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24 THE WESTMINSTER BUDGET MARCH 3 1899 One of two games played by correspondence between the Cafe Kaiserhof and Cafe* Royal, the two most important chess centres in Berlin besides the clubs. ' Both games were won by the Kaiserhof. CENTRE GAMBIT. , Black. P to K4 SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25. The present lull in Metropolitan chess will be relieved by the final contest /or the chaVnpionship of the City of London ; the Cable Match ; the annual Universities Match during the University Week ; the International Cable Match between the Universities of England and America ; a tournament of the Midland Counties during the Easter week ; and perhaps a match or a series of games between Janowsky and Pillsbury, the latter having stated that he is willing to meet Janowsky provided his prior engagements will permit it. We have been informed since writing the above that Mr. Herbert Jacobs has beaten Mr. Lawrence. Mr. Leye beat Mr. Howell, and Mr. Zangwill "beat Mr. Loman. The above is an unusually promising programme for the end of the winter season, and will keep chess-players occupied till the beginning of the great event—the Congress of 1899, at the end of May. A special set of rules to govern the forthcoming tournament has been drafted, and discussed by a committee appointed for that purpose. These rules will be printed and attached to the programme addressed to the players who will be invited to take part in the Tournament. It is strange that no universally adopted, Code should exist, and that those that are in use in various countries should not meet the requirements. It is to be hoped that, if the present Code should prove satisfactory, it may be universally adopted, coming as it will from competent authorities, and with the impiimature of the British Chess Club. their League The Metropolitan beat the West London Chess Club in match by 11 %. to 8}4 games. The following pretty game was played at Prague, the defence being in the hands of the ingenious Bohemian problem composer jean Kotrc^ who would be more widely known if he had at least one more vowel in the composition of his name. It is somewhat more intelligible to us now why the Austrians refuse granting the Czechs the liberty of using their own language if the above is a fair specimen of an average word of the Czech language. One vowel to three consonants and a cedilla (also a consonant) could hardly make a sound as musical as, say, Welsh. In the halcyon days of Austrian absolutism—that is to say, before they en- joyedtheprivilege of transferring their national sporting club to theReichsrath, and when the passport system was still flourishing—the story goes in Vienna that when a Bohemian emigrant arrived at the gates of the Austrian capital the officer in charge regularly refused admission without even deigning to look at the passport. "What nationality is he ?"' "A Bohemian ?" " Not admitted." "A Bohemian is either a musician or a pickpocket, and of these we have quite enough ourselves." However, the Austrians may say, Notts avons change' tout eel a. Two KNIGHTS' DEFENCE. J. Kotrc. Black., P to K4 Kt to QB3 . Kt to B3 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. J. Sodja. White. P to K4 Kt to KB3 B to B4 Ktto Kt5 PxP B to Kt5 cli PxP B to K2 Kt to KB3 Kt to K5 P to Q4 Pto KB4 Castles P to B3 PxP Kt x Kt Kt to B3 P to Q4 Kt to QR4 P to B3 PxP P to KR3 PtoK5 Q to B2 B to Q3 Castles P to B4 PxP KttoB3 Q x Kt to Kt sq R J. Sodja. White. : • 18. Q to R4 19. P to QR3 20. Q to R5 21. P to QKt4 22. B to B3 23. PtoQ5 24. P to Kt3 25. BtoKt2 26. B to K2 27. KRto Ksq 28. B to B3 29,' Kt to K4 30. Px B 31. Q.x-P 32. Kt x Q 33. K to R sq 34. R x R J. Kotrc. Black. Q to R sq B to Q2 KR to K sq P to K6 B to B3 B to Q2 RtoKt3 Q to Kt2 B to R6 Q to K2 Kt to Kt5 B x BP Q to R5 Q to B7 ch P x Kt ch White. 1. PtoK4 2. PtoQ4 3. B to QB4 4. QxP 5. KttoQ2 6. Q to K3 7. Q to B4 8. B to K2 9. Kt to R3 10. Kt to B sq 11. Q to Kt3 12. B to Kt5 13. Kt x Q 14. Kt x P 15. P to KB3 PxP Q to R5 Kt to KB3 Kt to B3 Kt toKKt5 QKt to K4 B to B4 P to Q3 Kt to Kt3 P to B4 QxQ Px P B to Kt3 White. 16. B x Kt 17. BtoKt5ch 18. Kt(R3)toB2 19. B to R4 20. Kt to Kt3 21. Castles 22. QR to iCsq 23. R to Kt sq 24. P to B3 25. KR to Q sq 26. B to B2 27. Kt to R sq 28. R to KB sq Resigns Black. BxB K to K2 P to B3 P'to,Q4 Kt to K4 K to Q3 B to Q5 B to Q2 BtoKtS P to KR4 QR to KB sq P to Kt4 P to Kt5 Kt to K6 3. B to QB4 is one of the older variations (superseded by Paulsen's 3. Q x P ,Kt to QB3 ; 4. Q to K3, &c.), and so is Black's reply 3...Q to R5. The latter is a saie continuation which should lead to an even game. White could propose the exchange , of Queens with 7. Q to Kt3, Q x O ; 8. RP x Q, B to B4 ; 9/Kt to R3 lollowed by Castles. After 1L.. P to ' B4 White could have played 12. B x Kt, P x B ; 13. Kt to B4j follow'ed by B to K3, but they play with a certain amount of timidity, as if conscious of the superiority of their opponents. There was no necessity for giving the adverse Bishop a good diagonal with 15. P to KB3 but for the probably then intended move 17. B to Kt5 ch, which simply brought Black's King into a good position for the ending without losing time in. castling. Still, there would have: been no harm if they had not blocked in their Bishops afterwards with 19. B to R4 instead of .19. B to Q3, and later on by persistently keeping the Kt at B2 pinned, which gave Black an opportunity for a telling and well-timed attack, and the White allies were compelled to abandon the game. The Kaiserhof players had probably the aid of Dr. Lasker, brother of E. Lasker, whose sound style seems to be imprinted all through the game, and it was won by Black simply by better position play. PROBLEM No. 147. By J. W. Abbott. BLACK. WHITE. White to play and mate in three moves. SOLUTION OF PROBLEM NO . 146. B to QB3, Any move ; 2. PxB = Q, orP to B8- Kt males. 4- K x P x R R ch :Q mate Ten moves are "book," White playing correctly thus far. The eleventh and twelfth moves he transposes, but Black does not avail himself of the advantage which he could derive from 12 ^..P x P e.p. The game takes its regular course, as many a game of the same description has done before ; and. we have nothing noteworthy to arrest us till 23. P to' Q5, for which we would substitute 23. Q to KB5 with a good game and a pawn ahead. Conseq* ently the loss of the game must be ascribed to the text-move. He could, however, make a tolerably good fight still with 29. Kt to K2 had he seen the threatened sacrifice. After 30...Q to R5 the position is very interesting. If 31. Kt to Kt3 then 31...Kt x P; 32. K x Kt, Bto B8 dis ch and wins. And if 31. B x Kt then 31...Qx B ch ; 32. Kt to Kt3, P to K7 threatening 33...Q to B6, The final combination is quite like a problem. 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  1. The Westminster Budget,
  2. 03 Mar 1899, Fri,
  3. Page 26

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