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25. Kt. to B's 3rd.

25. B. takes Kt. 26. Q. takes B.

26. P. to K. R's 4th. 27. Q. R. to Q's sq.

27. Q. to Q's sq. 28. P. to Q's 6th.

28. R. to Q. Kt's sq. 29. K. R. to K's sq.

29. R. to R's 3rd. 30. P. to K's 6th (ch.)

The winning move, and one which forms a very neat and skilful termination to the game. The position of the forces before this move of Mr. Morphy's is shown in the accompanying diagram :

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30. R. takes P. 31. R. takes R.

31. K. takes R. 32. Q. to Q's 5th (ch.) 32. K. to B's 3rd. 33. R. to K's sq.

33. P. to Kt's 3rd. 34. R. to K's 7th.

And wins.

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BLINDFOLD PLAY AT THE ST. GEORGE'S CHESS CLUB,

LONDON.

Our next series of Games were played at the St. George's Club, on Wednesday the 20th of April, 1859, between the hours of two and half-past six p.m., after which séance a banquet took place in honour of Mr. Morphy. The American champion was on this, as on former occasions, opposed by eight skilful players :-Lord Cremorne, Captain Kennedy, Mr. H. G. Catley, Lord Arthur Hay, Mr. Worrall, Mr. Cun. ningham, Mr. Thrupp, and Mr. Barnes.

Mr. Morphy scored 5 games, and 3 were drawn, as the banquet prevented their termination in any other way.

BOARD No. 1.-KING'S GAMBIT DECLINED.

Mr. Morphy and Lord Cremorne.
WHITE. (Mr. M.)

BLACK. (Lord C.) 1. P. to K's 4th.

1. P. to K's 4th. 2. P. to K. B's 4th.

2. B. to B's 4th. 3. Kt. to K. B's 3rd.

3. Kt. to Q. B's 3rd. 4. P. to Q. Kt's 4th. A move first adopted by the Editor in his match with Mr. Hartwitz, and one leading to most interesting positions.

4. B. takes P. 5. P. to B's 3rd.

5. B. to R's 4th. 6. B. to B's 4th.

6. B. to Kt's 3rd. 7. P. to Q's 4th.

. P. takes Q's P. 8. P. takes P.

8. P. to Q's 3rd. 9. B. to Kt's 2nd.

9. P. to B's 3rd. 10. P. to B's 5th.

A very good move, so hampering Black's game as to render the development of his pieces a matter of much difficulty.

10. Q. to K's 2nd. Had his lordship, with the intention of breaking up the Pawns, played P. to Kt's 3rd, White, by replying with P. to K's 4th, would have 'naintained his position; neither would Kt. to R’s 3rd bave availed nore for the second player.

11. Castles.

11. B. to Q's 2nd. 12. Kt. to B's 3rd.

Preparing to play the Kt. to Q’s 5th, in order to cut off the adverse King's Bishop, which commands an important diagonal.

12. Castles (Q. R.) 13. R. to K's sq.

13. Q. to K's sq. 14. Kt. to Q's 5th.

14. P. to Kt's 3rd. 15. Kt. takes B. (ch.) 15. R's P. takes Kt. 16. Q. to R's 4th.

16. Kt. to R's 4th. Kt. to Kt's sq. would perhaps have been better. 17. Q. to R's 3rd.

17. P. to B's 3rd. 18. B. to Q's 3rd.

18. Q. to B's sq. K. to B's 2nd would have been a bad move, on account of the forcible rejoinder of P. to K's 5th, &c.

19. B. to B's 3rd.

After this there is no hope for Black's game.

19. K. to B's 2nd. 20. B. takes Kt.

20. R. to R’s sq. 21. B. takes P. (ch.)

21. K. takes B. 22. Q. R. to Kt's sq. (ch.) 22. K. to B's 2nd. 23. Q. to Kt's 3rd. As this is all played blindfold, White's exactitude is most astonishing.

23. R. to Kt's sq. 24. Q. to Kť's 6th (ch.) 24. K. to B's sq. 25. B. to R's 6th. Finely played again. We give a diagram of this interesting position :

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25. Kt. to K's 2nd. 26. P. to K's 5th. Q. to R's 7th might also have been played with much effect, eg.26. Q. to R's 7th.

26. K. to B's 2nd.* 27. B. takes P.

Winning in a few moves.

27. B. takes P. (ch.) 28. Q. takes R. (ch.) 29. P. takes P.

26. Q's P. takes P.
27. R. takes B.
28. K. to Q's sq.

And wins.

* We see nothing better, if

26. P. to Q's 4th. 27. B. takes P. (ch.)

27. K. to B's 2nd or (A.) 28. B. to B's 8th.

Discovering check and mating in two moves.

(A.)

27. R. takes B. 28. Q. to R's 8th (ch.)

28. K. to B's 2nd. 29. R. takes R. (ch.)

29. K. to Q's 3rd. 30. Q. to R's 3rd (ch.)

And mates next move.

BOARD No. 2.-Evans's GAMBIT.
Mr. Morphy and Captain Kennedy.

WHITE. (Mr. M.)

BLACK. (Capt. K.) 1. P. to K's 4th.

1. P. to K's 4th. 2. Kt. to K. B's 3rd.

2. Kt. to Q. B's 3rd. 3. B. to B's 4th.

3. B. to B's 4th. 4. P. to Q. Kt's 4th.

4. B. takes P. 5. P. to B's 3rd.

5. B. to B's 4th. 6. Castles.

6. P. to Q's 3rd. 7. P. to Q's 4th.

7. P. takes P. 8. P. takes P.

8. B. to Kt's 3rd. 9 P. to Q's 5th.

9. Q. Kt. to K's 2nd. We cannot commend this move, preferring Kt. to R’s 4tb. 10. P. to K's 5th.

10. Kt. to Kt's 3rd. 11. P. to K's 6th.

11. P. takes P. 12. P. takes P.

12. K. Kt. to K's 2nd. 13. Kt. to B's 3rd.

Kt. to Kt's 5th is not so good as it would seem; the move adopted is infinitely stronger.

13. P. to B's 3rd. We should have chosen Castling in preference to this move, which leads Black into great difficulties. 14. Kt. to K. Kt's 5th. 14. Kt. to K's 4th. 15. B. to K. B's 4th.

A very pretty conception.

15. P. to Kt's 3rd. 16. Kt. to B's 7th.

16. Castles. He had no resource save to sacrifice the Queen. 17. B. takes Kt. All very finely played. The diagram shows the position of the pieces previous to this move :

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