Clipped From The Times
A CHESS tournament has been in progress for some months in New York, and is not yet quite decided, but the World says Ihut the scores already mado ensure the first prize to Captain Mackenzie, who has played 23 games, of which he has won 18 and lost 5. Tho second prize will go to Mr. Alberoni, who has won 19 and lost 7 out of a total of 20. The third lies between Messrs. Delraar, Bird and Mason. Dclninr U a brother of Alexander Delmar, formerly editor of the Age. Mr. Bird is an English player, who is temporarily in this country. Mr. Mackenzie, who will retain the championship, is a Scotchman by birth, but has long resided in New York, and is the chess editor of the Turf, Field and Farm. Overtures were lately made by some of the New Yorkers to the London player for a match to be played by cable, but nothing came of iU Tho ease with which Mr. Iiird has been beaten bere may explain the backwardness of the Englishmen to try conclusions with our best players In a formal match. Arrangements are in progress for an international chess tournament in Philadelphia during the Exposition, but no assurances have yet been received that the leading foreign players will attend. It requires very large prizes to tempt them across the oceau, especially when, ns in this ease, there is danger that they may fail to win the prizes, and thus lone the laurels they now wear. Mor - phy dethroned the vain chess monnrclis in Europe in his time, nnd they have been a little distrustful of the United States ever since. Mackenzie, though champion in New York, was unable to vanquish our lending Philadelphia players when he visited this city last winter. His contests with Messrs. Keichehn, Nt - il! and Davidson were virtually drawn battles, and it may yet be proved that the best chess player in the country, if not in the world, resides in this city.