Clipped From The Westminster Budget
24 THE WESTMINSTER BUDGET 3'ANtfA %V ;l> 1897 The following letter (translated from the German original) from Mr. Lasker may be interesting to our readers : HOTEL DRESDEN, MOSCOW , December 14 • Although not quite well, I will nevertheless make an effort to give an account of my sojourn in Moscow. It is needless tosay that the Moscowers are very amiable and hospitable. I feel quite at home, in spite of the unaccustomed surroundings. The climate was somewhat against me, and, as a matter of fact, I was much affected during the cold period, about the middle of the match, and at this present moment. I don't want to bother anybody about my health, this being a matter concerning the doctor—and myself. To-day the match stands 7—0. Steinitz—to his credit be it recorded— takes the defeat so far like a man. His conduct leaves nothing to be desired ; although I have no doubt that he expected a different result at the start, or at any rate " to make a hard fight." The net advantage derived by the theory of the game from this match is that I have proved the worthlessness of Steinitz's sacrifice of the bishop in the Giuoco Piano, the 3...B to B4 in the Ruy Lopez, as well as the 3...P to Q3 followed by Kt to K2. I venture to say that I have finally settled this question. v I also believe that my treatment of the Queen's Gambit Declined, since the fifth game, which was previously quite unknown, will prove of lasting- value; The opening of the lines with QPxP, followed by P to QB4, as demonstrated in my last game (the eleventh,not yet to hand.—Ed.),has proved valid. " Last, but not least," 3...P to QR3 in the Ruy Lopez seems to be again discredited by the tenth game. A great deal has been said and written (except by yourself) about a match with Tchigorin. I have received no official communication, and all statements about this matter are fables. I shall go to St. Petersburg a'ter the conclusion of the match, and it is just possible that a match with - Tchigorin might be projected. I hope to be in London in February, when I intend to give a series of lectures, for more advanced players, "about the classical style in chess"—a style that, I venture to hope, will overshadow all others, and become finally recognised. Its exponents will always be, as a matter of course, the chosen few, but I hope to disseminate its appreciation in wider circles. Afterwards I shall put myself entirely into the hands of the doctor, and give him leave to restore the somewhat overworked machine. Finally, I must not omit one incident which will always be, one of the most }«teasing recollections of Moscow. Professor Bogajeff, the first mathematician of the Moscow University, and an ardent chess player, took some interest in a mathematical subject upon which I am working at present, and invited me to the opening of the season of the Mathematical Society (he being the president). I was introduced to several professors, amongst them some well-known names. I was received with great courtesy and cordiality, and eventually invited to give a lecture. All the gentlemen speaking.foreign languages—this being the ca&e in Russia, even in circles less cultivated—I could make myself well understood. I hope to hear from you, but not in the usual u telegram style." This lecture will probably be included in the reports of the Academy. Kindly remember me to Sir George Newnes and the members of the British Chess Glub.—Sincerely yours, E. LASKER. Referring to Lasker's allusion to "the classical style," we have no doubt the style will be adopted and become fashionable, just the same as the " modern style " introduced by Steinitz has had its day. It stood and fell with Steinitz. There is no style in chess. The bulk simply follows the strongest or the most successful player for the time being, and the method by which his successes are achieved find imitators. Le style, dest Phoinme might be transposed to I'homme, c'est le style, an i the latter reading will be more applicable to the subject in question. The assertion—seemingly so sweeping—that there is no style is proved by the fact that Steinitz's "modern style" is quite modern; that is to say, an acquired method adopted by him in latter years, and he being then the best player living; or thought he was, h:s style became the "modem style." What has become of it now ? Not a trace of it is to be found in any of his games with Lasker. Again reverting \o V homme^c 1 est le style. Morphy has had a style of his own ; Anderssen, Kolisch, Paulsen, Blackburne, Zukertort, and Tchigorin have had and have theirs, and now we shall have Lasker's until another Lasker will supplant it. This brief digression was evoked by the remarks of Dr. Lasker, of Berlin (a brother of Mr. Lasker), in annotating the tenth game, a Ruy Lopez, of the match. To 3...P to QR3 he says: "Paradoxical as it may appear, Steinitz lost this game without, as far as we can see, having made a mistake, unless it were tk$ third move P to (2 /?3, which up to within lately has been considered the best C. v. Bardeleben has the merit to have declared this move inadequate;" We have no knowledge of v. Bardeleben having made such a state ment In his latest work ('ILehrbuch des, Scha^sp!iels^ Ve Co. r Leipsic, 1894) he distinctly says, " In v our opinion Si';.P. "to/QR3 is the natural continuation," and qualifies it. , ; . LASKER AND ^STEINITZ; AT Moscow. As anticipated, Steinitz defended again: the. thirteenth game with 3...P to Q3, followed by his favourite 4... P to Q3, Lasker Jntr.o^ucing a variation by which, after exchanging queens; deleaves. Black a double king's pawn. Under ordinary circumstances the strategical advantage would have been sufficient for Lasker to win the ganie, but he made a gross oversight on the 1 nineteenth move, losing one of his best pawns, and a second indiffereiit. move, 23...B to Kt5 (although he had then much the inferior game), enabling Steinitz to conclude with a pretty sacrificing combination. Lasker seems to be still suffering from the indisposition mentioned in his letter, for he has also lost the thirteenth game. Thefollowing.rs the twelfth game : • RUY LOPEZ. Lasker. White. 1. P to K4 2. Kt to KB3 3. B to Kt5 4. B to R4 5. P to Q4 6. B to Kt3 7. PxP 8.QtoQ5 9. Q xQ ch 10. BxB 11. P to B3 12. QKt to Q2 13. P to Q.Kt4 14. P to KR4 15. K to K2 16. P x P Steinitz. . Black. P to K4 Kt to QB3 P to QR3 P to Q3 B to Q2 B to K2 P x P B to K3 R x Q PxB Kt to B3 B to B4 B toR2 P to QKt4 B to Kt3 PxP Lasker. White. 17. Kt to Ksq 18. P to B3 •19. Kt to Kt3 20. B to Kt2 21. R to KB sq -22. B to B sq 23. B to Kt5 24. BxR. 25. K to Q sq 26. K to B2 27. K to Kl2. 28. B to Kt5 29. B x Kt 30. R to B sq Resigns Steinitz. Black. KR -to'Ii sq R to B2 KtxKP Kt to 03 •Kt to B5 Kt to K2 Kt to Q4 Kt to B5 ch R to ()2 ch Kt to K6 ch Kt x R Kt to K6 P x B T to K4 The corrected cable of game 11 has not yet arrived. Steinitz having won the thirteenth game, the score is : Lasker, seven ; Steinitz, two ; drawn, four. The author of this week's problem is not known. It has been shown to us by Mr. Frankenstein, who considers it a perfect gem both in conception and construction. PROBLEM NO . 36. BLACK. • WHITE. White to play and mate in three moves. - SOLUTION OF PROBLEM NO. 34. 1. Q to B sq, any move ; 2. Q or Kt mates. SOLUTION OF PROBLEM NO. 35. 1. Q to K8, KxP; 2. Q to Kt6, any move ; 3, Q or either Kt mites. 1. .......... Kt to K5 ; 2. QxP ch, K to B5 ; 3. Q to B6 mates, 1. .......K to B3; 2. BtoR4 ch, Kmoves; 3. Q to R5 mates. A NOVEL STAKE AT' CHESS. Duobas litigantibusy tertius gaudet A very pretty modern instance of this ancient saw has occurred at Charkoff. Two members of the Charkoff Chess Club fell in love with the same lady. They agreed to settle the dispute for her hand in a tournament upon the chess-board, the loser binding himself to depart from the town and leave the maiden to be wooed by the winner. They fought for two long days, and the result was—a drawn game. So "they- fought again, and' the fight lasted for three days, but it ended again in an indecisive remis. There was no choice left but to enter the lists a third time. But while they were in the heat of the fight they were arrested by the woful news that a "Tertius " had arrived, had proposed to the queen of the tournament, and had been accepted by her.