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PROBLEM NO. 68/ By C. Kbndelik. BLACK. WHITE. White to play and mate in three moves. SOLUTION OF PROBLEM NO. 67. 1. Q to Kt5, Any .move ; 2. Q mates. Lee won his match with Bird by seven games to four, whilst two games were drawn. Mr. Bird played with more than his usual " chivalry" ; for he made his opponent a present of at least two games, which anybody could 1 " fed his ' drawn his game with Mr. Blackburne in. the; Summer Tournament of the Club, the leading score being : Blackburne Evans ..... Physick Jacobs Lawrence. K There are only a few entries as yet for the forthcoming Berlin Congress Messrs. Burn and Bird have entered their names, and Lee inquired whether he would be admitted. - - 1 ™ ' ' Mr. Lawrence, th^ djSApioii of the City of London Chess Club, h .won 5 „ 3 out. of 7 „ 5 7 „ .7 „ 6 We give a second game as a pendant to the one already published between M. Billecard and Mr. Burn. The first twelve moves are the same, but the continuation is more brilliant on the part of the French amateur than the previous one. It is to be regretted that he did not make the winning move, which we pointed out after the conclusion of the game : GIUOCO PIANO. M, 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. . Billecard. White. P to K4 Kt to KB3 B to B4 P to Q3 P to B3 B to -K3 Q to'K2 QKt to Q2 B toKt3 P to Q4 P x P PtoKt3' P to KR4 P to R5 Castles QR Kt to B4 B to Q2 R to R4 RxB Kt to R4 Kt to B5 BxP Mr. Bum. Black. P to K4 Kt to QB3 B to B4 Kt to B3 P to Q3 BtoKt3 Kt to K2 Kt to'Kt3 P to B3 Q to K2 PxP Castles P to KR3 Kt to R sq B to Kt5 B to B2 B to Kt3 BxRP Kt x R Kt to B3 Q to B2 P x B M." Billecard. White. 23. Kt xPch 24. Kt to B5 ch 25. Q to Q2 26. Q to R6 27. BxR 28. QKt to Q6 29. Kt x Q 30. Q x Kt 31. Qx'KP 32. Q to KKt5 33. B to B2 34. PtoKKi4 35. P to R3 36. K to Kt sq 37. B to Kt3 38. K to R2 39. B to B2 40. QtoQ8 41. Q to B7 42. PtoKt3 43. BxP Draw, Mr. Burn. Black. K to Kt2 K to Kt sq KR to Q sq RxRch Kt to K sq Q x Kt Kt x Kt • B x P Kt to Kt3 R to K sq R to K3 K to Kt2 P to' R4 P to Kt4 R to K2 P to R5 R to K4 R to K3 . Kt to K4 P x P ch R to K sq , „, mp nublished M. Billecard castled first; but the In the previous g^ ff |^- 'Mr. Burn having got an inferior posi transposition ^l^^' io Assume that his manoeuvre witl? the tion in ibis game, too, leaas. ra^ WhUe ms time for an attack by dis- QKt to K J 5 ^H S ^ b ^:\f IbrKRP. This happened in this game, too, andafter MW XVJLV1 . x HIS uappenea in this game, too, anda, ier K •S ^SS witii Kt to KR sq, White had the superior game. 16. Kt bei £l '^^efct touring it baSt to K3 ought to iiaye been preceded to B4 with °^{?^ cgd 16..;B to B2, whereupon White had to P W 1 \i?vTt rt S a nd 18...B x P must be considered an error, as White with 17...B t^^V^^uby simply doubling his rooks ; but he brought could have got a, ^f^'Sious sacrifice of 19. R x B, which. ^MV^ ?oa teed ^wm^e Subsequent sacrifice of 22. B x P is the should lead to a.forcedsecures a draw by perpetual check with the had followed it up with 2^. Q' o Kt5 rt, to wh™ Black had ^ defence. 26. Q to R6 gave Mr. Bum time ,o sacrifice feol e '„ SatlSfac,w y with Rook and Knight for it, and the ending kSK'?^ thus escaping with a draw. . 1 ' ni.isteriy s , v , A brilliant little game, played at the Manhattan Chess Cluh v„ ,. grating the danger,, for both sides, of:an imperfe" tao^^Tj^ PIERCE GAMBIT. L. Schmidt. White. 1. PtoK4 2. Kt to QB3 3. P to B4 4. Kt to B3 5. PtoQ4 6. B to B4 7. Castles 8. PxP 9. R to K sq ch 10. PxP 11. BxP 12. B to KKt3 13. Pto~Q6 14. B x P A. Orchardt. Black. P to K4 Kt to QB3 PxP P to KKt4 P to Kt5 P x Kt P to Q4 B to KKt5 QKt to K2 B to Q2 B to R3 Kt to KB3 PxP i A. Orcliavdt.. Black. B to,R6 QR to B sq PtoR3 K to B sq B to B5 R to Kt7 ch R x Kt Kt(K2)toQ4cb Kt x B ch BtoB4ch Q to B3 ch Q to K3 ch P to W mate ^ -r. x IW r to iuo ; 5. Kt to KKt5, the Hamppe-Allg'aier Gambit) constitutes the Pierce Gambit, so named after rhe well-known problem composer, Mr. W. T. Pierce. It yields a sustained, and violent attack if not properly defended. 6...P to Kt5, the capture of the KnWht and 7 P to 04 is the best defence, but Black fails with 9 ...QKt to. ^/'instead of 9 ..KKt to K2 TFo. the student we give the continuation after the latter move: 10. Kt to K4, B to Kt2, L. Schmidt. White. 15. Kt6B2 16. B to KKt3 17. Q to Q3 18. QR to Q sq 19. B to Kt3 20. B x B 21. K to K3 22. P x R 23. B x Kt 24. K to K4 25. K x B 26. K to K4 27. B to K5 RtoKtsqch 5. P to Q4 (instead of 4. P to KR4, P to Kt5 11. P x P, Kt to R4; 12. B to B ... .„ ^ tvj x> sq, ; B to R4; 13. P to B4, R to Kt sq ch ; 14. K to B2, P to Kt4 ; 15. Kt to B3, Kto B sq with the. better game] ; but White also misses the right course—viz., 10. B to Kt5ch, Bto Q2 (best); 11. B x P, B x B; 1.2. Kt x B, &c, and again with 15. K to B2 instead- of 15. K to R sq, which would have eventually won* back a piece whilst the text move puts the King in a dangerous position. White concludes with 20. B x B (instead of 20. Kt to K4), thus enabling Black to finish the game brilliantly. V HOW AN EX-GUARDSMAN LIVES TO-DAY. A visit to the ex-private secretary of Count Tolstoy, who is now a refugee in England, is thus described by a representative of the Daily News : " The house stood in its own grounds, in one of the prettiest parts of Croydon. But the inside was very different from the conventional interiors of its neighbours.^ The stairs were carpetless, and the room where we sat was monkish in its simplicity. An iron bedstead occupied one corner j the floor was uncovered even by a rug. The few articles of furniture were all of the plainest wood, unpainted and unvarnished. Near the window were two big deal tables containing in orderly array a number of Russian and English books and papers. Before one of the tables sat M. Tchertkoff, a tall, bearded young-looking man, attired in a shapeless moujik's smock, yet with the irremovable stamp of the Russian aristocrat upon him. Some members of our Foreign Office will remember M. Tchertkoff as a brilliant and fashionable young officer of the Russian Guards, who spent some time in London eighteen years ago as a member of the suite of his uncle, Count Schouvaloff, who was then Russian Ambassador here. Since that time his life has greatly altered. Like another of his uncles, M. Paschkoff, the leader of the Russian Evangelicals, he tired of fashion and society, resigned his commission and threw in his lot with the poor. Finding in Tolstoy one of like mind, he became his helper, working ardently to spread the knowledge of, and to prove the practicability of, the Christian teaching as expressed in Tolstoy's writings.. Recently, in consequence of this and of an endeavour he made to inducc : the young Emperor to check the persecuting zeal of M. 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