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Otto Weber vs Walter Browne
Australian Championship (1968/69), Melbourne AUS, rd 15, Jan-15
Benoni Defense: Modern Variation (A60)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Jul-31-17  optimal play: Going into this final round, Browne already had the championship wrapped up with an unassailable score of 12½/14

His nearest rivals were Douglas Gibson Hamilton (10½/14), Alfred Flatow (10/14) and Paul Charles Dozsa (9½/14)

Weber was not too far behind on 8/14

After 29 moves Browne is two pawns up and has the game well in hand, looking to finish this tournament with another win, but his next few moves are rather weak and allow Weber to strike back with a vengeance!

33.Qh6+!!

34.e5!!

35.Qf6+?

Weber fumbles ... the winning move is 35.Bxf5!!

36.Qxe7? is premature.

Weber needed to first bring his Rook from e1 to e3, then he can play Qxe7

37.Qxb7?

Nope, he's mucked it up.

Weber needed to play 37.Kxg3 then he still might have scored a win.

Now Browne is back in control until...

40...Re3?

An oversight by Browne.

On the face of it, it looks pretty good, except that he overlooked 41.Qc8+ which allows Weber to force a draw.

So Browne had the game won, then lost, then won again, and in the end had to settle for a draw.

Oh well, it was academic since clear first place in the championship had already been assured.

This game was from the 15th (and final) round of the 1969 Australian Championship (1968.12.27 to 1969.01.15) played in Melbourne on 15th January 1969.

Browne was the clear overall winner with 13/15 [+11/=04/-00]

Weber finished equal 5th on 8½/15 [+06/=05/-04]

Final standing of all 24 competitors can be found at...

Game Collection: 1969 Australian Championship

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