Clipped From The Westminster Budget
20 THE WESTMINSTER BUDGET SEPTEMBER 10, 18^7 Out of twenty-six entries for the Berlin Tournament, twenty have been selected by the Committee, including Blackburne, Bum, and Teichmann from England ; Bird, Mason, and Lee are therefore excluded. Mason has abstained from public play for some years—this might account for his exclusion, and Bird having lost a match lately with Lee, it is clear that if T .ee is not accepted Bird must share his fate. The Selection Committee have generally an unpleasant task to perform, out although Mr. Bird's exclusion might be regretted, it must be admitted that if six English players were accepted, others, who might have a prior claim by reason of more recent successes, would have to stand out, the number of players being limited to twenty. /The accepted players, besides the English representatives, are Charousek, Tchigorin,Schlechter, Englisch, Winawer, Alapin, Bardeleben, Albin, Cohn, Caro, Suchting, Schottlander, Metyer, Schiffers, Zinkl, Marco, and Janowski. The latter is going to Berlin vik Hastings, where he has given an exhibition of simultaneous play against thirty-three opponents, and against the strongest amateurs of the Hastings and St. Leonards Chess Club, in consultation. M. Janowski is in good form, and was as successful as he was entertaining and instructive to the members. The Hon. Sec. of the City of London Chess Club informs us that "he has received donations from members of the club which will enable to considerably help to relieve professionals going from England" to Berlin. This modest communication has been magnified into an announcement headed "A National Movement" in the usual gushing style of the chess editor of one of our contemporaries, who also published the letter of the hon. sec. of the City Club. As a matter of course, the letter was in glaring contrast to the "national movement" especially now, when only Blackburne and Teichmann will have to be assisted. Lord Russell of Killowen has consented to become President of the Metropolitan Chess Club, and. the committee contemplate to pursue a more energetic policy during the coming winter season. ,' A Alton burg, game played in the masters' tournament at the a, of the Lower Elbe Chess Association, between and Herr Metger : Giuoco PIANO. recent meeting, at Herr Bier, of Ham- Bier. Metger. Bier. Metger. White. Black. White. Black. 1. P to K4 P to K4 23. PxP R x P 2. Kt to KB3 Kt to QB3 24. R to B2 R to R sq 3. B to B4 B to B4 25. R to K sq P to B3 4. P to B3 KttoB3 26. P to R3 R to R7 5. P to Q4 Px P PxP 27. KR to K2 R to B5 6. P to Q4 Px P B to Kt5 ch 28. R x R Px R 7. B to Q2 B x B ch 29. R to B2 R to R8 ch 8. QKt x B P x P PtoQ4 KKt x P 30. K to R2 B x Kt 9. QKt x B P x P PtoQ4 KKt x P 31. P x B P to QKt4 10. Q to Kt3 QKt to K2 . 32. K to Kt3 K to B2 11. Castles Castles 33. K to B4 K to K3 12. KR to K sq P to QB3 34. R to K2 ch K to Q4 13. Kt to K4 . Q to Kt3 35. R to K7 K x P 14. Kt to B3 B to K3 36. R x P R to R7 15. Q x Q P x Q 37. RtoQ7ch R x P K to B4 16. Kt to KKt5 B to Q2 38. RtoQ7ch R x P R x P 17. B x Kt Kt x B 39. K to K3 K to Kt5 18. KtxKt P x Kt 40. P to R4 K to B6 19. R to K7 B to B3 41. P to R5 RtoKt8 20. P to QR3 R to R5 42. K to B4 P to Kt5 21. Kt to B3 P to QKt4 43. R to K7 P to Rt6 22. R to QB sq P to Kt5 Resigns The regular book variation adhered to by both players ; but Black gets an easier drawn position—which occurs also in the above variation—with 8...Kt x KP ; 9. Kt x Kt, P to Q4, &c. In both cases White remains with an isolated Queen's pawn ; and if White had not consented to exchanging Queens so easily, but had withdrawn 14. Q to Q3 T he might have fared better, although he had still, after the nineteenth move, a slight advantage. At this stage of the game he allowed himself to be out-manceuvred by Herr Metger, who is famous for sound end-game play. Herr Bier overrated the advantage of 19. R to K7, since, obviously, Black not only had a valid defence with 19...B to B3, but got an immediate compensating attack with the QR on the open file and the advance of 21...P to QKt4. In reply to the latter, White might have played better with 22. P to QKt3, but even then all he could possibly hope for was a draw. This chance he threw away with 25. R to K2 instead of 25. P to KKt3, and with what must be considered a downright bad move—28. R x R. How Herr Metger took advantage of this weak move and the correct way in which he conducted the ending are highly instructive. The following game, played at the Graz Chess Club, is an instructive specimen of the weakness, of the King's Fianchetto Defence in the R Uv Lopez. Without any palpableoversight Blackjpradually drifts into a losing position through Prof. Berger's steady position play: * RUY LOPEZ J. Berger. White. 1. PtoK4 2. Kt to KB3 3. B to Kt5 4. B to R4 5. P to Q4 6. Kt x P 7. B to K3 8. Kt to QB3 9. Castles 10. KtxKt 11. Q to Q2 12. QR to K sq 13. B to KKt5 14. B to R6 A. v. Pantz. Black. PtoK4 Kt to QB'3 P to QR3 PtoKKt3 PxP B to Kt2 KKt to K2 Castles PtoQ3 Kt x Kt RtoKsq B to Q2 Pto B3 Kt to K4 J. Berger. White. 15. B to Kt3 ch 16. B x B ch 17. BxB 18.-PtoB4 19. P to B5 20. PxP 21. KttoQ5 22. PxP 23. RxR 24. KttoK7 25. Q to B4 26. Kt x P ch 27. R to KB sq A. v. Pantz. Black. B to K3 RxB Kx B Kt to B2 R to K4 PxP P to KB4 Rx P P x R Q to Q2 R to K sq K to B sq Resigns 4...P to KKt3 is an unsatisfactory defence, of which, however, cautious Prof. Berger did not make the most in the Opening by playir.g 6. Kt x Kt instead of the more forcible 6. B to KKt5, as Black gained a move with 6...B to Kt2, and so got fairly out of it with a less cramped position, and if he had played 11.. .P to K B4he would have had quite an even game. The game takes afterwards its regular course, White improving a more favour able position step by step. There is only one point to notice, viz., that Black could not gain a pawn with 12...B x Kt because of 13. Q x B, R x P ; 14. B to R6 with advantage, nor could the pawn be gained with 13 ...Bx'Kt. 14...Kt to K4 allows White to advantageously advance the KBP, after which Black's game can no more be saved ; although he might have made a somewhat better defence, if he had not bared his King entirely with 21...P to KB4. . PROBLEM NO. 71. By N. Maximov. , BLACK. WHITE. White to play and mate in two moves. SOLUTION OF PROBLEM NO. 70. 1. B to B7, B x Q ; 2. R to KB3, Any move ; 3. R or B mates. .1. , B x R ; 2. Q to B6 ch, K to B4; 3. BxB mate. 1 ., K to B4 ; 2. R to B3ch, K moves ; 3. Q to K8, or B6 mate. 4- WHY NOT IN ENGLAND ? A reform in the matter of railway tickets, which has often been advocated in this country, has just been carried into effect on the Baden railways. Instead of tickets for a single journey, you can buy on the Baden railways what is called a " kilometre booklet," containing 100 pages, each divided into ten sections. Each of these sections represents a kilometre journey, or about three-fifths of a mile. These tickets can be used on any route, and the owner simply gives up as many as represent the distance covered. They are available for twelve months, and can be used by the owner, his family, or his employes. Over and above these advantages there is a handsome discount obtainable on taking a quantity of these booklets. The railway authorities have found that since the introduction of the system their passenger traffic has been largely increased. Other German railways will, it is expected, follow the example. Why not also in England ? But of course our insular superiority Would vanish directlv—the system of return tickets, and so forth, is a " bulwark of the country, sir ! "