Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing
Robert Lord Hodgson vs Albert Edward Wallace
Wallace - Hodgson (1896), Sydney AUS, rd 2, Apr-22
Russian Game: Classical Attack. Mason Variation (C42)  ·  1-0



Get this game explained with Decode Chess
explore this opening
find similar games 8 more R Hodgson/A Wallace games
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: Premium members can see a list of all games that they have seen recently at their Game History Page.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.

Kibitzer's Corner
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: After 25.Rf1 there seems to be quite a struggle in prospect:

click for larger view

But black plays the worst move on the board!!

This was his only loss in this match. This was game 2. The score after this game was one win each.

Apr-21-14  optimal play: <<<<THE CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP.>

Sydney, April 22.>

After two moves had been made in the second game Hodgson adopted the Petroff attack, and owing to a mistake on the part of the champion Hodgson had the better of the positions when play was adjourned.[*]>

- South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA) issue Thursday 23 April 1896>

[*] The sealed move was 29.Qd4

The time elapsed at adjournment was, Hodgson 1 hour 30 minutes; Wallace 1 hour 12 minutes



Mr Wallace as second player, adopted the Petroff Defence, which, at Black's seventh move, resolved itself into a French Defence, white being two moves to the good. The opening development was somewhat in Mr Hodgson's favour, owing to the isolation of his antagonist's QP. The Victorian's 21st move, Kt to Q 4, was well considered, and preferable to other specious lines of play. By an oversight Mr Wallace lost a rook and pawn for a knight, and at the adjournment the prospects of the champion looked none too bright.>

- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW) issue Thursday 23 April 1896>



The second game was continued last night. Mr Hodgson, with the exchange and a passed pawn to the good, had of course a great advantage. He nevertheless played with extreme caution and wore his opponent down inch by inch and at the 62nd move Mr Wallace resigned.>

- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW) issue Friday 24 April 1896>

9.Ne5 appears to be a TN for 1896

Eisenberg tried it against Pillsbury six years later, also with success.

L R Eisenberg vs Pillsbury, 1902

After White plays 24.Re3 Black has the better game, and should have continued with 24...Rg6 followed by 25.Rg3 Rxg3 26.hxg3 Rb8 and Black is well-placed.

24...Rh6 is not much inferior but then playing 25...Qe7 is inexplicable :O

Wallace surely must have seen the fork with 26.Nf5 but presumably had a blind spot with the Rook on the e-file and only realised after the move that he could not capture the Knight with his Bishop.

<offramp> <... black plays the worst move on the board!!> I suppose technically speaking, something like 25...Qb4 would be even worse, but your point is well understood ;)

NOTE: Create an account today to post replies and access other powerful features which are available only to registered users. Becoming a member is free, anonymous, and takes less than 1 minute! If you already have a username, then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion.

Please observe our posting guidelines:

  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate, or gibberish posts.
  3. No vitriolic or systematic personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No cyberstalking or malicious posting of negative or private information (doxing/doxxing) of members.
  6. No trolling.
  7. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by moderators, create a false impression of consensus or support, or stage conversations, is prohibited.

Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.

Blow the Whistle

See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a moderator.

NOTE: Please keep all discussion on-topic. This forum is for this specific game only. To discuss chess or this site in general, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
All moderator actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
Premature resignations.....
by MissScarlett
Round 2/9
from Wallace-Hodgson 1896 Australian Title Match by optimal play

Home | About | Login | Logout | F.A.Q. | Profile | Preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | New Kibitzing | Chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | Privacy Notice | Contact Us

Copyright 2001-2021, Chessgames Services LLC