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John Shaw Stanley vs Charles Gilbert Heydon
New South Wales v Victoria Telegraph Match (1872), Sydney/Melbourne, rd 5, Nov-09
Russian Game: Classical Attack (C42)  ·  0-1



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Aug-22-15  optimal play: <<<<INTERCOLONIAL CHESS MATCH.


The third of these annual contests between the colonies was played by telegraph on Saturday, 9th November 1872>

BOARD 5. -

Mr. Heydon was pitted against Mr. Stanley, and played the "Petroff's Defence."

This game was very correctly opened, and promised to be a tough struggle; Mr. Heydon, however, gratuitously threw away a piece by his 23rd move, when he had an equal if not a superior game; and Mr. Stanley, not wishing to be out-done in generosity, a few moves after, gave his opponent an opportunity to mate him in one move, which the other was not slow to avail himself of.

The game was decided by luck more than by play.

Mr. Stanley saw the mistake when it was too late; having made the move, the representative insisted on its being sent.

- Australian Town and Country Journal (Sydney, NSW) issue Saturday 23 November 1872 page 20>

Board No. 5.

The players at this board, Messrs. Heydon and Stanley, made a good fight of it up to the 23rd move, when Mr. Heydon made one of those blunders which often occur at critical points in a game, from causes most unaccountable, and lost a clear piece which should have cost him the game, but his opponent was not to be outdone in politeness, and to make amends, offered Mr. Heydon an opportunity to mate him, which that gentleman speedily seized.

We must admit that the termination of this game was very unsatisfactory for Mr. Stanley, seeing that he came over 100 miles to play it.

Mr. Stanley hastily seized his adversary's Rook, and he was compelled by the Sydney representative to take it, otherwise we should certainly have had to record a defeat for N. S. Wales at this board.

- The Sydney Mail and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW) issue Saturday 28 December 1872>

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