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It/5 Qiampionship Chess I/I I -a c. Ul a: a. X UJ o 'c o Stevens By BLAKE STEVENS Southwestern Open Chess Champion Tlie heart of chess is Ihe "combination", "combination", the application of several several taclical ideas in sequence, which imbues the game with ever- fresh novelty. The Chess Automaton which we described a couple of weeks cess due to the conjoining of several several intriguing ideas. A competent player was, indeed, indeed, hidden In t h e c a b i n e t . T c ! e s co p i ng drawers, folding d o o r s , f a k e machinery, all combined lo affect affect Ihe illusion, a bulky presti- dijjil;,tion which would have been well admired by Blackslone. Then there was thÂ« pantograph which enabled Ihe concealed player, player, making moves on a small board Inside the cabinet, 'to reproduce reproduce these moves on a larger scale on the board, used by the Automaton. 'ITie third important feature of the machine, and perhaps the most imiKR-l.-inl of all, wns the method of communication. When the op- loncnl made n movon the board ulilcd rested on lop of the cabinet, how was the player inside to know whnt move hai been made? The chess board was solid, no lijjht came through fron) above, and the lighted candle used by Ihe hidden plnycr to sec his own small board, could not \tc seen f r o m the oulsidc. How then? This riddle is worlh pondering over. Magnetism. Metal, magnetized "life* drooled nboul nn inch when Ihe cl)CFs piece dison^ngcd from Ihe chessboard. Then when the piece conlaclcd the board again,' a n o t h e r disc would spring up, clearly showing the player where the piece had been played. So it happened that a certain man, one hundred and eighty eight years ago, endowed with a knowledge of mechanics, magic tricks, and n sense of humor, created a kind of miraculous mandarin of his own, th e Chess Automaton. The above diagram is an interesting interesting illustration of one of the stellar attractions of the Automaton. Automaton. In addition to playing out a game with an op^wnenl, the Automaton Automaton offered to play either side ot a given position such as the diagrammed one, providing that he be granted !!IG first move. As a rule the adversary chose the side with thr Queen or largest 'number ot pieces. In each case the Automaton won because these endings wct'e coni|xsed so that the player with the f i r s t move, w h i l e . o r black would force the game. In the alx3ve example the onlv possible choice for Ihe Automaton's Automaton's opixmcnt wns While because as Clack he would immediately lose his Queen to 1 M 5 .\Q. The solution nms 1 . . QxRPch; 2 KxQ. K-N2ch; 3 B-nsdf 3 K-M. Il-Nri mate), HxBch; 4 K - N I , K-N3ch; D K B-HGchf nnd mates in (wo moves Thus if G P-NM. R-R3ch; 7 K-N5, P-B3 male. Or if 6 K-R4; 7 K-N5 R-IM (or I'-IW) male.