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1875 Goldsmith-Fisher Match
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MATCH BETWEEN MESSRS GOLDSMITH (MELBOURNE) AND FISHER (SYDNEY)

Mr. C. M. Fisher has arranged a match with one of the crack Victorian players.

Through Mr. P. D. Phillips, the president of the club, Mr. Fisher sent a challenge to play a set match with the strongest Melbourne player.

The gauntlet thrown down was promptly taken up by Mr. L. Goldsmith, the holder of the Challenge Cup, who may, perhaps, be considered the champion of the colony.

The terms are as follows:-

The player who first wins five games to receive the stakes, £20 a side. Play to commence Monday afternoon at 4 o'clock, and to be continued every day, except Saturday and Sunday, at the same hour, until the match is finished.

One game to be played at each sitting, with a time limit.

Each player being required to make thirty moves in two hours.

Mr. Fisher was strongly opposed to playing for money, we are informed, but his opponent would not consent to meet him unless the substantial stake mentioned in the conditions above was attached to the honour of victory.

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For some time past, an exciting chess contest has been carried on at the Melbourne Club between Mr. C. M. Fisher of Sydney and Mr. L. Goldsmith, the well-known Melbourne cricketer.

The match, which was for £20 a side, was to be decided in favour of the winner by the first five games.

The Sydney man carried off the laurels of victory after a tough fight, as the subjoined score will show:-

Mr. Fisher won five games, lost four; Mr. Goldsmith won four games, lost five; Three games were drawn.

- The Singleton Argus and Upper Hunter General Advocate (NSW) issue Saturday 13 February 1875

Place: Melbourne
Start date: 25 Jan. 1875
End date: 9 Feb. 1875

Results
Fisher, Charles 6.5 / 12
Goldsmith, Louis 5.5 / 12

Match Score

Fisher

0-0-1-1-0-0-1-½-½-½-1-1 (6½/12)

Goldsmith

1-1-0-0-1-1-0-½-½-½-0-0 (5½/12)

running total

Fisher

0-0-1-2-2-2-3-3½-4-4½-5½-6½

Goldsmith

1-2-2-2-3-4-4-4½-5-5½-5½-5½

Game 01/12
C M Fisher vs L Goldsmith, 1875 
(B07) Pirc, 54 moves, 0-1

Game 02/12
L Goldsmith vs C M Fisher, 1875 
(A85) Dutch, with c4 & Nc3, 35 moves, 1-0

Game 03/12
C M Fisher vs L Goldsmith, 1875 
(B07) Pirc, 33 moves, 1-0

Game 04/12
L Goldsmith vs C M Fisher, 1875 
(A83) Dutch, Staunton Gambit, 30 moves, 0-1

Game 05/12
C M Fisher vs L Goldsmith, 1875 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 34 moves, 0-1

Game 06/12
L Goldsmith vs C M Fisher, 1875 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 20 moves, 1-0

Game 07/12
C M Fisher vs L Goldsmith, 1875 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 30 moves, 1-0

Game 08/12
L Goldsmith vs C M Fisher, 1875 
(C01) French, Exchange, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 09/12
C M Fisher vs L Goldsmith, 1875 
(C31) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 10/12
L Goldsmith vs C M Fisher, 1875 
(C13) French, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 11/12
C M Fisher vs L Goldsmith, 1875 
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 22 moves, 1-0

Game 12/12
L Goldsmith vs C M Fisher, 1875 
(A10) English, 32 moves, 0-1

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