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Frederick Karl Esling vs Henry Charlick
Australian Championship (1887), Adelaide AUS, rd 6, Aug-23
Center Game: Paulsen Attack Variation (C22)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jun-13-13  optimal play: <<<<<THE ADELAIDE CHESS CONGRESS.>


ADELAIDE, Tuesday.>

In the Major Tourney, which was continued today, there was a fine contest between Esling (V.) and Charlick (S.A.). Esling adopted the centre pawn opening. The game was splendidly contested for nearly six hours, and eventually a draw was agreed to. Charlick played splendidly. At one time the game seemed to be going against him. The number of moves was 46.>

- The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.) issue Wednesday 24 August 1887>

Jun-13-13  optimal play: <<<<THE CHESS CONGRESS.>

The chess matches were continued in the Town Hall Exchange room on Tuesday...>

The great contest of the day was that between Messrs. Esling and Charlick, who were the favourites amongst those who ventured to speculate as to the ultimate champion. Mr. Esling had previously lost one game and drawn one, whilst the South Australian crack had only made one draw.

The Victorian had the advantage of first move, and he made the most use of it, starting with the centre-pawn opening. Very early two pawns were exchanged, but for a long time afterwards no pieces were taken. Mr. Charlick played a defensive game, weighing each move carefully. His opponent was equally cautious, taking no less than twenty minutes to study the position before he ventured on his sixteenth move. Mr. Charlick was the first to offer a draw. His opponent would not accept then, but on the forty-sixth move suggested a draw, and Mr. Charlick agreed. The game was grandly contested, and lasted for 5 hours 57 minutes, of which Mr. Esling occupied three hours and Mr. Charlick the remainder.>

- South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA) issue Wednesday 24 August 1887>

Jun-13-13  optimal play: <<<THE INTERCOLONIAL CHESS CONGRESS.>

There were several good games played on Tuesday in the major tourney. The chief interest was centred in the match between Messrs. Esling and Charlick. Mr. Esling had the move, and adopted the centre gambit, following it up so well that he succeeded in obtaining a superior position. He failed, however, to make the most of it, and the game ended in a draw after about 6 hours' play and 46 moves.>

- The South Australian Advertiser (Adelaide, SA) issue Wednesday 24 August 1887>

After 6 rounds (with 3 more to play) the points table stood as follows:-

Henry Charlick (1-1-1-½-1-½) [+4 =2 -0] (5/6) =1st

David Heiman (1-1-0-1-1-1) [+5 =0 -1] (5/6) =1st

George Hatfeild Gossip (1-0-1-½-1-1) [+4 =1 -1] (4½/6) 3rd

Frederick Karl Esling (1-1-½-1-0-½) [+3 =2 -1] (4/6) 4th

George B Hall (0-0-0-1-1-1) [+3 =0 -3] (3/6) 5th

Henry Hookham (0-1-½-1-0-0) [+2 =1 -3] (2½/6) 6th

William Tullidge (0-1-1-0-0-0) [+2 =0 -4] (2/6) =7th

Joseph George Witton (0-0-1-0-1-0) [+2 =0 -4] (2/6) =7th

John E Crewe (0-0-0-0-0-1) [+1 =0 -5] (1/6) =last

Patrick Eiffe (1-0-0-0-0-0) [+1 =0 -5] (1/6) =last

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