optimal play: The eighth game in this match between the Sydney champion, Fisher, and the Melbourne champion, Goldsmith, with victory to the first to five wins (draws not counting).
Going into this game, Goldsmith led Fisher by 4 wins to 3 and thus only needed one more win for the match.
8...Bg4 avoiding the symmetrical 8...Be6 Lasker vs Burn, 1889
17.f4 maybe 17.Nxe4 might have been interesting?
18...a6 maybe 18...Re6 then 19...Qe7 followed by 20...Rfe8 might have been better?
21...Ne8? Fisher should have played 21...fxg4 and kept going e.g. if 22.hxg4 then 22...Nxg4+ 23.Nxg4 Rxh6+ 24.Nxh6+ Qxh6+ is risky but promising, however it seems that because he was unable to afford any more losses, Fisher decided to play it safe and take the draw; the first of this match.
Match score at the end of game 8 :-
0-0-1-1-0-0-1-½ (3½/8) [+3 =1 -4] Fisher
1-1-0-0-1-1-0-½ (4½/8) [+4 =1 -3] Goldsmith
And Goldsmith still only needs one more win to take the match.