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24 THE WESTMINSTER BUDGET NOVEMBER 24$ 1899 of this variation, and played it successfully on various occasions, notably at the Hastings Tournament against Pillsbury : KING'S GAMBIT DECLINED. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18. An interesting tournament will commence in Vienna on December 17. To improve Chess in Austria-Hungary, the late Baron Kolisch bequeathed a fund to the Vienna Chess Club for investment, thus endowing the periodical national tournaments, of which the first is to be held now. If the best players will enter it ought to prove an important event. The prizes are l,000f., 750f., 600f., 500f., 400f., 300f., 200f., 150f., 100f., and 50f. Not more than sixteen players are admitted. The important events last week were the matches hetween the Metropolitan Metropolitan and Hampstead Chess Clubs, won by the former, and the match between Battersea and the North London Clubs, won by Battersea, perhaps even unexpectedly by the victors. This week North London suffered a more severe defeat at the hands of the City of London Chess Club. Twenty-five boards were engaged, and the City won by nineteen games to six. ' Hampstead beat the Metropolitan in a match, after a good fight on the part of Hampstead, by %% games to 8 )4- Another match between the West London and Chiswick Chess „Clubs, upon nine boards, resulted in favour of West London by five games to four. Mr. Atherley-Jones, Q.C., M.P., played board No. 1 for Chiswick, but, being president of both clubs, he only drew, probably out of courtesy. The following game from the recent London International Tournament furnishes an instructive Pawn'Ending : QUEEN'S PAWN OPENING. J. Mason. II; N. Pillsbury. J. Mason. Black. White. Black. P to KB4 32. RtoR8 K to B2 Kt to KB3 33. R (Kt5) to Kt8 P to K4 P to K3 34. B to K sq P to K5 B to K2 35. B to R5 K to K2 Castles 36. K to B2 R to Q6 P to QKt3 37. B x Kt ch R (K sq) x B B to Kt2 38. RxR R x R Qto Ksq • 39. RxR Kx R P x P 40. K to K3 K to K2 Kt x Kt 41. K x P. K to K3 B x B 42. K to B4 K to B2 PtoB3 43. KtoKt4 K to B sq KttoR3 44. K to B4 K to B2 Q to R4 45. K to K5 K to K2 QR to K sq 46. K to Q5 K to Q2 P to Q4 47. K to K5 K to K2 KttoKtsq 48. K to B4 K to K3 BtoKt4 49. K to K4 K to B2 Kt x Kt • 50. K to Q5 K to K2 P x P 51. K to K5 K to B2 KttoQsq 52. K to Q6 K to B sq Q to Kt3 53. K to K6 K to K sq P x Q . 54. P to Kt4 K to B sq PtoKt4 55. PtoR5 K to Kt sq P to R3 56. K to K7 K to R sq PxP 57. K to B8 - K to R2 R to B4 58. K to B7 k PxP PxP 59. PxP KtoRsq R to' Q4 60. K to Kt6 K to Kt sq R x QP 61. P to R6 K to R sq R to Q2 62.PxPch Resigns There is not much in the game to criticise. Black has somewhat the inferior position, which he necessarily should have with the P to KB4 defence. Dr. Tarrasch, who was tempted to try it against Steinitz in the Hastings Tournament, said he never tried it before; and never will try it again. Black might have played 8...Kt to K5 to prevent the advance of the KP. Afterwards nothing noteworthy occurred till 17...Kt to Kt sq. He should have played first 17...B to Kt'5; 18. KR moves, then Kt to Kt sq. White was enabled to capture a Pawn in consequence of this omission, and, changing pieces after having broken up Black's Pawns, he thought of remaining with ah ending that should be won easily, instead of which it turned out to be a remarkable drawn position, had Black played correctly, so the interesting part really commences after Black's 41st move. It is an instructive ending, Mason playing right enough till 55...K to Kt sq, which is the losing move, whereas 55...P x P; 56, P x P, K to Kt sq would have drawn. If 57. K to B5, then 57...K to B2 ; 58. P to Kt6 ch, K to B sq ; 59. K to K6, K to Kt sq and draws. The following game, from Mr. Blackburne's "Games, of Chess," is interesting from the fact that on this occasion; originated the beautiful variation of leaving a Rook en prise for the attack. Tchigorin is very fond II. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. N. Pillsbury. White. P to Q4 P to QB4 Kt to QB3 PtoK3 B to Q3 Kt to B3 Castles Q to K2 P to K4 Kt x P 13 x Kt Q x B B to B4 KR to K sq B to Kt3 Kt to K5 Q to K3 Kt x P P to B4 P x B Q to K4 Pto KR4 QxQ KR to QB sq P to R4 P x P R to R6 ' P to Kt3 R to Kt sq RxKtP R x KtP i H. Blackburne. White. 1. P to K4 2. PtoKB4 3. Kt to KB3 4. KttoB3 5. B to B4 6. P to Q3 7. P to QR3 8. P to R3 9. QxB 10. Q to Kt3 11. K to Q sq 12. P x P 13. R to B sq 14. B to KKt5 15. PtoQKt4 16. PtoQR4 17. B to Q2 18. R to QKtsq 19. Q to B2 20. PtoKt4 21. Kt to K2 Prof. Anderssen. Black. P to K4 B to B4 PtoQ3 Kt to KB3 PtoQR3 KttoB3 B to KKt5 Bx Kt Kt to Q5 Q to K2 PtoB3 Fx P R to KKt sq Castles B to R2•, Q x P Q to K2 P to KKt4 R to Kt3 P to R3 PtoKt4 J. Hj. Blackburne. .White. 22. P x P 23. B to R2 24- B to Kt4 25. KtxKt 26. Q to B5 \ 27. K to K2 28. Q to R7 29. B to Q2 . 30. RxR 31. R to KB sq 32. Q to Kt8 33. RxP 34. R to B8 -3$ B to QB4 35. QtoQ5ch 37. Q to R8 38. B to Kt3 39. BtoR4ch 40. Q to B8 ch 41. B x Kt ch 42. Q to K8 ch commencing Prof. Anderssen. Black." RPx P R to Q2 QtoQsq B x Kt Kt to K sq R to B3 PtoB4 P to Kt5 Q x R Q to Q3 R to K2 K to Q sq K to Q2 Q tp QKt3 K to B2 K to Q2 Kt to B3 K to K3 Kt to Q2 R x B Resigns with 10. Q to Kt 3 Mr. Blackburne says that the variation occurred to him on the spur of the moment, and took Professor Anderssen by surprise. He did not venture upon Kt x P ch and Kt x R, as he naturally assumed Mr. Blackburne had sprung upon him a variation well considered beforehand. The capture of the Rook, however, is not an unalloyed pleasure either, as Black is subjected to a most violent attack, in which White can temporarily disregard the absence of the Queen's Rook. Black had a good enough game afterwards ; but he compromised it with the advance of the KKt and QKt Pawns, and White manoeuvred very skilfully against his formidable opponent. The latter part of the game, commencing with 28. Q to R7, is well worth careful study. He cleverly pinned Black's Kt at K sq, drew off Black's Queen from the defence by threatening 36. B to Kt5 ch, and brought his Bishop into play by force after 37. Q to R8. The game was then easily won. PROBLEM No. 185. By F. Kohnlein, of Munich. BLACK (four pieces). WHITE (five pieces), , White to play and mate in three moves. SOLUTION OF PROBLEM NO. 183. 1. P to Kt5, R x P ; 2. Q to B4 ch, K moves ; 3. Either Kt mates. 1. ......... R to B3 ; 2. Q to Kt8 ch, K to Q5 ; 3. Kt to B2 mates. SOLUTION OF PROBLEM NO. 184. 1. R to B7, B x Kt i 2. R to B7, Any move ; 3. Kt or B mates. A KNOTTY MEDICAL POINT. Some time ago a German Court had to adjudicate on the question whether corns constitute a disease. A still more abstruse problem has, we learn from the British Medical Journal, recently engaged the attention of a Vienna tribunal. A medical practitioner of that city, having occasion to operate, very properly trimmed his nails as a preliminary. In doing so, however, he cut his finger, but was, nevertheless, able to perform several operations on the same day. The wound became infected, and the practitioner himself had to be operated on. He was thus disabled for twenty- one days, and therefore claimed five florins a day from an accident assurance company. The company repudiated liability on the ground that, according to its by-laws, no claim can be entertained for an operation performed by a medical practitioner on himself. The question whether nail-cutting is a surgical operation appears to have proved too much for the judicial intellect, for the Court reserved its decision.