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Death has made some serious gaps in the ranks of eminent chess-players. In the first instance, P.. Hirschfeld. A German by birth, he lived in this country for many years, and his name became identified with English chess. He was compelled to leave England owing to failing health, being advised to seek a more cdngenial climate. Mr. Hirschfeld was one of the great masters of the famous Anderssen, Paulsen, and Kblisch period, and his games,with the latter master are gems of the purest water. Mr. W. H..K. Pollock, one of the most promising of English masters, if not realising early exalted expectations, remained nevertheless steadily in the front rank. He competed last, it will,be remembered, in the Hastings International tournament, producing some fine games, especially the one he won off Steinitz. Returning to Canada, his adopted home, he came back to England seriously ill, and died whilst his colleagues were fighting the battle of Nuremberg. Mr. E. Freeborough, of Hull, was an industrious and conscientious compiler of chess works, and English chess players have to thank him (in connexion with the Rev. C. E. Ranken, of Malvern) for some useful treatises on the Openings. And now we are informed of the death of Dr. jur. Carl Schmid, of Dresden-Blasewitz, at the age of fifty- seven years. For more than thirty years Dr. Schmid stood in intimate relations with the past and present masters, and his villa at Blasewitz was the rendezvous of all chess players who lived or travelled in the neighbourhood. Although a fine player he refrained from serious public play, with the exception of the Berlin Tournament, 1881^ when he drew with Mason, the Brothers Paulsen, Riemann, and Schwarz, and beat Schallopp. His main work, however, was confined to analytical researches (published in the • German Schachzeitung and in tlte Chess Monthly), comprising the Kieseritzky, Allgaier, Muzio, Salvio, and Evans Gambits Gambits ; the Philidor Defence and King's Gambit Declined; the variation of the Giuoco Piano won by Albin of Dr. Tarrasch at Dresden ; and his last work was Stejnitz's variation of the Giuoco Piano, published in the Chess Month%, July-August, 1896. Dr. Schmid was also a problem composer of distinction. During the Nuremberg Tournament he sought and obtained momentary relief from his sufferings at a Bohemian healthVresort; but the disease being incurable, the improvement was of short duration only. We give two games played by the late Dr. Schmid some years ago ; and one of his problems; DR. JUR. CARL SCHMID. Dr. Schmid. White. 1. P to K4 2. Kt to KB3 ,3. B to B4 4. PtoQKt4 5. P to B3 6. P to Q4 •7.-Castles 8. Q to Kt3. 9. P to K5 10. KtxP 11. Kt to K2 12. B to Q3 13. Q to Kl2 14. KttoB4 15. Kt to Q5 16. B to K4 17. B to Q2 18. QxB 19. KR to K sq 20. P to KR3 21. KtxP 22. KtxKt 23. Q to Q5 24. B x P ch 25. R x Kt 26. R to R5ch EVANS' Prof. Anderssen. Black. PtoK4 Kt to QB3 B to B4 BxP B to R4 PxP PxP Q to B3 Q to Kt3 KKt to K2 P to Kt4 Q to K3 Kt to Kt 3 Q to K2 Q to K3 Castles B x B Q to Kt5 R to Kt sq Q to R4 QKtxP Kt x Kt B to Kt2 K x B Q to Kt3 K to Kt sq GAMBIT. Dr. Schmid. White. 27. Q to Kt5 28. Kt to Q5 29. Q to R4 30. RtoKtS 31. Kt to B4 32. PtoKt3 33. R to R5 34.,R.to R8 ch 35. Q x R 36. PtoB3 37. Q to K3 38. Q to B3 39. R to K sq 40. Q x R ch 41. R to K8 42. RPxP 43. Q to Kt4 ch 44. Q to B4 ch 45. R to Kt8 ch 46. QxP 47. Q to KB4 48. QtoBsq 49. Q to B3 50. Q to R3 ch 51. Q x Q ch Prof. Anderssen, Black. B to B3 QR to K sq P to B4 Q to Q3 R to K5 R to B3 R x Kt K to B2 Q to Q4 P to Kt4 R to K3 K to K2 R x R ch K to Q3 PtoKKt5 PxP K to B2 Kto,Kt2 • K to R3 Q x RP Q to K7 Q to R7 Q to B5 Q to R5 And White eventually won. The firstfifteen movesare " Book" and mostly Anderssen s own variation. White could attack the Queen again, and,-if Black were sat.sfied with a a>aw he could return Q to K2. The only question ,s whether Black could not venmre upon 15...Q to B4, in spite of theexposed position of the Queen tl?en H haSly.pressed, Black could eventually give up the. Queen for about In equivalent Further, 17...B to Kt3 instead of 17...B x B seems preferable % ^^^^^.^A, Black gives up^one for a counter^attack. On theTwenty-third move, White could have transposed the sacrifice nf thebishob with- 24. Q x Kt, keeping his rook thus in,a more favourable 1^,27 O x Q would have left Black stil with a pawn ahead, ffii^^te 33 .V .R x Kt instead of the quiet 33...Q to K^gave Dr. Schmid the opportunity of winning a well-played game from thefamousGerman master. ^ ^ Dr. Schmid. Count Vitzthum. White. Black. 1. Pto K4 P to K4 2. Kt to KB3 Kt to QB3 3. P to Q4 PxP 4. KtxP Q to,R5 5. Kt to KB3 Q x KP ch 6. B to K2 B to K2 7. Castles Kt to B3 8. R to K sq Castles 9. Kt to B3 Q to QKt5 10. B to Q2 Q to B4 11. B to K3 Q to Q3 12. B to Q3 P to QR3' Dr. Schmid. White. 13. Q to K2 ' 14. B to KB4 15. Q x Kt 16. B to KKt5 17. RxB 18. KtxP 19. Kt x Ktch 20. BxP 21. B x Pch 22. Q to R5 ch 23. Q to R8 mate. Count Vitzthum Black. Kt to K4 Kt to Kt ch Q to-Kt5— P to Q4 QxR Q to K4 P x Kt Q to Q3j KxB KtoKtsq 4...Q to R5was in vogue some years ago after the correspondence match between the City of London Chess Club and the Vienna Schach- gesellschaft, for £100 a side. The chief workers on the London playing Committee were the late Mr. Potter and Steinitz. Steinitz gave an adverse opinion of the variation since. 5. Kt to B3 was proposed by Mr.'G. B. Fraser of Dundee, and bears his name ; it gives only a temporary attack for the pawn. 6...B to Kt 5 ch ; 7. P to B3, B to K2 ; or 6...Q to K2 is preferable. There is only one more variation to point out, and that is 13...Kt to Q sq, instead of 13...Kt to K4 ; having omitted this Black got into trouble, and after White's ingenious sacrifice ot 18. RxB he could only prolong the game by giving up the Queen for two pieces. PROBLEM NO. 55. By Dr. C. Schmid. BLACK. ^ " WHITE. : ~ ~ White to play and mate in three moves. , T1 _ SOLUTION OF PROBLEM No. 54. 1. BtoR7,PtoR7; 2. R to Kt6, K to Kt8 ; 3. R to Kt sq mates. I - • ' K to R7 ; a R to KR6, K moves ; 3. R x P mates. + THE GERMAN EMPEROR'S STAGE SCENERY. 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