Thursday, March 6

Our difficult game of chess

We append a game played on first board in the match contested on the 28th ult. between the Paignton and Plymouth chess clubs, won by the former side by the score of 4-2. With this victory the Paignton team captured the Bremidge Cup, awarded annually to the Championship club of the Devonshire County Chess Association. In the subjoined contest Mr. T. Taylor of Plymouth skilfully conducts the White forces in a Queen's Gambit Declined to achieve a far superior endgame vs. Dr. R. Dunstan of Paignton, but then falters with victory near at hand and, after an unfortunate blunder, goes on to suffer defeat.

Such a fate has befallen all chess players from time to time, and represents a recurring theme in our most difficult game, which often demands the utmost concentration and mustering of mental energies at just that moment when the contest stands ready to be decided, a stern task indeed after hard hours of prior intellectual labor. Not even the Masters are immune to setbacks at such a moment, as was recently seen, for example, in the fourth game of the Teichmann-Spielmann match, when Spielmann, on the verge of an equalizing victory, stumbled at the moment of decision and so lost a game he might well have won. It has been said that such blows strengthen the character, but we feel that perhaps it is men of already strong character who are drawn to our game, which exacts severe penalties, but offers even richer rewards. To risk incurring the former in the quest to achieve the latter is not for the faint of heart.

Herewith the game referred to above, with notes at the critical moment, the product of a joint analysis carried out by some of the foremost endgame experts of our club.


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