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Charles Marshall Fisher vs Robert Smith
Fisher-Smith Match (1873), Sydney AUS, rd 4
Owen Defense: Matovinsky Gambit (B00)  ·  0-1


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  optimal play: This is the fourth game in the match between Charles Marshall Fisher and Robert Smith played 1873 in Sydney.


<The moves to this point are the same as in the second game, in which Mr. Fisher now played P to R 5; the move adopted is a decided improvement>*

Compare C M Fisher vs R Smith, 1873

Nevertheless, Fisher won the second game in 51 moves.


<This and the preceding move are Black's best>*


<We prefer K Kt to B 3>**


<This appears to us to lose time; we think he should have played R to Kt sq>**

Quite apart from either Be4 or Rg1 Houdini strongly prefers Nf4!


<White has now to submit to exchanges which weaken his forces without yielding any equivalent in position>**


<White's last two moves were well-timed; here however he commits a sin of omission in not capturing the K P; after that move, Black's defence would soon crumble to pieces>*


<He should have advanced P to Q R 3 at once>**


<This ingenious move is his best play, although it unites the dangerous passed pawns>*

<Neatly played>**


<He should have played K to Q 2>*


<This and White's next move were played with the object of driving Black's King away from White's Pawns>**


<We like B to K 3 better>*

<B to K 3 is stronger>**


<R to K R sq must have given Black an advantage, e.g. 36... R to K R sq ; 37. P to Kt 7 ; R takes B ; 38. P queens ; R takes Q ; 39. R takes R ; R takes P ; And Black is a pawn ahead>*


<All this part of the game is very interesting, and conducted with ability by both players>**


<A ruinous move which loses a game that, with correct play on both sides, should have resulted in a draw>*

<A mistake which loses an otherwise drawn game; it was impossible for Black to win while this Pawn was supported by the Bishop>**

49.a4 would have maintained approximate equality.

After four games, with the race to seven wins, the progressive score was as follows:-

0-1-2-2 (2/4) Charles Marshall Fisher

1-1-1-2 (2/4) Robert Smith

*Australian Town and Country Journal (Sydney, NSW) issue Saturday 18 October 1873 page 21

**The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic.) issue Saturday 18 October 1873 page 12

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