Clipped From The Westminster Budget
J 24 THE WESTMINSTER BUDGET OCTOBER 27, 1899 SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21. The Ladies' Chess Club, with laudable ambition, challenged the City of London Chess Club to a match. The City Club consented, on condition that the ladies accepted the odds of a Knight on each board. The match came off on Tuesday evening at the City Club, the ladies having been hospitably entertained previous to the fight, which commenced at seven o'clock. It will be seen from the appended list that the City Club brought their first-class players in a body to the front, whilst the ladies were equally well represented. Their strongest players, with the exception of Miss Field, put in an appearance. But in spite of it they suffered a severe defeat. They did not score a win on any of the*boards, and had to be contented with two draws, although some hard games occurred on the four top boards, lasting / over three hours. Score: CITY OK LONDON. 1. Lawrence 2. Physick ... 3. Trenchard — 4. Ward,... ...... 5. Wagner 6. P. Howell................. ..; ... 7. Stevens 8. Woon. 9. Ward Higgs 10. Zangwill ... 11. Curnock ..... 12. Mocatta... 13. Hamburger •. 14. Johnson 15. Dr. Dunstan . .1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 Total 14 LADIES' CHESS CLUB. Mrs. Fagan 0 Mrs. Anderson 0 Miss Fox .. 0 Miss Hooke ..... 0 Mrs. Chapman..................... 0 Mrs. Robins...... 0 Mrs. Bowles...... .' 0 Mrs. Lewis ...... ... ]/z MissWilkins .\ % Miss Storell : 0 Miss Eyre • ....... Q Mrs. Oakley 0 Mrs. James ..... . 0 Mrs. Kreudson 0 Mrs. Stevenson 0 Total 1 This splendid victory of the City of London Chess Club is so much more creditable, as it is generally conceded that first-class amateurs are more at home in even games than in games at odds. We are reminded of a memorable match which took place in 1874, when the Bermondsey Chess Club became ambitious and challenged the City of London to a similar. This was a more serious affair than the above match, but the City of London had all the masters of the period on their members' roll, and out of twelve games Bermondsey only scored three. The City team was composed of Steinitz, Zukertort, Blackburne, Bird, Boden, De Vere, Potter, Lowenthal, MacDonnell, Hoffer, Ballard, and Lord. Ballard, Bird, and Boden lost. All the others won. No quarters being given, there were consequently no draws. These were the palmy days when London could put ten masters in the field, leaving out Horwitz, Burn and Whisteer. Six out of the ten have joined the majority. Hastings and St. Leonards defeated Tunbridge Wells in a match played at Hastings by ten games to two. The first of the following games is a pretty and instructive variation against Tchigorin's 2. Q to K2 in the French Defence ; and the second an interesting game from the recent London International Tournament. The former occurred in the recent Russian National Tournament at Moscow : M. Tchigorin. White. 1. P to K4 2. Q to K2 3. Kt to QB3 4. PtoQ3' 5. P to B4 6. PxP 7. Ktto B3 8. B to Kt5 9. B to R4 10. BtoKt3 11. Castles 12. Q to K sq 13. B to K2 14. Kt toQ2 15. Kt to Kt3 16. R to B sq 17. BtoB2 18. RP x B 19. B to B sq 20. Q to B2 FRENCH M. Bojarkoff. Black. PtoK3 Kt to QB3 P to K4 Kt to B3 B toB4 QKt x P PtoQ3 P to KR3 PtoKKt4 B to KKt5 KttoB3 Q to K2 Castles QR B to K3 B to Kt3. KR to K sq B x Kt B to R4 P to Q4 B x Kt DEFENCE. M. Tchigorin. White. 21. PxB 22. K to Q2 23. PxKt 24. KtoKsq 25. B x R 26. Q to K2 27. Q to B4 28. K to K2 29. B to K3 30. Q x KP 31. R x P 32. QtoK6ch 33. R to Q7 34. K to B2 35. R to B7 36. B to B3 37. B x Kt 38. QxBP 39. BxPch M. Bojarkoff. Black. Q to R6 ch Kt x P ch PxP dis ch R x R ch R to Q sq Q to R4 Q to R8 Q to B8 Q to R8 Q x P Q to R8 K to Kt sq Q to R3 ch R to B sq ch R to Q sq Q to R8 PxB Q to K4 Resigns 2...P to QB4 converts the Opening into a Sicilian Defence (favoured by Dr. Tarrasch) ; 2...B to K2 enables Black to play 3...P to Q4, and the text- move, which is somewhat original, may also be played. After 4. P to B4 we come, by a transposition of moves, to the Vienna Opening, White having his Q at K2 in an unfavourable position ; consequently, Black has a slight advantage, which he .justly utilises by an early advance of the King's side Pawns, compelling White to Castle QR, on which side he also shelters his own King; Black, however, was somewhat too bold in bearding the lion. Instead of withdrawing 19...Kt to Q2, he played the attacking 19...P to Q4 with the still more hazardous intention of sacrificing the Knight later on. His combination was somewhat complicated after 22. Kto Q2, for had White played what appears to be the obvious 22. K to Kt sq, Black would win with 22...P to Q5 ; 23. Q x Kt, R to K4, &c. The position with White's King at K2 is so tempting that Black may be pardoned for the impetuous sacrifice of the Knight. He should have played 22....R to K3; 23. P x P, R x P with a fair enough game. After the sacrifice he has to lose his unprotected (equivalent of) Pawns, and Tchigorin wins the game prettily. FRENCH DEFENCE. R. Teichmann. White. 1. PtoK4 2. PtoQ4 3. Kt to QB3 4. KtxP 5. Kt x Kt ch 6. Kt to B3 7. B to Q3 8. Q to K2 9. PtoB3 10. Castles 11. KttoK5 12. PxB 13. R to Q sq 14. B to K3 S. Tinsley. Black. P lo K3 PtoQ4 PxP Kt to KB3 Q x Kt PtoKR3 B to Q3 Kt to B3 B to Q2 Kt to K2 B x Kt Q to R5 Castles QR R. Teichmann. White. B to B5 B to Q4 B to K3 • P to KB4 P to QKt4 B to R6 Q to Kt5 Q x P ch P. to Kt5 Q to R4 Rx R P x Kt R to Ktsq ch 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. S. Tinsley. Black. Q to Kt4 P to B3 Q x P Q to Q3 P to KKt4 Q to K2 P x B K to Kt sq B to B sq RxRch P x p PxB K to R sq Q to Kt5 and mates in four moves Kt to B3 . Black's weak move was 10...Kt to K2 (he should have castled QR\ which left his Queen in an exposed position, cutting off the retreat to K2* Further, castling later on was premature—he might have occupied the diagonal with 13...B to B3, and then he might even have castled on the King's side. Further, instead of 16...P to B3, he should have simplified the position with 16...Kt xB; 17. P x Kt, B to B3; 18. B to K4, B x B, &c. 16...P to B3 gave Whitean excellent opportunity for a pretty attack at the cost of a single Pawn, which won the game by force. PROBLEM NO. 181. By H. Courtenay Fox. BLACK. WHITE. White to play and mate in three moves. SOLUTION OF PROBLEM NO. 180. 1. Q to R8, Any move ; 2. Q or Kt (B6) mates. "A THINKING GAME." The New York Journal has been giving some good advice to football players. It is oppressed by the thought of this season's already formidable accident list, and it is with no light heart that it takes up the task of trying to find that set of rules which will eliminate danger for everybody. According to this new authority one must prepare oneself very carefully for the rigours of football as played on the other side of the Atlantic : It is not everybody's game. . . . It requires good, thick bones, with a copious padding of muscles, strong lungs, and a healthy heart to stand the shock of hard tackling and the bruising of mass play. . . . Every detail of football must be studied—how to fall, tackle, kick, and run. And finally, after passing through this training, you are advised to get " an expert to show you how to fall and tumble, and what position the body should be in at different stages." " Football, we are told with a flourish, "is a thinking game." This, of course, is quite true. The man who cannot keep a cool head is not much use. 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