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Fisher-Smith Match

Charles Marshall Fisher7/12(+7 -5 =0)[games]
Robert Smith5/12(+5 -7 =0)[games] Chess Event Description
Fisher-Smith Match (1873)

Woollahra, Sydney, NSW, Australia; 17 September 1873—23 October 1873

1 1 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 Wins ————————————————————————————————————— Fisher 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 7 Smith 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 5 ————————————————————————————————————— Format: The winner of the first seven games to be declared the victor, draws not counting. Time Control: 17 moves per hour.

(1) Australian Town and Country Journal, 1873.09.20, p20
(2) Australian Town and Country Journal, 1873.11.01, p21

 page 1 of 1; 12 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. C M Fisher vs R Smith 1-0511873Fisher-Smith MatchB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
2. C M Fisher vs R Smith 0-1611873Fisher-Smith MatchB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
3. R Smith vs C M Fisher 1-0431873Fisher-Smith MatchA84 Dutch
4. R Smith vs C M Fisher 0-1411873Fisher-Smith MatchA85 Dutch, with c4 & Nc3
5. C M Fisher vs R Smith 1-0261873Fisher-Smith MatchB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
6. R Smith vs C M Fisher 1-0411873Fisher-Smith MatchA90 Dutch
7. C M Fisher vs R Smith 0-1341873Fisher-Smith MatchB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
8. R Smith vs C M Fisher 0-1271873Fisher-Smith MatchA90 Dutch
9. C M Fisher vs R Smith 0-1491873Fisher-Smith MatchB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
10. R Smith vs C M Fisher 0-1371873Fisher-Smith MatchA90 Dutch
11. R Smith vs C M Fisher 0-1271873Fisher-Smith MatchA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
12. C M Fisher vs R Smith 1-0161873Fisher-Smith MatchB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
  REFINE SEARCH:   White wins (1-0) | Black wins (0-1) | Draws (1/2-1/2)  

Kibitzer's Corner
Oct-13-21  optimal play: The match between Charles Marshall Fisher and Robert Smith was to determine the champion chess player in the colony of New South Wales.

The contest was played at Woollahra, Sydney, NSW, commencing on 17th September 1873, with the champion to be decided in favour of the first player to win seven games.

The time limit was 17 moves per hour.

The Australian Town and Country Journal (Sydney, NSW, Saturday 1 November 1873 page 21) reported the conclusion of the match as follows:-

"The match between these players has been decided in favour of Mr. Fisher, the final score being - Fisher, 7 ; Smith, 5 ; drawn, 0."

"The games in this struggle are beyond question the finest played in the colony, and they form a valuable addition to colonial chess literature."

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