Clipped From The Times
There is every probability that a grand chess tournament will be held in Philadelphia during the Centennial Exhibition. There were such tournaments in London, Paris and Vienna during the exjiositions there, which were of world - wide interest. The leading players of this city have just demonstrated that they will be able to hold their own in such a tournament with the best in the United States, and there is reason to believe that the greatest living players wilt not be safe in offering them much odds. Jlr. Bird, of London, and Captain HcKenzie, of New York, both players of the first rank, were lately the guests of tho Philadelphia Chess Club for two weeks, and neither succeeded in vanquishing onr champions. Captaiu McKcnzi2, who is said to be the strongest player in New York, came out about even in his matches here, while Mr. Bird, who takes high rank in English chess circles, was fairly beaten. Chess is pnrely sn intellectual and scientific game worthy the study of scholars and gentlemen. Let us have a tournament by all means.