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Clipped From *The Westminster Budget*

JANUARY 15, THE WESTMINSTER, BUDGET 3i THE LASKER-STEINITZ CHESS MATCH. The seventeenth game in the chess mitch at Moscow between Dr. Xasker and Mr. Steinitz was played on Friday, and, not being concluded at the forty-fifth move, was postponed. Lasker had one more game to win to complete ten won games ; but the match seems to have been unexpectedly delayed, the reason probably being an indisposition of either one or the.other of the players. Steinitz is not the man to give in so long as there is the shadow of a chance left. Although his case may be considered hopeless, he having eight games to win to Lasker's one, he will doggedly fight on to the last. ° There is a memorable case on record, viz., the match between Lowenthal and Harrwitz. The score stood : Lowenthal seven, Harrwitz two. Harrwitz, suffering from a severe cold, went for a few days to Brighton to recruit his health, thus forfeiting two more games. He returned from Brighton invigorated and restored to health, and won the match right off. The Counties and Craigside Tournament duly commenced on Monday week at the Craigside Hydro, Llandudno, and was one of the most interesting meetings yet held at this favourite sanatorium ; amongst the competitors in the chief event being A. Burn, of Liverpool, W. H. Gunston, of Cambridge, the Rev. John Owen, the Rev. A. B. Skipworth, and E. O. Jones /(present holder of the Cup). The tournament concluded on Saturday. Two of the games, published by one of bur contemporaries, are much below the standard of Tournament play. The leading clubs in the Metropolitan League Competition are : In the A Division, Battersea, closely followed by the Ludgate Circus Chess Club; in the B Division, West. London^ Brixton being at present a good second; and in the C Division, Forest Gate, are to the fore. Not much progress had been made during the week in last Preliminary {" Cable ") Tournament. Messrs. Jacobs and Trenchard were still leading. We give two pretty games from this Tournament, played at the British Chess Club : CENTRE COUNTER GAMBIT. W. Ward-Higgs. White.. 1. V to K4 2. P x P 3. PtoQ4 4. Kt to KB3 5. B to K2 6. Castles 7. PtoB4 8. PtoB5 9. Q x Kt 10. Q to Kt5 ch 11. QxP 12/ B to B4 13. Q x RP 14. B to Kt3 15. PtoKR3 16. P x P 17. KKt to Q2 .18. KttoKt3 Herbert Jacobs. W. Black. P to Q4 19. Kt to KB3 20. Kt x P 21. B to B4 22. P to K3 23. B to Q3 ,24. KttoB5 25. Kt x B ch 26. B to K2 27. Kt to Q2 28. Castles 29. R to B sq 30. PtoKt4 31. P to R4 32. P to Kt5 33. P x P 34. B to B3 K to Kt2 Ward-Higgs. White. Kt to B3 Kt to Kt5 KtxP PtoB4 KttoKt5 Kt to Q6 Q to Kt7 Q to R2 P x R B to B2 KxB K to K3 R to B3 K x B K to B4 K to B3 Resigns Herbert Jacobs. Black. R to KR sq R to R4 Q to R sq Q to Q sq B to Q6 R to QR sq R to Kt sq R x Kt B x P ch B x B ch Q to R5 ch Q to Kt6 ch P x R P x P dis ch Q x BP ch R to R6 ch Black should have played 6...B to K2, which would have prevented the 3oss of a pawn ; or after White's advance of 7. P to B4 he should have , retired 7...Kt to KB3, thus still saving the pawn. Having lost two pawns on the queen's side, Mr. Jacobs makes an ingenious attack, and a lively fight follows, which turns in favour of Black ; but it should not have succeeded against White's best play. Up to a certain point White's moves are forced, so, for instance, he could not play 17. Kt to K5 because of Kt x Kt ; 18. B x Kt, P to KB3 winning the centre pawns. The curious point, however, is that 22. P to B3, instead of 22. P to B4, would have won the game. But at this stage such a nicety of distinction could not have been foreseen. Mr. Jacobs took immediate advantage of the weaker text-move with 22. ...Q to Q sq,and from this point the game is won for him, the point being that 22. P to B3 would have kept the Kt at B7 defended, thus taking the sting out of Black's attack. Mr. Jacobs played the ending vigorously ; but he could have shortened it with the more elegant 28....P to Kt6; 29. B x B ch, K to R2, and White could not prevent R to R8 ch ; K x R, Q to R5 ch and mate next move. - R. P. Michell. White. P to K4 P to Q4 Kt to QB3 P. to K5 P to B4 Fx P 7. PtoQR3 8. QtoKt4 B to Q3 Q to R3 Kt to B3 K to B sq .1. 2. d. 4. 5. 6. 9 10 11, 12, FRENCH W. Ward-Higgs. Black. PtoK3 P to Q4 Kt to KB3 KKt to Q2 P to QB4 Kt to QB3 BxP Castles PtoB4 Q to Kt3 B to B7 ch Kt to B4 DEFENCE. R. P. Michell. White. 13. B to K2 14. Kt x Kt 15. P to KKt4 16. B to Q3 17. Qx P 18. Q to K2 19. K to Kt2 20. P x Kt 21. R to B sq 22. BxP 23. B to Q2 Resigns W. Ward-Higgs. Black. Kt to K5 BP x Kt P x Kt P to Kt3 B to Q5 Kt x P ~ Kt x B P to K4 P x P Q x P BxP White could have retained an even game with 12. K to K2, Kt to B4; 13. R to B sq, Kt to K5 ; 14. Kt x Kt, BP x Kt ; 15. R x B, P xBch; 16. P x P, &c. Or, if instead of Kt to K5, 13...Kt x B, then 14. P x Kt, B to Q5 ; 15. B to Q2, and Black could not capture the QKtP because of 16. KR to QKt sq winning the queen on the next move. After 13...Kt to K5, White, having the inferior game, tried to remedy it by a sacrificing combination, commencing with 15. P to KKt4, which, however, turned out unsound, as Mr. Higgs speedily proved. PROBLEM NO. 38. By Philip H. Williams. BLACK. WHITE. White to play and mate in two moves. SOLUTION OF PROBLEM NO. 37. 1. Q to Q6, any move ; 2. Q, R, Kt, or P dis ch mates. [We have added a pawn at R3, as the problem would otherwise have been incorrect.—ED.]