1

Be3
If 1. Be5 then 1. ... Ra6+
2. Kf7 Kh7 draws.

Rd1
If 1. ... Ra6+ then
2. Kf7 as at move 10 below.
If 1. ... Rd6 [sic; means 1. ... Re8 perhaps] then
2. Bd4 and wins.
If 1. ... Kg8 then
2. Rb8+ Kh7
3. Bd4 and wins.
If anything else then
2. Kg6 and wins.

2

Bc5

Rd3
If 2. ...
Rd2 then
3. Rb3 and wins.
If 2. ...
Re1 then
3. Bd4 and wins.
If
anything else then
3. Kg6 and wins.

3

Be7

Kg8
If 3. ... Rg3 then
4. Bd6 Rg7
5. Rb2 Kg8
6. Be5 and wins.

4

Rb4

Rg3
If 4. ... Rf3+ then
5. Kg6 Rg3+
6. Bg5 Rf3
7. Bf4 and wins.

5

Bd6

Rg2
If 5. ...Rg1 then
6. Rb8+ Kh7
7. Rb7+ Kg8
8. Be5 and wins.

6

Bf4
A position like this, but with White’s Rook at a4
instead of b4 occurs again after White’s 17th move.
If instead White tries 6. Rb8+ then after
6. ... Kh7 7. Rb7+ Black draws by 7. ... Kh6 because White cannot
win Black’s Rook by 8. Bf4+ &c, as he would do if the Rook
was at g1.

Ra2

7

Rb8+

Kh7

8

Rb7+

Kh8
If 8. ... Kg8 then
9. Rg7+ Kh8
10. Rg1 Kh7
11. Be3 Rc2
12. Bd4 as at move 37.

9

Be3

Ra6+

10

Kf7

Rc6
If 10. ... Rd6 then
10. Bg5 and wins.
If anything else then
11. Rb1 wins.

11

Ra7

Kh7
If 11. ... Rc2 then
12. Bd4+ Kh7
13. Kf6+ and wins.
If 11.
... Rc8 then
12. Bf4 and wins.
If
anything else then
12. Bg5 and wins.

12

Rd7

Rc8
If 12. ... Rc2 or Rc3 then
13. Bf4 and wins.
If 12.
... Rc4 then
13. Kf6+ Kg8
14. Rd8+ Kh7
15. Bd4 and wins.

13

Bg5

Rb8
If 13. ... Ra8 then
14. Kf6+ Kg8
15. Kg6 Kf8
16. Rf7+ Ke8
17. Re7+ Kf8
18. Re6 and wins.

14

Rd1
If instead White tries 14. Kf6+ &c., which
wins when Black’s Rook is on a8, the game is drawn, because Black can
safely play 17. ... Kd8

Rb7+

15

Be7

Rb6

16

Bd6

Rb7+
If 16. ... Kh6
17. Rd5 Rb7+
18. Be7 Ra7
19. Rb5 and wins.

17

Kf6
The pieces are now in the same position as after
White’s 6th move, except that White’s Rook is here at d1 instead
of d2, which prevents Black from prolonging the game by 17. ... Rb1.

Rb6
He has the choice of playing either 17. ... Rb3, or 17.
... Rb6, which both lead to the same result.

18

Rh1+

Kg8

19

Rg1+

Kh7

20

Rg7+

Kh8
If 20. ... Kh6 then
21. Rd7 and wins easily.

21

Rd7

Rb2
If 21. ... Rb1 then
22. Bc5 Rb3
23. Bd5 and wins.

22

Bc5

Rc2
If 22. ... Rb1
or 22. ... Rb5
or 22. ... Rb8 then
23. Kg6 and wins.
If anything else then
23. Bd4 and wins.

23

Rd5
If 23. Bd4 then
23. ... Rc6+
24. Kf7+ Kh7 and White must play
25. Be3 reaching the same position as after 12. Rd7.

Rc3

24

Bd6

Kg8
If 24. ... Kh7 then
25. Rh5+ as at move 26.
If 24. ... Rb3 then
25. Kf7 Rf3+.
26. Kg6 and wins.

25

Rg5+

Kh7

26

Rh5+
If 26. Rg7+ then
26. ... Kh8
27. Rd7 Rc2
28. Be5 Kg8 gives Black the same result given below.

Kg8

27

Be5

Rb3
If 27. ... Ra3 then
28. Kg6 Kf8
29. Bd6+ Kg8
30. Rc5 and soon wins.
If 27. ... Rc6+ then
28. Ke7 Rh6
29. Rh4+ [sic, means 29. Rg5+] and mates in six moves (see Handbook,
p.467.)

28

Rg5+
If 28. Bd4 then Black prolongs the game by 28. ... Rb7.

Kh7
If 28. ... Kf8 then
29. Bd6+ Ke8
30. Ke6 and wins.

29

Rg7+

Kh8
If 29. ... Kh6 then
30. Bf4+ and wins.

30

Ra7

Rb6+

31

Kf7+

Kh7

32

Bf4
The position is now similar to that after White’s
12th move, and would be drawn if White had to play first.

Rb4
If 32. ... Rb6
or 32. ... Rb7
or 32. ... Rb8 then
33. Ra6 Rb7+
34. Kf8 and wins.

33

Kf6+

Kg8

34

Ra8+

Kh7

35

Be5

Rb1
If 35. ... Rg4 then
36. Ra1 wins.

36

Ra7+

Kg8
If 36.
... Kh6 then
37. Bf4+ Kh5
38. Kf5 and wins.

37

Bd4

Rf1+
If 37. ... Re1
or 37. ...Rc1 then
38. Ra8+ Kh7
39. Kf5 and wins.
If. 37. ...Rd1 then
38. Ra8+ Kh7
39. Rd8 and wins.
If 37. ... Rb3 then
38. Ke6 with an easilywon game.
If 37. ...Rb5 then
38. Kg6 Kf8
39. Bf6 Ke8
40. Re7+ Kf8
41. Rd7 Rb8
42. Rh7 and wins Rook.

38

Ke6

Rf7
If 38. ... Rf8 then
39. Rg7+ Kh8
40. Rc7+ Kg8
41. Be5 Re8+
42. Kf5 and soon wins Rook.

39

Ra1

Rf8
If 39. ... Rf5 then
40. Be5 and wins.
If 39.
... Rb7
or 39.
... Rc7 then
40. Ra8+ Kh7
41. Kf5 and wins.

40

Rh1

Re8+

41

Kf6

Re2
If 41. ... Rd8 then
42. Be5 with a won position.

42

Rg1+

Kf8
If 42. ... Kh7 then
43. Kf7, as in last note to move 37.

43

Be5

Rf2+

44

Ke6

Ke8

It is now a variety of the celebrated
“Philidor” position, a complete analysis of which is given in Mr.
Staunton’s Handbook, pp. 449, 450, and 451, so that further
notes to the moves below are not necessary.

45

Ra1

Rd2

46

Ra7

Rd1

47

Rg7

Rf1

48

Bg3

Rf3

49

Bd6

Re3+

50

Be5

Rf3

51

Re7+

Kf8

52

Ra7

Kg8

53

Rg7+

Kf8

54

Rg4

Re3

55

Rh4

Rxe5+

56

Kxe5

Kf7

57

Rg4

Ke7

58

Rg7+

Kf8

59

Rd7

Ke8

60

Ke6

Kf8

61

Kf6

Kg8

62

Rd8+

Kh7

63

Ra8

Kh6

64

Rh8 and mates

