Clipped From The Times-Picayune
Women at Chess. For tbe first time in tbe history of chess there was contested recently a bona fide match by a club team of lady players, says the London Telegraph. They represented the newly-established Ladles' Chess Club, and tbelr opponents were gentlemen from tbe Metropolitan who yielded tbe odds of a knight at each board. It will be interesting to feminine players to learn that this first public match of their sisters was marked throughout by tbe most pleasant and courteous demeanor and bearing between the ladles and their opponents. Play began at 8 p. m. on fourteen boards. Some of tbe ladies bad to strike their colors very early through falling into palpable errors in the openings; others, however, defended themselves more stubbornly. Mr. Marsden, the honorable secretary of the Metropolitan Club, discovered to his cost that tbe playing strength of the ladles was not to be despised, for giving his opponent, Mrs. James, a queen, he lost the first game. Miss Hooke added another victory to tbe credit of tbe sex; and, though finally the ladles dub was defeated by a score of 9 to 5. the result ia not at all bad for a first venture.