Clipped From The Westminster Budget
2<t THE WESTMINSTER BUDGET APRIL 1 Qflttf , SATURDAY, MARCH 26. The twenty-sixth annual match of the Universities took place last Friday, as on former occasions, "at the British Chess Club, commencing at 2.40. Cambridge won the toss, and took first move on the odd-numbered boards, thus getting the advantage of having the first move on four boards to Oxford's three. Moreover they made a favourable start, and during the first two hours play it was feared that the match would be almost a walk over for them ; but the Oxonians recovered somewhat later on, and when time was called at 6.15 the adjudication awarded them two and a half points out of the three unfinished games. ml f . . O — The following is the score : OXFORD. 1. E.G. Spencer-Churchill(Magdalen) 0 2. E. H. W. George (New) 0 3. A. P. L. Hiilbert (Keble) 1 A A. H. Currie (Brasenose) 1 F. Soddy (Merton) -. h. F. A. Babcock (Wadham) 2 L. T. Dodd (Merton) .. 0 4. 5. 6. 7. CAMBRIDGE. C. E. C. Tattersall (Trin.) 1 L. McLean (King's) 1 H. G. Softlaw (Trin. Hall) ......... 0 A. Fotheringham (Emm.) 0 A. W. Foster (St. John's) k R. S. Makower (Trin.) h H. R. Cullen (Cams) 1 Total.... 4 Total 3 Boards Nos. 3, 4, and 5 were adjudicated by Mr. Hoffer. The match was played at a time limit of twenty moves the first hour and ten moves every following half hour. There is no difference between the teams this year. Mr. Churchill, the Oxford captain, was expected from his record to make a better fight against Mr. Tattersall, the Cambridge captain ; but he lost in .the opening. Here is the game, which, however, should not be taken as a specimen of his strength, for as a rule Mr. Churchill is a dangerous opponent : FRENCH DEFENCE. E. G. Spencer- C. E. C. Tattersall (Cambridge). White. ' P to K4 P to Q4 Kt to QB3 P to K5 P to B4 P x P Q to Kt4 B to Q3 Q to R3 Kt to B3 , P to KKt4 Q x KtP Q to Kt6 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. B x R Kt x P Kt to B6 ch Kt x Kt ch P to K6 QxB KtxKt . Churchill (Oxford).Black. (Oxford).Black. PtoK3 P to Q4 Kt to KB3 KKt to Q2 P to QB4 B x P Castles P to B4 Kt to QB3 P to KR3 Px P Q to K2 R to B4 PxB Q to Q sq K to B so „B x Kt BxP Kt to Q5 Q x Kt C. E. C. Tattersall (Cambridge). White. 21. B to K3 22. QxO 23. KR to B sq 24. K to Q sq PtoB3 K to K2 R x R K to B3 R to Q sq P. to QR4 P to Kt4 P to R3 P x P R to Q5 PtoR5 P x P P to R6 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. x P K x BP R to Q sq E. G. Spencer- Churchill (Oxford). Black. QxBch BxQ R to K sq R to K5 R x P R x R P to B5 P to Q Kt3 P to QR4 P to KKi4 P to R4 P x P K to K2 K to B3 PxP B to R2 P to Kt5 ch P x P ch K to K3 and after a few more moves Black resigned. 6 ...B xP is premature. He should develop 6... I^t to QB3 first. 10.. .P to KR3 is also weak ; he should have played 10... R to K sq, and if ll. Kt to KKt5, then 11. ..Kt to B sq. 12... Q to K sq would have been followed by 13. Kt to QKt5, and he would not have fared better. As a matter of fact he has an untenable game, and White has the choice of a number of winning variations. On the next move Black was obliged to sacrifice the exchange, and although he struggled on gallantly for over forty moves, the game could not be saved. After the match the teams were the guests of the Club at dinner, Sir George Newnes (President) in the chair. After the cloth was removed, the chairman proposed the loyal toasts. Mr. Thomas Hewitt was entrusted with the toast of "The Houses of Parliament," coupled with the names ol Sir Herbert Maxwell, M.P.,and Mr. Atherley-Jones, Q.C., M.P., and both gentlemen replied in felicitous terms. The toast of the evening,"The Universities," coupled with the names of Mr. Tattersall, captain of the winners, and of Mr. Churchill, the Oxford captain, was proposed by Sir George Newnes, and both captains responded, Mr. Tattersall incidentally mentioning that the forthcoming cable match between the American Universities Universities and Oxford and Cambridge will be played under the auspices of and at the British Chess Club. Mr. W. B. Woodgate proposed "The Chairman," and Sir George replied. The speeches were interspersed with songs by Herr Joseph Claus, 189& an excellent vocalist, Mr. Ponsonby, and Mr were followed later on by Mr. GeorgeTGrossrnith P and these and other artist, and amateurs covetedUh e el' The teams and a number of members of thl P*>g a«W wftre tho mmctc nf'.c;. r- _ CI:> OI tne British me > were the guests of Sir George Newnes on th. £•? ? m,sh Che?s n t Boat-race. We. have repor&d .r'maTchet 6 pS' 7 * . ....-»;.« '.vHunw iwu matcnes played by the Universities against the Metropolitan and British Chess Clubs a°!r? only to add that the same team lost a match against the Citv of Lo"? the previous Wednesday, and that Cambridge plaved on Mondnv arr!!- 1 Hastings Chess Club, at the Queen's Hotel, Hastings. y gains! The following table shows the result of the University matches fro beginning up to date : m the OXFORD'S RECORD. 1873 1876 1877 1883 Drawn match 1886 1888 1889 1895 ... 1896 ... 1897 ... Won. Lost. Drawn. 9 2 2 12 5 0 8 2 2 — . — 6 3 1 7 2 1 5 1 4 4 3 0 3 2 2 3 2 2 1874 .. 1875 .. 1878 .. 1879 .. 1880 .. 1881 .. 1882 .. 1883 Drawn match 1884 1885 1887 1890 1891 1892 1893 1894 1898 CAMBRIDGE'S RE^^ Lost - iDnwii. Won. 13 10 10 5 11 5 5 4 5 5 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 5 2 4 0 4 3 3 4 3 2 2 0 1 2 2' 4 2 0 3 2 3 5 3 3 4 3 4 3 0 2 2 Oxford have thus won nine matches, Cambridge sixteen. The latter are therefore leading by seven matches. The latest score in the match Pillsbury v. Showalter is : PiJlsbuiy,.five; Showalter, two j drawn, two. The following position occurred in a game played at Florence by Captairt Beaumont and Signor Rossi, Captain Beaumont announcing mate in four moves after the exchange of Rooks : PROBLEM NO. 101. By Captain A. S. Beaumont. BLACK. WHITE. White to play and mate in four moves. After 1. R to B8 ch, K to Kt 2; 2. R x R, K x R. SOLUTION OF PROBLEM No. 100. .1. K to Kt8, Any move ; 2. R, B, Kt, or P mates. • + • '< • + EARL OF YARBOROUGH'S SEAT BURNT DOWN, firocklesby Hall, the seat of the Earl of Yarborough, was almost destroyed by fire on Sunday. The fire first broke" out on ^aturday in one of the chimney flues, but was extinguished by the Lansownhre brigade. Unfortunately a smouldering beam was tanned into flame hy the high wind, and it broke out again at nine o clock on Sunday morning. The house brigade was unable to cope^witn the flames, and assistance was sent from Grimsby, A if obtamed such a hold that the library, the dining-hal!, and all the chief bedrooms were gutted. The Earl personally conducted conducted salvage operations, and about one hundred servants and farm labourers were engaged in the work of fighting the flames and saving pictures, furniture, and other valuables. Lord Yarborough has stated that it is ' impossible exactly to estimate the damage. He has lost two valuable oil paintings, in addition to the library, whilst every article of furniture has been more or less damaged in removal.