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Returning to Diagram III, we note that after 12 P-R5! Black's position becomes extremely •precarious in view of the threatened R-R3-Kt3. Tartakover recommends an attempt to block the position with 10 . . . P-B4 (instead of 10 . . . Kt,-QB3, as given in the main line in the previous column) but this is answered not by 11. Q-R3 because of 11 . . . P-KR4—but by 11 PxP e. p., KtxP; 12 Q-Kt3 and Black's position is somewhat compromised by his weak K side.

(Both writers overlook that a simple transposition of moves makes Black's game secure after all! Namely: in the main line, instead of 11 . . . Q-R4—which allows the reply 12 P-R5I — Black should interpolate 11 . . . P-KR4!, answering 12 Q-Kt3 with . . . Q-R4 and leading directly to the Bogolyubov—Maroczy position, already dismissed as favorable for Black. One must therefore conclude that 6 . , . P-KR3 is advantageous for Black if White continues 7 B-K3 etc.; which in turn places White's reliance on Levenfish's recommendation 7 BxB, or else on the following analysis.—F. R.)

Aside from retreating or exchanging his QB after 6 . . . P-KR3, White has one more interesting possibility in 7 Q-R5 (see Diagram IV).

DIAGRAM III DIAGRAM IV

DIAGRAM III DIAGRAM IV

ir 7 . . . P-KKt3; 8 BxB, QxB; !) Q-Kt4 and thanks to the weakening move 7 . . . P-KKt3 White has fine attacking possibilities.

7 . . . 0 0 is refuted by 8 BxP; and another alternative 7 . . . P-B4 is very strongly countered by 8 Kt-Kt5.

The text also leads to complicated play, for instance 8 B-Q3, P-B4; 9 KtxP!? BxB! (or 9 . . . PxKt; 10 P-K6, 0-0; 11 BxP, KI-KB3; 12 Q-Kt5, Kt-Kl; 13 Q-B5, Kt-KB3; 14 BxP, KxB; 15 Q-Kt5ch, K-Rl; 16 Q-R6ch, K-Ktl; 17 R-R3, Kt-K5; 18 R-Kt3ch with a quick win—from a game won by Yudovich in 1930); 10 PxB, PxKt; 11 P-K6, Q-K2; 12 O-O-O, QxKP; 13 Kt-B3 and although White is a piece down, Black's position is critical and probably lost.

There is an alternative continuation which is more solid (after 7 . . . P-QR3); 8 O-O-O, P-B4; 9 PxP, KtxBP; 10 Kt-B3 with a two-edged game which seems to favor White.

The foregoing variations prove that after 6 . . . P-KR3, White maintains the advantage (subject to the correction previously pointed out.—/7. R.)

(Translated from Sen ach maty by S. Bernstein)

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Women in Chess

U. S. Womhn's Championship Tournament—Feminine chess takes a step forward with the announcement by the National Chess Federation that a tournament will be held in connection with the regular U. S. Championship tournament to determine the U. S. Woman Chess Champion. Play will start in New York City on April 2. Women interested in playing should communicate at once with Mr. Louis J. Wolff, 44 Wall St., New York City.

Mid-Wi:st Tourney—Another tournament for the women in the Mid-West is planned by the Oak Park (111.) Chess Club, the winner to be qualified to enter the national finals to be held in New York starting April 2. Mrs. Jean Moore Grau, the present title-holder, will have to look to her laurels. We hear there are several women out for her scalp. Write to Mr. Charles Leech, 1033 South Blvd., Oak Park, III., if you are interested in playing.

Marshall C. C. Womi-n's Tournament— Preliminaries of the annual tournament for custody of the Hazel Allen Trophy started on Jan. 14 with fifteen entries, an unusually large number, considering that nine players are seeded. Added interest is attached to the preliminaries, because they serve as a qualifying tourney not only for the Marshall C. C. Tournament, but, as well (for the New York area) for the U. S. Women's Championship. The- players on the exempt list will also be seeded to play in the national tournament. Exempt: Mrs. Adele Rivero (Woman Champion National Chess Federation); Mrs. Mary Bain, Mrs. Wm. Davey, Miss May Karff, Mrs. Raphael McCready, Mrs. Kathryn Slater, Mrs. Elsie Rogosin, Miss Edith L. Weart, Miss Helen White.

Gossip—We learn, by the roundabout way news reaches us, that the New Orleans chess players are more interested in dozing in their chairs than in welcoming women players. At least we understand that Mrs. Kathryn Slater, a player of no mean strength, and of considerable experience, has been unable to join one of the local chess clubs. What price southern chivalry? Or are the men frightened? It reminds us of the story we heard of the mid-west master who didn't want women in his club because it would interfere with his swearing!

Mrs. Isaac Kashdan is doing her part in promoting an interest in chess. She has organized a group of seven men and eight women players who meet twice a month to improve their skill. At present a tournament is in progress. Would there were more enthusiasts like Mrs. Kashdan!—/:. L r.

Dr. Lasker in New York

This city has been the scene of some of Dr. Lasker's greatest triumphs for a period of over four decades. Metropolitan chess players were therefore particularly happy to welcome this grand old man once more. The highlights of his stay in the city were his exhibitions at the .Marshall and Manhattan Chess Clubs.

At the former club, Dr. Lasker gave an exhibition on January 8 on 28 boards. The veteran extended to his opponents the unusual courtesy of yielding to them the white pieces, which

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naturally lengthened the ordeal. The ultimate result was 20 wins, 6 draws and 2 losses.

The following scene was described by one of the spectators: at 2 a. m. Dr. Lasker was sipping a glass of milk during his peregrinations. A disgruntled opponent at one board began to hammer out one move after another, contrary to the usual custom at simultaneous exhibitions; Dr. Lasker, by no means taken aback, made his replies just as loudly and rapidly. Naturally this exchange of blows could not last very long —leading to the final tableau: Dr. Lasker, leaning forward (glass in hand) and saying with a genial smile: liHad enough?!" Not bad for a 69-year-old veteran!

A little later, on January 20, Dr. Lasker had to contend against two strong teams in consultation play. He lost to a team consisting of L, B. Meyer, J. R. Newman and R. Willman, while the remaining game (in which A. S. Denker, H. M. Phillips and Dr. J. Platz were his opponents) was adjudicated by Isaac Kash-dan, the referee, in the lone master's favor.

Manhattan Chess Club January 20, 1938 FOUR KNIGHTS' GAME (in effect)

R. Willman White Black

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