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William Crane vs Henry Charlick
Australian Championship (1888), Melbourne AUS, rd 8, Oct-24
Center Game: Paulsen Attack Variation (C22)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jul-26-13  optimal play: <<<<<<THE CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP.>




At the Centennial Chess Congress, to-day, Charlick and Crane met.

The Sydney player opened with the centre gambit and soon established a strong attack, but failed at a critical juncture to make the winning move. The game merged into a drawn position.

These players, therefore, tie for first prize, with scores of 6 out of a possible 7.

They now play off for the championship, till one wins two games.

Tullidge takes third prize with a score of 5½, and Brocklebank fourth with 4 games.>

- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW) issue Thursday 25 October 1888>

Jul-26-13  optimal play: <<<<<<THE CENTENNIAL CHESS CONGRESS.>


The second game between Mr. Crane and Mr. Charlick was played yesterday morning.

Mr. Crane, who had the move, adopted the Centre Gambit, with the result that he soon succeeded in advancing a pawn to a threatening position, and Mr. Charlick was thrown on the defensive. The South Australian champion, however, was quite equal to the occasion, and after a short but sharp engagement, in the course of which all the major pieces were removed from the board, it was found at Mr. Crane's 25th move that the positions were so equal as to justify the players in agreeing to a draw, which, in accordance with the conditions of the tourney, is reckoned as half a point to each of them.>

Time - Mr. Crane, 1 hour 38 minutes ; Mr. Charlick, 1 hour 13 minutes>

The following table shows the score as settled after yesterday's drawn game:-

William Crane

(1-1-½-1-1-1-½) [+5 =2 -0] (6.0 / 7) =1st

Henry Charlick

(1-1-½-½-1-1-1) [+5 =2 -0] (6.0 / 7) =1st

William Tullidge

(0-1-1-1-1-1-½) [+5 =1 -1] (5.5 / 7) 3rd

Charles Brocklebank

(0-1-0-1-1-1-0) [+4 =0 -3] (4.0 / 7) 4th

John Shaw Stanley

(1-0-1-½-0-0-1) [+3 =1 -3] (3.5 / 7) 5th

Phillip Lampe

(1-0-1-0-0-0-0) [+2 =0 -5] (2.0 / 7) 6th

James Higgs

(0-0-0-0-0-0-1) [+1 =0 -6] (1.0 / 7) 7th

David Hay

(0-0-0-0-0-0-0) [+0 =0 -7] (0.0 / 7) 8th

Thus the result of the major tourney is that Mr. Charlick and Mr. Crane tie for first and second places, with 5 wins each and 2 draws ; that Mr. Tullidge is third, with 5 wins 1 draw and 1 loss ; and that Mr. Brocklebank is fourth, with 4 wins and 3 losses. Of the remaining players, Mr. Stanley is the only one who has made any record at all against the winners of the four prizes, and as the value of that record is only half a point, it seems doubtful whether he has a sufficient claim to the consolation prize to which some reference was made in the programme prepared by the executive committee of the congress.

As to the tie between Mr. Crane and Mr. Charlick, the conditions of the play-off for the championship of Australasia are that it shall go to the player who shall first score two wins, draws not counting.>

- The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.) issue Thursday 25 October 1888>

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