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24 THE WESTMINSTER BUDGET FEBRUARY 24, 1899 SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18. The preliminary arrangements and negotiations in connexion with the forthcoming Anglo-American cable match are progressing satisfactorily. We regret, however, to state that Mr. Burn has declined to take part in the match. Mr. H. W. Trenehard has, therefore, been elected in his stead,at a meeting at the British Chess Club, and Mr. Serraillier takes Mr. Trenchaids place as reserve man. The League competitions are drawing to a close, and the winners being almost decided the less favourably situated clubs do not play with the same zest as in the early part of the contest. Thus, Ludgate Circus had the courage to play against Hampstead with seven of their best men short, but they, nevertheless, managed to win. Brixton drew a match with Ludgate Circus, and beat the Metropolitan. North London defeated Lee in a match, twenty players a-side, on Thursday evening by fifteen games to five. The following are the winners in the Championship Tournament of the City of London Chess Club: Section A.—Mr. Lawrence won 10out of 12 games, Messrs. Loman and Lye won 9 out of 12 games. Section B.—Mr. Herbert Jacobs, first; Mr. Zangwill, second ; Messrs. P. Hamell and Ward- Higgs tie for third place. The sectional winners to play off a final pool. The projected cable match between the Universities of Columbia, Harvard, Yale, and Princeton and Oxford and Cambridge is to come off. The American Chess Magazine has undertaken the arrangements for the American colleges, and pays the expenses. The match will be played at the British Chess Club> towards the end of April, the Universities having requested the British Chess Club to arrange the match on their behalf. Janowsky is still starring very successfully in America ; Pillsbury is on a similar tour in the States, as representative of the energetic American Chess Magazine, and Lasker is in Moscow. The Russian papers give full reports of Mr. Lasker's successes. He played 1 simultaneous games over the board ; consultation games in which a number of the strongest local amateurs were pitted against him ; and, exceptionally, also without sight of boards arid men, six games. Of the latter series he won every game. He also played a fine consultation game, defending a Queen's Gambit Declined with 2...P to K4—-a defence adopted recently in New York by Mr. Marshall against Janowsky, and won by the former player. Mr. Lasker won the game in question in nineteen moves brilliantly. The Russian papers also speak of a projected match between Lasker and Dr. Tarrasch. But this is only one of the on dits. There is more likelihood in a match between Janowsky and Pillsbury, spoken of in the American papers. Barkis (we mean Janowsky) is willing ; but it is doubtful whether Pillsbury would engage in a contest of necessarily lengthy duration shortly before the forthcoming London Tournament. The following is the second of the two games played by correspondence between Vienna and St. Petersburg. The match commenced on December 1, 1897. The first game was decided long before the Vienna Tournament, and this one stood adjourned during the tournament, resumed afterwards, and now concluded. QUEEN'S GAMBIT DECLINED. 1. 2. S. 4. 6. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. Vienna. White. P to Q4 P to QB4 Kt to QB3 P to Q5 Q to R4 ch P to QKt4 Q x Kt PxKt Kt to Q sq P to K4 KttoK3 JP x P B to Kt2 B x Kt Kt to K2 Kt to B4 R to Q sq P to R6 , Kt (B4) x I Rto B sq Kt x B St. Petersburg. Black. P to Q4 Kt to QB3 PxP KttoR4 P to B3 P to QKt4 QxQ PtoKt5 PxP P to K3 Kt to B3 P x P B to K3 PxB RtoBsq R to B4 P to B6 B. to Q3 P to B7 B x Kt R x Kt Vienna. White. 22. Rx P 23. PtoKt3 24. B to K2 25. Castles 26. P to B4 27. R to B3 28. K to Kt2 29.RtoK3ch 30. B to B sq 31. B to B4 32. B to Kt3 33. Rto K2 (B2) 34. RxR 35. -Rx P 36. R to B4 37. R to B6 38. Kto B3 39. K to Kt4 40. B to R4 41. R to Q6 Abandoned as St. Petersburg, Black. K to K2 R^o-QR4 B to K4 KR to Q sq B to B6 ' KR to Q3 P to B4 K to B sq PtoR3 R to Q5 R x P (R6) R to K5 PxR R to Q3 Rto Q2 K to Kt2 B to B3 B to Q5 R to K2 B to Kt8 drawn. my own theory about these matters, which I cannot explain." In the above game he has at last given the explanation, viz., he intended to bring about the present ingenious variation, giving up a piece for an equivalent of pawns. He played the same move against Lasker at Hastings, but Lasker selected a less forcible reply than Vienna. Black gets a splendid array of pawns on the Queen's side; but against such sound players as Schlechter, Marco, Dr. Kaufmann, Dr. Meitner, Fahndrich, Baron Rothschild, Alex. Neumann, Fleissig, Jaques Schwarz, and others, the Russians had very little prospect of succeeding, especially as Vienna could be satisfied with a draw, the first game—an Evans Gambit—being almost certain to result in favour of Vienna. With 10. P to K4 the combination of breaking up the phalanx of pawns commences, and they shortly succeeded in bringing about Bishops of different colour. The game could then have been given up as drawn, but the first game having been lost by St. Petersburg, they kept the game going as long as possible ; a draw or loss not affecting the result of the match. The following pretty game was played in the match North London v. Spread Eagle : QUEEN'S GAMBIT DECLINED. W. Ward. White. U P to Q4 2. P to QB4 3. Kt to QB3 4. KttoB3 5. B to B4 6. P to K3 7. Fx B F. Anger. Black. P to Q4 P to K3 B to Kt5 Kt to QB3 B to Q2 B x Kt ch KKt to K2 Castles W. Ward. White. .' 9. B x Pch 10. Kt to Kt5 ch 11. Q to Kt4 12. KttoK6disch 13. B x P ch 14. Q to Kt5 ch 15. Q x Kt mate F. Anger. Black. KxB K to Kt3 P to K4 K to B3 Kt x B K x Kt 8. B to Q3 : One of the shortest match games, and won by Mr. Ward from an .opponent by no means a tyro. Mr. Anger is a good practical player who disdains the theory of the game and is able to hold his own if he gets safely out of the opening. His weak moves are 3...B to Kt5 and 6...B x Kt ch. Indifferent moves : 4...Kt to QB3 before advancing the QBP, and B to Q2, whilst Castling is immediately fatal, Mr. Ward replying with the well-known sacrifice of the Bishop, leading to a forced win. PROBLEM NO. 146. By H. Courtenay Fox. BLACK. WHITE. White to play and mate in two moves. SOLUTION OF PROBLEM NO. 145. 1. Q to R5, Any move ; 2. Q, B, or Kt mates. -t- Asking Tchigorin why he persisted in the move 2...Kt to QB3, knowing it to be contrary to principles in close games, he replied, " I have A SCHOOL FOR—BABY DRUNKARDS. Some truly gruesome facts have come out in consequence of a recent inquiry at 'Bonn into the subject of alcoholism in elementary schools. Sixteen per cent, of the children refused to drink milk "because it had no taste," but 25 per cent, drank beer and wine every day, while 8 per cent, of these babies of seven and eight years of age were regularly once a day treated by their parents to a glass of brandy ' * to make them strong.'' Of 247 children of the same age as above, not a single one had never tasted beer or wine, and only 25 per cent, had never tasted brandy. A few of the children were even accustomed to cognac, and the curious fact appeared that the number of girls who were given cognac or brandy with their luncheon was much larger than that of boys thus poisoned. And if these things be done at Bonn—which prides itself on being one of the most cultured towns in Germany— what is to be expected of less enlightened places ? The Emperor, when next he is on the look-out for a new field of activity, might do worse than turn his attention to the elementary schools in the town of the Muses on the banks of the Rhine.