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Henry Wellsteed Apperly vs Alexander C Palmer
QLD ch (1896), Brisbane AUS, rd 7, Nov-06
Scotch Game: General (C45)  ·  1-0



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Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-07-16  optimal play: 5...b6 was a novelty, although not a particularly successful innovation since, according to the chessgames database, there have been seven games subsequent to this one where Black also played 5...b6 from this position -- and every single one also lost!

24.Qg3 is mediocre and overlooks the far superior 24.Nxg6!

Black can now neutralize White's still-born attack simply with 24...Nxa5! but instead leaves the door open with 24...c4?

But again White overlooks 25.Nxg6! and opts for the much weaker 25.f5?

Black still neglects the capture of White's knight, instead playing 25...g5?

Seemingly poor play from both sides.

34.Bd1 White does well to reject the draw by avoiding the three-fold repetition, but he would have done better to have previously played Rd8 instead of Re8.


35.Rh8 is not bad, but inferior to 35.gxh5!

As in 35.gxh5 Rxf5 36.Bg4 R5f6 37.Be6

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35...Re7? cost Black two pawns and ultimately the game.

From being down 0-3 after the first three games of this match, Apperly had clawed himself back to now be even with Palmer, and with seven games completed the score stood as follows:-

1-1-1-0-0-½-0 (+3 =1 -3) 3½/7 Palmer

0-0-0-1-1-½-1 (+3 =1 -3) 3½/7 Apperly

The Champion of Queensland to be decided upon the first player to reach seven points.

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