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Robert Smith vs Charles Marshall Fisher
Fisher-Smith Match (1873), Sydney AUS, rd 5
Dutch Defense: Classical Variation (A90)  ·  0-1


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

3.g3 appears to have been a novelty at that time.

<We do not consider this any improvement on the ordinary mode of continuing this opening by Kt to Q B 3 at once>**


<We think P to Kt 3 better, as White, to recover the pawn, has to remove his Kt too far from the grand point of action>*


<Playing the other rook to this square is preferable; taking the pawn with the Kt is unsound>*


<Black is apprehensive of Kt takes P, which he ought not to fear>*


<This relieves Black from his somewhat constrained situation; White should rather have played R to K 2, with the view of doubling>*

<This move does not benefit his position at all>**


<Correctly played, taking immediate advantage of White's last move>**


<A very censurable move, which shuts in the K B and puts the R out of play; he should have retreated the rook to K 2>*

<This involves White in more trouble; it would have been better to have retired the Rook whence it came>**


<This involves the loss of the exchange and the game; his only chance was R to K 3>*


<Black has handled his knights very cleverly>*

<A difficult move for White to answer>**


<Ingenious, but his case is hopeless; the learner will discover that Black would have been mated in five moves if he had taken the Q P>*

i.e. if 24...Qxd4?? then 25.Qe6+ Kh8 26.Nf7+ Kg8 27.Nh6+ Kh8 28.Qg8+ Nxg8 29.Nf7#

25.Bb4 ?

According to Houdini, that was White's losing move.

Had Smith played 25.Qd3 he might have still been ok.

25...Rd8 !

26.Rd1 ?

<This saves time and trouble>* [sarcasm]

<After this slip White's game is quite hopeless>**

26...Rxe5 ! wins

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

0-1-2-2-3 (3/5) Charles Marshall Fisher

1-1-1-2-2 (2/5) Robert Smith

*Australian Town and Country Journal (Sydney, NSW) issue Saturday 25 October 1873 page 21

**The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic.) issue Saturday 25 October 1873 page 13

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