Clipped From The Westminster Budget
24 THE WESTMINSTER BUDGET DECEMBER 22, 1899 SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16. Mr. Blackburne will play simultaneously upon thirty boards at the City of London Chess Club on the 19th inst, commencing at 6 p.m. A novel and probably attractive feature of the performance will be that Messrs. E. O. Jones, Herbert Jacobs, and C. J. Woon will each occupy three boards, so that besides a number of strong amateurs pitted against Mr. Blackburne in the team, he will have to play nine first-class games. Herr Mieses, who is staying in England on a passing visit, played simultaneously against twenty-three members of the Hastings and St. Leonards Chess Club. He won sixteen, drew three, and lost four games. The eighth round in the Championship Tournament of the City of London Chess Club has been concluded, and the,following are the leading scores : Lawrence . Ward ....... Ht. Jacobs. Loman Physic k ... ....won 6 games out of 6 & ' >i i, 7 •5 >» >> ? 54 „ „ 8 H ,,. „• 8 »> »> Jones ....... Tietjen .... Allcock .... Hd. Jacobs. .won 44 games out of 8 • i» »» »» 8 34 ,, 6 4 „ „ 7 For the following two games we are indebted to the courtesy of Mr. Trenchard. The first was played in the League match between the North London and Lee Chess Clubs and the second in the Championship Tournament of the City of London Chess Club : 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. W. Trenchard. White. P to Q4 P to K3 B to Q3 P to KB4 Kt to Q2 Kt to R3 P to B3 Q to B3 Castles Kt to Kt5 KttoR3 PtoKKt4 B x Kt ch H. W. Trenchard. W. Ward. H. W. Trenchard. W. Ward. Black. White. Black. PtoQ4 14. PtoKt5 PloB4 PtoK3 15.QtoR5 Q to B3 Kt to KB3 16. KttoB3 Q to B sq P to QKt3 17. P x P •• Kt to B3 B to Kt2 18. QKt to Kt5 ch K to R sq P to B4 19. Q to Kt6 Px P QKt to Q2 20. Q x P ch K to Kt sq B to K2 21. QtoKt6ch KtoRsq Castles 22. R to B3 Q to K sq PtoKR3 23. QtoR6ch K to Kt sq Q to B2 24. R to Kt3 Q to R4 Kt to R2 25. Kt to R7 dis ch K to B2 K x B 26. KKt to Kt5 ch Resigns Knowing Mr. Trenchard's predilection for the " Stonewall" development, Mr. Ward could have met it with the "Stonewall" defence— i.e., an identical centre formation as White's. Another good plan is 2...Kt to KB3 ; 3. B to Q3, Kt to B3 threatening P to K4. To prevent this, White plays 4. P to KB4, whereupon 4...Kt to QKt5, getting rid of White's valuable KB in exchange for the less (at this stage) useful QKt. It will be seen that Black's defence must be faulty if the positions are surveyed after both sides had castled. White is ready for the attack, whilst Black has no outlet for his pieces, as he cannot advance the KP, nor play the generally useful Kt to K5. White advanced 10. Kt to Kt5 provoking 10...P to KR3. This move should have been omitted by Black in favour oi 10...R to K sq, followed by Kt to B sq. With a clear appreciation of the position and a set plan White advances 12. P to KKt4, whilst Black seems to have no ready plan for the defence. Instead of Q to B2 he might have played 11...Kt to K sq, and if 12. P to KKt4 then 12...P to B4, followed by Kt to Q3 and Kt to K5. With 12...Kt to R2 he met White's attack half way, and Mr. Trenchard carried his plan through vigorously and smartly, first-class style. It is a pretty little game, played by White in H. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. P P W. Trenchard. White, to Q4 to K3 B to Q3 PtoKR4 P to R5 RxB Q x Kt. Q to K5 Q to K6 Q x Q ch P to QB4 Bx P Kt to KB3 KtxP B to K2 Pto B4 Kt to K6 Kt to B3 A. E. Tietjen. Black. P to Q4 B to B4 B to Kt3 Kt to KB3 B x P Kt x R P to KKt3 P to KB3 Qto Q2 Kt x Q JPx P PtoK4 Px P Kt to K4 P to B3 Kt to Q2 B te Q3 K to K2 H, W. Trenchard. White. 19. Kt to Q4 B to Q2 Castles B to B3 B to K sq B to R4 ch P to KKt4 P x P B x Kt Kt to K4 ch Kt to K6 ' QKt to Kt5 ch R toQ7 Rto B7 ch R to Kt7 ch R to B7 ch 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. A. E. Tietjen. Black. QR to KB sq P to KB4 P to QR3 R to QB sq B to Kt sq Kt to B3' , K to B2 ; QR to K sq KxB K to B2 P x P K to B3 P to R3 K to Kt3 Kto B3 Drawn by perpetual check. Another Stonewall opening, against which Mr. Tietjen runs his head by giving up two minor Pieces for Rook and Pawn. Black's sacrifice is not justified ; he gets neither position nor attack, and he should have lost the game in the ending—although we do not approve Mr. Trenchard's changing off process. He should have played 29. P to B6—this would have become a troublesome passed Pawn, and Black could not have withstood the combined action of the two Knights and the centre Pawns. Finally White had to be satisfied with perpetual check. Several correspondents having inquired whether it is permissible to begin with a check in a two-mover, we refer them to our remarks on November 25 with regard to our Problem Department. The problems given since are somewhat in the nature of "puzzles"; but in that capacity of a high order, combining good chess and ingenuity, and not merely catches. To the latter speciality, of which Mr. Loyd gives a number in his book, he himself says: "If the subject prove distasteful, and has been the means of creating an aversion for such frivolities, I would consider these pages the most valuable of my work." But even if we were to resort to the lighter kind of puzzles alluded to by Mr. Loyd, the excuse would be that during the Christmas season we are accustomed to be regaled with heavy fare and light literature. We give below a very pretty problem, for which we have to thank Mr. E. B. Schwann, the well-known problem composer, together with the letter accompanying it: " Dear Sir,— Re Loyd's 2-mover, Westminster Budget, December 8. " It is a well-known paradox of problem-solving that the more obvious and forcing a move is, the greater chance there is of its being overlooked by solvers intent on finding obscure and subtle lines of play. "This goes far, I think, to explain the exceptional difficulty of Loyd's famous 2-mover, with its checking key move. "That the P x P en passant idea can be shown in a more modern style problem is proved by the enclosed prize 3-move problem by O. Nemo, where the feature is repeated first on the White, then on the Black diagonal. —Yours truly, : E. B. SCHWANN." PROBLEM NO. 190. By Otto Nemo. BLACK (five pieces). WHITE (ten pieces). White to play and mate in three moves. SOLUTION OF PROBLEM No. 189. 1. R to Q3, KxR; 2. Castles, mate. 1 P x R ; 2. B to Q sq mates. + + "BRITANNIA'S PICANINNY." 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" Yes, we love this Picaninny, And we'll gather round her shield, Sworn to keep her motto stainless On the red and bloody field : For she's left her honour's keeping To her trusty Volunteers, So they greet Natalia's banner With a storm of ringing cheers. Vharus: She's Britannia's Picaninny, If she isn't very big ! She's a Daughter of the Empire, So she doesn't care a fig Tho' she's landed in the front of it- And bound to bear the brunt of it ! . The grim and grisly brunt of.it! Natal!