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Frederick Karl Esling vs Albert Edward Wallace
Wallace - Esling (1895), Melbourne AUS, rd 5, Jun-17
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. Cordel Variation (C67)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Mar-30-16  optimal play: Wallace-Esling 1895 Australian Championship

Game 5, Monday 17th June

<This match was resumed at 2 p.m. yesterday at the Melbourne Chess Club, Athenaeum, when the fifth game was commenced.

Mr. Esling had the move, and played the Ruy Lopez; his opponent choosing the form of defence advocated by Lasker, by playing Kt to K B 3 on his third move, and afterwards, on his eighth move, went in for a novelty by playing his Kt to K B 4 instead of Kt to Kt 2.

The game was played with much address on each side until the afternoon adjournment, when it appeared that Mr. Esling had the advantage, although it portended a stiff end game with rooks and pawns.

On resuming play, queens were changed off, and Mr. Esling remained with a pawn to the good.

By forcing an exchange of one of the rooks he still further improved his winning chances with his extra pawn.

The game was continued to 60 moves a side, and on Black's 60th move Mr. Esling proposed a draw, which was accepted at 9.45 p.m. and play ceased for the day.

The match will be resumed at 2 p.m. to-morrow.

Score : Mr. Wallace, 3 ; Mr. Esling, 0 ; drawn, 2.

The drawn games do not count until three have been played, and they are then reckoned as ½ to each player.>

<The Age (Melbourne, Vic.) Tue 18 Jun 1895 Page 5>

Apr-04-16  optimal play: 8...Nf5!? Contrary to the above newspaper report, was far from a novelty, apparently first played in a notable game as early as 1864 (Louis Paulsen vs Oskar Cordel, Berlin ½-½)

9...Nh4?! is actually the novelty.

14.e6? Better is 14.Bg7!

Carefully played endgame both sides; Black particularly with a pawn down didn't give White any opportunity.

After five games:-

½ 1 1 1 ½ (4/5) [+3/=2/-0] Wallace

½ 0 0 0 ½ (1/5) [+0/=2/-3] Esling

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