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'- '' By Harold Carter.
In the Empire Service club; Pic
cadilly, whose menibers aretnain-
- ly retired -Indian civil ervants,
chess numbers many adherents.1
Members come and go,1 bu chess"
remalfkf It is a part of the insti-1
tutjon. v ' " i
When Galsworthy- dropped in
af ter four-year absence andan-
pension he -was welcomed to the
cfiess 'table where Dunning had
reigned supreme as far back as !
memory goes, cut vjaiswormy
thought1 obviously fa inferior to
Dunning, won game after game.
After a while it wasnoticed that
Ije did so by a peculiar combina
tion of pawn and queen plav. As'
chess players know, a player who
. can force any of his pawns t6 the
, opposite base of the board-with-.'
out its being captured en route,
may exchange it for a second
queen, an advantage- which de
cides thegame almost immediate
ly in'his favor.
.. "It is a Persian trick," said
'Galsworthy, "It is named 'shah's
:ftatej' after a "celebrated shah who
invented it. I learned it from
RassuPlCahn." : i
The Afghan chief whose wife
jnurdered him?" asked Dunning.
"I was in command of the mis
sion that was sent to him," said
Galsworthy. "Rassul was a tribu
tary of the Indian government,
and -when his misdeeds culmin
ated in hisanurdering his son, the
heir apparent, and shutting up the
mother in a rat-infested tungeon,
it was decided that'a mission
should be sent to remonstrate'
.with him. As a matter of fact,"
RassuJ was then ahomicidal man
iac, but this we did not know
What we knew was that he wast
a 'chess enthusiast, and, as I had'
some experience of the game,"F
was selected to lead the company
into his capital.
"When we were one dayV
march from thecity we vere sud-"
denly surrounded by Rasul's entire-army,
horse," foot and artil-'
lery. Resistance would have been
suicidal. We submitted "to 'can-'
,ture, being, though armed, osfen-3
'sibly a peace embassy.
"We were taken before Rassul.
and there., assuming all ,the dig
nity I could muster, I, wanted him
to reform. He thought awhile
and asked me" if T played chess.
When I admitted this he smiled
in a diabolical manner and prom
ised me a game on the morrow.
"That eyenmg,. alter it was
dark, I was conducted to.a pavil
lion in an open field, in company
with eight of. my -infantrymen,
two troopers, a' couple' of civilian
interpreters whom I had brought,
and two carriages. The restvof the
party wererescorted to the fron
tier, with all-honor,,
"Next morning, when I awoke,
I discovered that We were drawn
up atthe base of a gigantic field,
plowed in alternate squares to
produce the effect of .a huge
chessboard. 'At the opposite end,
300 yards away, wasRassul Kahn
on a thronewith his retainers1.
And then I learned the diabolical
scheme that had been hatched.
Rassul was matching his wits
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