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Henry Wellsteed Apperly vs Alexander C Palmer
QLD ch (1896), Brisbane AUS, rd 1, Oct-06
Center Game: Paulsen Attack Variation (C22)  ·  0-1



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Kibitzer's Corner

The first game in the above important contest -- A. C. Palmer v. H. W. Apperly -- was begun on Tuesday evening at the Hotel Metropole, lasting from 7.30 till 11 o'clock, during which time forty moves a side had been played, when an adjournment was made until the following evening, and the game was concluded after a stubborn fight of nearly eighty moves in favour of Mr. Palmer.

The match is for the winner of the first seven games to be declared victor, all draws counting half games, the time limit being seventeen moves per hour.>

- The Brisbane Courier (Qld.) issue Friday 9 October 1896 page 4>

31.Rcd1 isn't necessarily a bad move, but White overlooked a winning sacrifice with 31.c5!

As in 31.c5 bxc5 32.bxc5 Nxc5 33.Rxc5 dxc5 34.e5!

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Black doesn't appear to have any better line and is left with no satisfactory defence.

32.Qd5+ Why exchange Queens?

Considerably better is 32.e5!

38.R1e4? White could still have won with 38.Rf7!

39.Rf7 Too late


42.c5? Way too late




71...a4 is the nail in the coffin.

Palmer didn't play the endgame perfectly, but well enough to grind down Apperly.

And Palmer draws first blood in the race to seven wins.

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