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ER
17-05-2011, 09:39 PM
In 1874 two Australian Chess Clubs, clashed in a 40 board match!
Who were the winners?
Who were the losers?
Was that the first ever team vs team event in the Australian Chess History?
The thirds question is for the historian to answer.
For the first two, you will have to wait until a very important interview is published in the AN INTERVIEW thread soon!

William AS
18-05-2011, 01:11 AM
In 1874 two Australian Chess Clubs, clashed in a 40 board match!
Who were the winners?
Who were the losers?
Was that the first ever team vs team event in the Australian Chess History?
The thirds question is for the historian to answer.
For the first two, you will have to wait until a very important interview is published in the AN INTERVIEW thread soon!

No idea on the first two questions but the answer to the third is no!

There was an 1868 match between Adelaide and Melbourne. :owned:

Kevin Bonham
18-05-2011, 01:08 PM
It rather depends on interpretation of "team vs team" but some regional telegraph matches were played in Tasmania in the late 1850s. On 8 July 1858 a single game was played between a two-player consultation team from Hobart Town and one from George Town with Hobart Town winning. This is claimed to be the first telegraph chess match in Australia. On 22-23 July 1858 Hobart Town played Launceston in a two-board match with each board being a two-player consultation team from each town. Launceston won 1.5-0.5.

Source: Tasmanian Chess Magazine vol 2 nos 2 and 3 and Neville Ledger's "Chess: Tasmanian Records" volume 2 pp 236-8.

ER
18-05-2011, 02:47 PM
lol ok I rephrase the whole question then! It stands as Club team vs Club team OTB! :P

jammo
22-05-2011, 10:22 PM
I'll have a stab at MCC beat Victoria Chess Club, but it's only a guess.