Shortly before the holidays the Yale Chess Club challenged Harvard to play a chess tournament. Harvard accepted and on Monday the following letter was received:
44 SOUTH MIDDLE,NEW HAVEN, Cr. Jan. 24.Mr. J. R. Webster, Secretary Harvard Chess Club:-
DEAR SIR - I have the acceptance of our challenge to you in my possession and at a meeting of the club held last night, we saw no reason why the games should not commence at once and would only offer the suggestion that the time limit be twenty-four hours, after receiving the opponent's move. Sundays shall count as no days and your mid-year examinations, also, if you so desire.
I think that there will be need of such a limit if we hope to finish the games this college year. If the suggestion as to the time-limit is acceptable, our first move will be P-K 4, and if your reply is P-K 4, our next move will be K Kt - B 3.
Very truly yours,RICHARD G. EATON,President Y. C. C. "Two games are to be played simultaneously, each college opening one. At a meeting of the Harvard club last evening it was decided to begin at once. To direct the Harvard moves a committee was was appointed and consists of the following six men, who played in the finals in the college tournament: S. M. Ballon '93, J. M. MacKaye Sp., J. Ralph Jacoby Gr., G. B Wilson '94, E. R. Coffin '93, W. L. Van Kleck '95, and in addltion Messrs. Dresel, Adams and Nicolls. Harvard will play on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. It was decided to change the time-limit to forty-eight hours.
Action was taken upon the rules offered by Mr. E. A. Caswell, to govern the Intercollegiate Chess Tournament. The first and last five sections as they appeared in yesterday's CRIMSON were accepted, but the club decided to recommend that only two undergraduates, instead of three, represent each college. In order to avoid confusion, undergraduate was taken to mean undergraduate in the academic and scientific departments, law school men being thereby barred out.