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24 THE WESTMINSTER BUDGET AUGUST 25, 1899 SATURDAY, AUGUST 19. THE AMSTERDAM INTERNATIONAL AMATEUR TOURNAMENT. The latest account to and from the Amsterdam Amateur Tournament reaches up to the conclusion of the thirteenth round. Mr. H. E. Atkins, the only English representative amongst the sixteen competitors, had then scored all his games played in the thirteen rounds. His rival, the Dutch champion, Heer Olland—playing under the pseudonym "Mat"—scored eleven games out ol thirteen, so that even if Mr. Atkins should have lost both his remaining games (an unlikely occurrence), arid "Mat" won both his, there would be a tie for the first prize between these two amateurs, Mr. Atkins, who hitherto had no opportunity to confirm the generally- aceepted opinion of. being one of the best English players, has done so now in a striking manner. Even Lasker, when he gained the mastership in a similar contest at Breslau, lost a game and had to tie with Herr v. Feyerfeil, of Vienna. Amongst the sixteen players who competed at Amsterdam for the Queen of Holland's medal are the noted Dutch amateurs Bleijkmans, Olland, A. E. van Foreest, Dimer, and Tresling. From Germany, Dr. Mannheimer, Peltzer, and Swidensky ; and it may fairly be assumed that even the most eminent master might have lost a game in such a contest —anyhow he could not have done better than Mr. Atkins. In heartily congratulating Mr. Atkins, we t>nly regret that he was unavoidably prevented from measuring his strength with the eminent masters in the recent London International Tournament. The leading scores are : won 13 .. 11 Mr. Atkins Heer Olland Dr. Mannheimer Herr Swidensky Heer Bleijkmans Heer v. Foreest Heer Tresling games out of 13 9^ 9 9 14 14 14 14 14 The following are two pretty games won by Mr. Atkins : H. E. Atkins. White. 1. PtoQ4 2. P to QB4 3. Kt to QB3 4. B to Kt5 5. PtoK3 6. Kt to B3 7. B to Q3 8. B x P 9. Castles 10. Q to K2 11. B to B4 12. B to K5 13. B to QKt3 14. QRtoQsq 15. KtxKt QUEEN'S GAMBIT DECLINED. Dr. Mannheimer. H. E. Atkins. Black. PtoQ4 P to K3 Kt to KB3 B to K2 Castles P to QKt3 PxP B to Kt2 QKt to Q2 PtoB4 KttoR4 R to B sq PtoKtS Kt x B 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. White. P to B4 PtoQ5 QKt x P B x B Q to B4 Kt to Kt4 22.'Pto B5 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. Px P RxBP PxRch Q to B3 ch Bto K4ch Q to R8 ch R to Q5 ch Dr. Mannheimer. Black. Kt to Kt2 PxP B x Kt QR to Q sq B to Q3 Kt to K sq PtoR4 PxKt RxR KtoRsq K to R2 K to R3 KtoKt4 Resigns. Q to B2 Dr. Mannheimer played the regulation defence till 11...Kt to K4. This proved an inferior manoeuvre after White's excellent rejoinder 12. B to K5. Black, thereupon, to secure a retreat for this Knight, had to weaken the King's position with 13...P to Kt3, giving White an opportunity for a telling attack commencing with 17. P to Q5. Black being compelled to 17...P x P, White fastened on to the KBP, this being the key to the brilliant final attack—an attack executed in a style unsurpassable by any master. RUY LOPEZ. Heer Tresling. White. 1. P to K4 2. KKt to B3 3. BtoKt5 4. Castles 5. Kt to B3 6. PtoQ4 7. Kt to Q5 8. Kt x B ch i9 PtoQ5 10. Bto Q3 11. Kt to K sq 12. PtoQB4 13. B to K3 14. RtoBsq 15. R to B3 16. B to B2 17. PtoB3 H. E. Atkins. Black. P to K4 Kt to QB3 Kt to B3 PtoQ3 BtoKt Kt to Q2 Castles Q x Kt Kt to Q sq K to R sq P to KB3 KttoB2 KR to Kt sq P to KKt3 KttoB4 P to B4 Heer Tresling. White. 18. B to B2 19. P to KKt4 20. R to R3 21. KtoKt2 22. P to R3 23. R to R sq 24. P to Kt4 25. P to B5 26. QtoBsq 27. BP x P 28. B x P 29. RP x P 30. Bto QKt sq 31. K x R 32. K to Kt2 Resigns H. E. Atkins. Black. P to KKt4 Kt to Q2 Kt to B3 P to KR4 KtoKt2 R to R sq Kt to R3 B to Q2 K to Kt3 BPx P PxP Kt (R3) x P RxR Q to R2 ch QtoR6ch P to B5 4...P to Q3 is an inferior variation to 4...Kt continuation 6...Kt to Q2, as in the text. White aft^r 8 Kt x B ch : but he jmade a faulty combination with 14. R to B sq. His intention must have been to utilise this Rook for the purpose of a King's side attack, and he should thereforehave continued 16. B x Kt, followed by P to KB4, and after removing the remaining Bishop, he had a clear road for the QR. Omitting this manoeuvre, his QR was blocked mon ^ it eventually to gain the QRP with 28. B x P, when Mr. Atkins cleverlv concluded the game with the sacrifice of the Knight. . • . . \ PROBLEM NO. 172. , By Zdenek Mach, of Prague, BLACK. WHITE. White to play and mate in three moves. SOLUTION OF PROBLEM No. 171. 1. Q to B2, K to Q5 ; 2. Q to K2, 1. ........., K to Q3 ; 2. Kt to K6 dis ch, 1 , P to Q5 ; 2: Q to B5 ch, 1. , P x Kt ; 2. Q x P, • —4— Any move 3. Q or B mates. K moves ; 3. Q mates. K to Q3 ; 3. Kt to R6 mates. K moves ; 3. Q mates. with Tchigorin's gets a fairly good game x P, even A PHRENOLOGIST'S ESTIMATE OF SIR A. MILNER, It would be difficult to say how many " pen-portraits " have lately been drawn of Sir Alfred Milner and Oom Paul. But the gallery would not be complete without the addition of a likeness " from the powers that preside over the Phrenological Magazine. Therefore we are glad to note in this month's issue "An Object Lesson," in which the merits and otherwise of the two leaders are set forth. Sir Alfred Milner's character from the phrenologist's point of view leaves nothing to be desired, as may be seen by the following extract: He is not the type of man to work for his own self-aggrandisement j neither is he disposed to overestimate his own powers. From a phrenological point of view, he is an ideal diplomatist; he understands his business, is able to watch his opportunities, strike at the right moment, and make very little noise about it . i . . he is a man of peace ... . he has lofty ideals and a sublime conception of beauty in all its forms ; he lives principally in the highest and best side of his nature, and would be known among his friends for his moral integrity, strong sympathies, reverence, and regard for truth and righteousness, and for his unselfishness. . An estimate which, we are sure, will be endorsed most readily by those who are best entitled to sit in judgment on the High Commissioner. President Kruger, whose countenance fills up the background in the portrait of Sir Alfred Milner, illustrating the article, emerges only a bad second from the hands of the professor of bumps : President Paul Kruger has a unique organisation and a distinot individuality, his temperament is motive-vital, and there is an absence of those refining qualities which are so characteristic of Sir Alfred Milner. It is true, the mere non-phrenologist shies a little at so mysterious a phrase as " motive-vital," but the following statement is clear enough : He has always possessed a large amount of ambition, and to further his interests he would vigorously fight and overcome his difficulties ; he is a man of strong prejudices ; with a limited capacity for mental work, he could wield the how and arrow more successfully than the pen ; he is not a student, and never was a student. The last clause is rather cutting, but it is high praise compared to the final thrust that "he is not without his redeeming points/ On the whole, not much love is lost between the phrenologist and the President of the Transvaal Republic.