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The Spike: or, Victoria College Review, June 1915

Chess and Draughts Club

page 97

Chess and Draughts Club.

"Surgit hoc novissimum."

At the close of the Session last year a new Club came into being in the College, to wit, the Chess and Draughts' Club. It was formed to provide another outlet for the mental energies of students, and is now well equipped for that purpose, having several sets of Chessmen and Draughts men, and a small library located in the Gymnasium Common Room, which is available at almost any time for use of members.

A club night is held each Tuesday evening, but members are by no means expected to limit their interest to the weekly meeting, rather, and this is a point to be specially noted, as it forms the chief distinguishing feature and merit of a club such as this, they are invited and encouraged to use the materials whenever it is to their convenience; any two members can hold a meeting of their own at a time to suit themselves, and this it is claimed is a virtue possessed by no other club in the College. Another consideration, not without its importance, is the subscription. This is the smallest in the College, and should not prevent any student from becoming a member—it is the phenomenal sum of 1st, payable in advance.

In the vacation after the club was formed, meetings were held regularly on Tuesday evenings, with much success, also members frequently indulged in play between times. During the term many members have not found it convenient to play, but in the next vacation it is hoped that the attendance at the meetings will be resumed, especially as it is intended to convert them into semi-social gatherings; also short lectures may be given on suitable subjects.

Although quite young, the club has commenced an Honours' Roll: H. Mackenzie was selected by the Wellington Chess Club as one of its representatives at the N.Z. Chess Championships, held last Christmas at Christchurch. If he had been able to go, which unfortu page 98 nately he was not, we are sure we would have heard something to his credit; but we must now look forward to the next year's list when we hope to see his name again.

We would now advise any student who does not play Chess, but would like to, and we can recommend it as well worth learning, to see a member of the committee at once, and take the first step towards making a beginning. Even if he does not intend to make a close study of the game it is still worth the learning, as it adds another Chapter to that store of useful knowledge which marks him off as an all round University man, and, an educated member of the community.

The following positions are well-known problems, which members will do well to set up on the board and study; in each case 'the solution is extremely elegant, and wonderful ingenuity is shown in the construction of the winning coup.

In order that members may become familiar with the conventional notations of Chess and Draughts, a statement in the abbreviated script is appended to each problem.

Black 9 men.

chess board

White 10 men.

White to move and win. Key move, B-Kt8.

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In usual notation—

White:

  • K at QKtsq.
  • Q at KR3
  • R's at KR2, KR5
  • B at KKt3
  • P's at KKt7, KB6, Q2, QB3, QKt5.

Black:

  • K at KKtsq.
  • Q at Qsq.
  • R at QR5
  • P's at KR3, KB2, Q6, QB4, QB5, QKt3
Or in Forsythe notation—
  • 3 q 2 k 1
  • 5 P P I
  • 1 P 3 P I P
  • 1 P p 4 R
  • r 1 p 5
  • 2 P p 2 B Q
  • 3 P 3 R
  • 1 K 6
Chess board

White 7 men.

Black 8 men.

Black to move and win.

Black: men 3, 4, 5, 11, 15, 18, 19, 27.

White: men, 17, 20, 25, 28, 29; kings, 2, 10.