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Frederick Karl Esling vs George B Hall
NSW v Victoria telegraph match (1900), AUS
Queen Pawn Game: General (D00)  ·  1-0

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Sep-27-20  optimal play: 25.d5!

<<<<<<<CHESS.>

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 93 to 61 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.>

- Sydney Mail and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW), Saturday 2 June 1900>

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