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Robert Smith vs Charles Marshall Fisher
Fisher-Smith Match (1873), Sydney AUS, rd 7
Dutch Defense: Classical Variation (A90)  ·  1-0
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Oct-27-14
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  optimal play: This is the seventh game in the match between Robert Smith and Charles Marshall Fisher played 1873 in Sydney.

3.g3

<Mr. Smith appears to favour this style of opening, but we do not consider it any improvement on the ordinary move of Kt to Q B 3>*

4...c6

<If Kt to B 3 White would take it with B and then play K Kt to B 3, having a good game>**

6.Nh3

<The Kt is comparatively out of the fray at R 3, we much prefer playing it to B 3>**

8...Ne4

<We prefer B to Q Kt 5>*

9.Nxe4

<His best play>**

10...g5

<This is generally a dangerous manoeuvre, we do not see anything to justify it here; B to Kt 5 (ch) would have helped to develop his game>*

<This move is the cause of subsequent trouble; he ought to have taken the K B P, followed by B to Kt 5 ch>**

14...e5

<Neatly played>*

19.O-O-O

<Very questionable policy, by castling on this side, White exposes his K, which was safe enough at K sq to attack; his best course was P to R 4 which would force an opening on the adverse King's flank>**

19...Nf6

<This loses time; he should have played P to Q Kt 4 at once>*

20.g4

<To prevent Kt to R 4>**

24...a4

<Unfortunately for Black, his Bishops and Kt are so shut in that he cannot make use of them in the brisk attack he has set up on the Q side>*

27.h4

<White sees that his King is in very little danger, and wisely pursues his own attack; the weakness of Black's tenth move is now apparent>*

29...Ra7 ?

<He should have doubled his Rooks>*

<This move passes our understanding. Black has a position which he could have developed into a winning attack by playing K R to R sq, and Q to R 2>**

31...Bxg6

<P takes P is not so bad, but in any case he must go to the wall>**

32.Bh3

<The first of a series of beautiful moves>**

33.Be6+ !

41.Qxh7+

<The termination of this game is admirably conducted by White>*

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

0-1-2-2-3-4-4 (4/7) Charles Marshall Fisher

1-1-1-2-2-2-3 (3/7) Robert Smith

*The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic.) issue Saturday 1 November 1873 page 12

**Australian Town and Country Journal (Sydney, NSW) issue Saturday 8 November 1873 page 21

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