The New Zealand Chessplayer, Spring 1947

Well Hooked

The Auckland Club champion Carl Fisher, put up an excellent performance to win the event this year for the third time in five years. Carl is a fine positional player and gives nothing away when he is on the job. The following game played in the Auckland Club tournament was one of the vital matches and is typical of the winner's style. Notes by HD Addis.

Fisher, C - Newick C. B. - Auckland Club Tournament 1947

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.b3 Bg7 4.Bb2 c5 5.e3 Nc6 6.Be2 O-O 7.O-O b6 8.Nc3 Bb7 9.d4 d6 (9...cxd4 is better. Black should not allow d5 ) 10.d5 Ne5 11.Qc2 Nxf3+ 12.Bxf3 Bc8 ( Fisher suggests 12...e5 but this loses a pawn  13.dxe6 Bxf3 14.exf7+ Rxf7 15.gxf3 winning a pawn but with some insecurity of position. - Ed. ) 13.Rfe1 Bg4 14.Bxg4 Nxg4 15.Rad1 f5 Bad. It leaves a hole at e6  16.f3 Ne5 (16...Nf6 is stronger ) 17.Ne2 Rf7 18.Nf4 Qc8 19.Ne6

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This knight is strongly posted now.  19...Bh6 ( Why not? 19...Bf6 ) 20.Qc3 Rf6 21.f4 Nd7 22.e4 Bf8 (22...fxe4 is better, though  23.Qh3 wins the exchange at least ) 23.e5 dxe5 24.fxe5 Rf7 25.Rd3 Rb8 26.h4 h6 27.Nf4 Rg7 28.Ne6 Rf7 29.Rg3 Kh7 30.h5 gxh5 31.Qf3 Black never recovered from the cramped game he got after 10. d5 1-0