[AH communications bearing reference to r this column must be marked on the cover, Chess. Secre' taries of clubs are requested to favour us with any matter of general interest, reports, games for publication, etc.] ■ Solutions, &c, to be acknowledged in the numberfollowing' niust reach the Observer office by he Monday evening prior to date of issue. ANSWEES TO COEEESPONDENTS. . Horace Harvey. — It is the idea. Correct Solutions Eeceived — Problem No» 33, E.J.F., G.H.C., Waxkato, W., G. Mortimer, H, Harvey; No. 34 and 35, G. Mortimer, Waikato ; No. 35, H. Harvey.
PROBLEM No. 36.— By G. H. Clutsam, Auckland.
■white, 9. White to play and mate in two moves. Solution to Problem No. 31— By F. C. Leg^ gett, 1 Q— K 6. .
The consultation match between the Auckland and Ponsonby Chess CJubs was not concluded last Thursday, and an adjournment was agreed to on the 26th move ; and it is intended to play off next Thursday at liobson's Rooms. At' the time of adjournment Auckland had the move, which was duly handed to . Mr Ashton, Secretary A.C.C., under sealed . cover. The game, which so far has not been.productive of very interesting positions, will iind space in our next issue. The match between Messrs Malcolm ' and Woodroffe was won by Mr Malcolm with the score at 15 — 13. The Chess Masters of To-day.— Mr. H. E. Bird, the veteran English chess-player, has written to the Fortnightly Review to protest against the tone of Mr Ho'tfer's article under the preceding title, which appeared a few months ago, and specially to complain both of the evidence of ; foreign instinctAwhich Mr Hoffer shows by devoting a complratively • small proportion of space to British-born • players, and of the lack of impartiality which Mr lioffer exhibits in his references to Mr Steinitz. 'As a player,' says Mr Bird, 'Mr fcjteinitz is considered unrivalled. His record has never been surpassed ; he is a real chess , artist, and a painstaking and conscientious amateur. It is true that his temper, at times r . has been found to be touchy 5 and even litigious ; but chessplayers, like other mortals, are not perfect in this respect, nor, indeed, in any other. Why he alone should besingled out for so much ridicule does not appear upon the surface, and will be unintelligible to the outer chess .world. Steinitz'sfriends and admirers, both here and abroad, , are still numerous, and it is not surprising;. 1 that the article should arouse a feeling of in- „ dignation among them. 1 x Signor Dubois, who represented Italy at theLondon Tournament of 1862, has just completed an analysis of the games in the SteinitzZukertort match. He finds that Zukertort played only one game without a blunder, and Steinitz only two ; and makes out that thetotal number of mistakes made by Sjteinitz; during the match was 55, and by Zukertort 70. — Australasian. A report of the match between the Pon- ' i sonby and Mt. Eden Chess Clubs will begiven next week.
One of the best entertainments given at ■ theSailor's Rest eventuated on Saturday evening 1 ,, tlie d ' ff erent items being contributed by theGraf ton. Orpheus Glee Club. The quartettes , by malevoices were a real musical treat, ' 0 Sanctissima' proving a gem of vocal art. The following gentlemen took part:— Messrs Martin and Cook (tenors) A L Edwards, and W. E. Baxter (second tenors) ;. P Hamerton and H. White (Ist bass) : T. Charter and W. A. Eyan (2nd bass) ; Mr Homery made an efficient chairman.
—A ball was held in the Ararimu South, Public Hall on the 6th. There was a select assembly; present. The dancing was kept up until near, daylight ; every one seeming to go home, well pleased with their night's entertainment. The following were the principal dresses worn :• Miss B. Kiely looked bewitching in a black velvet bodice, pink satin skirt, richly trimmed. with cardinal ribbon, and silver ornaments. Miss Boss looked fascinating in red bodice, and,. white skirt ; Miss Harling had on a magnificent, coffee-coloured skirt with black bodice. MissKiely looked charming in ruby velvet bodice," : white skirt and cardinal ribbons ; Miss W. Kiely^ looked vei'y well in white muslin and cardinal "~ trimming's ; Miss McCabe in pink looked nice ;: Miss Miller, dark print dress ; Mis 3M. Kiely, white dress ; Miss Me Lean,black dress ; MrsPollock, black bodice, white skirt; Miss B. Kiely • was undoubtedly the belle ofthe ball. — [Correspondent].