Friday, 14 August 2009

Oldest Australian Game

The following game is from the Ozbase game collections. It is from a Correspondence match between Sydney CC and the Hunters River CC (present day Newcastle I'd guess) and was played in 1845. It is believed to be the oldest recoded chess game in Australia.
There seems to be no result from this games (and the game played alongside it), but if the Hunters team had taken their chances (13. ... Nc6 or 14. ... Qxd4) then the Sydney team might have resigned any time after that.

Sydney CC - Hunter's River CC [C01]
Correspondence m Sydney/Newcastle (1), 1845

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.c4 Nf6 5.Bd3 c5 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.Be3 cxd4 8.Nxd4 Ne5 9.Qe2 Bb4+ 10.Bd2 Bxd2+ 11.Nxd2 0-0 12.0-0 Re8 (D)
13.Bf5 dxc4 14.Bxc8 Rxc8 15.Nf5 Nd3 16.Qf3 Nxb2 17.Qg3 g6 18.Nd6 c3 19.Nxe8 Nxe8 20.Nb3 Qf6 21.Rac1 Nd6 22.Qe3 Nb5 23.h3 b6 24.Rfe1 Kg7
unfinished score

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