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Charles Marshall Fisher vs William Crane
Sydney Chess Club Handicap Tournament (1874), Sydney AUS, Jun-20
Scotch Game: Classical Variation (C45)  ·  1-0


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Feb-05-14  optimal play: <<<The handicap tournament is drawing to its latter end ... The club's records show that Crane, after winning ten games "running" succumbed to Fisher ... The event of the week was perhaps, the meeting of Fisher and Crane. The game ... attracted considerable notice from the onlookers. Mr. C. although hardly playing up to his usual force, will have to eat a few more Christmas puddings before he can expect to cope successfully with his experienced antagonist.>

(a) 4.Nxd4

We believe this to be stronger than the more frequently played B to Q B 4 variation ; it hardly deserves, however, to be called a gambit, seeing that the Pawn is immediately recaptured.

(b) 5...Bxd4

Q to B 3, to which the right answer is P to Q B 3, is the "book" play here. Black is of opinion that the play adopted avoids complications and gives him an equal game.

(c) 8...Qb6

The advance of White's P was slightly premature. Black ought to have replied with Q to B 3.

(d) 9...Ne7

Kt to R 3 is perhaps better.

(e) 11...Kh8

Black's present move, and its follower, loses time and gets him into trouble. He should have played P to Q 3, with the view of getting his Bishop into action.

(f) 13.exf6

The first move of a neat combination, which gives White a marked superiority.

(g) 16.Ne4

Mr. Fisher should have won the game at once by checking with the R, e.g.

16. R to K 8 ch ; 16... R interposes, or * 17. K R to K sq ; 17... Aught ; 18. R takes R and wins.

* 16... Kt interposes ; 17. Kt to K 4 ; 17... R to B 4, best ; 18. Kt to Kt 5, leaving Black helpless.

(h) 20.Bd5

This is better than going to Kt 3 at once, as it gains time, and weakens the enemy's pawns.

(i) 22...Ne7

Black commits a serious sin of omission in not exchanging Knights ; had he done so, his game would have been very much improved.

(j) 24.g4

Good play ; the moves of the Kt, which follow, are also well planned.

(k) 26...Ng6

Playing the Kt home was his only chance.

(l) 27...Rxe4

Taking with the P is hardly so fatal.

(m) 29...Rf8

Nothing can save the unfortunate cavalier.>

- Australian Town and Country Journal (NSW) issue Saturday 20 June 1874>

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