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Charles Marshall Fisher vs Louis Goldsmith
Match - Game 1 (1875), Melbourne AUS
Pirc Defense: General (B07)  ·  0-1


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Jan-21-14  optimal play: This was the first game in a match between Charles Marshall Fisher & Louis Goldsmith, the two best chessplayers in Australia at the time, with the victor to be determined by the first player to win five games (draws not counting).

Goldsmith’s employment of the Pirc defence in this opening game appears to be the first recorded instance of it's use after Bonnerjee Mohishunder himself! In the absence of opening theory however, he tries 3...♘c6 instead of the (now) usual 3...g6

Goldsmith had the better play for most of the game but Fisher was not lost until 54.bxc3?? Instead 54.♖b7 or ♖b8 might still have held a draw.

54...d3! wins with the continuation 55.♖b4+ ♔xc3 56.♖b5 dxc2 57.♖c5+ ♔b2 58.♖b5+ ♔c1 59.♔f3 ♖e4 etc

Goldsmith takes an early 1-0 lead over Fisher after just the first game.

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  offramp: After 23. Qxa7

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the material is exactly level.

Much later, after 38...Ke6

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it is a rook ending that is also level. Black definitely has a better position
White really should have tried to get his rook arpund the back of Black's pawns, say by 43 or 51.Ra3. But he messed around too long.

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  offramp: A very old match with a surprisingly modern 'look' to the games.
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