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R Hale vs Charles Gilbert Heydon
NSW v SA Telegraph Match (1871), Sydney & Adelaide, rd 4, May-24
Horwitz Defense: General (A40)  ·  0-1

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Jun-03-14  optimal play: <<<Board 4>

(a) 1.d4

The Adelaide players evidently resolved to follow the tactics adopted by their opponents in the Melbourne match, and to get up close openings only.

(b) 2.e3

Decidedly inferior to P to K 4 or P to Q B 4.

(c) 6...c5

Where a similar position occurred in the game at board 7, Mr. Ryan played B to Q Kt 5. The usual move is B to K 2.

(d) 8.d5

The advance of this pawn is now a move too late.

(e) 12.h3

Threatening to take the K B P.

(f) 13...O-O-O

It would have been better perhaps to have advanced P to K Kt 4 at once.

(g) 21.♕e1

This, we believe, was the strongest move at white's command, as Black threatened R takes K Kt P ch, &c. It is worth remarking that if White had played 21. R to K Kt sq, Black would have won by 21... Kt to K B 7. Here the first sitting terminated.

(h) 21...h5

The position is one of considerable difficulty, and the move in the text was only made after mature deliberation. We are inclined to think, however, that it would have been better play to bring the B to K 2.

(i) 23...e5

Again B to K 2 appears better ; the move made shuts out the action of the K B.

(j) 24.♖e2

Although this confines White's game somewhat, we think it the best move he could have adopted.

(k) 27...♘g5

A good move, and one, which at first sight, appears to leave White without resource.

(l) 28.♗d5

This loses the game off hand. He should have played Kt to K 5 with a chance still left of making a draw.

Mr. Heydon expended an hour and a half in deliberating on his moves in this game, being an hour and a quarter less than the prescribed limit.>

- Australian Town and Country Journal (NSW) issue Saturday 17 June 1871>

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