optimal play: This is the tenth game in the match between Charles Marshall Fisher and Robert Smith played 1873 in Sydney.
<This gives variety, but is certainly inferior to P to Q 4>*
3...d5 was a novelty by Robert Smith but apparently not played again until 2012!
<This gives White a weak position. We think he should have continued the game as follows:- 4. P takes P ; B takes P ; 5. B takes B ; Q takes B ; 6. Q to B 3 ; retaining the advantage of the move>*
Exactly as played 139 years later!
[Event "21st CRO-Cup"]
[Site "Sibenik CRO"]
1. e4 b6 2. g3 Bb7 3. Bg2 d5 4. exd5 Bxd5 5. Bxd5 Qxd5 6. Qf3 c6 7. Nc3 Qd7 8. Nge2 Nf6 9. d4 g6 10. Bf4 Bg7 11. Be5 O-O 12. Nf4 Na6 13. h4 Nb4 14. O-O-O h5 15. a3 Nbd5 16. Nfxd5 Nxd5 17. Bxg7 Kxg7 18. Ne4 Rad8 19. Rhe1 1/2-1/2
<Black has played the opening moves judiciously, and we prefer his position>*
<We prefer playing this Kt to B 2>*
<Black would have saved a move by playing this B to Q 3 at once>*
<Black wins the Pawn at a considerable sacrifice of position>*
<A splendid position for the Bishop>*
<Not so strong, in our opinion, as Q to R 4>*
<White plays this part of the game in very good style>*
40.Qg4+ ! How on earth did White not win this?
<White misses his opportunity here; he should have played R to Kt 7 (ch), followed by R takes P, and we do not see how Black could have saved the game>*
<Again White misses the line of play just pointed out>*
42.Qg3+ would still have won the game for White!
<Of course; this move does not appear to have been observed by White>*
<Even now he had a good chance of a draw by Q to R 4, thus 45. Q to R 4 ; P to K 6 (best) ; 46. R takes Kt ; R takes R ; 47. Q takes R ; P to K 7 ; 48. Q to K 8 (ch), and Black will find it difficult to avoid perpetual check>*
After ten games, with the race to seven wins, Smith has again drawn level with Fisher at five wins apiece.
The progressive score was as follows:-
0-1-2-2-3-4-4-4-5-5 (5/10) Charles Marshall Fisher
1-1-1-2-2-2-3-4-4-5 (5/10) Robert Smith
No drawn games.
*The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic.) issue Saturday 8 November 1873 page 12