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MARCH 25, 189° ' ^ A 25 THE ANGLO-AMERICAN CHESS MATCH. VICTORY FOR GREAT BRITAIN. Under the auspices of the British Chess Club, London, and the Brooklyn Chess Club, Brooklyn, respectively, the annual cable match for the Newnes Trophy, won by the American Team in 1896 and by the British Team in 1897, began last Friday afternoon, the British team playing in the Grand Hall of the Hotel Cecil, London. America won the Trophy in 1896 by 4^ games to 3^ ; lasit year Great Britain won it back by a score of 5^ games to 4^ ; the present match was, therefore, keenly contested by both sides for obvious reasons. It was found necessary to acquire the Grand Hall at the Hotel Cecil to accommodate the expected large number of visitors. The arrangements were in the hands of a sub-committee, and they acquitted- themselves well of the task. The Grand Hall presented an imposing appearance. The whole length of orte side was occupied by the players, the monotony of the long line being broken by instruments, attended to . by six operators. The other side of the room was adorned with ten large demonstration boards, upon which the positions were put up a* the games proceeded. By these means last year's uncomfortable pressure of the spectators in front of the players was avoided. A monster demonstration board was placed upon the centre of the hall on the floor, and a crowd of spectators followed the game of'board No. 1. The Anglo-American.trophy was exhibited at one end of the hall, and ten duplicate boards at the other end. The duplicate boards and the demonstration boards were in charge of stewards, whilst each player had a separate teller, whose duties were to convey the move made to the operators, to receive the replies, and to take a record of the game. The proceedings opened on Friday near two o'clock with the despatch of the following friendly message by Sir George Newnes over the wires to those engaged in the contest on the other side of the Atlantic : "British team send cordial greetings and kind regards to American players.'' At 2.30 this message on behalf of the British team was responded to by Mr. Hagen (President, Brooklyn Chess Club), on behalf of the American team : "Brooklyn Chess Club sends hearty greetings to the British Chess Club—may the best team win. " Mr. Hoffer, the American umpire, then sent the order of selection of the British team, and in return the order of selection of the American team was cabled. The drawing for first move took place in New York, the Americans having taken the first move on the odd-numbered wards. At three o'clock the British team sent their first moves, and play proceeded. . Arter barely a couple of hours' play, it was evident that the ^itish team would at least hold their own—perhaps also something c their opponents' ?—and as the match progressed a favourable csult was even anticipated. At seven o'clock an interval of one pur took place, when the players and the small armv of officers and tl Sl - F Ge ° rge Newne5 ' At ei § ht o'clock play was resumed, BlaruT posmons u P on the boards became more accentuated, earn V G mana S ed to get, as far as could be judged, an even Pawn ' r' k° wever > on board No. 2, got into trouble and lost a » ^aro, No. 3, threw away the advantage of position and a good attack ; Atkins, No. 4, precipitated his attack and impetuously sacrificed a piece,, but kept a draw in hand ; Belfitigham, No; 5,'had a mauvais quart d'heure^ or rather more than that, but he emerged from the violent attack unscathed so fa*»j Mills was the Exchange ahead; Locock, .No. 7, had an "even game; Jackson,,. No. 8. an won game Ja"c6bs,^No^Imd; an even .game -at- least; whilst Trenchard, No. 10, was the Exchange ahead, and a win anticipated. On the second day of the match, there was a steady influx of spectators from the beginning, and it lasted without intermission all through the day. During the earlier part a marked absence or the fair sex was noticed, no doubt dvvihg toLadyNewnes's At Home at the Ladies' Chess Club, where a match was played by Cambridge University against the ladies. At the conclusion of this match the sombre hues of the male att&e- were pleasantly relieved by the brighter colours of .the ladyvisrtrjrs. " Gorrfcraryto-ejcpectatibns, the contest promised to be more exciting than anticipated, owing to Caro having drifted into a losing position. But this made victory only less secure at the start of the second half of the match ; but there was no fear of a loss. Mr. Hoffer opened the sealed envelopes, and play cDmmenced at three o'clock with the anticipated announcement of Young's resignation to Jackson, but from this point till an advanced hour the race was neck and neck, till Robinson resigned to Jacobs, and till the Americans agreed to draws upon boards Nos. 1 and 7. The trophy, therefore, remains at home till next year, and if it should be won then, the third time in succession, it will remain here for ever. A good deal of cheering greeted the announcement of our victory, and courtesies were exchanged by .cable, and the contending parties took leave till next year. S "'!V The following is the final score : GREAT BRITAIN. AMERICA. 1. J. II. Blackburne. i H.N. Pillsbury ' \ 2. Amos Burn 0 J. W. Showalter ...... 1 3. II. Caro 0 J.H.Barry... 1 4. H. E. Atkins E. Hymes 5. G. E. H. BellinghanV 0 A. B. Hodges V. 1 6. D. Y. Mills ..: 1 E. Del mar .; 0 7. C. D. Locock £ D: G. Baird ••• . s 8. E. M. Jackson 1 F. K. Young : 0 9. Herbert Jacobs 1 A.K.Robinson U 10. II. W. Trenchard 1 J- H- Galbrcath U Total. Si- Total.. 4£ REVIEW OF THE GAMES. Board No. 1.—A Queen's Gambit Declined of the usual stereotyped kind, in which Blackburne submitted by a series of exchanges to leave Pillsbury the theoretical advantage of a passed pawn. We almost suspect that he was outplayed by the ingenious American, for Pillsbury left a pawned prise which Blackburne could not take, and he had to withdraw his Q to R3 and weaken his pawns on the King's side. Act I. Act II. — Having a passed pawn, Pillsbury did not know what to do with it, and finally advanced it. Blackburne immediately fastened on to it, and, in spite of manoeuvring cleverly by shiftin^his Queen and Rook alternately, Pillsbury could gain no advantage. Act III. : He decided upon eventually abandoning this pawn—now the bone of contention:—a dangerous device with such a skilful end-game player as Blackburne. We are almost inclined to think, had the match depended upon this game, Blackburne would have won it. As it is, he was content with a draw. Pillsbury finally consented to a draw, but cabling the message that he "could demonstrate a certain draw." We have only his word for it. Board No. 2.—A similar opening as thfc above was played upon this board, Burn conducting the White forces. This game should) have been won by Burn, but he gave Showalter a chance for a subtle sacrifice which brought him in a clear pawn and a winning position. A different 29th move by Burn would have probably won. Board No. 3.—Another Queen's Pawn Opening, well played by Caro, who was the defending player. .He brought it to a favour able—we might say winning—position, and threw it away shortly before the adjournment on the first day. 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