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Frederick Karl Esling
  
Number of games in database: 63
Years covered: 1878 to 1906
Overall record: +33 -20 =10 (60.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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FREDERICK KARL ESLING
(born Jul-20-1860, died Jul-31-1955, 95 years old) Australia

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Frederick Karl Esling was born in Creswick, Victoria, Australia. He was Australian champion in 1885 and passed away in Melbourne in 1955.

In 1871 Esling was sent by his Danish father to Germany to further his education. He learnt to play after receiving a chess book and set on his 15th birthday. He then started to play at chess clubs in Brunswick and Hanover. In 1878, Esling finished 3rd in the candidate master tournament at Frankfurt. Esling returned to Melbourne in 1879 with a degree in civil engineering.

Picture

http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...

Summary of his match and tournament record in Australia:

1880
Match with J Wisker (+5, =2, -4)

1885
Australian Championship match with GHD Gossip (+1, =0, -0). Gossip did not appear for resumption of 2nd game Esling was recognised in 1950 as the first Australian champion

1887
Australian Championship - Adelaide 1887
2nd (6/9) behind H. Charlick

1890
Melbourne Championship
=1st (8/9) with RL Hodgson (Hodgson won play-off match)

1891
Victorian Championship
1st (11/11)

1892
Victorian Championship
1st (13/14)

1893
Victorian Championship
=1st (10.5/13) with RL Hodgson (Esling won play-off match)

1894
Victorian Championship
1st (18/18)

1895
Australian championship match, Melbourne
AEN Wallace defeated FK Esling (+7, =4, -5)

1896
Victorian Championship
1st (17.5/19)

1897
Victorian Championship
1st (17/18)

1922
Australian Championship, Melbourne
Esling withdrew after losing in the first round to AW Davies

Esling was also a regular participant in the annual telegraph matches that were held between Victoria and the other colonies in the latter part of the 19th century.

Sources

Graham Clayton

Anthony Wright "Australian Chess to 1914", Melbourne 1995 John van Manen "The Records of Australian Chess - Tournament and Match Tables - Volumes I & II", Modbury Heights, 1987

Wikipedia article: Frederick Esling


 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 63  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. F K Esling vs Anderssen 1-0201878Casual gameC52 Evans Gambit
2. A Fritz vs F K Esling 1-0281878HauptturnierB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
3. F K Esling vs J Wisker  0-1281880MatchC52 Evans Gambit
4. J Wisker vs F K Esling  0-1511880MatchC77 Ruy Lopez
5. F K Esling vs J Wisker 1-0651880MatchC50 Giuoco Piano
6. F K Esling vs J Wisker 0-1231880MatchC30 King's Gambit Declined
7. L Goldsmith vs F K Esling 1-0171880Casual gameC41 Philidor Defense
8. F K Esling vs L Goldsmith 1-0181880Casual gameC30 King's Gambit Declined
9. Blackburne vs F K Esling 1-0581885SimulC25 Vienna
10. F K Esling vs Gossip 1-0521885New South Wales v Victoria Telegraph MatchB10 Caro-Kann
11. Blackburne vs F K Esling ½-½241885Blindfold simul, 8bC45 Scotch Game
12. F K Esling vs Gossip 1-0161885AUS-ch mC78 Ruy Lopez
13. Gossip vs F K Esling 0-1361885AUS-ch mC25 Vienna
14. F K Esling vs W Tullidge 1-0401887Australian ChampionshipA03 Bird's Opening
15. J E Crewe vs F K Esling 0-1291887Australian ChampionshipD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. F K Esling vs H Hookham ½-½471887Australian ChampionshipA03 Bird's Opening
17. P Eiffe vs F K Esling 0-1361887Australian ChampionshipC77 Ruy Lopez
18. Gossip vs F K Esling 1-0431887Australian ChampionshipC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
19. F K Esling vs H Charlick ½-½461887Australian ChampionshipC22 Center Game
20. J G Witton vs F K Esling 0-1181887Australian ChampionshipC38 King's Gambit Accepted
21. F K Esling vs G B Hall 1-0371887Australian ChampionshipA02 Bird's Opening
22. F K Esling vs D Heiman 1-0441887Australian ChampionshipC13 French
23. F K Esling vs R Hodgson 0-1451890Melbourne ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
24. A Lilly vs F K Esling 0-1341890Victoria Club TournamentC20 King's Pawn Game
25. F K Esling vs R Hodgson 1-0321891VIC chC42 Petrov Defense
 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 63  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-29-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: Frederick Carl Esling
Born 20th July 1860 in Creswick
Died 31st July 1955 in Melbourne
He was Australian Champion in 1885.
Feb-07-08  Calli: *waits for <Karpova> to paste the lastest Chess Note here*
Feb-08-08  Karpova: Here it is:
http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/... (C.N. 5412) with two pictures:

Young Esling: http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...

Old Esling: http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...

Feb-08-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  vonKrolock: That game with Anderssen is the last of the off-hand games featured in the main body of A.'s bio by H. von Gottschall - an impressive result for Esling, and also - quite disappointing an item in purely chessical measures...
Feb-09-08  meloncio: <vonKrolock><That game with Anderssen is the last of the off-hand games featured in the main body of A.'s bio by H. von Gottschall - an impressive result for Esling, and also - quite disappointing an item in purely chessical measures...> OK, but where is the game? Can we find it anywhere?
Feb-10-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  vonKrolock: Ok :) Not even in chesslive.com, but first ten moves as in a Zytogorski vs Anderssen, London 1851 game - and here the moves:

[Event " -"]
[Site "Frankfurt"]
[Date "1878.07.27"]
[Round "0"]
[White "Esling,Frederick Carl"]
[Black "Anderssen,Adolf"]
[Result "1-0"]
[Eco "C52"]
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 Bxb4 5.c3 Ba5 6.d4 exd4 7.0-0 dxc3 8.Qb3 Qf6 9.Bg5 Qg6 10.Nxc3 d6 11.Nd5 Bd7 12.Rad1 h6 13.Nf4 Qd7 14.Bxf7+ Kf8 15.e5 hxg5 16.Bg6 Be8 17.Se6+ Ke7 18.exd6+ cxd6 19.Bxh7 Rxh7 20.Nfxg5 1-0

Feb-10-08  Calli: <vonKrolock> Thanks! Minor corrections: 13.Qh7 (not d7) and 17.Ne6+ (nicht ein Springer auf Englisch!).

Anyway, you are right about the disappointing quality of this game.

Feb-10-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  vonKrolock: Thank You, <Calli>! Maybe in the following form the PGN can be useful then:

[Event "-"]
[Site "Frankfurt"]
[Date "1878.07.27"]
[Round "0"]
[White "Esling,Frederick Carl"]
[Black "Anderssen,Adolf"]
[Result "1-0"]
[Eco "C52"]
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 Bxb4 5.c3 Ba5 6.d4 exd4 7.0-0 dxc3 8.Qb3 Qf6 9.Bg5 Qg6 10.Nxc3 d6 11.Nd5 Bd7 12.Rad1 h6 13.Nf4 Qh7 14.Bxf7+ Kf8 15.e5 hxg5 16.Bg6 Be8 17.Ne6+ Ke7 18.exd6+ cxd6 19.Bxh7 Rxh7 20.Nfxg5 1-0

Feb-11-08  meloncio: <vonKrolock><Calli> Thanks!
Oct-02-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: In 1871 Esling was sent by his Danish father to Germany to further his education. He learnt to play after receiving a chess book and set on his 15th birthday. He then started to play at chess clubs in Brunswick and Hanover.

In 1878, Esling finished 3rd in the candidate master tournament at Frankfurt. Esling returned to Melbourne in 1879 with a degree in civil engineering.

Here is a summary of his match and tournament record in Australia:

1880
Match with J Wisker (+5, =2, -4)

1885
Australian Championship match with GHD Gossip (+1, =0, -0). Gossip did not appear for resumption of 2nd game Esling was recognised in 1950 as the first Australian champion

1887
Australian Championship - Adelaide 1887
2nd (6/9) behind H. Charlick

1890
Melbourne Championship
=1st (8/9) with RL Hodgson (Hodgson won play-off match)

1891
Victorian Championship
1st (11/11)

1892
Victorian Championship
1st (13/14)

1893
Victorian Championship
=1st (10.5/13) with RL Hodgson (Esling won play-off match)

1894
Victorian Championship
1st (18/18)

1895
Australian championship match, Melbourne
AEN Wallace defeated FK Esling (+7, =4, -5)

1896
Victorian Championship
1st (17.5/19)

1897
Victorian Championship
1st (17/18)

1922
Australian Championship, Melbourne
Esling withdrew after losing in the first round to AW Davies

Esling was also a regular participant in the annual telegraph matches that were held between Victoria and the other colonies in the latter part of the 19th century.

Sources
Anthony Wright "Australian Chess to 1914", Melbourne 1995 John van Manen "The Records of Australian Chess - Tournament and Match Tables - Volumes I & II", Modbury Heights, 1987

Apr-07-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: <GrahamClayton

<1885
Australian Championship match with GHD Gossip (+1, =0, -0). Gossip did not appear for resumption of 2nd game Esling was recognised in 1950 as the first Australian champion>
>

chessbase database is giving the following as '2nd game':

[Event "AUS-ch m"]
[Site "Australia"]
[Date "1885.06.27"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Esling, Frederick Karl"]
[Black "Gossip, George Hatfeild"]
[Result "*"]
[ECO "C84"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Nc3 b5 7. Bb3 b4 8. Nd5 d6 9. Ba4 Bd7 10. Bxc6 Bxc6 11. d4 exd4 12. Nxd4 Bxd5 13. exd5 O-O 14. Nc6 Qd7 15. Re1 Rfe8 16. Qf3 a5


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(Sealed. Resumption abandoned.) *

Apr-09-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: I see why no one publishes the Anderssen game - Anderssen played at about 1600 strength. I don't understand Esling's 15.e5, either - why not just win immediately with 15.Ng6+ or 15.Bg6?
Jul-28-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: As I mentioned in my previous post, Esling was a civil engineer. The National Museum of Australia has a couple of items presented to Esling for his engineering work on the Melbourne railway system:

http://www.nma.gov.au/collections-s...

http://www.nma.gov.au/collections-s...

Jul-19-12  BIDMONFA: Frederick Karl Esling

ESLING, Frederick K.
http://www.bidmonfa.com/esling_fred...
_

Feb-22-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  optimal play: In 1895, Esling challenged Albert Edward Wallace (who was the reigning Australian chess champion) to a match for the title. It was played in Melbourne between 8 June and 11 July, and aroused great interest. Wallace narrowly won, winning seven games and losing five, with four draws. Chessgames.com has one of those games on the database (round 10) so I have today submitted the other 15 to complete the full 16 game match.
Apr-10-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  RookFile: Very interesting guy, was glad to learn about Esling today.
Oct-11-21
Premium Chessgames Member
  jessicafischerqueen:

"Care for A Game?"
by Bob Brooking

https://www.melbournechessclub.org/...

===

<"...let us go back to 1885, when the Hon.George Hatfield Dingley Gossip, the unlikeable and vainglorious Englishman who had come to Melbourne not long before, boldly challenged anyone to play him for a stake of £30 and the title of champion of Australia. Esling was induced to take up the challenge and the match began at the club on 29 June 1885, Esling playing black. Gossip chose the Vienna. He played indifferently and soon had cause to regret his challenge.">

1st game Gossip vs F K Esling, 1885

===

<"The 2nd game was adjourned with Esling in much the better position. That was enough for Gossip. He failed to appear at the next sitting, and showed no signs of ever appearing again. Unfortunately the influential Andrew Burns, who had not been prepared to accept the challenge himself and who was ever jealous of his own reputation, persuaded the Melbourne Chess club committee to announce that the match was cancelled. It had not been cancelled, and in any event the committee had no jurisdiction. Gossip's legacy to us is the curiosity of perhaps the only championship match where but a single game was completed.">

F K Esling vs Gossip, 1885

===

It looks like Bob Brooking did not notice the discrepancy here- he says the match began on 29 June 1885, but in the game scores he supplies he dates both games 27 June 1885. Could be a typographical error, or perhaps the match was initially slated for 29 June, but actually commenced on 27 June.

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