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26 tHE WESTMINSTER BUDGET JANUARY 29, 1897 The following is one of a series of off-hand games played at the British Chess Club : RUY LOPEZ. The Lasker-Steinitz match being oyer, the only chess event of striking feature is the cable match between America and Great Britain on February 12 and 13, at the Hotel Cecil. Efforts are being made by both sides—by us to reconquer the trophy gained last year by America, and by America to keep it in possession a second year. We gave the unofficial composition of the American team in our last issue ; our team was selected on the Friday evening, the names being withheld till the players shall have replied to the invitation of the hon. sec. The match, forty players a-side, between the City of London and the Athenaeum resulted, as anticipated,.in a victory for the City of London by 27)4 games to 12)4 ;,and a match played at Rochester between North London and the Rochester Chess Club (eighteen boards) was won by North London, also anticipated^ by twelve games to six. A Glasgow correspondent kindly sends us the report of a lecture delivered by Mr. D. Y. Mills at the Glasgow Chess Club : "The Glasgow Chess Club initiated a series of lectures on the openings the other night. They have been successful in securing the aid of Mr. D. Y. Mills, of Edinburgh, the champion of Scotland, and at one time the holder of the English Amateur , f Championship, who, on being approaqhed for one lecture, kindly agreed to give half a dozen. He had an audience of about 100, presided over by Mr. J. M. Finlayson (president). He selected the Ruy Lopez for his introduction, pointing out its importance in view of the fact that practically half of the games in the Lasker-Steinitz match were opened in this manner. He gave a most interesting exposition of the numerous variations, illustrating them by selections from master play. In his next lecture he is to deal with the Giuoco Piano and the Evans Gambit." No doubt the Ruy Lopez is one of the safest openings for the first player ; but Lasker adopted it in the recent match, not so much owing to its safety, but because he knew that he had a safe method of demolishing Steinitz's defence. Being certain to get a belter game with the Ruy Lopez, there was no necessity for him to abandon it. A game from the Preliminary ("cable") Tournament at the British Chess Club, in which contest Messrs. H. H. Cole and Herbert Jacobs tie for first and second places : . FRENCH DEFENCE. R P. Michell. White. 1. P to K4 P to 04 II. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. I' x P B to Q3 Kt to KB3 Castles P to B4 B x P KttoB3 B to K3 R to B sq P to KR3 Kt to KKt5 KKt to K4 Kt x Kt Kt x B Q to S3 B to Q5 BxB Q to Q5 KR to Q sq 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. P.. Michell. White. Q to B3 B to B4 P to Q5 Q to R3 R to B7 Q to R5 B x Kt R to B8 ch R to K sq KR to K8 K to R2 Q to K sq K to Kt sq R to R8 ch Q to K6 ch P to Kt4 Q to K4 ch Q to K6 ch Q x Q ch P x P Resigns H H. Cole. Black. P to B4 Q to B3 Kt to K4 P to R3 R to B2 QR to Q2 QxB K to R2 QxKtP Q to R8 ch QtoQ5 0 to B5 ch Q to Kt4 K to Kt3 Q to B3 P x P Q to B4 Q to B3 R x Q R to B5 H. Cole. Black. P to K3 PtoQ4 P x P Kt to KB3 B to Q3 Castles PxP Kt to B3 * B to KKt5 Kt to K2 Kt to Kt3 B to Q2 P to KR3 KtxKt Q to R5 P x Kt B to B3 Kt to K2 Kt x B QR to Q sq K to R sq The six opening moves constitute the most simple form of the French Defence, and should lead to a drawn game. [ 7. P to B4 is of questionable value ; it leaves White an isolated pawn to start with—an objection in itself, without further reason. 12. P to KR3 reads in the score 12. P to QR3 ; we have therefore substituted the text-move, as the advance of the QRP would .have no raison d r 6tre. The whole game is so utterly carelessly taken down (we don't know which of the two players is responsible for it) that it involved a deal of trouble to make it intelligible. In answer to 13. Kt to KKt5, Black should have advanced 13...P to B3, so as-to reply to 14. KKt to K4 with 14...B to B2 ; he gets also an isolated pawn in consequence, as he has to play 15...Q to R5 to prevent White's Q to R5. The'middle play, commencing with 17. Q to B3, is tolerably interesting right up to the ending. White, however, overrates the attack on the queen's side, and gives up a valuable pawn in order to get his rooks to the eighth row; Black's king gets safely out of danger to KKt3, and after the exchange of queens, White has a lost ending. "ISIS VERY MUCH UNVEILED. THE STORY OF THE GREAT MAHATMA HOAX," told by F. Edmund Garrett, from Sources mainly Theosophical. reprinted from THE WESTMINSTER GAZETTE, replies from leading Theosophists, is the title of a new volume of the "Westminster Library." "ISIS VERY MUCH UNVEILED," Fourth Edition, with Mr. Judge's and Mrs. Besant's replies and the Author's rejoinder, may be obtained of any Newsagent; Bookseller, at the Railway Bookstalls, or from the Publisher, WESTMINSTER GAZETTE Office, Tudor- street, London, K.C J Mr. Hoffer. White. 1. PtoK4 2. Kt to KB3 3. B to Kt5 4. P to Q4 5. KtxKt 6. Q x P 7. PtoK5 8. Q to QB4 9. B to B4 10. KttoB3 11. B to R4 12. Castles 13. Q to K4 14. P to QKt4 15. QR to Q sq 16. BxKP N. N. Black. P to K4 Kt to QB3 P to KKt3 Ktx P Fx Kt Q to B3 Q to Kt3 B to Kt2 Kt to K2 P to QB3 Castles Q to R4 P to B3 Qto Q sq PxP PtoQ4 Mr. Hoffer. White. 17. B to QKt3 18. Q to Q4 19. B x B 20. PfoKt4 21. KR to K sq 22. P to KR3 23. R to Q2 24. QR to K2 25. R to K4 26. Kt.xR 27. Kt to B6 ch 28. Q x R 29. R to K3 30. RtoKt3 31. K to R2 32. Q x Kt N. N. Black. B to B4 R to B2 RxB B to K3 Q to Q2 R to KB sq KR to B2 R to B5 R x R B x P R x Kt B x P Q to Kt5 ch Qto Q8 ch B to B4 Resigns The King's Fianchetto Defence (...P to KKt3), if satisfactory at all should be conducted upon principles of slow development. ' In a series of games with the same opponent he also tried unsatisfactorily 4...P x P, whereupon 5. B to Kt5 proved a valid rejoinder. The best continuation for both sides, however, is 4...P x P ; 5Kt x P, B to Kt2. If 9 ...P to QR3 then 10. B to R4, and Black could not well capture the KtP because 11.-B to QKt3 would win ; nor could the QKtP be taken later on without disadvantage. Black therefore threatened with 12...Q to R4, the advance of P to QKt4 ; but by this time White had already the superior development. With 14. P to QKt4 he drove the queen back and effectually treated the bishop similarly with 20. P to KKt4 with a good attack, after doubling rooks on the open king's file. Black as a last resource contemplated the sacrifice of the bishop in the hope of a perpetual check ; but as the sequel shows the sacrifice was of no avail. PROBLEM No. 40. By H. E.. Kidson, of Liverpool. BLACK. WHITE. White to play and mate in two moves. SOLUTION OF PROBLEM NO. 39. 1. R to KB2, QxR; 2. Kt to K3 dis ch, KxP; 3. Kt to Q7 mates. 1. , Kt, or P x P ; 2. Q to K(6 ch, Q x Q ; 3. Kt dis ch mates. 1. , R to R2 ch ; 2. Kt to R3 dis ch, K x P ; 3. Kt to Q7 mates. +_ + THE LAST OF THE BOSCOMBE WHALE. _ The closing scene in the drama of the Boscombe whale occurred at daybreak the other day. The remaining twenty-five tons of whale-flesh which a wag described on a notice-board on the beach as "soldat 3d. per pound, and the Corporation also," was soon on its way to the refuse destructor. One piece only remained at 9 a.m., and on it stood, smoking a clay pipe, a sturdy coastguardsman. The situation was a comical one, but finally the coastguardsman yielded to the persuasion of the sanitary officer and allowed the remaining of offal to be removed " under protest." batch • . GHOST SCARE AT PRESTWICH. The principal topic of conversation in. the. Prestvvich district is the appearance of an apparition at the Dog Farm, near the village oi rrestwicn. The report having got abroad that a ghost was to be s.een at the stable of the farm on dark nights, hundreds of persons have gone to prove the accuracy of the statement. Many have come back with the tale that they saw the " uncanny creature," which is said to be perfectly white, and the shape of a man, while others have returned home not much wiser than they went.