A Close Match for the Intercollegiate Chess Trophy.

The annual intercollegiate chess tournament between Columbia, Princeton, Yale and Harvard, was held at Harvard School, New York, from December 26 to January 1. The match was unusually close and exciting, Harvard winning from Columbia by only a half point. Ross of Columbia made the highest score, winning five out of six games.

The teams were: Harvard, A. W. Ryder and E. E. Southard; Columbia, Ross and Price; Princeton, Seymour and Elmer; Yale, Murdoch and Arnstein. The referees were Mr. Samuel Lloyd and Mr. Eugene Delmar.

On the first day of play, December 26, the contestants were welcomed by Mr. E. A. Caswell, who was instrumental in bringing about the series of annual chess tournaments.

In the first round Ryder defeated Price of Columbia in a Ruy Lopez opening and Southard and Murdoch of Yale tied in a Ruy Lopez opening. The Yale players also won one game and tied the second, making Harvard's and Yale's scores a tie. The result of the round was:

Ross (C.) beat Seymour (P.), irregular opening.

Ryder (H.) beat Price (C.), Ruy Lopez opening.

Arnstein (Y.) beat Elmer (P.), Queen's Pawn opening.

Southard (H.) tied Murdoch (Y.), Ruy Lopez opening.

On the second day Harvard won 1.5 points to Yale's .5, and took the lead. Ryder won his second game easily by defeating Elmer of Princeton with a Queen's Pawn opening. Southard again tied, this time with Ross of Columbia in an irregular opening. The result of the round was:

Price (C.) beat Arnstein (Y.), Ruy Lopez opening.

Ryder (H.) beat Elmer (P.), Queen's Pawn opening.

Southard (H.) tied Ross (C.), irregular opening.

Murdoch (Y.) tied Seymour (P.), Giuoco Piano opening.

Score: Harvard, 3; Columbia, 2.5; Yale, 2; Princeton, .5.

Harvard again scored 1.5 points, in the third day's play, but Columbia won both her games and tied the score. Yale lost both games. The result of the third round was:

Price (C.) beat Elmer (P.), Ruy Lopez opening.

Ross (C.) beat Murdoch (Y), Irregular opening.

Ryder (H.) beat Arnstein (Y.), Stonewall opening.

Southard (H.) tied Seymour (P.), Petroff opening.

Score: Harvard, 4.5; Columbia, 4.5, Yale, 2; Princeton, 1.

In the fourth round Harvard again gained the lead by taking one game from her nearest rival, Columbia, and tying the other. Southard defeated Price of Columbia in a Vienna opening, and Ryder and Ross of Columbia tied in a French defense. At the end of this round Ryder had the best individual score, having won 3 games and tied 1. The result was:

Southard (H.) beat Price (C.), Vienna opening.

Seymour (P.) beat Arnstein (Y.), Scotch Gambit opening.

Murdoch (Y.) beat Elmer (P.), Scotch Gambit opening.

Ryder (H.) tied Ross (C.), French defense.

Score: Harvard, 6; Columbia, 5; Yale, 3; Princeton, 2.

At the end of the fifth day of play the score was for the third time tied. Columbia won both her games and Harvard lost one, making the score Harvard 7, Columbia 7. Ryder suffered his first defeat by the clever playing of Seymour of Princeton. The result was:

Seymour (P.) beat Ryder (H.), Vienna opening.

Southard (H.) beat Elmer (P.), Vienna opening.

Ross (C.) beat Arnstein (Y.)

Price (C.) beat Murdoch (Y.), Evans Gambit opening.

Score: Columbia, 7; Harvard, 7; Princeton, 3; Yale, 3.

With the score a tie the final round on New Year's Day was very interesting. Harvard won one game and tied the second, while Princeton won one and lost one. Ross of Columbia won his game from Elmer of Princeton and Columbia was for the time in the lead. Price, however, lost to Seymour of Princeton, while Ryder won and Southard played a draw. This gave the Harvard players a lead of a half point. The result of the final round was:

Ross (C.) beat Elmer (P.)

Ryder (H.) beat Murdoch (Y.), Muzio Gambit opening.

Seymour, (P.) beat Price (C.), Giuoco Piano opening.

Southard (H.) tied Arnstein (Y.), Vienna opening.

The final score was:

Harvard. Columbia. Princeton. Yale. Won.

Harvard, 0 3 2.5 3 8.5

Columbia, 1 0 3 4 8

Princeton 1.5 1 0 1.5 4

Yale, 1 0 2.5 0 3.5

Lost, 3.5 4 8 8.5

The individual score was:

Won. Lost.

Ross, 5 1

Ryder, 4.5 1.5

Southard, 4 2

Seymour, 4 2

Price, 3 3

Murdoch, 2 4

Arnstein, 1.5 4.5

Elmer, 0 6

By winning the tournament the Harvard Chess Club holds the intercollegiate cup for another year.