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Samuel Tyrrell vs Thomas Isaac Ryan
NSW v SA Telegraph Match (1871), Sydney & Adelaide, rd 7, May-24
Dutch Defense: Rubinstein Variation (A84)  ·  0-1



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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-03-14  optimal play: <<<Board 7>

(a) 4...b6

A favourite manoeuvre of Mr. Ryan's in this opening.

(b) 6...♗b4

The usual, and perhaps the better play, is B to K 2, followed shortly by P to Q B 4.

(c) 14.c5

This appears to us mistaken policy, as it brings the adverse QR into very dangerous action, and enables Black to double the King's wing Pawns.

(d) 17...♖f7

17... Q to K Kt 3 ch would also have been a good move at this stage.

(e) 19...♖fd7

A subtle contrivance, which seduces White into throwing away the game.

(f) 22.♔h1

He has apparently nothing better, as Black threatened to win the Queen.

At this stage the game was adjourned.

(g) 22...♕h3

After this no amount of skill will save the enemy from immediate dissolution.

(h) 23.♗xa7

23. P to K 4 would have been bad, on account of K Kt to Kt 5 ; and 23. R to K Kt sq leads to no better result.

The game is a characteristic and favourable specimen of Mr. Ryan's play. If it present a fair sample of his opponent's skill it must be admitted that he was too heavily weighted from the start.>

- Australian Town and Country Journal (NSW) issue Saturday 3 June 1871>

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