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24 THE WESTMINSTER BUDGET JANUARY 2?, 1899 Horace Chapman, L. Hoffer.. White. 1. P to K4 2. Kt to KB3 3. B to B4 4. P.toQ3 5. Kt to B3 6. B to K3 7. Q to Q2 8. P to KR5 9. B to QKt5 10. T to QR3 11. B x Kt ch 12. Castles 13. PtoQKt4 14. Kt to K2 15. KttoKt3 Two KNIGHTS' DEFENCE. C. D. Locock, Horace Chapman, II. W. Trenchard. Black. P to K4 Kt to QB3 Kt to B3 Bio B4 P to Q3. BtoKt3 B to K3 B to R4 Q to K2 P to QR3 P x B P to R3 B to Kt3 P to Kt4 KR tO Kt sq L. Hoffer. White. P to Q4 Kt x P. 18. B x B 19. Kt to B5 P x B Q to Q3 P to B6 23. Q x Kt 24. PtoKR4 25. B to B3 26. P to R5 27. B to Q2 28. Q to Kt7 29. Q x P ch 16 17 20. 21, 22 *C. D. Locock, H.-W. Trenchard. Black. PxP B x Kt Kt to R2 B x Kt . Castles P to Kt5 Q to B sq R to Kt3 P to B4 P toQ4 R to Kt4 R.xP. Q to Q3 Resigns ( SATURDAY, January 21. Four more consultation games were played at Mr. Chapman's chess party, Donhead House, Salisbury, and interesting specimens they will be found. Two of, these games are appended. The meeting came to a close on Monday, and on Tuesday the visitors left. Mr. Lasker did not arrive, although he was given grace till Friday. The extraordinary part is that he was actually at Salisbury on Thursday evening ; that he sent a telegram asking' for directions ; a telegram was immediately sent to him ; but instead of waiting for the reply he returned to town. The Chess Editor of the Daily News , having given a garbled version of the incident, it is only fair to Mr. Chapman to give the facts.' Mr, Lasker was due on Wednesday, and a carriage was waiting his arrival all day at Tisbury station. He took, however, some engagement at Manchester, cn route to Salisbury, without giving notice, and arrived, therefore, a day later still and returned to London, finally writing on Friday that he found there letters and telegrams with iull and minute directions. It will be admitted .that all that was necessary and even more had been done on the part of Mr. Chapman, and that if anyblaine is to be attached to anybody it is to Mr. Lasker. Mr. Blackburne was in very good form, he mostly -played with Mr. Chapman as partner, and out of seven games they won two and drew five. Mr. Chapman played one game in consultation with Mr. Hoffer, against Messrs. Locock and Trenchard, and this resulted also in favour of the former. The meeting passed off pleasantly—a hospitable house, regular chess weather, rain and gales constantly, so that even the beautiful scenery could not tempt the visitors from the board, except on two occasions for a drive. After the heavy games which mostly lasted till an advanced hour, in the evening, light alternation games were indulged in as a relaxation from the harder work. Taking it altogether, it was an ideal chess gathering. HUNGARIAN DEFENCE. J. H. Blackburne, L. Hoffer, J. H. Blackburne, L. Hoffer, Horace Chapman. II. W. Trenchard. Horace Chapman. II. W. Trenchard. White. Black. White. Black. l.PtoK4 P to K4 22. P to K5 R (Q3) to Q2 2. Kt to KB3 Kt to QB3 ' 23. K to R2 PtoKt3. ?.btoB4 B to K2 24. Kt x B Q x Kt | 4. PtoQ4 P to Q3 25. Q to K3 P to B3 6. B to K3 ••' • • Kt to B3 26. K -to Kt sq K to B2 6. QKt to Q2 Castles 27. K to B2 R x R ch 7. 1' to 133 PxP 28. R x R Rx.Rch 0. Kt x P Kt x Kt 29. QxR Q to K2 °. H x p P to Q4 30. Q to Q4 K to K3 10. B x Kt QPxB 31. K to K2 P to B4 11. Ex B Q x B 32. Q to Q sq Q to QB2 12. Castles B to K3 33. K to K2 Q to Q2 ch 13.QtoK2 P to QKt4 34. K to B sq Q x Q ch 14. KRtoQsq . Q to B4 35. K x Q P to KR3 15. Kt to B3 B to Kt5 36. P to KR4 P to KR4 16. R to Q5 , Q to Kt3 37. K:to B2 K to Q2 17. PtoKR3 B to K3 38. P to QKt3 P x P ch , 18. R to Q2 QR to Q sq 39. K x P " K to B3 19. QR to Q sq R to Q3 40. P to B4 P to R3 20. Kt to Q4 KRtoQsq 41. P'xPch Resigns 21. P to B4 P to KB4 The above is an instructive game in many respects. • First of-all the opening was treated by the White allies in better style than the usual 5. P to Q5, which gives Black a good game ; but with 5. P to Q4, a variation analysed by Blackburne and the late Mr. Potter jointly. Black originally intended 9.... Kt x KP, followed by P to Q4; but finding a flaw in the variation they adopted 7. P to Q4, which gave them a satisfactory game had they continued with 12...P to QKt4, followed by B to Kt2, and double Rooks on the King's file. Their 12. B to K3 was inferior to the variation pointed out, and they made matters worse with 21...P to KB4, giving White a valuable passed Pawn. It is obvious that the Black allies did not select this dangerous course unwittingly ; they calculated at this stage that after changing off pieces they could easily draw by blocking the Queen's side against any incursion of the adverse King, and by keeping their King to guard the squares KB2 and K3 they thought of rendering the passed pawn valueless. Everything went as they calculated. After 29...Q to K2 they even imagined to have it all their own way (afterwards the White allies confessed that" they overlooked this move). White, however, evolved the ingenious plan of bringing the King over; to the Queen's side, and this clever manoeuvre decided the issue in their favour. The interesting part of this ending commences with 36. P to K.R4 blocking the King's side (but not as anticipated by Black in their favour) and force the play on the Queen's side, whilst Black's King had to keep guard over the passed pawn. White then leisurely broke up the Queen's side pawns, when Black resigned, as they could not prevent 42. P to R4—the winning move—whether this pawn be taken or not. The last sejries of moves were put down on the scoring sheet by. the Black allies ift advance; they only played the game out as a matter of duty. The Giuoco Piano, into which the opening was converted, even of the most orthodox character, gives both sides plenty of scope for enterprise, and should not be despised. The present game, in spite of the tame beginning, became lively enough later on. • There is very little to point out.; White had the choice of 7. Q toM.K2, but, 'intending to! bring the -Kt to K2 and Kt3, they left the square at K2 free. Black's 8...B to R4 was weak, especially as they did not intend to take the QKt (or could not after 10...I J to QR.3' and 11. B x Kt, ch), because, having then a compromised position for Castling QR, they did not want to strengthen White's centre with B x Kt. The safest plan would have been to Castle. Instead of this they commenced a premature counter attack, which ended disastrously. After 16. P to Q4 they could not retire 16...B to Q2 because of 17. P to QB4, consequently they played 16...P x P, when the remainder was more or less forced. White had the choice of the more forcible 22. Q x P ch, but the play in the text is prettier, and leaves the option of Q x P ch later on. Losing a piece Black hoped to shut in White's Queen, but the R af Ki3 could be dislodged with P to R5, consequently it was all plain sailing. • PROBLEM No. 142. ' By P. A. Larsen, of Copenhagen. BLACK. WHITE. ; White to play and mate in two moves. SOLUTION OF PROBLKM No. 141. 1. B to Ki2, P to R6 ; 2. Q to Q8 ch, K to K4 ; 3. R x RP dis ch mate. 1. B x P ; 2. Q to K5 ch, K x Q ; 3. R to B6 1. ., Kt x B ; 2. R to B6 ch, K x P ; 3. Q x B mate. 1. , KxP; 2. R x P ch, K moves ; 3. Q mates. There is a .flaw in problem No. 139, but want of space compels us to defer further allusion till next week. •i- THE ART. OF THE PICKPOCKET. , There is a dilettantism even in thieving. A Parisian pickpocket who is now enjoying a well -earned rest from the excitements of his ^profession has revealed some of his very curious methods. At one. time he donned the uniform of an officer of Marines, decorated with the. Legion of Honour, and found his way into the society of naval officers, much to their detriment and to his own enrichment. At another time, in the guise of a priest, he visited ecclesiastical establishrn'ents, land under the pretext of charily relieved the holy fathers of their little superfluous cash. Then again he would array himself in ordinary civilian dress, representing himself as a silk merchant, and would have bales of that commodity sent to his address. Then the dealer in bicycles became the victim of this versatile swindler. At last, as his repertoire necessarily became limited, and as his fame had preceded him to one of his intended victims, he had the misfortune to be recognised and banded over to the police, ,.