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George H Foster vs William Henry Jonas
New South Wales Championship (1901), Sydney AUS, rd 9, Aug-06
Russian Game: French Attack (C42)  ·  1-0



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Jul-18-21  optimal play: 38...h6?

Black?s king is awkwardly placed for the endgame.


An obviously tempting capture, but leaves black in a worse position.

Conversely, white?s king and knight are well-placed.

43...Bf3? 44.Nb5?

I don?t get it?!

Why does white offer his bishop and then black refuse it?

I can?t see the trap.

I checked the game score against the text provided in and it reflects the same moves.

I then searched for the game in trove and found it in the Australian Town and Country Journal (Sydney, NSW), Saturday 24 August 1901 on page 8 but frustratingly, the game score ends after the 42nd move with the comment ?And Mr. Foster won after 14 more moves, his knight deploying with fatal effect.?

The final moves recorded are 42. Kt - B 3 ; B - Kt 5 ch (42.Nc3 Bg4+) which are the same.

So, we?ll just have to assume this game score is correct.

Anyway, after 43.Ke3 white has the game well in hand and black?s position is virtually lost.

His king and bishop are sidelined while white?s king and knight have the run of the board.

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