Australia-France Chess By Radio
A chess match by radio is to be played on June 15 and 16 between Australia and France.
It will be the first time Australia has figured in such an event.
A team of five players in Sydney will play five in Paris, and five players in Melbourne will play five in Marseilles.
The Australian representation is strong: Lajos Steiner (Australian champion), C. J. S. Purdy, G. Koshnitsky, M. E. Goldstein, and H. Klass in Sydney; and Dr Max Gellis, Frank Crowl, G. C. Watson, Martin Green, and A. L. Oliver in Melbourne.
In Paris the great Russian master, Znosko-Borosky, will be arbitrator.
The Mercury (Hobart, Tas.) issue Thursday 13 June 1946
AUSTRALIA DEFEATS FRANCE
The adjudication of the unfinished games in the Australia v. France wireless chess match has now been completed, giving Australia a win by 5½ games to 4½
Individual scores were:-
Sydney v. Paris (Sydney names first): L. Steiner lost to Dr. O. Bernstein, C. J. S. Purdy drew with Dr. S. Tartakover, G. Koshnitsky drew with C. Bouteville, M. E. Goldstein drew with R. Daniel, H. Klass lost to M. Raizman.
Melbourne v. Marseilles (Melbourne names first): Dr. M. Gellis drew with A. Gibaud, F. A. Crowl drew with V. Kahn, C. G. Watson d. B. Rometti, M. Green d. G. Renaud, L. L. Oliver d. C. Aubert.
The Paris team contained two grand-masters and three masters and the Marseilles team two masters. The Sydney team contained one grandmaster (L. Steiner). No other Australian player had the necessary international experience to be classified as a master.
France evidently did not take the match lightly by choosing such a strong team, and this win will establish Australia's place in international chess. It is to be hoped Australia can finance a team to contest the Hamilton-Russell Cup when international teams tournaments are again started.
Advocate (Burnie, Tas.) issue Monday 15 July 1946