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George Alfred Russell
Number of games in database: 4
Years covered: 1885 to 1888
Overall record: +1 -2 =1 (37.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(died Dec-06-1926) Australia

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G A Russell vs Blackburne 0-1391885SydneyC39 King's Gambit Accepted
2. Gossip vs G A Russell 0-1381885SydneyC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
3. Blackburne vs G A Russell ½-½471885Blindfold simulC44 King's Pawn Game
4. G A Russell vs A Burns 0-1311888Casual gameC22 Center Game
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Jun-01-15  optimal play: <<<CHESS NOTES.>


Before leaving Melbourne, Mr. Blackburne, in speaking of chess in Victoria and New South Wales, said <"Taken as a whole, they are not as strong as I expected, and I thought I should meet more first class players. They nearly all play slower than they do in England. The first-class players whom I met in Melbourne - Messrs. Burns and Fisher - are, I consider, equal to players of the strength of Messrs. Wayte and Thorold, who are the best amateurs in London. Mr. Esling, of Melbourne, is also a very promising player, so is Mr. Stanley, of Warrnambool; but he is not uniform in his style. In Sydney, I found Messrs. Crane and <Russell> the best of those I met".>

- The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic.) issue Saturday 6 June 1885>

Jun-01-15  optimal play: (Danish Gambit.)

White. (Mr. Blackburne.)

Black. (Mr. Russell.)

Notes by Mr. Blackburne.

1. P to K 4 ; P to K 4 ; 2. P to Q 4 ; P takes P ; 3. P to Q B 3 ; Kt to Q B 3

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(a) It is better to play P to Q 4 at once.

The move made allows White to unite his centre pawns, which, however, he foolishly neglects to do.

4. Kt to B 3 ; P to Q 4 ; 5. P to K 5 ; P takes P ; 6. Kt takes P ; B to Q Kt 5 ; 7. B to Q Kt 5 ; K Kt to K 2 ; 8. Castles ; B takes Kt ; 9. P takes B ; Castles ; 10. B to Kt 5

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(b) Overlooking Black's splendid rejoinder, otherwise the blindfold player would doubtless have moved R to K sq or B to R 3.

10... Kt takes P ; 11. Kt takes Kt ; P to K B 3 ; 12. B to K R 4 ; P takes Kt ; 13. B takes Kt ; Q takes B ; 14. Q takes P (ch) ; Q to K 3 ; 15. B to B 4 ; Q takes Q ; 16. B takes Q (ch) ; K to R sq ; 17. K R to K sq ; P to B 3 ; 18. B to Kt 3 ; R to K sq ; 19. Q R to Q sq ; B to B 4 ; 20. P to B 3 ; P to K R 4 ; 21. R to Q 2

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(c) White could have won the Pawn by B to B 7.

21... R to K 2 ; 22. P to K R 3 ; P to R 5 ; 23. B to B 2 ; R to K B sq

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(d) Better to have exchanged Bishops at once.

24. B to K 4 ; B takes B ; 25. R takes B ; R to B 5 ; 26. R from Q 2 to K 2 ; R takes R ; 27. R takes R ; P to K Kt 4 ; 28. K to B 2

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(e) Here White might have saved himself time and unnecessary trouble by playing R to K Kt 4, and on Black defending the pawn going back to K 4, drawing easily.

28... K to Kt 2 ; 29. R to K 2 ; K to B 3 ; 30. R to Q 2 ; P to K 5 ; 31. R to Q 6 (ch) ; K to K 4 ; 32. R to Q 8 ; P takes P ; 33. K takes P ; K to B 4 ; 34. R to B 8 (ch) ; K to Kt 3 ; 35. R to Q 8 ; R to B 2 (ch) ; 36. K to K 3 ; P to Q Kt 4 ; 37. R to Q 6 ch ; R to B 3 ; 38. R to Q 7 ; P to Q R 4 ; 39. P to Q R 3 ; K to B 4 ; 40. R to Q 2 ; K to K 4 ; 41. R to Q 8 ; P to R 5 ; 42. R to Q sq ; R to B 5 ; 43. R to Q 8 ; R to B 8 ; 44. R to K Kt 8 ; K to Q 4 ; 45. K to Q 3 ; R to B 4

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(f) His only chance of winning was to play R to Q R 8.

46. R to Q 8 (ch) ; K to B 4 ; 47. R to K 8

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and after a few more moves the game was given up as drawn.

- The Sydney Mail and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW) issue Saturday 7 March 1885

1. e4 e5 2. d4 exd4 3. c3 Nc6 4. Nf3 d5 5. e5 dxc3 6. Nxc3 Bb4 7. Bb5 Nge7 8. O-O Bxc3 9. bxc3 O-O 10. Bg5 Nxe5 11. Nxe5 f6 12. Bh4 fxe5 13. Bxe7 Qxe7 14. Qxd5+ Qe6 15. Bc4 Qxd5 16. Bxd5+ Kh8 17. Rfe1 c6 18. Bb3 Re8 19. Rad1 Bf5 20. f3 h5 21. Rd2 Re7 22. h3 h4 23. Bc2 Rf8 24. Be4 Bxe4 25. Rxe4 Rf4 26. Rde2 Rxe4 27. Rxe4 g5 28. Kf2 Kg7 29. Re2 Kf6 30. Rd2 e4 31. Rd6+ Ke5 32. Rd8 exf3 33. Kxf3 Kf5 34. Rf8+ Kg6 35. Rd8 Rf7+ 36. Ke3 b5 37. Rd6+ Rf6 38. Rd7 a5 39. a3 Kf5 40. Rd2 Ke5 41. Rd8 a4 42. Rd1 Rf4 43. Rd8 Rf1 44. Rg8 Kd5 45. Kd3 Rf5 46. Rd8+ Kc5 47. Re8 1/2-1/2

Jun-02-15  optimal play: <<<G. A. RUSSELL.>

Chess players of a past generation will learn with deep regret of the death of their fellow player, G. A. Russell, who passed away at Toorak on December 6.

He was well on in age, being over 88 years, but until some six or seven years ago was a regular player at the Melbourne Chess Club, which institution he ably served for many years as committee man and vice-president.

In the late nineties he competed a couple of times for the Victorian championship, and scored third place on both occasions.

Previous to that be lived in Sydney, and in the interstate matches, Victoria v. New South Wales, he had the hard task of helping a team that was generally outclassed by their opponents, and right well did he do his share, in spite of being pitted against the best of the Victorians.

His first game was in 1877, when he opened with a win. This was followed by a draw with the ingenious L. S. Phillips; then a win from J. Wisker, an ex-champion of England.

In 1883 he suffered a loss to J. S. Stanley, who played in the match of 1870, and is still alive. This was followed by another loss the next year to G. H. D. Gossip, an international player, then staying in the colonies. Then followed a draw with A. Burns, who was generally regarded as Australia's best player.

After moving to Melbourne he dropped out of interstate play for some time, but returned in 1900, and playing on seven occasions for Victoria, won 3, drew 3 and only lost 1 - a record to be proud of.

In public life, Mr. Russell was, until he retired, for 20 years manager of the North British Insurance Company.>

- The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic.) issue Saturday 18 December 1926 page 3>

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