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Albert Edward Wallace vs Frederick Karl Esling
Wallace - Esling (1895), Melbourne AUS, rd 12, Jun-27
Ponziani Opening: Steinitz Variation (C44)  ·  1-0



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Mar-31-16  optimal play: Wallace-Esling 1895 Australian Championship

Game 12, Thursday 27th June

<The 12th game was commenced about 3.30 p.m.

Mr. Wallace again chose the Ponziani opening, and Mr. Esling varied his defence by playing 10 Q to K B 4 instead of 10 Q to K R 4, as in the 10th game.

The game became very lively, white appearing to get a favorable development and a good attack, temporarily sacrificing a knight on his 18th move, which taxed black's resources to provide a satisfactory defence.

At the afternoon adjournment (5 p.m.) the latter had commenced to counter by a threatening advance of his pawns on the king's wing, but Mr. Wallace's adjourned move, 24 Kt to Q Kt 5, was a very strong advance, and a series of forcing moves followed, by which Mr. Wallace wrested two pawns from his adversary.

Various manoeuvres then ensued with queens and rooks, each player having to play warily to avoid a mate on his first rank.

On his 36th move Mr. Esling essayed to draw by ingeniously sacrificing both his rooks, but the combination was unsound and he resigned after his opponents 41st move.

It was announced that the play would be resumed next Saturday evening at 8 o'clock, instead of 2 o'clock in the afternoon, the change having been made by mutual consent of the players.

Score: Mr. Wallace, 6 games; Mr. Esling, 3 games; drawn games, 3 (not counting).>

<The Age (Melbourne, Vic.) Fri 28 Jun 1895 Page 7>

Apr-08-16  optimal play: 9...Nc8 as per game 10

10...Qf5 Compare 10...Qh5

A Wallace vs F K Esling, 1895


36...Rxg2+?? Black embarks upon a faulty plan in a desperate attempt to try and force a draw, but 36...Qe4 keeps him in the game if he can remain patient.

39.f3 Presumably Black had 'calculated' 39.Rg2?

40.Rdg2 Again, Black had probably 'calculated' 40.Rgg2?

After twelve games:-

½ 1 1 1 ½ 0 0 1 ½ 1 0 1 (7½/12) [+6/=3/-3] Wallace

½ 0 0 0 ½ 1 1 0 ½ 0 1 0 (4½/12) [+3/=3/-6] Esling

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