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24 THE WESTMINSTER BUDGET DECEMBER 31, 1897 The most interesting event of last week was the match by telephone between the City of London and the Yorkshire Chess Association —interesting as an experiment of using the telephone as the medium of transmitting the moves instead of the telegraph or cable. So far the experiment has. succeeded, and a number of similar matches will probably follow in the wake of this one. The transmission of moves on the part of the City was taken in hand by Mr. Russell, the hon. secretary, and at Leeds Mr. Brown attended to the instrument, and there was no more loss of time than by "telling" in a blindfold performance. From the chess player's'point of view the result of the match, of course, was a foregone conclusion. It would be different if a picked provincial team headed by such amateurs as Mr. Amos Burn, of Liverpool, Mr. H. E. Atkins, and Mr. Bellingham were to-encounter the best Metropolitan players; then the issue might be very doubtful indeed. With Messrs. Rayner, Hall, Atkinson, and Wildman in charge of the top boards of the Yorkshire-team, all that could be expected was a good fight and good chess. The following is the score : CITY or LONDON. 1. Dr. S. F. Smith '/ 2 2. Herbert Jacobs <!... '/ 2 3. T. Physick * 1 4. H. W: Ti-enchard '/ 2 5. H. H. Cole V 1 6. W. Ward... 1 7. M. Kavzer '/a 8. A. E. Tietjen '/ 2 YORKSHIRE. T. Rayner (Leeds) '/? "W. Atkinson (Hull) '/a T. C. Hall (Bradford) •> °' P. T. Wildman (Leeds) '/a T. R. Clifford (Huddersfield) 0 H. Gray (Hull) 0 T. A. Woollard (Bradford) /a F. Ward, jun. (Dewsbury) It Total 5«/b I Total 2'/ 2 At -three o'clock, the City having won the toss, the match commenced, the City taking the first move on the first and every alternate board, and Yorkshire on the even numbers. The match proceeded at the rate of twenty moves per hour, with half an hour's interval at six o'clock, and concluded at ten o'clock. According to the conditions, games not finished at 10.30 were to be adjudicated by Mr. Blackburne. Mr. Hoffer acted as umpire on behalf of Yorkshire, and the City was represented at Leeds by Mr. Kitchin- Clifford, of Harrogate. REVIEW OF THE GAMES. Board No. 1.—Dr. Smith's Queen's Gambit, declined by Mr. Rayner, was a sound game, Dr. Smith having a preferable position, but not sufficient to win. A more enterprising player might have evolved a better continuation. Leeds proposed a draw, which was accepted. Board No. 2 is given at the foot, with criticism. Board No. 3.—Mr. Physick treated Mr. Hall's l.j.Kt to KB3 with such good judgment that he got the superior development and a beautiful attack in the ending. This game was one of the best of the series. Board No. 4.—Mr. Wildman adopted the Vienna Opening, with the safe King's Fianchetto continuation. He made, however, a weak move (Q to K2), Mr. Trenchard obtaining a winning advantage in consequence. He let it slip, however, in the ending, and, a draw having been proposed/he accepted it, as his was the last game unfinished then. Board No. 5.—Mr. Cole got an easy victory against Mr. Clifford's French Defence, and if Mr. Physick's was the best, this was the most brilliant game of the set. Board No. 6.—Mr. Ward selected the Two Knights Defence, and Mr. Gray turned it. into a Giuoco Piano with 4. P to Q3. Mr. Ward got a counter attack pretty soon, and kept it right to the end without undue exertion. Board No. 7.—Mr. Kayzer had the advantage of a well-known "Book" variation against Mr. Woollard's French Defence. He won the exchange; but, it being still a difficult ending, Leeds proposed a draw. Mr. Kayzer. declined, but made a weak move, and then proposed a draw in his turn, which was accepted by Mr. Woollard too hastily, for he had winning chances. Board No. 8.—This game is appended : (Board No. 2.) CENTRE COUNTER GAMBIT. w, w, 1. 2, 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9 Herbert Jacobs. Black. P to Q4 Kt to KB3 Bto Q2 QxB Pto B3 KtxP P to K4 Kt to QKt5 Px P W. Atkinson (Hull). White. P to QR3 Kt to KB3 Castles R to K sq O to Q3 'Kt to Q2 Kt to B sq RxR 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. Herbert Jacobs. 'Black. Kt to B3 B to K2 Castles P to QR4 B to B4 8 R to K sq to Q3 RxR 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. Atkinson (Hull). White. Kt to Kt3 KtxKt P to Kt4 PxP Herbert Jacobs. Black. Kt to K4 x Kt xP Bx P OxP BxQ Kt to B5 Kt to K3 Kt to Q2 P to B3 Draw with 8. B "to Kt2. he had to give up after all the pawn plus, and it was d. cheapo sacrifice then, for had he made any other move his game would have been untenable. With It). P to QR3 he got a little elbow-room (obviously .10. B x P lost a piece with 10.. .Q x B, 11. Q x Q, Kt to B7 ch). It is just possible that Black might have done better with 15...QR to Q sq as an additional support of the QP, and afterwards by not changing (with -48... Kt to K4) the piece defending the QP. After the exchange of this Knight there was no hope for more than a draw, White ^having the ingenious resource of 20. P to Kt4. Atkinson (Hull). White. PtoK4 PxP B to Kt5 ch B x B ch P to QB4 PxP Pto QKt3 B to Kt2 P to Q4 With 3. B to Kt5 ch, White pursued a wrong plan altogether. In trying to retain the QP, the attempt only compromises the game. The best continuation is 3. P to Q4, Kt x P ; 4. P to QB4, Kt to KB3 ; 5. Kt to QB3, B to B4 ; 6. Kt to B3, P to K3 ; 7. B to K2, &c. After 6. PxP with the QP not moved, White's position was inferior, and he had to find an outlet for the Queen's forces by a weakening advance of the Queen's side pawns, and - (Board No. 8.) QUEEN'S PAWN OPENING. F. Ward, jun. (Dewsbury). White. 1. PtoQ4 2. P to K3 3. Kt to KB3 4. Pto QKt3 5. R to Kt 2 6. P to B3 7. QKt to Q2 8. PtoB4 A. E. Tietjen. Black. P to K3 Pto Q4 Kt to KB3 P to B3 B to Kt5 ch B to Q3 QKt to Q2 Castles F. Ward, jun. (Dewsbury). White. B to Q3 Castles Kt to K5 P to B4 Q to K sq R to Q sq P to B5 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. A. E. Tietjen. Black. Kt to Ksq P to KB4 Q to B3 P to KR3 B to Kt5 Kt to Q3 B x Kt F. Ward, jun. (Dewsbury). White. 16. RxB 17. B x Kt 18. OR to KB2 19. Q to B3 20. BP x Kt 21. RxR Draw A. E. Tietjen.. Black. Kt to K5 BP x B Q to Qsq Kt x Kt Rx^. 2: P to K4, P to Q4 would have given the French Defence. There is no necessity for a close game after Black's P to K3. With 4. P to QKt3 White chooses the old-fashioned development of the close game (commencing with Kt to KB3, with which the late Dr. Zukettort achieved his unprecedented success in the London Tournament, 1883X Black should reply 4 ...P to B4, instead of P to B3 ; nor is 5...B to Kt5 ch advisable, and White's 6. P to B3 either. He should have played 6. QKt to Q2, leaving Black's Bishop out of play. He clearly loses time, as he plays a move later QKt to Q2, and then the same pawn to B4. He also misses a good opportunity to advance 10. P to K4, which would have given him the advantage. Of course, Black stopped immediately this advance with 10. ..P to KB4, and it came afterwards to a blocked position, after the indifferent 11...Q to B3, with 12. P to KB4, and the wholesale exchanges following. The Bishops being of different colour Leeds proposed a draw, and Mr. Tietjen accepted.. PROBLEM No. 87. By Richard Zimmermann. BLACK. . • . . • WHITE. White to play and mate in two moves. SOLUTION OF PROBLEM NO. 86. 1. B to R4, K to B4 ; 2. B to K5, K moves ; 3. R or B mates. 1. ., K to Q3 ; 2. B to Q4, K to Q4; 3. R to Q.7 mates. 1 — *— N REMARKABLE COMPLIMENT TO MR. KIPLING. Mr. Rudyard Kipling has been the recipient of a gracful compliment from the Antipodes. A Dr. Nicholls, who was an enthusiastic admirer of the works of the Anglo-Indian writer, recently died at Port Germain, South Australia, and his friends inscribed on his tombstone the last verse of Kipling's "L'Envoi." A photograph sent to Mr: Kipling elicited the following letter: "Dear Sir,—I cannot tell you how touched and proud I am to think that you found any verses of mine worthy to put on a good man's grave. You must be a brotherly set of folk at Port Germain to do what you have done for the doctor's memory, and here in England I take off. my hat to the lot of you. There is nothing a man's people value more than the knowledge that one of their kin has been decently buried when he has gone under in a far country, and some day or other Port Germain will get its reward. Will you send me a copy of a local paper so that I may know something more about your part of the world ? What do you do? What do you expect? What back country do you serve? And how many are there of you? I want to learn 'further particulars, ' as the papers say.—Thanking you again for your courtesy, believe me, very sincerely yours, RUDYARD KIPLING.