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CHESS. All communications for this department should be addressed to the Chess Editor, who will be glad to hear from Secretaries of Chess Clubs as to tournaments, matches, &c. All letters to reach thisoffice by Wednesday morning. Local intelligence will be given the preference to other news. # PROBLEM o. 31.—Solutions invited. By MRS BAIRD. BLACK 2 Pieces. WnrTE- 8 Pieces. Positions: White—K at ORsq, Q at KB8, Bat QR6, Kt at KB3, Ps at RR3, KB6, KKt5 and KR3. Black—K at Q4, P at KB5. White to play and niatf-, in -direc moves. =* # BHOWALIER v. -,Ifr J. W. Showalter is once again playing a match for the cha.mpiouship of tbo Unitod States of America. His adversary on this occasion is Mr Barry, of Boston, who. it wiil be remembered, played so well against Mr Tinsley in the cable contest with the Brooklyn Club last March. The match is being coutested at the Brooklyn Chess Club, Boston, and the play thus far has not been of a very superior order. The first two games'were both very tame, and resulted in draws. The third game was won by Barry, through weak play on the part of Showalter, and the fourth game ended in a rather easy victory for Showalter. Below we give the thirfl and fourth games. GAME No. 44. WHITE. BLACK. rry. Showalter. 1 P—K4 P—K4 2 Kt—KB3 Kt—KB3 3 I' (t>1 P x P 4 I' K5 Kt—K5 ■J O x P P—(^4 6 P x Pep Kt-(¿P 7 B—Q3 (a) Kt—B3 1:3 Q-K14 B—K2 9 Castles B-K3 10 Kt—B3 Q2 11 B K3 Kt—-1*4 12 B x Kt B x B 13 Kt—()Kt5 B -<,>3 (b) 14 Kt x B (eh) P x Kt 15 KR—Q BxP 16 R x P Q—B4 17 Q—Kt3 Castles (KR) ? (e) 18 B—R6! P-KKt3 19 B x R ItxB 20 Q-Kt5 ( x Q 21 Kt X Q 22 Kr—B3 Kr-K4, 23 Kr x Kt R x Kt 24 H-Q2 B—R5 25 P—B4 R—OB4 26 P, -3 3 B-Jb 27 R-H3 R xR (u) 28 P x B p-Kn4 29 K-B2 K—Kt2 30 P-B4 K-B3 31 R-K2 K-B4 32 K-K3 K-Kt5 33 R Q2 P-R3" 34 P-QR3 P R5 35 Roo-KH2 P B3 36 K-Q4 p—R4 37 K-B5 K B4 38 K-Q6 K-.K5 39 K-K6 K-K6 40 R-Kt2 P—B4 41 K-B6 K x P 42 K x P K-Kt5 43 P R3 (ch) K-B5 44 R KB2 (ch) K-Kt6 45 R x P BxP 46 K—Kt5 BxP 47 B-B4 B-Kt7 48 It x P K—B6 49 H Q4 K—K6 50 R Q5 K— K5 51 K—B6 B—B8 52 P B5 B—B5 53 R—Q B-Q6 54 K K5 K-Q5 55 K—Q6 K-B5 56 K-B7 B—K5 57 K Kt6 P-R5 58 R K B-B3 59 R QKt K—Q5 60 R QKt4 (ch) K-K4 61 R-Kt4 K-Q4 62 R—Kt6 K—B5 63 R x B P x R » 64 K x P K-Kt6 65 K Kt5 (a) This seems, as we have remarked before, an improvement on the more usual 7 B KKt5, which, i't is true, brings on 7, P to K B3 for Black, but, in return, loses valuable time for White. (b) 13 Castles (KR) might, perhaps, have been tried instead, buj after 14 KR moves, White seems able to get a certain advantage by 15 K t x QBP. (c) This seems at best a grave miscalculation, costing forthwith the exchange and practically the game. 17 P to K-.K t3, at once, instead, seems the only move. (b) These exchanges culminating here appear curious policy on Black's part. But he was doubt- less disgusted with his error at the 17th move, and was perhaps, playing regardless." The game is gone for him, and really requires no further re- marks. GAME No. 45. I i i T BLACK. Shv.valtsr. Barry. 1 P- K4 P-K4 2 Kt KB3 Kt—KB3 3 P—Q4 (a) 4 P x KP P—K5 .5 Kt.—K5 Kt x P 6 B-QB4 P. X3 71,) K2 P—KB4 8 Castas (b) Kt—02 (c) 9 B x Kt B 10 0 Kt5. P—B3 11 x k P Kt x Kt 12 1-1 K t, B—B4 (d) 13 P \J n4! B x P 14 x P ch X—B2 15 P-—K6 ch K-Kt3 16 < t' x B B x 11 17 B-R3 18 Kt— Q5 R—Ksq 19 K—B3 20 <(> —B3 ch K-K2 (e) 21 Ox P ch K—Q3 22 B-K3 K—B3 23 il B ch K—Kt4 24 (J —K5 ch K—R5 25 P —Kt3 ch K—116 (f) 26 1, B5 cli K x P 27 ") -it cit K :< P 28 R—-B3 mate (a) Moves of this kind arc always dangerous, and are generally ventured by young players possessing more daring than experience. (b) If 8 Q 11 Kt3; 9 Kt x P, Kt KB3; 10 <) R4, BxB; 11 Kt x R, i\> x P; with advani age. < (c) This results in the immediate loss of a pawn. 8 appears to be tho only move of any value. (d) Ingenious, although bad. If White venture on 13 Q x K KtP, the reply of R—KKt sq, followed by P—K6 woulk give mack a strong attack. Mr Barry, however, failed to foresee he full effect of his opponent's next move, which practically wins the game by force. (e) If K Kt4, White gives mate in two moves. (f) The game could have been well resigned by Black at this point. ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS. The Chess Editor will be pleased to answer correspondents in this column if their questions are received at the COUXTY TIMES Otfice not later than Wednesday. -+-

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