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Charles Marshall Fisher vs Robert Smith
Fisher-Smith Match (1873), Sydney AUS, rd 10
Owen Defense: General (B00)  ·  0-1


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Oct-30-14  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"]
[Date "2012.??.??"]
[White "Dejanovic,M"]
[Black "Vlaic,B"]
[Round "4.92"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteElo "2138"]
[BlackElo "2236"]
[ECO "B00"]

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>*

36.Rc7 !

37.g4 !


<White plays this part of the game in very good style>*

40.Qg4+ ! How on earth did White not win this?

41.Qh3 ?

<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>*

42.Be4 ?

<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>*

45.Qg3+ ?

<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

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