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John Mann vs Phillip Billingsley Walker
NSW v SA Telegraph Match (1872), Sydney/Adelaide, rd 4, May-24
Scotch Game: Scotch Gambit. Saratt Variation (C44)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Feb-03-15  optimal play: <<<<BOARD No. 4.>



The best move at this point, constituting the Cochrane-Schumoff defence -- so-called from the two celebrated players by whom it was almost simultaneously discovered. It has the effect of throwing the attack into the hands of the second player.


It is usual at this stage to play P takes P or Q takes P.


This is not so good as B to B 4.


Well played.


This is a move very few players would not have made, but Kt takes P would have given Black the better game.


The position has become highly interesting, if Black now tries to save the Kt by playing it to B 7, the game proceeds thus:- 23... Kt to B 7 ; 24. Q to B 6 (ch) ; K to Kt sq ; 25. P takes P, and wins.

(23...Nc2 24.Qf6+ Kg8 25.exd4)

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If in this variation Black play 24... K to R 3, Q checks at R 4 afterwards playing P takes P (dis. ch.) and wins.


R to K 7 is decidedly better.


This is the result of Black's 22nd move.


If R takes P, White exchanges Rooks and wins.


Mr Mann here proposed a draw, which was accepted.>

- Australian Town and Country Journal (Sydney, NSW) issue Saturday 15 June 1872 page 21>

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