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🏆 Australian Championship (1888)

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Henry Charlick, William Tullidge, William Crane, D R Hay, John Shaw Stanley, Charles Brocklebank, James Higgs, Phillip Lampe Chess Event Description
Australian Championship (1888)

"CENTENNIAL CHESS CONGRESS. - (By Telegraph.) (From our correspondent.)

MELBOURNE, Friday. A large meeting of members of the Melbourne and Victorian chess clubs met at the Thistle Café to-night to welcome the players from the adjacent colonies, and also from Ballarat and Warrnambool, who have come to take part in the Major tourney of the Centennial Chess Congress. In consequence of the smallness of the entry, there being only eight in the competition for the Major Tournament for four prizes and the championship of Australia, the committee have resolved to avail themselves of their right to modify the rule in reference to drawn games counting half to each player. They had decided that in case of drawn games the players should be required to play another game, the result of the second game to determine the result of the round. Eight competitors then drew, the result being as follows:

First Round. Higgs v. Stanley, Charlick v. Tullidge, Hay v. Lampe, Brocklebank v. Crane.
Second Round. Tullidge v. Higgs, Lampe v. Charlick, Crane v. Hay, Stanley v. Brocklebank.
Third Round. Higgs v. Lampe, Charlick v. Crane, Hay v. Stanley, Brocklebank v. Tullidge.
Fourth Round. Crane v. Higgs, Stanley v. Charlick, Tullidge v. Hay, Lampe v. Brocklebank.
Fifth Round. Higgs v. Charlick, Hay v. Brocklebank, Crane v. Stanley, Tullidge v. Lampe.
Sixth Round. Brocklebank v. Higgs, Charlick v. Hay, Lampe v. Crane, Stanley v. Tullidge.
Seventh Round. Higgs v. Hay, Crane v. Tullidge, Brocklebank v. Charlick, Lampe v. Stanley." (1)

Melbourne, 13-29 October 1888

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Replayed games: =1 Charlick X ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 6 W Crane vs H Charlick, 1888 (Round 3) =1 Crane ½ X ½ 1 1 1 1 1 6 W Tullidge vs W Crane, 1888 (Round 7) 3 Tullidge 0 ½ X 1 1 1 1 1 5½ 4 Brocklebank 0 0 0 X 1 1 1 1 4 5 Stanley ½ 0 0 0 X 1 1 1 3½ H Charlick vs J S Stanley, 1888 (Round 4) 6 Lampe 0 0 0 0 0 X 1 1 2 7 Higgs 0 0 0 0 0 0 X 1 1 8 Hay 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 X 0

The time control was 17 moves/hour. The three draws were replayed, with all three again ending in draws. After Round 8, tiebreaks suggested that Crane and Charlick would play a short match to determine the champion:

1 2 3 4 1 Crane ½ 1 0 1 2½ 2 Charlick ½ 0 1 0 1½

Crane won the title by 2½ to 1½.

The prize fund was divided as follows:

1 Crane £60 2 Charlick £40 4 Tullidge £20 4 Brocklebank £10

Sources: (1) The Sydney Morning Herald, Saturday 13 October 1888; (2) South Australian Weekly Chronicle (Adelaide, SA), Saturday 20 October 1888; (3) The Argus (Melbourne, Victoria), Tuesday 16 October 1888; (4) South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA), Wednesday 17 October 1888.

The Australian Championship (1887) was the previous national championship.

Original collection: Game Collection: 1888 Australian Championship by User: optimal play.

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 35  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. H Charlick vs W Tullidge 1-0651888Australian ChampionshipC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
2. C Brocklebank vs W Crane 0-1541888Australian ChampionshipC22 Center Game
3. J Higgs vs J S Stanley 0-1361888Australian ChampionshipC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
4. D R Hay vs P Lampe 0-1381888Australian ChampionshipC33 King's Gambit Accepted
5. W Tullidge vs J Higgs 1-0321888Australian ChampionshipC14 French, Classical
6. P Lampe vs H Charlick 0-1361888Australian ChampionshipC42 Petrov Defense
7. W Crane vs D R Hay 1-0341888Australian ChampionshipC11 French
8. J S Stanley vs C Brocklebank 0-1401888Australian ChampionshipC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
9. H Charlick vs W Crane ½-½791888Australian ChampionshipC67 Ruy Lopez
10. C Brocklebank vs W Tullidge 0-1241888Australian ChampionshipA03 Bird's Opening
11. D R Hay vs J S Stanley 0-1331888Australian ChampionshipC33 King's Gambit Accepted
12. J Higgs vs P Lampe 0-1381888Australian ChampionshipC60 Ruy Lopez
13. W Crane vs J Higgs 1-0271888Australian ChampionshipB01 Scandinavian
14. W Tullidge vs D R Hay 1-0291888Australian ChampionshipC14 French, Classical
15. P Lampe vs C Brocklebank 0-1381888Australian ChampionshipC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
16. J S Stanley vs H Charlick ½-½271888Australian ChampionshipC24 Bishop's Opening
17. W Tullidge vs P Lampe 1-0361888Australian ChampionshipC30 King's Gambit Declined
18. W Crane vs J S Stanley 1-0431888Australian ChampionshipC22 Center Game
19. J Higgs vs H Charlick 0-1281888Australian ChampionshipC42 Petrov Defense
20. D R Hay vs C Brocklebank 0-1431888Australian ChampionshipC33 King's Gambit Accepted
21. H Charlick vs D R Hay 1-0371888Australian ChampionshipC78 Ruy Lopez
22. P Lampe vs W Crane 0-1331888Australian ChampionshipC24 Bishop's Opening
23. J S Stanley vs W Tullidge 0-1431888Australian ChampionshipC22 Center Game
24. C Brocklebank vs J Higgs 1-0351888Australian ChampionshipC32 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
25. W Crane vs W Tullidge ½-½401888Australian ChampionshipC77 Ruy Lopez
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-29-13  optimal play: <THE CENTENNIAL CHESS CONGRESS.>


<The chess tournament which takes place in connection with the Centennial Chess Congress was opened on Saturday morning at City Bank Chambers by Chief Justice Higinbotham.

The players who are to take part in the tourney were present, and a number of members of the Melbourne and Victorian Chess Clubs, besides visitors from other colonies.

Mr. J. O. Witton, vice-president of the Victorian Club, and one of the hon. secretaries of the congress, in opening the proceedings, said that this was the second inter-colonial chess congress which had been held, the first having taken place in Adelaide last year.

The idea of the present congress was suggested at that held last year, and a committee had been at work since then promoting it. The subscriptions received amounted to £168 4s 6d and the entry fees to £30 13s making the total sum in the hands of the committee £202 17s 6d. Victoría had contributed by far the larger portion of this sum, South Australia subscribing £2 6s 7d New South Wales £7 7s and New Zealand £4 18s 6d.

Prizes to the amount of £130 were offered for the major tourney. The first prize would be £60 the second £40 the third £20 and the fourth £10.

The winner of the first prize would hold the title of Champion of Australia.

In addition to the major tourney there was a minor event, for which nine entries had been received, but the list had not closed, and the number of competitors would probably be largely increased. There was also a problem tourney, for which entries had been received, not only from the colonies, but also from America. The prizes offered were £13 13s.

The committee had recently adopted a rule to the effect that in champion matches the stakes were to be limited to £25 a side. This rule was intended to guard against the introduction of the professional element into the Australian game.

There might be some disappointment at the fact that there were only eight entries for the major tourney, but though the competitors were not large in number they were large in quality (Hear, hear).

In conclusion Mr. Witton requested the Chief Justice to declare the tourney open.>


Jul-29-13  optimal play: ...continued...

<Chief Justice Higinbotham, who was very cordially received, said;

“Ladies and Gentlemen, I attend here in the room of my colleague, Mr Justice Williams, who would properly be here today for the purpose of opening this congress. He is, however, compelled by public duty to be absent in the country, and he has asked me to undertake for him the duty which is a very pleasing one indeed to me of opening this congress, and offering on behalf of the Victorian chess players, and the Victorian and Melbourne chess clubs a welcome to those players from the other colonies who have attended here. (Cheers)

It was a singularly happy idea to hold the congress during this first centennial year of the existence of the Australian colonies.

I fear it must be admitted that chess is not in the proper sense of the word a popular game. It never has attained what might properly be called popularity in the mother country, and though it has never wanted representatives of standing and players, as I can testify, for at least a third of a century in Australia, I do not think that the number of players can be said to entitle the game of chess to claim popularity as a game.

I do not know how far the study and practice of the game extends in a greater or less degree amongst native Australians than amongst the English born, but I am very sure of this, that anything that will tend to impress upon the Australian or the English born population of the colonies the beauties and glories of the game of chess will be something that will merit the effort required to do it. (Hear, hear)

It is I think, one of the distinctive glories and beauties of the game chess, while it is, I think, to a great extent the reason why it has not been popular, that it is a game which appeals chiefly and almost solely to the intellectual side of our nature. The emotional side of human nature is no doubt partly appealed to, but the passions are altogether excluded by reason of the fact that temptation to unfairness, the tendency to foul play and cheating, is banished absolutely from the region of chess. (Hear, hear)

The great glory of chess appears to me to arise from the fact that the game, which engages to the highest degree the intellectual powers of the players, is altogether under the reign of law, both as to its principles and practice, and therefore the tendency to depart from law and yield to temptations to unfairness is absolutely banished from the practice. (Cheers)

At the same time it must be admitted that it is not all persons who can appreciate purely intellectual pleasure unconnected with emotion of some kind or other. This has, I think, been particularly observable in regard to chess. Those who have become partially acquainted with the game, and have partially shared in the pleasure which it can afford after they have been engaged in the active business of the world and returned home in the evening, find themselves reluctant to engage in the intellectual effort required by the game of chess. So it has been in my own case, and in many others, that the youthful worshipper deserts or rarely visits the shrine of his youth in advanced age.

I think it is exceedingly desirable that those who are acquainted with the nobleness of this noble game should endeavour on an occasion like this to commend it to their fellow countrymen. In this view it appears to me to be a matter of congratulation that this chess congress should have been held, and it merits and demands our most cordial encouragement.

I will venture to express the hope, in view of the educational influence of the congress, that the games played should be fully reported and disseminated as widely as possible throughout all the colonies, so that the action of the congress may become historical, and have a place amongst the records of the Centennial year of the Australian colonies.

I now declare this congress open, and will proceed to perform the ceremony of moving the white king's pawn on board 1”. (Cheers)>


Jul-29-13  optimal play: ...continued...

<Mr Thomas Harlin, one of the secretaries of the Congress, proposed a vote of thanks to Chief Justice Higinbotham for his attendance, and for the valuable address he had given, which would tend to the encouragement of the game.

Probably his Honour had never spoken to a smaller audience, but his remarks would, through the agency of the press, reach the whole colony, and would no doubt bear good fruit.>

< - The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.) issue Monday 15 October 1888>

Aug-30-13  TheFocus: Ouch! Had to repair this cross-table. Looks better now.
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