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Robert Smith vs Charles Marshall Fisher
Fisher-Smith Match (1873), Sydney AUS, rd 9
Dutch Defense: Classical Variation (A90)  ·  0-1


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


<We cannot commend this move; Q Kt to B 3 is preferable>*

This move seems to have been pioneered by Robert Smith, playing it four times during this match, winning twice.

It was next played seven years later Max Weiss vs J N Berger, 1880

And despite the chess writer's negative opinion on its introduction, is now the most played move in this opening.

In fact it should probably be called the Dutch defence; Robert Smith variation, whereas back in 1873 the newspaper simply headed the game "Irregular Opening"


<Black has now obtained the attack>*

18.Qc1 ?

<An oversight which loses a piece>*

Houdini recommends 18.Nf4 to maintain equality.

18...Bxh3 !


No better is 19.Qxh6 since 19...Bxg2+ 20.Kxg2 exf3+ 21.Kxf3 gxh6

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

0-1-2-2-3-4-4-4-5 (5/9) Charles Marshall Fisher

1-1-1-2-2-2-3-4-4 (4/9) Robert Smith

No drawn games.

*The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic.) issue Saturday 1 November 1873 page 13

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