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August Heinrich Beyer vs John M McRae
New South Wales vs South Australia; Telegraph Match (1871), Sydney & Adelaide, rd 6, May-24
Queen's Gambit: General (D06)  ·  1-0



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Jun-03-14  optimal play: <<<Board 6>

(a) 2...g6

Mr. M'Rae actually played K Kt to B 3, but erroneously recorded it as in the text, and was, therefore, compelled to adopt the error.

(b) 3.c5

We are surprised to find the Adelaide champion playing his opponent's game in this way. He should have taken Pawn with Pawn, having the better game.

(c) 3...c6

Better to have played P to Q Kt 3.

(d) 11.♘e2

The opening is far from well played by White.

(e) 11...e5

After this for which Mr. M'Rae has been long preparing he soon gets the better game.

21...♖d7 Here the first adjournment ensued.

(f) 22...♗c6

Black has now acquired a very superior game.

(g) 24...♖xe3

An incredible blunder. Mr. M'Rae failed to take into account the position of his opponent's Knight, and conceived, therefore, that the Rook could not be captured without loss of the Queen ; had he instead played Q R to K 2 he must have won the Pawn almost immediately.

30.♘d3 Here the second adjournment took place.

(h) 38.♖a5

The gentleman who made the moves for Mr. M'Rae here played R to R 6, which will explain his subsequent moves.

(i) 42.♖xe1

On the announcement of this move the error made in playing White's 38th move on the Sydney board was discovered, and Mr. M'Rae resigned. Mr. Beyer very courteously offered to permit the game to be replaced, and played afresh from the 38th move. This offer, however, was declined, as under any circumstances the game could not be saved.>

- Australian Town and Country Journal (NSW) issue Saturday 17 June 1871>

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