# Chess 456

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C. Mansfield (1st Prize, Hampshire Telegrapi Post, 1915). White to play and mate in two mo‘e5, solution next week.

Solution to no. 455 (Thomson): R-KB21, threat 2R(2)-B8 and 3R (B8)-QB8 mate. A. 1 P x R or P-Kt7; 2P-Q5ch, K-B2; 3 B> B matt B.1 ...KtxP; 2R-QB2ch etc. C. 1 . ll B Of K-B2; 2R(2)-B8. Fine and unexpected ke).

This week I give the game mentioned last week which Pillsbury beat Lasker with a variation t he had waited seven years to play. In this tou meet Lasker was the only strong player t Pillsbury, already a very sick man, defeated, wh makes this brilliant game all the more remarkable White, H. N. Pillsbury. Black, Dr E. Laske Opening, Queen's Gambit.

1 P-Q4 P-Q4 2 P-QB4 P-K3 3 Kt-QB3 Kt-KB3 4 Kt-B3 P-B4 5 B-Kt5 BP x P 6 Q x P Kt-B3 7 B x Kt! ... Here Pillsbury ploy

7Q-.R4 against Lasker in the 1896 St Poem burg tournament; Lasker won a magnificent victory which was a turning point in the tourna- ment. Pillsbury, leading up till then, nu recovered from the defeat and Lasker went to a decisive first place.

P x B 8 Q-R4 P: .P 8 . . . P-Q5; 9 0 0 0.

9 R-Ql B-Q2 10 P-K3 Kt-K4? This loses time and exchanges one of Black' best defensive pieces. 10 . . . P-B4 ; 11Q,:81 B-Kt5 would preserve approximate equality.

11 Kt x Kt P x Kt 12 QxBP Q-Kt3 Since the subsequent capture of the QKtP pro: bad this too is a loss of time 12 . . . R-81 13Q-Kt3 and now 13 . . . Q-Kt3 is prcfera hoping that if 14Q x Q the two bishops u compensate for the weak pawn.

13 B-K2! • a fine sacrifice . . .

13 . . . Q x P? . . . which Black 3ho decline.

14 0-0 R-BI 15 .Q-Q3 R-02 Unpleasant but necessary. 15 . . . B-B3 los to 16 B-B3!

16 Kt-K4 B-K2 17 Kt-Q6ch K-BI 17 . . . Bx Kt; 18 QxB, Q-Kt3; 19 Q A 0-0; 20 Q-B6 is also winning for While.

18 Kt-B4 Q-Kt4 19 P-B4!- P P 20 Q-Q4! P-B3 20 . . . R-Ktl?: Q x BP threatening Q x R or Q x P mate. plays the whole attack impeccably and I, great vigour. 21 QxBP Q-QB4 22 Kt-K5 B-K I 23 Kt-Kt4 P-B4 24 Q-R6ch K-B2 25 B-B4! R-B3 Of course not 25 Q x B??; 26 Kt-KSch. 26 R x Pch! Q x R 27 R-KB1 Q 11'1. 28 K x Q B-Q2 White threatened Kt-K5ch, K-Kr!; 30 Kt x R, P.-, Kr: Q x KPch, K-BI ; 32 Q-R6 mate.

29 Q-RSch K-Ktl ; 29 . . . K-K12; Q-KSch, K-Ktl ; 31 Kt-R6ch or 29 . K-8

30 Kt-K5, B-KI ; 31 Q-R6ch getting into 1 variation in the last note.

30 Kt-K5 Resigns. After 30 . . • 1(41 31 Q-B7ch White can choose between: winnirt 1-.0 of material or a mating WWI.