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26 SEPTEMBER 3, 18)7 PROBLEM No. 70. By A. Csipkes. BLACK. The Southampton meeting of amateurs commenced on Monday. An additional attraction was provided by the fact that the " Newnies Amateur Challenge Cup of the B.C. A." was to go with the first prize in the chief contest. Mr. Atkins was the previous holder of the; Cup, and as he was amongst the competitors,A, keen contest for the" honour: of: the-, amateur:championship was to be expected. loIS Some time ago we mentioned that negotiations were in progress for a monster tournament in the autumn, for the valuable trophy given by Messrs. Weingott and Son to the Daily\ : felegtafth ]\ib\\ee Hospital Fund. We understand - that;the, project will' be discussed at the forthcoming annual meeting of Metropolitan club secretaries this month. * ',??» lo !i?, is one of ei # ht £ ames played simultaneously, and blindfold, by Mr. Pillsbury at the Brooklyn Chess Club : H. N. Pillsbury. White. P to Q4 P to K4 Kt to QB3 B to KKt5 B x Kt Kt to B3 P to K5 B to Q3 P to KR4 B xPch Kt to Kt5 ch Q to Q3ch P x P e.p. ch Q to B3 ch P to R5 ch Kt to B7 ch Q to Q3 ch Kt x Q P to R6 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. .Px P QUEEN'S F. J. Marshall. Black. P to K3 P to Q4 22. Kt to KB3 23. B to K2 24. B x B 25. Castles 26. B to K2 27. P to QB4 28. Kt to B3 29. K x B 30. KtoKt3 31. P to B4 32. K x P 33. K to Kt3 34. K to R3 35. K to R2 36. K to Kt sq 37. B x Kt 38. B to B3 39. B x KtP, PAWN OPENING. II. N. Pillsbury. White. 21. KttoKt5 PxP Kt to Q6 QxPch . Q to K4 Castles QR P to QB3 Kt x P R x B K x R K to Q2 Kt to Q6 Qto R8 ch Q x P P to QKt4 Kt x B P to Kt5 P to B6 K to K2 F.J. Marshall. Black. R to B3 B to Q2 P to K4 B to K3 R to Q sq Kt to Q5 Kt to B3 B to R3 ch R x R ch . R x R B to B2 KttoK2 K to Kt2 R to K3 P to K5 K x Kt K to B3 R to Q3 ch Resigns White converts the opening with 2. P to K4 into the French Defence. Consequently Black's 1...P to K3'was wrong for two. reasons. First, theoretically, and because it gives the blindfold player an easier task to play against the French Defence—when he might choose, as in this instance, a variation , which he knows by heart—than a more difficult Queen's Pawn Opening. 6...Castles is premature; he should have played 6...P to B4. After 9. P to KR4 he drifts into a well-known variation, played by Fritz v. Mason at the Nuremberg Congress, 1883. The attack after, the sacrifice of 10. B x P ch is stereotyped, and the blindfold player has it all his own way without much difficulty, although it is a fine game for the gallery. A pretty game played by Mr. Mortimer at Simpson's Divan : J 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. . Mortimer. White. P to K4 Kt to KB3 B to Kt5 Castles P to Q4 Q to K2 B x Kt P x P Kt to B3 Kt to Q4 Kt to B5 Kt to Kt3 K to R sq P to B3 P to B4 PtoB5 QKt x Q RuV LOPEZ. Mr. B. Black. P to K4 Kt to QB3 Kt to B3 Kt x P • B to K2 Kt to Q3 KtP x B Kt to Kt2 Castles B.to B4 P'toQ4 Q to Q2 Q to Kt5 Q to Kt3 Q to Kt5 QxQ R to K sq J. Mortimer. White. 18. B to B4 19. QR to K sq 20. P to B3 21. Kt to Q4 22. B to B sq 23. Kt to R5 24. Kt to B2 25. P to B6 26. KtxP 27. R x R 28. PtoKR3 29. Kt to K3 30. Kt(K3)toB5 31. KttoK7ch 32. B to R6 33. Kt to R5 Mr. B. Black. P to QR4 P to R5 Kt to R4 R.to Kt sq B to R2 P to B4 Kt to B5 B to Kt5 R x KP Kt x R B to Q2 P to B3 Kt to Q6 K to R sq R to Kt sq Resigns Black's excursion with the queen (12...Q to Q2) is not advisable, since, in order to exchange queens, he loses valuable time. White gains an important move with 14. P to B3, and the further advance of the KBP gives the key to a good attacking plan. Being blocked in the Centre and on the King's wing, he tries for an outlet of the pieces on the Queen's side, but this involves further loss of time by advancing the QRP, which White even disdains to stop with P to QR4. There is some pretty skirmishing afterwards till we arrive at Black's 25...B to Kt5, which he had to play in order to be able to capture the KP ; but he would have done better to play P to Kt3 first. As it is, his game was lost after White's 28.' P to KR3—the initiation of the pretty final attack which follows, and which speaks for itself. • WHITE. White to play and mate in three moves. SOLUTION OF PROBLEM NO. 69. 1. Q to R8, Any move ; 2. Q or*Kt mates. + HOW I WON THE INTERNATIONAL LADIES' TOURNAMENT. Having heard and read many comments on my chess-playing, as winner of the Ladies' International Chess Championship, I am the more ready to respond to your invitation to give some account of my winning the International Ladies' Chess Tournament. Hitherto my opponents have mostly been of the other sex, and I confess having to contend against nineteen strong lady players of different nations seemed a most formidable undertaking, as I have naturalry a very great dislike to be beaten by a lady. To this fact I partially attribute my success in the tournament. This, combined with a steady determination to concentrate my whole powers and energies in the game and allow no outward interests to distract me from my purpose, not even the charms and wonders.of her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee. In this resolve I followed the example of a celebrated champion, who would rarely even smile upon a friend whilst engaged in a stiff encounter. Caution was my motto ; I would miss nothing and be ready with unwearied vigilance to take advantage of unsound combinations or unwary slips, should such occur. Such concentration of ideas does not tend to affability. With clocks and time limit,minutes fly ; thought and stratagem must fly too. No time for genial talk or friendly converse. To-the .uninitiated match play may seem a pastime, but to the player who means to win it is work of the hardest for nerve and. brain. Only when the game is hopelessly lost can thought and effort be permitted to relax. Matched against ladies, players of such undoubted skill and reputation, with whose style of play—with two exceptions— I was entirely ignorant, I was subjected to some most vigorous attacks, and only with the utmost plodding did I succeed in saving myself from the threatened defeat, and turning the tables upon my adversary. Experience has taught me to beware of over-confidence. When a piece is won or some great advantage gained the tension of the brain relaxes and caution flies. On this point I prepared myself to be specially guarded, having many a time suffered from this weakness. It has been remarked that I have profited by practice with a noted amateur, with whom I have had many a pleasant encounter, though hardly so frequent as to greatly improve my play, although I must admit every game played was a lesson for the future. Doubtless, in some measure I owe my present position as lady chess champion of the world 1o my privilege of belonging to 1 he Bristol and Clifton Chess Association, which ranks amongst the: strongest in the kingdom, and owns for its members many of the cleverest and most talented amateurs. The game I learned in early childhood, my father having been a lover of chess and a first-rate- player. He had no equal in the town where he resided until I, the youngest of a large family, grew up to be no mean antagonist, and finally conquerer. I have cultivated my talent for chess more by practice over the board than book study ; by correspondence games, matches friendly and otherwise. My style is not daring, but defensive, arid probably uninteresting to the looker-on, who knows not. the why and the wherefore of many an intricate move. I can with truth say my victory was the result of cool determination and imperturbability to my surroundings, and although my games may be dull, the basis of my play has proved no fallacy. Liveliness of combination I leave to my highly-gifted competitors, and am content with u Slow and steady wins the race-." M. RUDGE..