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24 THE WESTMINSTER BUDGET DECEMBER 8, 1899 • SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2. PROBLEM NO. 188. By S. Loyd. BLACK (three pieces). WHITE (seven pieces), White to play and mate in two moves. SOLUTION OF PROBLEM NO. 187. 1. Kt to K2, Any move; 2. Q or Kt mates. Only two important League matches are to be recorded, both played on Thursday. The Metropolitan beat North London by 10% to 8>£ points, one game remaining to be adjudicated ; and the recently established East of London Chess Club defeated Hampstead. The leading scores in the Championship Tournament of the City of London are : Lawrence (champion), won 5 games out of 5 ; Ward, 4 out of 5 ; Jones and Loman, each out of 6 ; Harold Jacobs, 4 out of 6 ; and Herbert Jacobs, 3 out of 5. The following are two interesting games from the London International Tournament. Both should have been won by Mr. Steinitz, but he allowed both opponents to escape with drawn games : W. Steinitz. White. 1. PtoQ4 P to QB4 Kt to QB3 B to Kt5 P to K3 B x Kt P x P Q to Kt3 B to Q3 KKt to K2 Q to B2 Castles P to QKt4 P to QR4 P to Kt5 P x P R x R R to R8 Kt to R4 KtxKt GAMBIT DECLINED. W. Steinitz. . White. 21. KttoB3 QUEEN'S F. J. Lee. Black. PtoQ4 P to K3 22. Q to R2 Ktto KB3 23. Q x R ch B to K2 24. Kt to R4 Castles 25. P to Kt6 B x B 26. Q to R7 P x P 27. Kt to B5 P to B3 28: Kt x P R to Ksq 29. K to B sq KttoQ2 30. BxB Kt to B sq £. 31. Kt x B P to KKt3 32. K x P P to QR3 33. K to B3 B to K2 34. K to Kt4 RPxP 35. KtoKt3 R x R 36. K to R4 P to. KB4 37. PtoKt4 Kt to Q2 38. K to Kt3 Kt to Kt3 Drawn, game • Q x Kt Mr. Steinitz adopts a peculiar variation after the regulation opening moves with 6. B x Kt and 7. P x P. He gives Black an open game, saving him the trouble to resort to the Queen's Fianchetto (P to QKt3 and B'to Kt2) for the sole purpose presumably of gaining a move with 8. Q to KtoV He has no perceptible advantage after Black's 12... P toQKt3 ; and if the latter had retired B to Kt2, followed by P to KB4, the centre would have been secure, and it is difficult to see how he could have broken through on either wing. Certainly not on the Queen's side, with two Pawns against four ; but, strange to say, he started the attack on the weaker wing and pierced it 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. IS. 20. F. J. Lee. Black. B to Q2 Rx R B to Q sq Q to B2 Q to B sq P to-B5 P x P P x P ch B to B4 QxB Q to Q6 ch Q to Q7 ch Qto Q6 ch Q to B4 ch Q to Q6 ch QxPch Q to B3 ch Q to K4 ch successfully. But he should not have succeeded had Black played 14...P to Kt3. If 15. P to Kt5, then 15...P. to B4 threatening to win the Bishop, consequently 16. P x P, P x P ; now he must provide against 16...P to B5, whereupon 17...P x P, &c. Further, he should have prevented 18. R to R8 with 17...B to Q2. Afterwards he got a difficult game to defend. He might, however, have tried the alternative, 22...K to B2, when White could not have played 23. Kt to R4, because of R x R. After 26. Q to R7, his only chance was to maintain the QKtP with 26...P to B4 ; 27. Kt x P, B to B3, and, fight it out with a Pawn minus. Strange to say, after having played splendidly to get a won game, Steinitz throws the advantage away at the last moment. Had he played^7. B to R6 he would have won easily, whilst the text move gave Lee an opportunity of a clever draw. QUEEN'S PAWN OPENING. W. Steinitz. White. 1. PtoQ4 P to QB4 Kt to QB3 P to K3 B to Q3 P x B Ktto K2 • Pto B5 B to R3 Castles P to B3 Pto QB4 P to K4 PxQP P to Q5 BP x P P x P • Q to Q2 Kt to Q4 20. Kt to K.6 21. Kt x P Q x P Q x Kt ch Q-x P B x Q R to B3 K to R sq R x Kt R to Kt sq ch R to R3 ch R (R3) to Kt3 R to K sq K to Kt sq 2 3. '4. , 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. M. 17.. 18. 19. 22. 23. -24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. G. Maroczy. Black. P to K3 P to*KB4 Kt to KB3 »B to Kt5 B x K ch Castles Kt to B3 P to QKt3 ch Kt to K2 R to m B to Kt2 P to KKt4 P to Q3 P x QP KP x P PxP Kf to Kt3 P to KR3 Q to KB sq Q to K2 P x Kt Kt x QP R to Kt2 QxQ Kt to K6 R x P ch R to Kt3 R x B K to R2 R to R3 K to R sq R to R5 W... Steinitz White. 34. R to K3 35. R fo R3 36. ,K to B2 37. R x R ch 38. KtoKf3 39. B to B4 40. P to K5 41'.* P to K6 42. B to Q5 43. P to KR4 44. Kto Kt4 45. P to R5 46. R to B3 ch 47. R to B5 ch 48. B to Kt3 49. B x B 50. R X P: 51. K to R4 52. R to R5 53. R to R3 „ 54. R to B3 ch 55. R to Kt5 56. PtoR4 57. R to B4 58. Kt6Kt4 59. R to K.4 60. K to B4 61. K to K3 62. K to Q3 63. K to B3 64. R to R4 [' 65. P to R5 66. K to Q4 G. Maroczy. Black. R to QB sq R to Kl sq ch R to Kt5 R x R K to Kt2 B to B sq Pto.Kt4 K to B3 K to K2 K to B3 R to R sq K to K4 K to Q3 B x P KxB R to Kl sq ch K to B3 R to Kt2 R to QB2 K to Kt2 R to B3 R to QR3 R to R4 ch K to R3 R to Kt4 ch Kx P R to R4 K to Kt4 K to B4 R to K4 R to K6ch R to QR6 R to KKt sq and the game was drawn after four more moves. This game requires, relatively to its size, only a few remarks. Maroczy defended in an erratic manner, and got the worst of the opening. To create a diversion, he advanced the King's side Pawns to the attack—a dangerous proceeding, enabling Steinitz to post a Knight favour ably at K6, ,and sacrifice it with 20. Kt x P. He emerged from the ensuing tussle with two Pawns ahead, and an ending which he should have won with comparative ease. From this point onwards he played weakly. He overlooked the eventual loss of a Pawn after 26. R to B3, and later on he might have simplified the ending by the exchange of one Rook on his thirty-third move, and a final weak move occurred by advancing prematurely 41. Pto K6, so that he lost his valuable passed Pawns gradually, and could eventually do no more than draw. Maroczy made a skilful and tenacious uphill fight. In reply to our announcement that we shall follow the suggestion made to us to infuse more variety into the Problem Department, we have received some correspondence containing equally divided opinions on the matter, e.g. : " Pray do not let any competent authority both on chess and journalistic matter spoil your weekly page, to which all chess-players and thinkers look forward as affording so much amusement and instruction. We are greatly indebted, too, for the splendid games, which are always worth an attentive study." ' The gist of the opposition, being, " Glad to hear you are likely to make a variety in pi'oblem department." 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