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Charles Marshall Fisher vs Charles Gilbert Heydon
NSW v VIC Telegraphic Match (1871), Sydney/Melbourne, rd 7, Nov-09
French Defense: Exchange Variation (C01)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Dec-17-13  optimal play: <<<<<At Board No. 7 : Mr. Heydon also resorted to the French Defence, an opening with which the Sydney players ought by this time to be pretty familiar.

Mr. Fisher acquired a strong position of attack early in the game, but appears to have failed in discovering the proper means of turning it to account, and at last drew the game by perpetual check.>

- Australian Town and Country Journal (NSW) issue Saturday 18 November 1871>


(a) 7...♗e6

7 B to K Kt 5 is the proper play, in order to prevent the attack which White otherwise gets by his reply in the text.

(b) 12.g4

A line of play greatly favoured in similar positions by Herr Steinitz and other leading players.

(c) 13.f5

White has now a fine game.

(d) 14.♗e3

The Leader considers this lost time, and suggests Q to B 3 instead.

B to K R 4 also appears to us a good move at this point.

(e) 16...♕b6

Black loses no time in getting himself out of his difficulties.

(f) 17.♘xd7

The Leader suggests 17 Q to B 3 as much better. It appears to us, however, that Black's reply of 17 B to B 3 would still have equalized the game.

(g) 23...♖c1

Black apparently only plays for a draw.

(h) 27...♘c6

His correct move.

Black has at length accomplished his object in securing a draw.>

- Australian Town and Country Journal (NSW) issue Saturday 16 December 1871>

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