We note with some regret that, as also occurred last year, the flood of newsworthy events in the contemporary chess world has once again delayed our coverage of the New York State Championship tournament. This year's tourney, a 12-man, four-round affair, took place from 22-24 February, with the Rice Chess Club graciously serving as host for the competition. Current Brooklyn Club Champion Roy T. Black and 1912 New York State Champion Jacob Rosenthal shared first place, each with 3 1/2 points, ahead of a strong field that included U.S. Champion Frank Marshall, Oscar Chajes, Charles Jaffe, and last year's New York co-Champion Leonard B. Meyer, among others.
In contrast to the 1913 tournament, when Meyer and George Beihoff agreed to share the state title, Messrs. Black and Rosenthal have elected to contest a play-off match to determine the allocation of the 1914 Championship, which will be awarded to the first player to score two victories. That play-off began at the Manhattan Chess Club on the evening of the 15th inst. and saw Black score the first game to his credit in excellent style, outplaying his opponent in a masterful Queen's Gambit Declined. The young Brooklynite thus stands but one win away from the greatest success of his career to date.
We append the game score.