optimal play: The eleventh game in a match to five wins.
Going into this game, Goldsmith led Fisher by 4 wins to 3 (with 3 draws) and thus only needed one more win for the match.
8.Nd6+ Novelty in 1875
15.Qg3? is a mistake by Fisher but Goldsmith missed his opportunity by too much timidity; he should have just captured the knight!
15...Qa7?? is a blunder. Much better is the obvious 15...bxc3!
<<We think Mr. Goldsmith might have ventured to take the Kt, the variations arising from that line of play are intricate and instructive, the following seems to be the best,
e. g. :- 15... P takes Kt ; 16. Kt to B 5 ch ; 16... K to Q sq ; 17. Q takes P best ; 17... P takes P ch ; 18. K to Kt sq ; 18... Kt to K sq best ; 19. Q takes R ; 19... P takes Kt ; and Black should win, having gained two pieces for his R with a safe game.> -Australian Town and Country Journal (NSW) issue Saturday 27 February 1875>
<15...bxc3 16.Nf5+ Kd8 17.Qxg7 cxb2+ 18.Kb1 Ne8 19.Qxh8 exf5>
alternatively 15...bxc3 16.Nf5+ Kd8 17.Nd6 cxb2+ 18.Kb1 Rf8 also wins for black.
After 16.Qxg7 correct play wins for white.
Match score at the end of game 11 :-
0-0-1-1-0-0-1-½-½-½-1 (5½/11) [+4 =3 -4] Fisher
1-1-0-0-1-1-0-½-½-½-0 (5½/11) [+4 =3 -4] Goldsmith
And after 11 games it is now all even with Fisher & Goldsmith at 4 wins apiece.
Thus the next winner will emerge from the match victorious.