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24 THE WESTMINSTER BUDGET DECEMBER 30, 1898 SATURDAY, December 23. The League .match between North London and Brixton resulted in favour of North London, the two unfinished games having been decided by Mr. Hoffer, one in favour of each club. Finalscore : North London 10 Brixton QJ4- It is to be regretted that the match had to depend upon adjudication by a referee. Had the two captains adjudicated at the conclusion of the match, the result might have been a drawn match, and the two clubs would have had a close race for first honours. The rnatch between Janowsky and Showalter has been resumed, and the eighth game, a well-contested Ruy Lopez, resulted -in'a'-draw-after, nearly nine hours' play, whilst the ninth was won by Janowsky through an oversight of Showalter's. Score : Janowsky, four ; Showalter, two ; drawn, three. After a successlul tour in the provinces Mr. Blackburne worked his way up to London for the holidays, finishing the first part of his annual pro gramme with a simultaneous performance at the City of London Chess Club on Tuesday evening. It was a brilliant conclusion to a brilliant tour ; lor in four hours and fifteen minutes he won twenty-three games and drew seven out of a total ot thirty games, not losing a single one. In connexion with the recent Vienna tournament, three prizes for most brilliant games in the tournament have been given by Baron Albert de Rothschild, amounting to 400, 300, and 200 Jrancs. These prizes have been awarded to the following games: First, Pillsbury. v. Halprin ; second, Lipke v. Janowsky; third, Marco v. Burn. Appended are the three games : A. Halprin. White. 1. P. to Q4 2. Kt to KB3 3. PtoK3 4. P to (,)Kt3 5. P x P 6. PtoB4 7. B to K2 8. Castles 9. PxP m B to Kt2 11. QKr to Q2 12. Q to Kt3 13. QR to B sq 14. Q to K3 15. PtoKt3 16. B to Q3 17. Kt to Kt5 18. P to Q5 19. P to KR4 QUEEN'S PAWN H. N; Pillsbury. Black. P to Q4 Kt to KB3 P to 134 P x P Kt to B3 B to Kt5 P to K3 PxP OPENING, A x R to B sq B to K2 Castles Q to B2 KR to Q sq B to Q3 Q to R4 Q to R4 P to K4 Kt to y Q5 P to/KR3 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. Resigns Halprin. White. KKt to K4 Kt x Kt K to Kt2 R to KRsq Kt to B3 B to K2 Kt to Kt5 Q to R3 P to Q6 B x Kt K to R2 B to Q3 PxP B to B sq R to B2 R to Q2 QtoKt2 H. N. Pillsbury. Black. Kt x Kt Kt to B6 ch B to Kt sq PtoB4 P to K5 R to Ksq ; P tq B5 P to K6 Kt to K4 PtoB6ch R x B B to Q2 Q to Kt5 R to R4 R x Kt R to K4 RxKP Nothing is to be said about the game till 14. Q to K3, instead of which he should have played 14. KR to Q sq. The first weakness thus established, Black threatened with 14...B to Q3, indirectly to win a Pawn, which White had to prevent with a more serious weakening process of. 15. P to Kt3. Having thus a firmer hold, Black made the clever manoeuvre of bringing his Queen over to King's side with 15...Q to R4 and Q to KR4. The latter move White should have prevented with 16. P to B5. This he neglected, so that Black could commence his final attack with a deeply- laid scheme, the initial move being 17...P to K4. By this means he got his Kt to Q5, and eventually Kt to B6 ch, White having been compelled to ihe serious weakening process of 19. P to KR4. After this his position was so compromised that it did not require a Pillsbury to win the game ; but it required a Pillsbury to win it so brilliantly—and for this he deservedly obtained the distinction of the first prize. • < ' RUY LOPEZ. P. Lipke. White. P. Lipke. White. 1. P to K4 2. Kt to KB3 3. B to Kt5 4. Castles 5. R to K sq 6. KtxP 7. B to Q3 8. KttoB3 9. Rx Kt 10. KttoQ5 11. R to K sq 12. B to K2 13. KtxBch 14. P to Q4 15. B "to Q3 16. RtoK4 D. Janowsky. Black. P toK4 Kt to QB3 Kt to B3 Kt x P Kt to Q3 B to K2 Castles Kt x Kt P to KB4 B to B3 PtoQKt3 Pto B3 Q x Kt PtoB5 KttoB2 P to KKt4 17. 18. 19, 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. P to KR4 PxP Q to R5 BxP QR to K sq Q to Kt4 ch Q to B3 R x P R to K5 26. Q to R5 27. B x B 28. R to Kt4 29. B to K6ch 30. RtoKt5 31. Rx Q . 32. Q to R8 ch D. Janowsky. Black. PtoKR3 P x P R to Q sq P x B Q to R3 Q to Kt4 PtoQ4 Kt to R3 Q to Kt2 B to B4 R to KB sq Kt x R Rto B2 K to B sq RxR Resigns The opening up to Black's 12...P to B3 is all " Book" and correct. The text-move is weak, 11...B to Kt2, iollowed by K to R sq, so as to be able to take the Kt at Q5 and so retain one of the Bishops. It is strange that Janowsky should be caught by an opponent playing his own favourite variation on him. The second weak move was 14...P to B5, made paitly to shut in White's QB and partly to advance P to B6 at an opportune moment. The defensive play, however, of 14...Kt to B2 followed by P to Q4 was imperative here. was imperati With 20. BxP begins Herr Lipke's brilliant final combination. The esser evil for Black would have been not to accept the sacrifice but to plav 20...P to Q3; 21. B to Q2, B to B4 ; 22. R to K 3, B x B ; 23. R x B, Rto K sq, &c. After P x B Black's game is untenable, Herr Lipke playing with consummate skill. FRENCH DEFENCE. G. Marco. A. Burn. White. Bladk. 1. PtoK4 PtoK3 2. P to Q4 P to Q4 3. Kt to QB3 Kt to KB3 4. BtoKt5 B to K2 5. PtoK5 KKt to Q2 6. BxB QxB 7. Kt to Kt5 QtoQsq 8. PtoQB3 P to QR3 9. Kt to QR3 PtoQB4 10. P to KB4 Kt to QB3 11. Kt to B3 P to QKt4 12. KttoB2 PtoB5 13. B to K2 Castles 14. Castles Kt to Kt3 G. Marco. White. 15. Q to Q2 16. Kt to K3 17. QR to K sq 18. B to Q sq 19. B to B2 20. P'x P 21. KttoKt4 22. P to B5 23. BxP 24. Q to R6 25. Kt to Kt5 26. KttoK6 27. Kt x KR 28. Kt x P ch A. Burn. Black. P to QR4 R to R2 P to B3 B to Q2 B to K sq PxP Q to Kt so PxP Q to Q sq R to KKt2 B to Kt3 Q to K2 Q x Kt Resigns PROBLEM No. 138. A CHRISTMAS KNIGHT'S -DREAM. By A. Cyril Pearson. BLACK. WHITE. White to play and mate in three moves. SOLUTION OF PROBLEM No. 137. 1. Q to Kt 3,'P to B3 ; 2. R x QP dis ch, K x R ; 3. QxP mate. 1. ...P to B4 ; 2. R to K4 ch, K moves ; 3. B or P mates. 1 KxP; 2. Rx B P disch, K to B3 ; 3. Q to Kt7 mates. N.B.—Several correspondents, including Mr. Schwann, having pointed out, ?-e Problem No. 136, Black's defence of 1...R to Kt3, we suggest a White P at K2, which would give a pretty additional variation in answer to 1...R to KKt3with 2. R to B4 dis ch, KxK; 3. P to K3 mate. X •• THE PROFESSORSHIP AT THE ROYAL ACADEMY. Professor Jebb, who succeeds to the Professorship of Ancient History, vacated by the death of Mr. Gladstone, becomes entitled to a distinction which has been awarded to an extraordinary number of great men. 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