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26 THE WESTMINSTER BUDGET AUGUST 13, 1897 PROBLEM NO . 67. By Max J. Meyer. BLACK. WHITE. White.to play and mate in two moves. SOLUTION OF PROBLEM No. 66. 1. P to R4, K to B4 ; 2. Kt to K3 ch, K to K4 /5 3. Kt to, K2 mate. Kt to Q5 dis ch, K moves ; 3. R or Kt mates. 1. Kt to B4 : 2. Kt moves ; 2. R to K6 ch, K to B4 ; 3. Kt to K3 mate. The notice of the forthcoming International Congress in Berlin sent to us, and published in the Westminster Budget last week, was speedily followed by the issue of the Programme. The prizes are as stated in our notice, and the following are the main conditions : One game to be played every day (Sunday excepted), from 9 a.m. till 1 o'clock, and from 4 p.m. till the conclusion of the game. There is, however, an interval ofone hour at 8 p.m. Time limit : Two hours for the-first 30 moves, and 15 moves per hour a'terwards. Intending competitors must send in their names to Herr Albert Heyde, Postamt 9, Berlin^ W., at "the latest on August 26. Entrance fee, £2. Play commences (at the Architektenhaus, Berlin, W., Wilhelmstrasse, 92-93") on September 13, at nine o'clock a.m., and the congress is proposed to close with the distribution of the prizes on October 3. ; The latest score in the match Bird v. Lee is six to four in favour of Lee with two draws and one unfinished game. M. Billecard, a rising French player, probably the best at present in France, is staying in London, and measures his strength against our best one of the games, given to us by M. Billecard, con- It will be. found highly interesting : Giuoco PIANO. players. We append tested with Mr. Burn. M. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. Billecard. White. <PtoK4 Kt to KB3 B to B4 P to Q3 P to B3 B to K3 Q to K2 QKt to Q2 B to Kt3 P to Q4 PxP P to Kt3 Castles OR P to KR4 B to Kt5 Mr. Burn. Black. P-toK4 Kt to QB3 B to B4 Kt to B3 P to Q3 B to Kt3 Kt to K2 Kt to Kt3 P to B3 Q to K2 PxP Castles B to B2 B to Kt5 P to KR4 M. Billecard. White. 16. Kt to B4 17. KttoK3 18. Bto^2 19. P to R3 20. Kt to Q2 21. KttoB5 22. B x Kt 23. Q x RP 24. Q to Kt4 25. Kt to B sq 26. Kt(B'sq) to K3 27. Q to R5.ch 28. KttoKt4 29. KtoKtsq 30. R to Q5 Mr. Burn. Black. P to R4 P to R5 B to K3 P to Kt4 KR to Kt sq Q to B sq PxB PtoB4 Kto R2 P to Kt5 PxRP K to Kt sq PxPch Qto Kt2 and Black eventually won the game. One of the most interesting positions occurred towards the end from one of the most dry beginnings. Both players being bent upon attack, especially so the yduthful French gentleman, they castled on opposite sides.,, each assaulting the king's position. White was ahead in the attack gaining a pawn with a formidable position besides. .Mr. Burn* however, evolved an ingenious combination at the supreme moment* after advancing the pawns on the queen's side, supported by two. rooks, which is of singular beauty, and such that rarely .occurs in actual play. White, underrating the.danger, neglected a defensive move in the excitement of the attack. He could have saved the. game . in various ways, viz., either (instead of 24. Q to Kt4) 24. Kt to B3, threatening 25. Kt to Kt5„ which wins whether 25...P x Kt or not; or later on 25. Kt to Kt sq (instead of 25. Kt to B sq), making everything secure; or even as he played it, if after 26... P x P he had replied simply 27. PxP. After 28... P x P ch White thought himself secure with K at Kt sq for the time being, and so he would have been but for the beautiful rejoinder 29,,. Q to Kt2. If 30. Kt x Q then 30...P to R6, and White cannot save the mate,. It is a very curious position. White, therefore, played 30. R to Q5 to get a square for his king at R2, but even then he must.have played weakly afterwards to lose the game. The position is worth studying, it being so very complicated. The following is a smart game between A. E. van Foreest and D. Bleijkmans : A. E. van Foreest. White. 1. P to K4 2. PtoQ4 3. PxP 4. B to Q3 5. Kt to KB3 6..KttoB3 7. Castles 8. B toKKt5 9. RtoKsq 10. QtoQ2 11. PtoKR3 12. KttoK2 13. P to B3 14. Q to B2 15. B to Q2 16. PtoB4 17. PtoB5 FRENCH DEFENCE. D. Bleijkmans.; A. ,E. van Foreest. Black. PtoK3 P to Q4 PxP B to Q3 B to K3 KttoQ2 KKt to B3 Castles P to B3 Q to B2 Kt to R4 QR to K sq P to KB4 P to KR3 P to KKt4 K to Kt2 B to K2 White. 18. KttoKt3 19. P x Kt 20. KttoK5 21. P x B 22. B to B3 23. BxQP 24. Rx Kt 25. Q to B3 26. BxP 27. R to KB sq 28. B to Kt6 ch • 29. B x R 30. B to Q6 31. R to K sq ch 32. R to K7 33. QtoR5ch 34. Q x P D. Bleijkmans. Black. Kt x Kt R to B3 BxP Kt x Kt P to Q5 B to Q4 R x R R (B3) to K5 K to B sq K to K sq R xB Q to Q2 R to Kt sq K to Q sq Q to B4 P to Kt3 Resigns With 3. P x P, White chooses the most primitive form of the French Defence, which should result in a draw before many moves elapse. Black developed very well for fifteen moves, when he got impatient, compromising his position by the advance of the pawns, which protected his king. Such a course is only permissible if there is a certainty of not being compelled to beat a retreat afterwards. With 16. P to B4, White made a counter demonstration which Black did not nieet correctly, arid disaster followed as a natural sequence. Black would have done better, instead of allowing (with 17. ,P to B5) his bishop to be dislodged, to play 16...P x P ; 17. BxP, BxB ; 18. Qx B ch, K to R2, &c. Further, we prefer 19...B to Q sq, and if 20. Kt to K5, then 20...Kt x Kt ; 21. R x Kt, B to B3. After 19...R to B3 Black gets all his pieces pinned ; he sought momentary relief with 20...B x P, and 21...Kt x Kt; but 22. B to B3 settles the game, which White finished vigorously. • •• ' — t— PUBLIC LIBRARY THEFTS. In the report of the Stoke Newington Public 1896-7, it is stated that sixteen volumes were Library for stolen during the year, fourteen of which were taken from the shelves to which the readers had free access, only two being lost under the old system by which books were obtained through the library staff. Not long ago two^city libraries working also under the free access system had to bewail the loss of some 200 volumes or more, one of the thieves being caught. Libraries at Oxford, Liverpool, Cardiff, Nottingham, and other important places which have more or less given up this risky method all suffered previously, and it is obvious that only where the authorities are prepared to lose many of their most valuable works, and are not particular as to the general disorder and misplacement of books on the shelves, can such a method be tolerated. + MR. HALL CAINE AND THE TRIPPERS. 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