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Charles Marshall Fisher vs Andrew Burns
Melbourne, Australia (1872), Melbourne AUS
Philidor Defense: Boden Variation (C41)  ·  0-1



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Aug-30-15  optimal play: <<<<MELBOURNE CHESS CLUB>

We give below an interesting game which was played recently between Mr. C. Fisher (late of Ballarat) and Mr. Burns.

We regret to learn that Mr. Fisher has left this colony with the intention of settling in Sydney. He is a native of Victoria, and has for several years past been the mainstay of chess at Ballarat, and one of the strongest of the Victorian champions in the inter-colonial matches. If, as is likely, he should play against us in the approaching contest with New South Wales, it will make a very serious difference in our prospects of success.>


Threatening Kt to Kt 5 followed by B to R 3.


Had he taken the K B P, White would have replied with P to K 6.


He might also have won the exchange thus:- 20... P to K R 3 ; 21. Kt to R 3 ; P to Kt 5 ; 22. Kt to K 2 (best) ; Kt to Q 7 (ch) ; 23. K to R sq ; Kt to B 6.

<(20...h6 21.Nh3 b4 22.Ne2 Nd2 23.Ka1 Nf3)>

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Threatening to win a piece.


Kt to Q 4 is perhaps his best course at this point.


If P to B 5, White would reply Kt to Q 4, winning a piece.


Black maintains his advantage with great spirit and skill, and the manner in which he has wrested the attack from his opponent is an instructive study.


This move is hardly equal to the occasion; K R to K sq, followed by B to B 4 would have been more cogent.


The concluding moves are capitally played by Black.>

- The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic.) issue Saturday 12 October 1872 page 13>

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