Intercolonial Chess Match.>
NEW SOUTH WALES v. VICTORIA.>
The twentieth match by telegraph between the chess players of New South Wales and Victoria was played on Queen's Birthday under the auspices of the newly-formed Chess Association.
Of the previous contests the mother colony [NSW] has won three, drawn two, and lost 14.
Reckoned by games the score is 93½ to 61½ in favour of Victoria.>
At Board 2 Mr. Esling took charge of the opening, and never gave Mr. Hall the slightest chance.
From the Sydney point of view it was regretted that so fine a fighter as Mr. Hall had no opportunity of showing his skill.
Mr. Esling deserves all praise for his splendid play, which was quite the best in the match.>
(a) 4. P to K B 4 <4.f4>
This and White's next two moves form the "stonewall" opening.
(b) 6... P to K Kt 3 <6...g6>
Not so good a line of play as 6... B to Q 3 <6...Bd6>
(c) 8... P takes P <8...cxd4>
Also unwise, as it dissolves White's only weakness — the K P
(d) 19... K to R 1 <19...Kh8>
Black's defence is extremely difficult. In fact, he seems to have no way of meeting White's forcible and methodical movements.
(e) 30. Q to K 7 <30.Qe7>
The game is an excellent specimen of Mr. Esling's finished style.>