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24 THE WESTMINSTER BUDGET APRIL 28, 1899 PROBLEM NO. 155;—By Dr. J. Kvicala, of Prague. , . BLACK. . SATURDAY, APRIL 22. We announced recently that it was the intention of Sir George Newnes to inaugurate a national testimonial to Mr. J. H. Blackburne. The proposal has now taken a tangible form, as will be seen from the following letter: Proposed National Chess Testimonial to Mp. Blackburne. lo the EDITOR of THE WESTMINSTER BUDGET. DEAR MADAM,—I have been asked by a number of chess players to inaugurate a National Testimonial to Mr. J. H. Blackburne. Since 1868 he has played in all important tournaments at home and abroad, and in only one instance was he not placed. Even then he was awarded a special prize. In all these he did battle in the name of Britain. As a Blindfold Player he is admitted to be the most brilliant who has ever lived. This interesting and even sensational form of play, carried on in London and the provinces for more than thirty years, has done a great deal to popularise the game in this country. On one occasion, playing a number of opponents, without sight of boards or men, he successfully announced, in a most intricate position, "mate in seventeen moves." The consistent way in which he has played for Britain v. America in the Cable matches, culminating in his brilliant victory quite recently, has earned the gratitude of very many British chess-players. I believe there is a general feeling amongst devotees of the game throughout the country that the time has come when a substantial sum should be given to or invested for him, so that if the strain of blindfold exhibitions proves too much in his declining years, when that period arrives (and long may it be delayed), he will have the solace and comfort of knowing that, through the willingness of his friends, there will be something to fall back upon. Subscriptions will be thankfully received by myself, the Hon. Secretary of British Chess Club, the Hon. Secretary of the City of London Chess Club, or through the Hon. Secretary or Treasurer of any accredited Club who will kindly forward them, to your obedient servant, GEO- NEWNES. , Wildcroft, Putney Heath, London, S.W., April 19. , Sir George Newnes having put the case in a nutshell, it, only remains to add that it is hoped the response to his appeal will be readily forthcoming. During his career Mr. Blackburne has made numerous friends and admirers in the United Kingdom by his periodical visits, and in the Colonies, on the Continent, and chiefly in the United States by his games, which have been freely published by the Press as affording both pleasure arid-instruction. A v cause so warmly advocated by Sir George is sure to meet with success. A game played last month at the Vienna Chess Club by -H. Fahndrich and C. Schlechter (White) consulting against S. Alapin and Dr. Neustadtl, the latter gentleman stopping; in Vienna on his journey home (to Prague) from London : White. 1. PtoK4 2. Kt to KB3 3. B to B4 4. P to B3 5. P to Q4 6. Castles 7. P to QR4 8. P to QKt4 9. P to R5 , 10. PtoKt5 11. BxP 12. P to R6 13. RxP . Black. P to K4 Kt to QB3 B to B4 Q to K2 B to Kt3 P to Q3 P to QR3 P to R3 B to R2 PxP B to Q2 v PxRP GIUOCO PIANO. White. • 14. B,,xBch 15. R to R2 16. RxB 17. QxP 18. QxKtP 19. Qx R 20. Kt.toR4 21. Kt to B5 22. Ktx P 23. PtoKt3 24. Kt x Kt 25. Q to R6 26. Q x Q ch arid Black. QxB P x P R x R P to QB4 P to B3 0 to KB2 R to Q2 QtoKt3 R to Kt2 Kt to Q2 11 x Kt Kt to K4 Resigns 4.v.vKt td B3, Kt to Kt sq 4...Q to K2 is an obsolete variation, and inferior to ....-^ k •, although the latter only yields a drawn game. The text move is plausible, since the Queen cannot be easily attacked by .the QKt, owing to White's. P to <QB3. White's conduct of the .attack by the advance, of the Queen's . side pawns .. (to prevent Black . castling on that side) is quite correct, and Black facilitates White's task with 8...P to <R3. They intended to follow this move up withQto B3, Kt to K2; and Castles. But this manoeuvre not being feasible, they .lost valuable time,(they should^ have played instead Kt to B3, or B to Q2), and madea second weak move r in 15...PxP, after which the White allies finished the game .with a pretty sacrifice. ' ; WHITE. White to play and mate in two moves. SOLUTION OF PROBLEM NO. 154.— 1. Q to QR2, Any move; 2. Q, R, or Kt mates. AMERICA AND GERMANY. CAPTAIN COOHLAN'S SPEECH AND SONG. Captain Coghlan of the Raleigh had scarcely arrived home when he distinguished himself as much by his speeches as he did by his fighting in Manila Bay. His remarks about the behaviour of the German naval commander at Manila during the blockade have caused much anxious feeling in the United States, and his assertion that Admiral Dewey ^threatened war if the German Admiral persisted in his line of conduct has brought the gallant captain into disgrace. Captain Coghlan explains his speeches by the statement that reports published in the newspapers had not done justice to "Grand Old Man Dewey," and that they had had enough of the 11 nagging " of the Germans. In the after-dinner speeches he related that Admiral Dewey said to an officer of the German Admiral: " Tell your Admiral those ships of his must stop when I say so. I wish to make the blockade of the harbour complete.'' The German replied : " But we fly the flag.'' Admiral Dewey responded : " Those flags can be bought at half a dollar a yard anywhere." Captain Coghlan further declared that Admiral Dewey told the German officer : "1 am getting tired of the puerile work here. The time has come when it must stop. Tell your Admiral that the slightest infraction of any rules means but orte r tfiing—-that will be war. It will be so accepted and resented immediately. , If your people are ready for war with the United States,, they can have it at any time.In'some quarters it is maintained J;hat^.Admiral Dewey has been misrepresented, and it is felt to have'been undignified and unwise to revive the matter, as the German Admiral had been withdrawn from the station. Captain Coghlan is reported to have said : li 1 am certain that all felt we- were' being nagged at Manila. We were nearly nagged to death. ; There is such a "thing as being nagged ^AA ? ar ' and d ~ ' em > we were ready for 'em. The Admiral., was .a, man- who could.stand nagging at any time, but when the moment; came he stopped it. They never moved a hair afterwards. I did think at one time that we were that dose to killing them that one word, one act would have done it. We were all able. lahd more than ready to uphold the honour of the country .and, stand ^by our Admiral." The Captain also sang the well-known topical song " Hochder Kaiser/' popular in the fleet before Manila, ,in which the, German Emperor is made to speak .of '* Me und Gott. ,? But the recitation he is said to have undertaken\under.-pressure. It was received, so the report says, With frenzied enthusiasm, and a eulogy .delivered by the captain, on the friendly assistance' of the British at Manila, was the signal for much cheering. ~ . It is possible that the Captain ma}' be tried by court-martial, as his conduct has given grave offence to many eminent Americans. . Captain Coghlan has stated that the papers have in a measure misrepresented JMS - remarks, and that what he said/lie;said under the ai1 rJ —* u —~"*<;d outside. " I spoke _ - 0 to friends, ani — . . _ T jpted in, that light. superiors in ordering himvto.return to his ship, and the circumstances that he spokenot in publie *but solely to invited guests at a club, is H|cel ^;to ;reliieye the unpleasant situation. :

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  1. The Westminster Budget,
  2. 28 Apr 1899, Fri,
  3. Page 26

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