optimal play: Wallace-Esling 1895 Australian Championship
Game 4, Thursday 13th June to Saturday 15th June
<The 4th game Mr. Wallace opened with 1. Kt to K B 3 (Zukertort's opening), and play proceeded to white's 22nd move.
The game is now of a lively and interesting character, with plenty of scope for combination.
Mr. Wallace has a good attacking position, but the game appears to be about equal at present.
Mr. Esling sealed his 22nd move at 11 o'clock, and play was adjourned.>
<The Age (Melbourne, Vic.) Fri 14 Jun 1895 Page 6>
<The fourth name of the contest between Messrs. Wallace And Esling for the chess championship of Australia was continued on Saturday afternoon, at 2 o'clock, at the Melbourne Chess Club, when Mr. Esling's sealed move proved to be R to K B 3.
On his 26th move Mr. Esling commenced a very powerful attack, which was met with extreme ability by his opponent.
Again and again it appeared to many of the onlookers that the desperate and ingenious assault made by the Victorian player would prevail, and the game has perhaps been the most absorbingly interesting of the series.
Mr. Wallace ultimately got out of his difficulties by a fine exhibition of resourceful defensive chess, and was left with an advantage which before long led to Mr. Esling's resignation at 5 minutes to 5 o'clock.
Mr. Esling, as in other games in the contest, was pressed with the time limit at critical parts of the game, his opponent showing to advantage in this respect.
The match will be resumed at 2 o'clock this afternoon.
Score -- Mr. Wallace, 3 ; Mr. Esling, 0 ; drawn, 1.>
<The Age (Melbourne, Vic.) Mon 17 Jun 1895 Page 5>