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Charles Marshall Fisher vs John Pendrill
New South Wales v Victoria Telegraph Match (1870), Australia, Nov-09
Owen Defense: General (B00)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Sep-13-13  optimal play: This game was played on Board 7 (out of 7) in the telegraph match between New South Wales and Victoria on 9th November 1870 with seven players on each team playing from Sydney & Melbourne.


(a) 4...f5

Throwing away a pawn absolutely for nothing at the fourth move of a match game.

(b) 5...Nf6

Too late, Black sees that the capture of the K Kt P is ruinous, and that B to Q Kt ch first, leads to no better result, though the latter would perhaps have been worth a trial.

(c) 9...O-O-O

Very dangerous in such a position.

(d) 16...Ng4

Blacks plays nervously and far below his usual mark in this game.

The rest of the game is quite unworthy of publication, were it not to show the position in which the dispute arose.

* 22...Bc8

Mr. Fisher here moved the K B to K B sq, which will explain the subsequent moves on his part.

(e) 27...Bxf5

On the announcement of Black's twenty-seventh move to his Victorian antagonist, and the discovery of the error that had been made by Mr. Fisher, in not correctly playing Black's twenty-second move, though correctly received by him, the Victorian committee claimed that the moves should be retraced from the twenty-second, where the error arose. This, the New South Wales committee thought contrary to the rules of the match; hence the dispute, which, at the suggestion of the Victorian committee, has been referred to his Honor Judge Francis to decide.>

- Australian Town and Country Journal (NSW) issue Saturday 19 November 1870>

* What apparently happened was that Pendrill played 22...B-QB1 (22...♗c8) which was correctly telegraphed from Sydney to Melbourne, but Fisher mistakenly moved the wrong bishop, playing 22...B-KB1 (22...♗f8) and continued play with the wrong position on the board until black's 27th move when the mistake was made clear and the game then had to be adjourned.

<<The result of the match was that Victoria scored games 1, 2 and 3 ; New South Wales scored game No. 4. Games Nos. 5 and 6 were drawn, and No. 7 terminated in a dispute, which it has been agreed to refer to Judge Francis.>

- Australian Town and Country Journal (NSW) issue Saturday 12 November 1870>

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