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Frederick Karl Esling vs Albert Edward Wallace
Wallace - Esling (1895), Melbourne AUS, rd 3, Jun-12
French Defense: Steinitz Variation (C11)  ·  0-1



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Mar-29-16  optimal play: Wallace-Esling 1895 Australian Championship

Game 3, Wednesday 12th June to Thursday 13th June

<In the third game Mr. Wallace again adopted the French defence, which proceeded on the same lines as the first game until White's seventh move, when he played P to Q R 3 in place of B to K 3.

An interesting struggle on the Queen's wing then took place, which led to an exchange of Queens on the 18th move, and a gradual concentration of the minor pieces on each side in that quarter of the board.

The adjournment took place at 11 p.m., Mr. Wallace sealing his 26th move.

Play will be resumed at 2 p.m. today.>

<The Age (Melbourne, Vic.) Thu 13 Jun 1895 Page 6>

<This match was continued at the rooms of the Melbourne Chess Club at the Athenaeum at 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon, when Mr. Wallace's sealed 26th move in game No.3 proved to be P to K R 3, and a hardly fought game ensued, which had reached to White's 62nd move at the adjournment at 5 o'clock.

At this time the ending had resolved itself into a position in which Mr. Wallace had a rook and advanced pawn only against Mr. Esling's rook only, but the game in its nature was a lost one to the latter, and a few moves after the resumption of play he had to lower his colors.

The end-game was splendidly played by Mr. Wallace.>

<The Age (Melbourne, Vic.) Fri 14 Jun 1895 Page 6>

Apr-03-16  optimal play: 10...a5 Compare 10...Nd4

Blackburne vs A Wallace, 1890

37.Bf6? Better is 37.Rg1

43.h6? Better is 43.Rc1 (threatening 44.Rc8)

Black can defend the mating threat but White could probably at least force a draw.


53...d4? The correct move is 53...Kd4!

Black opens the door to White who can now draw with correct play.

56.Rc5? Instead 56.Ke4 would draw.

Black makes no further missteps in concluding the game.

After three games:-

½ 1 1 (2½/3) Wallace

½ 0 0 (½/3) Esling

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