<<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.>
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.
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.
The advance of White's P was slightly premature. Black ought to have replied with Q to B 3.
Kt to R 3 is perhaps better.
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.
The first move of a neat combination, which gives White a marked superiority.
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.
This is better than going to Kt 3 at once, as it gains time, and weakens the enemy's pawns.
Black commits a serious sin of omission in not exchanging Knights ; had he done so, his game would have been very much improved.
Good play ; the moves of the Kt, which follow, are also well planned.
Playing the Kt home was his only chance.
Taking with the P is hardly so fatal.
Nothing can save the unfortunate cavalier.>