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Louis Goldsmith vs Charles Marshall Fisher
Match (1875), Melbourne AUS, rd 4, Jan-28
Dutch Defense: Staunton Gambit. Chigorin Variation (A83)  ·  0-1



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Jan-23-14  optimal play: This was the fourth game in a match with victory going to the first to five wins.

8...Bd6 Compare 8...Be6 Marshall vs Chigorin, 1905

11.Nxf5? Better is 11.Nf3

12.Nh6+? Perhaps 12.Ne7+ might have been able to force a draw?

Finish 31.Ke1 Bb4! wins

Score at the end of game 4:-

0-0-1-1 (2/4) [+2 =0 -2] Fisher

1-1-0-0 (2/4) [+2 =0 -2] Goldsmith

All even in the race to 5 wins (draws not counting)

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  offramp: In this position,

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Black castled, 9...0-0. This looks risky but if you play through it you'll see that Fisher had seen that his king was more or less safe. A risky business!

After 14...Re8+

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poor White had one of those positions when all one can hope to do is find the move that does not lead to an immediate loss. His opponent finds attacking move after attacking move.

Black's king cheekily pops out to pick up the knight, then pops back indoors again to break a pin.

A notable feature is that Black did not develop his queenside pieces until he was sure that there was no better attacking move. That shows a very modern understanding of chess strategy.

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