the recognised moves. Why this rebellious spirit? Are we then so much wiser than our uncles? I have my doubts about that. P to QB 3, as an answer to P to Q B 4 used to be considered as an obvious and undoubtedly necessary continuation. (b) P to B 5, or P takes P would either of them be pretty good. (c) All this is very wonderful. Not in this way was the Fianchetto met in my day. I envy Mr. Bird. It seems to me that he has found a gold mine, and one that I long ago abandoned as void any more of auriferous matter. (d) Black seems to be a piece ahead, but what then, who cares about pieces? (e) Mr. Bird seems to have no compunction about taking everything off. (f) Black takes off another piece, and still does not seem to be afraid. What a world we live in to be sure! (g) Dear me! so all these brilliant sacrifices have not come to anything after all. GAME 127. Played in the Eighth Round, on the 11th July. KB P opening. White. Mr. BIRD. 1 P to K B 4 2 P to K 3 3 B to K 2 4 P to Q Kt 3 5 B to Q Kt 2 6 B to KB 3 7 P to Q R 4 8 Kt to KR 3 9 Kt to Q R 3 (a) 10 Castles 11 Kt to Q Kt 5 12 P to Q 4 13 Kt to Q B 3 14 K to R sq 15 Q Kt to K 2 16 Kt to KB 2 17 Kt to Q 3 18 Q to Q 2 19 P to KR 3 20 Kt to K 5 21 B P takes B 22 K to Kt sq 23 B takes Ki 24 B to R 3 (c) 25 R takes R 26 P takes P 27 Kt to K B 4 28 K to R 2 29 P to K Kt 3 30 Q to K 2 31 P to KR 4 (d) 32 Q to Q Kt 5 33 Kt to K Kt 2 34 Kt takes P 35 R to K Kt sq 36 Q to K B sq 37 B to B 8 ch (f) 38 Q to B 7 ch 39 Q takes B (g) 40 B to K 7 Black. 1 P to K 3 2 P to K B 4 3 Kt to KB 3 4 P to QB 4 5 P to Q Kt 3 6 P to Q 4 7 Kt to QB 3 8 B to K 2 9 B to Q Kt 2 10 B to Q 3 11 B to Q Kt sq 12 P to QR3 13 B to Q3 14 Q to K 2 15 Castles KR 16 P to K R 4 (b) 17 Kt to K Kt 5 18 Q to KR 5 19 P to QB 5 20 B takes Kt 21 Kt to B 7 ch 22 Kt to K 5 23 BP takes B 24 R takes R ch 25 P takes P 26 P to Q R 4 27 R to K sq 28 Q to Kt 4 29 K to R 2 30 K to R 3 31 Q to K Kt 5 32 P to K Kt 4 33 P takes P 34 R to K Kt s t sq 35 R to Q B sq (e) 36 R to K Kt sq 37 K to R 2 38 K to R sq 39 Kt takes Q P 40 K to R 2 41 K to R 3 42 P to K 6 43 P to K 7 44 P Queens Resigns Q to K B 7 44 B to K 7 45 B to B 8 ch (a) Those who throw over all restraints are in a position to defy criticism; an axiom which holds equally good in Chess as in morals. It often happens that he who drowns conscience seems able to do very well without it, and in like manner Mr. Bird, though he disburdens himself of "the principles," manages to be tolerably successful. (b) I have been observing the mutual unsoundness of the players with a certain amount of admiration, but this seems to be going too far in that direction. (c) Kt to B 4 at once is decidedly to be preferred. (d) Injudicious; the best move is B to Q 6, when there it could not be blocked out, and the two moves required if the Kt tried to attack same could be utilized, as for instance by R to Q B sq. Moreover, B to B 7 would be threatened in certain eventualities. (e) This is futile. He should endeavour to make use of his minor pieces. He can play his Kt either to Q sq or Kt sq, threatening, in the former case, to get therewith to K Kt 4, and in the latter case, proposing B to Q R 3, with the object, if allowed, of descending to B 8, which would make matters awkward. (f) Give Mr. Bird a chance, and he is likely to turn it to account. He has now White. Herr PITSCHEL. I P to K 4 2 Kt to K B 3 3 Kt to Q B 3 4 P to Q 4 5 Kt takes P 6 B to K 3 7 Kt takes Kt 8 P takes B 9 Q to Q 6 10 B to B 5 II B takes Q 12 R to Q Kt sq 13 P to QB 4 14 P to QB 5 15 P takes Kt 16 B to B 4 17 R to Kt 6 18 Castles (b) 19 K R to Q Kt 20 R to Kt 8 21 KR to Kt 6 22 B to Q 3 23 R to Kt 3 Black. 1 P to QB 4 5 P to QR 3 6 B to Q Kt5 7 B takes Kt ch 8 Kt P takes Kt 9 Q to K 2 10 Q takes Q 11 P to KB 3 18 R to R 4 20 R to B sq 48 B to Q 3 48 R to K B 3 49 B to K 4 49 R to Kt 3 ch And after some further moves Black won. (a) I look upon Mr. Bird as licensed to do all manner of curious things, and therefore have refrained from making any notes, but how he can expect to sell his pigs at a profit in this market I cannot for the life of me see. (b) Castling in an end game of this description is like eating cream ice in winter. What is the King to do in that gallery? better to bring him to Q 2, and then on to QB 3. (c) The office of these two Rooks is to keep that Bishop in prison, because, if it should once get out goodness knows what might happen. In the meantime they of course require an occasional change of air. Hence the reason of their going up and down that ladder. (d) White has all of a sudden got himself between a cleft stick. His only resource besides this, is P to QB 3, whereby he will of course lose a Pawn. GAME 129. Played in the final Round, on the 23rd July. (Ruy Lopez, Bird's defence.) White. Mr. MASON. IP to K 4 2 Kt to K B 3 3 B to Kt 5 4 Kt takes Kt 5 Castles 6 P to KB 4 (a) 7 B to K 2 (b) 8 P to 9 3 9 P takes P 10 B to Q 3 (c) 11 P to B 5 12 B to K B 4 13 Kt to R 3 23 P to K Kt 5 14 Kt to B 4 Black. 1 P to K 4 3 Kt to Q 5 4 P takes Kt 5 P to KR 6 P to QB 3 7 P to Q 4 8 P takes P 9 B to QB 4 10 Kt to B 3 11 Kt to Kt 5 12 B to Q 2 13 Q to K 2 14 P to Q Kt 4 White. 15 Kt to R 5 18 P to B 3 25 K to R sq 31 K to Kt sq (e) 33 Q R to K sq Resigns (g) (a) This is altogether premature, P to Q3 is the correct continuation. White. 9 Kt to K 2 26 P takes P 35 Kt to K 7 ch (b) Possibly necessary after the last 36 P to Q5 move, and no doubt intended as its 37 Ptakes P follower, but it only shows how completely 38 P to 96 the nature of the opening has been mis- 39 Kt to Q5 conceived. Mr. Mason possesses many of 40 P to QB 5 the qualities of a really strong player, and 41 Kt to B 4 ch particularly he is by no means apt to 42 R to QB'8 break down under difficulties, but he 43 R to QB 7 certainly lacks what is called judgment. 44 K to B 2 (c) Which is obviously a sign of weak- 45 K to K 3 46 K to Q 3 47 K to QB 4 48 P to K Kt 3 49 R to K 7 ch 50 Kt to Q 5 ch 51 Kt takes P 52 Kt to Q 7 ch ness. (d) This Pawn seems likely either directly or indirectly to work considerable mischief. (e) He cannot stand against R takes B while the K remains at R sq, but B to B 3 would appear to be more hopeful than the text move. (f) Which of course wins. (g) This game is a good specimen of Mr. Bird's vigorous, if somewhat loose, style. Careful elaboration is not a quality that he goes in for, and as long as the opponent's game be broken up, he does not seem to mind his own being in various pieces. Black. 9 Kt to K B sq (b) 21 R to K B 2 (f) 22 K to B sq 32 K to R 2 33 Q takes Q 37 Kt takes P 38 Kt to K 4 53 K to Q 5, and wins (a) Kt to QB 3 is far preferable. If White take it off so much the better. Black would in that case have a strong centre and his Q B which he now banishes would be in fine play. (b) This kind of thing has become fashionable in these latter days. It ought not to answer if the other side make good use of the time thus accorded. (c) Unsound undoubtedly. Presumably Anderssen was induced to make the ven- (d) I find no good reason against B takes Kt. (e) White has now a most formidable White. 3 B to Kt 5 4 B to R 4 5 P.to Q 4 Black. M. ROSENTHAL. I P to K 4 2 Kt to QB 3 3 P to QR3 25 Q to KB 3 (c) 28 B to K 3 Drawn passed K P is not yet so dangerous as all (a) Why give up the open file? The that, and if it were, diminishing one's forces will not attenuate the danger. Of course the adverse Rook is taken from K sq, but that is of very little account. The correct play, according to my judg. ment, is B to Q 4 at once. (b) A very unsound style of play altogether. (c) The Queen, of course, cannot take the Pawn, as she has to keep R 5 for the Rook, should Kt go to K 5. (d) All this is capitally played. Black cannot take the Queen, for the Rook will then threaten R takes Kt ch, and also B to, B 5, both of which menaces cannot be foiled. (e) Very ill-advised. He has a firstrate game, and ought not to break it up in this way. Something is to be said for Q to Q4, threatening P to K Kt 4, yet I would not do it myself, on account of the contingencies floating about afterwards. He has several very good moves at his disposal, such as 34 R to Q 6, forcing the exchange of Queens, 34 R to Q 4, to be followed if, R takes B by Q takes Q, and if the B move then P to Kt 4 would be safe enough. (f) Which allows of an immediate draw. If playing to win, he should move 37 Q to Q4, answering Kt to K 3 with 38 Q to B 3, and Kt to Kt 3 with 38 R to K 2. GAME 132. Played in the First Round on the 18th June. Four Knights' Game. M. ROSENTHAL. 1 P to K 4 2 Kt to Q B3 3 Kt to KB 3 6 Kt takes P 8 B to Q 3 15 B takes R P ch 16 to K 4 ch 17 Q takes KB 18 Q to K 2 19 Q to B 2 20 P to Q Kt 3 21 K to Kt sq 22 B to Kt 2 23 Q R to K sq 24 R takes R ch 25 R to K sq 26 Kt to Q sq 27 Q to B 3 28 Kt to K 3 29 Kt takes B 30 R to K 2 31 P to K Kt 4 32 P to B 5 33 B to Q B sq 34 K to Kt 2 35 Q to Q 3 36 P to QB 4 37 Q takes Q 38 P takes P 39 R to K sq 40 R to Q sq 41 K takes Ŕ 42 K to Kt 2 43 K to B 3 Black. Capt. MACKENZIE. I P to K 4 2 Kt to QB 3 3 Kt to KB 3 4 P to Q 3 (a) 5 P takes P 6 B to Q 2 7 P takes Kt 8 B to K 2 9 Castles 10 Kt to K sq 11 P to K B 4 12 P takes P (c) 13 Q to Q Kt sq (d) 14 Q to Kt 2 15 K takes B 16 B to B 4 K to Q 3 57 Kt to B 3 58 58 K to Kt 2 59 K to KB 2 60 Resigns. B to Q 6 59 B to QB 5 60 P to Kt 5 (e) (a) This seems to yield most of the disadvantages and few of the advantages of the Philidor. So far as present appearances go 4 B to Kt 5 has held water best, but I apprehend that 4 P to QR 3 followed after B to R 4, by 5 B to Kt 5 is no worse if not better, of course that would be the Blackburne variation of the Ruy Lopez. As to 4 P to Q R 3, 5 B takes Kt, Q P takes B, 6 Kt takes P, Kt takes P, 7 Q to K 2, Kt takes Kt, 8Q P takes Kt, B to K 2, and the game is tolerably even. (b) To this powerful move there is no good nor even a plausible answer. (c) This involves the loss of a Pawn. The only other replies were P to K Kt 3, and P to B 4, neither of which has a promising aspect. P. (d) If P to Q 4, then of course Kt takes 36 B takes Kt and wins (a) As a general rule, it is better to try experiments, rather in off hand games That this move than in serious contests. is not better than the recognized continuation of 6 B to K 2 is speedily shewn. (b) Rather venturesome. (c) R to K 3 is preferable, I should say. (d) I favour Kt to Q 4. (e) This fine move prevents Black from exchanging Queens save at the expense of a piece. (f) He has two better courses open. One is to resign, for it is useless going on with a Rook against a Queen in such a position; the other is Q to Kt 5, which allows of a further struggle. ? R to R5 will GAME 134. be almost Played in the Ninth Round, on the 15th July. French Defence. White. Capt. MACKENZIE. 1 P to K 4 2 P to Q4 3 Kt to QB 3 8 B to K Kt 5 9 B takes Kt 10 Kt to R 4 11 Q to R 5 12 P to K B 4 13 R to B 3 14 Q R to KB sq 15 Kt to K 2 16 Kt to Kt 3 17 Q to R 6 ch 18 Kt from R 4 to B 5 ch 19 Kt takes B ch 20 P to Kt 4 ch 21 R to Kt 3 ch 22 B to K 2 mate. Black. Mr. MASON. 1 P to K 3 2 P to Q 4 3 Kt to KB 3 4 P takes P 5 B to Q 3 6 Castles 7 Kt to Q B 3 8 Kt to K 2 (a) 9 P takes B 10 K to Kt 2 II R to K R sq 12 P to Q B 13 Kt to Kt 3 14 Q to B 2 15 B to Q 2 16 Q R to K Kt sq (b) 17 K takes Q 18 B takes Kt 19 K to R 4 20 K takes P 21 K to R 4 (a) Probably the last appearance of this ill-favoured continuation in any important game. (b) Which allows White to mate brilliantly in six moves. I have not thought it worth while to make notes upon the course of play leading up to this result, preferring to bury a dead defence. Prof. ANDERSSEN. IP to K 4 17 P to K 5 Black. M. ROSENTHAL. 2 Kt to QB 3 3 Kt to K B 3 9 Kt to K 2 10 Kt to Kt3 II P to QB 3 27 Q R to K sq 29 Kt frm B sq to Q2 29 Kt to R 5 30 P to K B 4 31 R takes R 30 R takes B 32 R to K 7 32 B tks Kt at Kt 5 (b) Kt from R 2 to B 3 is much stronger. (c) This is not good, and is made worse. He should play Kt to Q 2. Though no doubt the position is not so satisfactory as it was. 33 B to B 3 38 K takes B 43 K to Q sq (a) The King being safe for the present on his own square, Ånderssen concludes not to bother about Castling, but commence an attack at once, and the position justifies him. (b) If K to Q sq, White could apparently reply rather effectively with B to Kt 6 ch. (c) Kt to B sq, or Kt to B 4, one of these two seems advisable. (d) B to R 5 is no good, on account of R to R sq. GAME 137. 37 K R to Q sq Black. 16 K P takes Kt (c) 17 Kt to K 4 18 P takes P (d) 19 P to Kt 4 20 P to Q R 4 21 Kt takes B 22 K takes B 23 P takes P 24 B to R 3 25 P to B 3 26 Q to K 2 27 P to Kt 5 (e) 28 KR to Q B sq 29 Q R to Kt sq 30 B to Q6 31 P to B 5 32 P to Kt 6 33 P takes P 34 K to Kt 3 35 Q to K 4 36 R to Kt 2 (a) P to Q 4, bringing about the French Game, is preferable. I dare say the veteran objected to be forced into a defence which probably he despises. (b) The tactics pursued by both parties have brought about a somewhat moody block. I do not see that he has any better move than this. (c) Kt takes Kt is sounder, and I should say more promising also. (d) Dissipating the block which P to Kt 3 would maintain, but the chances are with White. (e) Going in for an attack, but it ought to turn out unprofitably. (f) A shocking bad move. Q to R 6 would at least win that obnoxious Kt P. (e) This sacrifice brings a draw, which perhaps is a legitimate result of the posi-doubt, I think, that the Professor intended (g) A curious slip. There can be little tion, though White seems to have the pull. originally 41 B takes P ch, after which would follow 42 K to Kt sq, Q takes Kt, 43 Q takes P, B takes P, or 42 K takes P, Q takes Kt, 43 P to Q 6, Q to Kt 3 ch, 44 K to R 4, and apparently it would be a draw which I doubt being the case if 44 K to B 2, on account of Q to Kt 7 ch, followed by R to Kt 2, threatening R to Kt 7. Played in the Fifth Round on the 2nd White. I P to Q 4 Prof. ANDERSSEN. 2 P to K 4 3 Kt to QB 3 4 Kt to B 3 7 Q to B 2 8 B to K 2 9 P to K 4 12 B to K 3 13 Kt to Q 2 3 P to Q5 5 Kt to QB 3 13 P to B 3 14 Kt to Q sq (b) 15 B to K sq White. 7 P to Q 3 15 Kt to K 2 16 P to Q Kt 3 17 P to QB 4 (b) 20 B to B 3 34 P to Kt 4 57 K to B sq 58 P to K 6 59 P to K 7 60 K to Kt sq Black. 7 Castles 8 P to Q3 9 P to QB 3 10 P to Q 4 IIQ Kt to Q 2 12 Kt takes Kt 13 Kt to K sq 14 P to Kt 3 15 Kt to Kt 2 16 B to R 3 (a) 17 P takes P 18 B takes P 19 R to Q B sq 20 Q to Q 2 21 B to Q 4 22 P takes B 23 B to Kt 4 24 Kt to K 3 25 R to B 5 26 KR to Q B sq 27 B to R 3 28 P to Q Kt 4 29 P to Q R 4 30 Q to B 3 31 R to B 2 GAME 139. Played in the Ninth Round on the 15th July. Sicilian Defence. 22 P takes P 59 Kt to Q 6 ch 60 R to Q Kt 7 ch 61 K to R sq, and wins (a) Here Mr. Bird would certainly play P K Kt 4, and I really think he would be right. "The principles" are respectable entities in their way, but when they forbid a bold though not reckless dive after visi. ble pearls of fortune, why it is time such tyranny were rebelled against. As to the text move, I don't like those side strokes, except for a better reason than I see here. (b) I do not consider this advance at all well judged. (c) Do not see any reason for this exchange, seeing that his Bishop is at least as good as the opponent's. He could play it either to K 2 or Q 7. 23 Q to QB 4 24 P takes Q (c) 25 R to Q 2 26 P to K B 4 (d) 27 P takes P 28 Kt takes P 29 Kt takes B P 30 R takes R 31 Kt to Kt 5 32 Kt to K 6 33 B to Kt 5 (a) Black. Prof. ANDERSSEN. 1 P to QB 4 2 P to K 3 3 Kt to QB 3 4 Kt to K B 3 5 P to QR3 6 P takes P 7 B to K 2 8 Castles II P to Q Kt 4 And after some further moves Anderssen won (e). (a) Whatever the merits of this continuation it does not seem to be much blessed by success as a general rule. (b) Turnings and twistings of Knights to no particular purpose have been much in vogue in this tourney. (c) I expect Anderssen views this doubled Pawn with feelings of pleasure. (d) By no means ill conceived, but the display of skill comes rather too late. (e) I have been obliged to cut off the last six or seven moves on account of the score being unintelligible from this point. White. IIQ to R 4 ch 20 Q to Q 5 50 R to Kt 6 ch 51 K to B 4 52 P to B 3 Black. 11 P to QB 3 12 Q to K Kt 3 13 Q to KB 3 14 P to K Kt 4 15 Q Kt takes P 16 Kt to Q B sq 17 Kt to R 2 18 Kt takes B 19 P to Q Kt 4 20 K to Q 2 (d) 21 Q to K 3 22 Q takes Q 23 R to K sq (e) 24 R to K 3 25 K to B 2 26 R to B 3 27 R to K 3 28 P to KR 4 29 P to K Kt 5 30 P takes P 31 R to Kt sq 32 KR to Kt 3 33 Kt to R 2 34 Kt to B sq 35 K to B 3 36 R to Kt sq 37 P takes P 38 Kt to Kt 3 39 K takes B 40 KR to Kt 3 41 K to R 2 42 R to K sq 43 R to B sq ch (g) 44 R to QB 3 45 R to B 4 46 R takes Rat R 5 47 R to B 3 48 K to Kt sq 49 K to Kt 2 50 K to R 2 51 P to Kt 6 Resigns |