQ3 (b) BKt5 ch
4 KtQB3 PxP
5 BxP KtKB3
6 PQR3 BxKt ch
7 PxB PQR3
8 KtKB3 KtQB3
10 BKt2 KtQ
11 Castles Castles
12 QQ2 RK
13 QRK PQ4
14 PxP QxRP
15 KtQ4 QQB4
16 KR KtB2
17 PK4 PxP
18 PxP (c) BQ2
19 BKt5 KtxB
20 QxKt RKB (d)
21 PK5 PKR3
22 QKt6 KtxP (e)
23 BK4 KtB3
24 RxKt RxR
25 PxR QKt4*
26 QR7 ch KB2
27 PxP Resigns>

*QKt4 Is this Q to QKt4 or Q to KKt4?

ie Qb5 or Qg5?

It's obvious that black played 25...QKKt4 (Qg5) and not 25...QQKt4 (Qb5)

White still mates in 9 after 25...Qg5 but it is nevertheless black's best move. It also accounts for white playing 26.Qh7+ which now makes sense.

I will submit a correction slip.

The newspaper report also included the following comments from the white player:


(a) Offering to play an open game.
(b) Which is declined.
(c) With a fine attack.
(d) If QxBP then PK5.
(e) If BK then QxPch and wins.>

- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW) Sat 13 Jul 1901 Page 4>

Mar-08-21  optimal play: 25...Qg5

Quick work by Chessgames.

Now it makes sense.

After 25...Qg5 if 26.Qh7+ Kf7 27.fxg7 Qxg7 28.Rf1+ wins.

Anything other than 27...Qxg7 also loses.

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