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Charles Marshall Fisher vs Robert Smith
Fisher-Smith Match (1873), Sydney AUS, rd 8
Owen Defense: General (B00)  ·  0-1


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Oct-28-14  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


<Well played>*


If 20.dxe6 ??? then 20...Qxf3+ ! with mate next move.

22.Ne4 ?

Much better is 22.Bg3

23.Nxd6 ?

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>*

25.Rae1 ?

25...Rxe5 !

29...f6 !


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

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