Clipped From The Westminster Budget
24 THE WESTMINSTER BUDGET MAY 5, 1899 Sir George alluded to in his address at the dinner of Chess Club : CENTRE COUNTER GAMBIT. SATURDAY, APRIL 29. PROBLEM NO . 156. By Louis Whalley, of Leeds. BLACK. WHITE. White to play and mate in three moves. SOLUTION OF PROBLEM NO . 155. 1. Q to B sq, Any move ; 2. Kt dis ch mates. K. Zambelly. White. 1. P to K4 2. Kt to KB3 3. PxP 4. Kt to B3 5. B to Kt 5 6. B to R4 7. PxP 8. Kt to Q4 9. Kt-x BP 10. KtxKt 11. B to Kt5 12. Castles 13. K x B G. Maroczy. Black. PtoK4 - P to Q4 B to Q3 Kt to KB3. ch P to B3 P to K5 Castles P x P Q to Kt3 ; R x Kt R to Q sq B x P ch , ' Kt to Kt5 ch. K Zambelly. White. KloKt3 P to B4 KxP P to Q3 Kt to K4 K x Kt PxB Kto R4 QxR K x R 24. KtoKtS 25. K to B4. 26. Kto K5 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23, the City of London G. Maroczy. Black. Q to B2 ch PxPe.p. RloQ5 B to Kt2 ch BxKtch Q to R7 QxPch RxB R to R4 ch QtoR6ch P to R3 ch r to Kt4 ch Q to K3 mate 2...P to Q4 is not a sound defence ; but Maroczy treats it ingeniously by not retaking the Pawn, nor by continuing with the usual 3....P to K5. White should have simply developed his game with P to Q4 instead, of the indifferent 5. B to Kt ch. 6. B to R4 was still worse. Black sacrifices another Pawn for the attack, but White might probably have been able to repel it had he withdrawn after 11. B to Kt5, \% B to K2, instead of 12. Castles. Maroczy's sacrifice of 12...B x P ch is well known, with the only difference that in the stereotyped sacrificing variation the Black Queen stands on Q sq, but obviously this makes\no difference, only it put White off his guard. \ A pretty off-hand game played at the British Chess Club- It is, however, to be regretted that a flaw occurs in it, both White and Black overlooking^—it being played at great speed—that White could have obtained the advantage. Apart from this defect, however, the game is sound. RUY LOPEZ. Mr. Hoffer. White. 1. P to K4 2. Kt to KB3 3. B to Kt5 4. B to R4 5. Castles 6. P to Q4 7. Kt x P 8. PxKt 9. B to Kt3 10. B to Q5 11. BxB 12. Q to Kt4 13. KttoB3 14. QxBP 15. PxKt 16. Q to Q3 Mr. X. Black. P to K4 Kt to QB3 P to QR3 Kt to B3 Kt x P P to QKt4 KtxKt B to Kt2 B toB4 Q to B sq Q x B Castles QR P to B4 Kt x Kt QR to B sq Q to Kt3 Mr. Hoffer. White. 17. P to QR4 18. R x R 19. KtoRsq 20. P to R5 21. Ex P 22. P to B3 23. B toK3 24. R to Q sq 25. R to KB sq 26. Q to B5 ch 27. P to B4 28. R to B sq 29. Q to Q7 30.. B to R7 ch 31. B to Kt6 Mr. X. Black. RxP BxRch P. to Kt5 Q to R2 B to Q5 BxKP Q to Kt2 PtoQ3 Q to Kt4 K to Kt sq Q x BP Q to Q4 Rto QB sq KtoKt2 Resigns The annual dinner of the City of London Chess Club on Wednesday, at the Cafe Monico, Piccadilly, was one of the most successful gatherings ever held by this popular' institution. Sir George Newnes, President, was in the chair, Mr. Henniker Heaton, M.P., was amongst the guests, and the unavoidable absence of Mr. Atherley-Jones, Q,C, M.P., was generally regretted. The toast list comprised : " Parliament," by Mr. Cutler, and coupled with the name of Mr. Henniker Heaton, who replied. After some political allusions, Mr.: Henniker Heaton referred to last week's cable match, and to the forthcoming inter-Parliamentary cable match. , Sir George, in proposing the City of London Chess Club, delivered a lengthy address on past and present chess, regretting that whilst the game had gained in soundness and mathematical accuracy, it had lost the brilliant freshness and orginality of the past. The speaker said he was no advocate of the theory of "accumulating minute advantages" ; but rather an admirer of the Morphy school, of which Charousek is such an eminent exponent. Both Messrs. Mocatta (vice-president) and Blackburne touched upon the same subject, Mr. Mocatta remembering when Steinitz first came over to this country. At that time he had no notion of the modern school, and was as brilliant a player as any. Age, however, has rubbed off the freshness of his style, and so it became "modern." Mr. Blackburne said that he has also taken Morphy as his prototype. But there are considerations why he could not always be brilliant. He gave various cogent reasons, the last being that the opponents nowadays will not allow any brilliancies ! He might have commenced with the last reason. Mr. W. Ward Higgs, in an able and humorous speech, proposed "The Press," to which representatives responded, amongst the other speakers being the doyen of the Club, the revered Mr. Gastineau, Mr. Bentley McLeod, Mr. Anger, Mr. Walter Russell (hon. sec), Mr. Russell, one of the guests, and others. An entertaining musical programme . enlivened the proceedings, not to forget the inevitable process of being photographed. A brilliant little game played by G. Maroczy, the Ayell-known,:Hungariah master, by correspondence. We give it because of the unusual (and unsound) defence, for its brilliant conclusion, and as illustrating probably the games 7. B to Kt3 is sound enough ; but the variation in the text leads to lively variety, and has the merit of being hardly, if at all, known. The Westminster Gazette of March 10 published a game between Dr. Meitner (White) and Schlechter with a similar variation, which resulted in favour of Black. Obviously, if 8...P x B, then 9. Q to Q5. But the better course would have been : 8 9. BtoKt3 10. RP x Kt Kt to B4 Kt x B B to Kt2 11. KttoBS 12. Bto B4 13. Q to Q3 Q to K2 Castles P to Kt4 with an even game, Black attacking on the King's side, White on the Queen's side eventually. Considering the rapid rate at which the game was played, Black manoeuvred very skilfully. He had the right notion with the ingenious 13...P to B4, only he should have continued 14...Kt x P, and if 15. Rx Kt, then 15...QR to B sq, and White would have had to give up the Queen by playing K to R sq. The remainder of the game is pretty and lively, especially after 27. P to B5, the key move of the final attack. The American ladies follow the lead of the English ladies, who, it will be remembered, organised an International Tournament in 1897, which Lady Newnes endowed with a first prize of £60. The American ladies propose holding their Congress in New York about the middle of September ; it is to last about five weeks, and the first prize is fixed at 500dols. minimum, and five other prizes in proportion. Particulars are to be obtained from Dr. L. D. Broughton, 418, Madison- street, Brooklyn, U.S.A. + "+" OLIVER CROMWELL AND THE HORSE. m That the great Protector had an eye for a horse is a well authenticated historical fact, of which there are many proofs recorded. Sir Walter Gilbey, in his book on "The Great-Horse," quotes from Cariyle 's " Letters and Speeches of Oliver Cromwell " a note written to Auditor Squire : T-. 0 . Stilton, January 31, 1643. -Uear bir,—Buy these horses, but do not give more than 18 or 20 pieces each for them, that is enough for Dragooners. I will give you 60 pieces for that iSlack you won (in battle) at Horncastle, for my son has a mind to him.-Your tnend, OLIVER CROJIWELL. Six months later Cromwell wrote again : " I will, give you all that you ask for that black you won last fight" In three of the Commonwealth seals a horse appears on the reverse side.