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offered by his unskilfulness or inattention; but point out to him kindly, that by such a move, he places or leaves a piece en prise unsupported; that by another, he will put his king into a dangerous situation, &c.

“ By this generous civility (so opposite to the unfairness above forbidden) you may happen indeed to lose the

you will win what is better, his esteem, his respect, and his affection; together with the silent approbation and the good-will of the spectators.”

To this may be added the following, though by another pen, since it so well accords with the spirit of what precedes:

" When a vanquished player is guilty of an untruth to cover his disgrace, as • I have not played so long; his method of opening the game confused me;—the men were of an unusual size, &c. All such apologies (to call them no worse) must lower him in a wise person's eyes, both as a man, and as a chess-player; and who will not suspect that he, who shelters himself under such untruths in trifling matters, is no very sturdy moralist in things of greater conse

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quences, where his fame or honour are at stake? A man of proper pride would scorn to account for his being beaten, by one of these excuses, even if it were true; because they all have so much the appearance, at the moment, of being untrue.'

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PRACTICAL DESCRIPTION OF THE GAME,

PIECES, AND MOVES.

The chess-board, like that used at Draughts, contains sixty-four squares, eight by eight, alternately white and black; but there exist many differences between them. In the draught-board the white squares only are used, but at Chess both black and white are played upon; and therefore a chess-board may properly be made with brown and white squares, so great a distinction not being wanted as in the other.

In Draughts, the right hand square is a black one; the men are leaped over in being taken, and you are compelled by the rules of the game to take any man that stands in the way ;

in all of which Chess differs. I am thus particular, because, most probably, many may learn Chess who have a previous knowledge of Draughts.

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