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24 THE WESTMINSTER BUDGET MAY 12, I89& An exceedingly pretty game made in Germany : RUY LOPEZ. SATURDAY, MAY 6. The next few weeks will be very quiet—a lull before the great Chess Congress at St. Stephen's Hall commences. The Tournament Committee held several meetings at the British Chess Club in connexion with the event, and the names of the competitors will be published in a few days. It might be stated that the tournament will not be inferior to,the one in Vienna last year. The Annual General Meeting of the British Chess Club was held this week, Sir George Newnes in the chair, but the business was only of a formal character. Some of the members of the committee who had to retire, under the rules, were replaced by others, the following being the names of the officers : President: Sir George Newnes, Bart. Vice-Presidents : Captain A. S. Beaumont, Wordsworth Donisthorpe, and Colonel T. E. Vickers, C.B. Committee : M. H. Dunn, Major-General Minto Elliot, W. Ward Higgs, L. H offer, and J. Sidney Smith. Hon. Treasurer and Secretary, Junius L. Cope. We have received the second edition of Prof. J. Berger's Chess Annual. The book is interesting reading, as it contains information useful to all classes of chess-players. It is gratifying to notice the immense progress chess has made since the issue of the first edition of the Annual, Great Britain standing far ahead of any other country. We have two chess periodicals, 130 chess columns, 41 associations, and 735 chess clubs. The United States come next, with one periodical, 58 chess columns, 18 associations, and 194 clubs. Germany and Austria stand next' to America ; whilst France has fallen back to the eighth place. The cause of France's low place amongst the Great Powers of the chess world is that France has had no first-class players since Philidor and Labourdonnais. It is a curious fact that the upward march of a nation may be gauged by the flourishing condition of its chess. When Spain was great it had its Ruy Lopez, Damiano, Lucena, and others ; Italy had its Lolli, Greco, Polerio, and Ponziani. Spain has had no first-class player for centuries, and chess being neglected in consequence, it went gradually downhill ; and the same could be said about Italy in a lesser degree, the latter country reviving somewhat after 1866. It is to be hoped that next year's great International Chess Congress in Paris will revive the taste for the game, which was very popular under Napoleon III., and under the presidency of M. Grevy, who was a devoted chess player himself. A game between two of the competitors of the American team recent Anglo-American Cable match, Messrs. Delmar and Voigt: in the RUY LOPEZ. H.'G. Voigt. White. 1. PtoK4 2. Kt to KB3 3. B to Kt5 4. Kt x Kt 5. PtoQ3 6. B to B4 7. Castles 8. BtoKt3 9. PtoQB3 10. Kt x P 11. P to Q4 12. B x B 13. PtoQ5 14. P x P 15. KtxKtP 16. P to QR3 17. Kt to B3 18. P to B4 19. PxP E. Delmar. Black. P to K4 Kt to QB3 Kt to Q5 P x Kt P to QB3 PtoQ3 B to K3 PtoQR4 PxP P to QKt4 P to R5 P x B BP x P P to K4 Kt to B3 B to K2 Q to R4 Castles PxP H. G. Voigt. White. 20. B to K3 21. QtoB3 22. R to B2 23. Q to B5 24. Q to K6 ch 25. R x Kt 26. QxPch 27. O toK6 ch 28. B to Kt5 29. K to R sq 30. BtoB6ch 31. Q x R ch 32. R to KB sq 33. KttoK4 34. Q to K6 ch 35. KttoKt5 36. P to R4 37. QxB 38. Q to B8 mate 1 E. Delmar..]] Black. KR to Q sq QR to Kt sq R. to Kt6 B to Q3 K to R sq PxR K to Kt sq K to R sq 0 to Kt3 ch toKBsq RxB K to Kt sq Q to B2 R to Kt3 1 KtoKt2 R to Kt2 Q to B7 Q to Kt3 I Delmar is called, by reason of his dashing style, " the American Bird," but we do not think this sufficient reason for adopting Bird's unsound defence of the Ruy Lopez—viz., 3...Kt to Q5. The advanced and isolated QP remains weak and should fall Sooner or later, as supporting it with either P to QB4 or B to B4 is not good. Black made matters worse by rushing on with the Queen's side Pawns, even after White obligingly advanced 9. P to QB3. Black should then have been satisfied, having undoubled his weak pawn, to prepare for castling. The chief mistake, however, was 11...P to\R5, as White gained a decisive advantage in position and a pawn besides by the powerful 13. P to Q5. Black's game was lost then. White's game wins itself; it is only a matter of procedure, Mr. Voigt playing it elegantly. The moral of the game is—do not play 3...Kt to Q5 1 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. H. Wolf. Black.. KR to K'sq, P to Q4 " P to B4 B to B2 R to K2 QR to K sq Q to R3 P to B4 P to QB5 QP x P PxP P to B7 dis ch RxR RxR B x B ch PxQ B to Kt3 O. Habel. H. Wolf. : White. 1 . •• ' Black. P to K4 P to K4 19. Kt to KB3 Kt to QB3 20. B to Kt5 P to QR3 21. B to R4 y P to QKt4 22. B to Kt3 B to B4 23. P to B3 . Kt to-B3 24. Castles . Castles 25. P to Q4 B to Kt3 26. B to Kt5 P to R3 27. PxP P x B 28. PxKt QxP 29. Q to Q5 PtoKKt5 30. Kt to Kt5 Kt to K2 31. Q to Q2 '"• Kt to Kt3 32. Kt to QR3 Kt to B5 33. P to Kt3 Kt to R6 ch 34. Kt x Kt PxKt 35. Q to K2 B to Kt2 5...B to B4 is a dangerous defence, played with predilection by M. Rosenthal, of Paris, either on the previous move, or as in the text. White may reply 6. Kt x P, Kt x Kt ; 7. P to Q4, &c, or with the slower process of 6. P to B3. Black gets into trouble as early as on his ninth move, and has nothing better than P to KR3. W T hite, however, spoils his game by the tempting 12. Q to Q5> which gives Black time for the clever 12...P to Kt5 and 13...Kt to K2. White has to retreat 14. Q to Q2, whilst Black gets his QB into a good position and also the Knight. From this point the game becomes highly interesting, Black preparing a clever attack which becomes still more powerful through White's 18. Q to K2 (instead of 18. Q to Q3). Black's final combination/culminating in the sacrifice of the Queen is very pretty. , ; : . _ ;: PROBLEM NO. 157. By A. Guntzer, of Wiirzburg. BLACK. O. Habel. White. K to R sq P to B3 B to B2 QR to K sq Q to B2 Kt to Kt sq KttoQ2 R to K2 KR to K sq Q to K3 QxQ RxR KR to K4 Q to K3 BxR QxB Kt to B sq Resigns . WHITE. White to play and mate in two moves. SOLUTION OF PROBLEM NO. 156. 1. Kt to Q5, K x Kt ; 2. Q to Q3 ch, K to B3; 3. Q to Q7 mates, 1. ....... K to B4 ; 2. Q x P ch, K x'Kt ; 3. Kt to B7 mates. 1. , P to Kt4 ; 2. Q to B4 ch, K to B4 ; 3. Kt to K7 mates. 1. ....... P to B7; 2. Kt to B3 ch, Kmoves ; 3. Q mates. L + THE HIRSCH BEQUESTS OF ^2,000,000. The " Man in the Street " appears to have been justified in-his scepticism Gohcerning the recent report that owing to the death of the Baroness were to be immediately distributed in reports intimating that the huge sum " record " amount in itself—was to be from Vienna, asserting de Hirscb £20,000,000 charity. But the later of £2,000,000- surely a so distributed are amply S$S aroS^° nt ° f - ? eD details of the Baroness's will taJSttSh «5>V?K OF . wh,ch 13 j n London, a capital of ten million tteTlffim^lS2!l-? e iT y ? :0,lle ,. of Which shall be paid annually to esfabl ?! tC U niv ,erselle in Paris for the maintenance and Should Si 6 S . C - hoo! t and °ther Philanthropic institutions. toexS tl« y jTZ & V- me Alliance Israelite Universelle cease analogous ohtt??^ Association shall apply the revenue to PuWUhed Thf w . Th6 reSt of ,he details ^have already been puDiisned. Ihe. total amount of the leeacies i<! 4fi 7.S0 OOOfr equivalent to £1,870,000. legacies is 40, «u,uuuir.