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MR. STAUNTON"S REPLY TO MR. HARRWITZ"S
A Few days previous to his visit to Manchester, Mr. Harrwitz received the following reply to his challenge to Mr. Staunton.
"Barnes, Surrey, May 3,1853.
Sir,—Your note, proposing to play a Match at Chess with, me, has just been forwarded to my residence here. In reply, I beg to refer you to a challenge, which I have for some time prepared to be made public at the forthcoming Manchester Chess Meeting, in which I offer, upon certain terms, to play a match with any player in the world.
This challenge was more especially intended for the acceptance of Mr. Anderssen, of Breslau, with whom I am naturally desirous of playing, but it is of course open to any one; and if taken up by you, I shall be willing to modify the conditions, as far as is consistent with my now settled arrangements for the season, to meet your wishes.
I remain, yours obediently,
H. Statoton. Herr Harrwitz, Surrey Street, Strand, London."
The novel and evasive method of answering a direct and previous challenge, by referring the challenger to a general and prospective challenge of one's own, is one the propriety of which we think exceedingly questionable. Leaving our readers, however, to judge for themselves of the fairness and straight-forwardness of an answer of this nature, we make no comment upon it here, but refer the chess-reading public to our account of the late Chess festival in Manchester, where it will be seen that Mr. Staunton distinctly refused to accept the challenge given to him, to play a match at Chess, by Mr, Harrwitz.
CHALLENGE FROM HERR HARRWITZ,
The Editor Of This Purlication, To Play A Match At Chess With Any Player In The World On The Following Conditions.
1. That the match be played in a private room at some Hotel in London.
2. That the number of persons to be admitted during the
play be limited to four Mends of each, party, exclusive of the umpire.
3. That the party first winning eleven games be declared the victor.
4. That the meetings of the players take place thrice a week, on alternate days, until the match be concluded, and that at least, one game be played out at each sitting.
5. That the play commence at noon on each day of meeting, and that either party, not being present within half-an-hour of the appointed time forfeit one guinea for each offence, and if more than one hour beyond the appointed time, the forfeit in every such case to be one game, added to the adversary's score.
6. That the players be limited to from five to twenty minutes on each move, at the option of Mr. Harrwitz's opponent.
7. As this challenge is not a mere brag, but intended for acceptance, Mr. Harrwitz proposes a stake of fifty guineas a-side, but is ready to meet the wish for an increased amount.
8. That the stakes be deposited in the hands of some third party, to be agreed upon previous to the commencement of the play.
Mr. Harrwitz will readily consent to any reasonable modification of the foregoing preliminaries, that may be considered desirable.
This challenge is open to all players in the world; but if not accepted within the next three months, shall no longer be binding upon Mr. Harrwitz.
14, Surrey Street, Strand, London, June 1st, 1853.
Mr. Szen, the well-known Hungarian Chess potentate, has just paid a visit to our metropolis, and during liis stay, the five following interesting parties were contested between him and the Editor.
(Black) Mr. H. (White) Mr. 8.
1. K. P. 2 1. K. P. 2
2. K. B. P. 2 2. P. takes P.
3. K.Kt.toB. 3 3. K. Kt. P. 2
4. K. R. P. 2 4. K. Kt. P. 1
(a) This defence, although very little known, occurs in the old Italian authors, and seems a favorite with Mr. Szen.
(6) The correct move we believe to be, 6. K. B. to Q. B. 4.
(c) If instead—
12. K. B. toB. 4ch.
13. K. takes Rt. 13. Q. to K. 8 ch.
14. K. to R. 2 14. Q. takes B.
(d) A better move than capturing the Kt., which cannot escape. («) Black now announced mate in five moves.