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Frederick Karl Esling vs Albert Edward Wallace
Wallace - Esling (1895), Melbourne AUS, rd 13, Jun-29
Scandinavian Defense: Main Lines. Mieses Variation (B01)  ·  1-0



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

Game 13, Saturday 29th June to Monday 1st July

<The match in the Chess Championship of Australia was resumed at 8 p.m. on Saturday last, at the rooms of the Melbourne Chess Club, when the 13th game was commenced.

Mr. Esling, having first move, played P to K 4, to which Mr. Wallace replied by P to Q 4, the Centre Counter Gambit, and the game proceeded on the most approved lines for the first few moves.

Mr. Wallace got his queen in a rather cramped position, and in extricating her got his K B P doubled.

He had, however, got the queens off, castled on the queen's side (his opponent having castled K R) and freed his pieces at his 17th move, at the expense, however, of a further doubled pawn on his Q B file.

Exchanges of pieces and pawns followed, leaving an interesting end game for to-day's consideration.

At 11 p.m., Mr. Wallace sealed his 25th move.

Play will be resumed to-day at 2 p.m.>

<The Age (Melbourne, Vic.) Mon 1 Jul 1895 Page 5>

<On the resumption of play in the 13th game at 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon, Mr. Wallace's 25th move, sealed at the adjournment on Saturday, proved to be R to K Kt sq.

This was not a good move, as Mr. Esling soon demonstrated by immediately advancing his passed pawn to K 6, and he won the exchange on his 32nd move by excellent play.

A fine end game then ensued, in which Mr. Wallace played in great style with bishop and three pawns against rook and two pawns, the latter being also ably handled by Mr. Esling; and a tenacious fight was kept up till 5 p.m., when Mr. Esling sealed his 52nd move, and an adjournment was made to 7.45 p.m.

On the resumption of play at that hour Mr. Esling's sealed move proved to be 52 R to B 7 ch, and the game proceeded.

Shortly after 8 o'clock, about 10 moves after the resumption of play, Mr. Wallace resigned, his opponent having with great skill forced him into a losing position.

On the whole, this may be considered the finest fight of the match, considering how well it was played on both sides.

Score — Mr. Wallace, 6 games; Mr. Esling, 4 games; drawn, 3 (not counting).>

<The Age (Melbourne, Vic.) Tue 2 Jul 1895 Page 6>

Apr-08-16  optimal play: 5.Bd2 was a novelty.


54.g4! wins

After thirteen games:-

½ 1 1 1 ½ 0 0 1 ½ 1 0 1 0 (7½/13) [+6/=3/-4] Wallace

½ 0 0 0 ½ 1 1 0 ½ 0 1 0 1 (5½/13) [+4/=3/-6] Esling

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