optimal play: This is the eighth game in the match between Charles Marshall Fisher and Robert Smith played 1873 in Sydney.
4.Be3 was a novelty by Fisher.
<We prefer B to Q 3>*
<A very awkward move for White to answer; the advance of White's K B P has rendered his position very insecure>*
<Black has opened his game well, and obtained the better position>*
Stronger is Qc2 or Re1
If 20.dxe6 ??? then 20...Qxf3+ ! with mate next move.
Much better is 22.Bg3
Much better is 23.Neg5
<This is unsatisfactory, but we have failed to discover anything better>*
Houdini comes up with 24.b3 and White is still in the game.
<Threatening to win the Kt at once>*
Black overlooked 31...Qe6 ! which wins immediately.
After eight games, with the race to seven wins, Smith has again drawn level with Fisher at four wins apiece.
The progressive score was as follows:-
0-1-2-2-3-4-4-4 (4/8) Charles Marshall Fisher
1-1-1-2-2-2-3-4 (4/8) Robert Smith
No drawn games.
*The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic.) issue Saturday 1 November 1873 page 13