Clipped From The Westminster Budget
24 THE WESTMINSTER BUDGET on SATURDAY, MARCH 7. All arrangements for the forthcoming Anglo-American cable match March 18 and 19, at the Hotel Cecil, are progressing favourably. The team of ten players is complete, all having accepted the invitation to play with the exception of one, who accepted conditionally. The American team is not yet known here, but an official communication from the Brooklyn Chess Club is expected by an early mail. In view of a large concourse "of Visitors the Great Hall at the Hotel Cecil has been secured, and a grand fight is expected in order to retain the trophy in this country, it having been won, as will be remembered, by Great Britain last year. For] Saturday next Captain Beaumont, the president of the South Norwood Chess Club, has arranged a meeting to be held at the Anerley Vestry Hall—near the Anerley Station—when Mr. Blackburne will give an exhibition of his powers as a blindfold player, and Mr. Hoffer will play all comers over the board. A large meeting of ladies and gentlemen is expected, as much interest is taken in chess in Norwood. The annual match between Wiltshire Oxonians and Oxford University was played at Oxford on February 28. The Wilts men, who won the match, were entertained to lunch by the'Varsity team. The annual tournament of the Southern Counties Chess Union is fixed for Monday, September 5, at Salisbury.. Several meetings have already been held, and there is every prospect of a most successful reunion. Mr. Horace Chapman is president, and there is a list of patrons and vice-presidents. Mr. H. J. King is chairman of local committee, and Mr. C. J. Woodrow secretary. The Rev. J. F. Welsh and Mr. A. Schomberg, Schomberg, the present chairman and secretary, of the Union, are also co-operating. The first game in the Pillsbury-Showalter match was published in the Metropolis on Monday. It is a French Defence indifferently played by Pillsbury, who had the first move. Leading scores in the Championship Tournament of the City of London : Mr. Serraillier won 11 games out of 14 Mr. Ward •„ 12% ,, „ 16 Mi. Barlow ,,, ,, 16 Mr. Lawrence 11 " .,, ,,15 Mr. Trenchard won 11 games out of 16 Mr. Physick „ %% „ 14 Mr.Tietjen „ 8 „ .„• 14 Dr. Smith „ 9 . . 16 In the tournament of the Vienna masters just concluded at the Vienna Chess Club Dr. Kaufmann won the first prize, the other competitors being Marco, Schlechter, Zinkl, Adolf Schwarz, Halprin, and Brody. We give two games played in this tournament. Herr A. Schwarz, being second player, adopted the French Defence and lost both games in an exceptionally short time for tournament games. The weak points in his treatment of the defence are alluded to, and the remarks may be useful to the reader. It may also be interesting to know that the veteran Schwarz was the professor of the writer so many years ago that he is loth to remember remember the fact. It was in the beginning of the sixties, Herr Schwarz conceding the large odds of a rook with comparative ease. It is a curious coincidence that the former pupil should have to criticise the play of the master now. FRENCH DEFENCE. A. Zinkl. White. 1. P to K4 2. P to Q4 3. Kt to QB3 4. PtoK5 5. P to B4 6. Fx P 7. P to QR3 8. Kt to B3 9. B to K3 10. P to QKt4 11. Kt to Q4 12. B to Q3 13. Castles 14. B x Kt 15. Q.toK2 6. ..Kt x P is A. Schwarz. Black. P to K3 16. PtoQ4 17. Kt to KB3 18. KKt to Q2 19. P to QB4 20. Kt x BP 21. P to QR3 22. P to QKt4 23. > B to Kt2 24. KKt to Q2 25. Kt to QB3 26. PtoKt3 27. Kt x Kt 28. Q to B2 29. B to Kt2 A. Zinkl. White. K to R sq P to Kt4 QR to K sq Kt to K sq PtoB5 P. to B6 PtoKt5 P to B3 R to B4 R to R4 R to Kt sq R to Kt3 RxP Q to R5 A. Schwarz. Black. Castles KR to B sq Q to K sq Kt to Kt3 Kt to B5 B to B sq Kt x RP Kt to B5 R to B2 Q to K sq P to R3 P x P B to Kt2 Resigns MARCH U ( 189A G. Marco. White. 1. P to K4 2. P to Q4 3. Kt to QB3 4. B to Kt5 5. KtxP 6. B x B 7. Kt to B3 8. P to B3 9. B to Q3 10. Q to B2 11. Castles QR 5...B to K2 is inferior to 5 FRENCH DEFENCE. A. Schwarz. v G. Marco. Black P to K3 PtoQ4 Kt to KB3 PxP B to K2 ' B x B Castles P to QKt3 B to Kt2 Kt to Q2 B to K2 White. 12. P to KR4 13. QtoK2 14. P to KKt4 15. PtoKt5 16. Kt toK5 17. P x Kt 18. Kt to B6ch .19. KtPxB 20. R to Kt sq 21. Q to K3 22. Qto*Kt5 A -Schwarz. Black. f to KR3 Q to B S q P to QB4 P to KR4 Kt x Kt P to Kt3 B x Kt BxR •K to R sq K to R2 mr designs ch, Ktx Kt,&,"by w^a^^^^^B.to K 2 and thus preserves the useful KB. The advantage of tl ,<H * m ? P Ia >' becomes mnrp annamnfiow— „.i T>I _ , "vauidge oi this line of p] a y becomes more apparent later on when Black ha* tn "L*^* <«*> . whils? he could^ave' 11 had the same position In the variation indicated above. White consequently gets a much more free development, and Black has again to seek ari outlet for the QB at Kt2, involving loss of time, White in the meantime castling QR with a violent attack. There remains only to remark that Black should not have played 18...B x Kt, but 18...K to Kt2. There is no danger in 19. Kt x P ch, because of 19...P x Kt; 20. Q x P, R to R.sq, followed by B x R. After 18...B x Kt Black's game cannot be saved. PROBLEM NO. 97. By W. H. Gundry. BLACK. WHITE. White to play and mate in two moves. SOLUTION OF PROBLEM NO: 96. B to Kt6, P 'to K3 ; 2. B to B5, P xB; 3. K to Kt6, PxKt; 4. KttoR5 mates. ' -t A HEROIC AUSTRALIAN PARSON. In the newspaper descriptions of, the terrible bush fires which devastated _Gippsland in January many deeds of heroism are reported. Bushmen rode time after time along blazing tracks to the rescue of women and children, or to give warning of approaching danger, and their bravery undoubtedly saved many lives. A correspondent who visited the fire-stricken area just after the disaster writes: "Perhaps the most heroic figure in the devastation which fell around Thorpdale was George Cox, Church ot England clergyman, one of those poor, struggling parsons of the bush, on behalf of whose work appeals are made now and then. When I first saw him he was lying on the verandah of a small shop, tossing about uneasily, like someone recovering from delirium. A wet cloth was round his eyes, and his clothes looked as if they had „ eei i cn ? n £ ed . for a month. They were not clerical garments He looked more like a dead-beat tramp than 7 P n Q ot I 11 ' 7 ^pture the Pawn with the Bishop, or reply temporarily ?'"p««n?? i PieVent Whlte su PP°rting the BP with P to QKt4. chetto a Q s the^R nr!? 8 ^ aS We " aS , the subset l uent Queen's Fian- cnetto, as tne B at QKt2 has no scope for action. ' • either—far from it. anything elsj I can think of. It was not until a tour of the nomesteads had been made that one learned all about him, and knew now really much he had done. For four days and nights the poor fellow^had neither sleep nor rest, and scarce a meal had passed his lips. His clothes were almost burnt off his back, his horse was knocked up, and he himself had several times been led in exhausted from the battle with the flames. Wherever the cry ruined uicuu, as me XJ at vKtii nas no scope for action. The right course parson was in the van of the relief party. Once, wne is after having castled to attempt breaking up the centre with P to KB3, ^ A „IH tw fl-.« A^OOI riA^ -i"^ ^Jcmnnntpn &c. Herr Zinkl utilised Black's defenceless King's position very skilfully for a telling King's side attack, which Black had no means to avert, and he had quietly to submit to the pretty termination with the sacrifice of the Queen, for if 29...P x Q then 30. R x P and wins. his horse with ..i vjAuauoiw iium tuc uauic wiui uic names. vvi«-n-»w — ot danger was raised, and the loss of a homestead was at stake, the parson was in the van of the relief party. Once, when his h would not face the ordeal, the rider calmlv dismounted, and, his legs protected by a large pair of top-boots, he fought his way through the still burning undergrowth to where men's help was most needed."