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The keymove of the two-mover by Mr. Andrew set for competition in the December number of The SCHOOL WORLD is 1. Q-R7, and the solution is :1. Kt-Q1.

2. Q-Q7 mate. 1. Kt-B4.

2. Kt-Kt4 1. Kt-Q3.

2. KtxP 1. Kt-B3.

2. Q-R2 1. Kt elsewhere.

2. Q x Kt 1. P-K5.

2. PxP 1. P-K3.

2. B--K4 N. B. Dick was the only one who solved correctly the previous three-mover by the saine composer.

Two other moves than 1. R-KtQ3 were given, but they fail ; viz. : 1. R-K3, which fails when Black replies R-R3, and 1. R-Q8, which fails when the play is 1. R-Q8 P-R3 2. R-KKt8, and if R-Kt4 White cannot mate on the move. For instance, 3R XR, Px R, and if 3Q-K5, K-Kt5. Will Messrs. Thomas and Poyser kindly note these flaws in their respective solutions ?

The leading scores, up to and including the November competition, are : N. B. Dick, 45; A. V. Poyser, 36 ; C. F. Russell, 34. The December competition decides who shall receive the Staunton set offered to the highest aggregate scores during the year.

Mr. Andrew tells me that he has started a chess club at the Coopers' Company's Grammar School, Bow; there are sixtyfive members, and they intend to play local clubs of medium strength in default of school clubs. Chess in London schools seems to be in its infancy, but it is hoped that more schools will follow the worthy example set by the Coopers' Company's School, and that in the near future there will be a London Schools' Chess League. Of course there is a disadvantage in the fact that the largest ones are day schools chiefly, but at the cost of a little trouble in organisation, I feel sure that much more could be done in London Schools than is the case at present.

There is a tournament being carried on at the Coopers' School, in three sections, and this appears to be the most effective way of keeping up an interest in chess in schools. One of the chief difficulties in the arrangement of tournaments is the grouping of the players into sections of, as far as possible, equal strength. I am not sure that the giving of pawns or pieces is as effective (in the case of boys) as the giving of one or more moves to a player of inferior strength. In my own case, I find that it is better to allow a boy to make, say ten moves, before I make one. It teaches him the value of development if it does nothing else. But with some of the stronger players I should soon be made to feel very small in conceding such odds. At Manchester Grammar School they have sliding odds tournament. There are many sections, with few boys in each ; every game a boy wins puts him up one section, and at every loss he takes refuge in a lower section. At the end of a session a boy usually finds his proper level. I should like to hear the opinions of players on this arrangement: personally I have not yet tried it, but it seems feasible enough.

The games in our Inter-School Correspondence Tournament have ceased during the holidays; they will be in full swing again by the end of the month : one or two of them, I believe, are nearly approaching completion. I hope to publish some of them during the course of the year, with notes.

The other day I came across an interesting specimen of the Allgaier gambit. Black was one of those persons who do not “believe” in the books !

1. P-K4.

1. P-K4. 2. P-KB4.

2. PxP. 3. Kt-KB3.

3. P--Kt4. 4. P-R4.

4. P-Kt5. 5. Kt-Kt5.

5. P-KB3? 6. QxP!

6. P-KR4. 7. Q-B5.

7. Px Kt. 8. Q-K16 ch.

8. K-K2. 9. Q x KtP ch.

9. K-Kı. 10. Q-K5 ch and wins the rook. The correct move for Black is 5. P--KR3. Here is another instructive game at the same opening. 1. P-K4.

1. P-K4. 2. P-KB4.

2. PxP. 3. Kt-KB3.

3. P-Kt4. 4. P-R4.

4. P- Kt5. 5. Kt-Kt5.

5. P-R3 6. Ktx P.

6. Kx Kt. 7. P-Q4.

7. P-Q4! 8. BxP.

8. PxP. 9. B-B4 ch.

9. K-Kt2! 10. Kt-B3

10. Kt-KB3. II. Q-K2.

11. B-Q3. 12. Castles KR.

12. R-BI. 13. B x P ch.

13. K x B. 14. Q-K3 ch.

14. K-Kt3. 15. Q-Kt5 ch.

15. K-R2. 16. Kt x P.

16. Ktx Kt. 17. B-K18 ch.

17. KxB. 18. Q-Kt6 and draws by perpetual check. Note that if Black play 17R x B White wins at once.

Readers will be interested in the appended extract from The New South Wales Educational Gazette of October ist, 1900 :

The following game is a capital example of Morphy's incisive style. The Duke of Brunswick and Count Isouard played Philidor's opening. 1. P-K4, P-K4; 2. Kt-KB3, P-Q3; 3. P-Q4, B-Kt5; 4. PRP, Bx Kt; 5. QxB, PxP;6. B-QB4, Kt-KB3; 7. Q-QKt3, Q-K2; 8. Kt-B3, P-B3; 9. B—KKt5, P-K.t4 ; 10. Kt « P, Px Kt;11. Bx KtP (check), Kt (Kt square) —Q2 ; 12. Castles (queen's side), R-Q1; 13. Rx Kt, RxR; 14. R-Qi, Q-K3; 15. BXR (check), Kt x B; 16. Q-Kt8 (check), KtxQ; 17. R-Q8 (mate).

Black might have escaped disaster by playing PxP on the third move, or Q-Q2 on the sixth.

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