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Henry Wellsteed Apperly vs Alexander C Palmer
QLD ch (1896), Brisbane AUS, rd 13, Dec-03
Scotch Game: Classical Variation (C45)  ·  1-0



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Jan-13-16  optimal play: 9.Nc3 White has played the opening very well and Black is already beginning to struggle.

18...Nb4? From here on in it's all downhill for Black.

By the adjournment at the 23rd move Black's game is in dire straits.

39.Rd3! wins


The match between Messrs. A. C. Palmer and H. W. Apperly, which has been in progress during the last eight weeks, was brought to a conclusion last evening by Mr. Apperly winning the thirteenth game.

It will be remembered that the game was commenced on Thursday night and adjourned at the twenty-third move, Mr. Apperly having then an advantage in position.

On resuming last night the play on both sides was very fine, and although Mr. Apperly did his best to force the game, his opponent was on the alert and gave no chances.

Mr. Apperly, however, still maintained a slight advantage, and eventually succeeded in pressing it to such an extent that his opponent was forced to give up a rook.

Following up this success with correct play, Mr. Apperly soon after compelled an exchange of queens, and Mr. Palmer, seeing it hopeless to continue, resigned the game and the match, the final scores being Mr. Apperly - 7, and Mr. Palmer - 6.

At the conclusion of play champagne was called for, and Mr. F. Ayres, in a neat speech, proposed the health of the new chess champion of Queensland.

Mr. Apperly responded in suitable terms, and spoke highly of the chess ability of his opponent, prophesying for him a successful chess career, and concluding by asking the company to drink to the health of the ex-champion, Mr. Palmer.

The match throughout has been contested in the friendliest spirit, and the closeness of the play has aroused considerable interest, not only in Queensland, but in the other colonies.>

- The Brisbane Courier (Qld.) issue Tuesday 8 December 1896 page 4>

The full match score was as follows:-

0-0-0-1-1-½-1-½-1-0-1-0-1 (+6 =2 -5) 7/13 Apperly

1-1-1-0-0-½-0-½-0-1-0-1-0 (+5 =2 -6) 6/13 Palmer

Apperly therefore became the Champion of Queensland, being the first player to reach seven points in the match.

And he lived 'apperly ever after! ;)

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