American Chess Association, 1857 (1st American Chess Congress)

R:
set of 3 problems (2 pr.)
 
C:
1857-11-01
 
J:
E. B. Cook, W. G. Thomas, W. J. A. Fuller, J. Ferguson, S. R. Calthrop.
 
A:
1 pr.
R. Willmers (motto: “Strive for honor!”)
 
2 pr.
C. Bayer (“Three is the charm”)
 
S:
Program of the National Chess Congress, p. 10. (Available in Miron Hazeltine: Chess Scrap-Book, vol. 20, p. 72.)
 
Chess Monthly, v. II:4 (April, 1858):
p. 121: problem 72 (Willmers problem 2)
p. 126–7: judges report
 
D. W. Fiske: The First American Chess Congress (New York, 1859):
 
N:
Eleven sets received: 5 from European composers, and 6 from American.

Willmers's problem 2 was also published the same month as problem 739, Illustrated London News, v. XXXII:913 (1858-04-17), p. 399, but without any mention that it had been reprinted from another source. As the same issue of I. L. N. also cites a problem by Sam Loyd (enigma 1073) as copied from Chess Monthly, and as that problem can be found in the same April 1858-issue of Chess Monthly (problem 73), Chess Monthly is taken to be the original publication.
 

Awards

1 Prize: R. Willmers

Problem: 1

Forsyth: 3br2r/1Knp1b2/4p1p1/6pN/ppkPN1P1/8/4P1Q1/7R

Stip.: #4

Key: 1. Qg3 [*]

Source: 2, D. W. Fiske: The First American Chess Congress, p. 278.

Problem: 2

Forsyth: nn1Q2K1/3pp3/4kN2/7p/PNppP3/8/8/8

Stip.: #4

Key: 1. Sc6

Source: 72, Chess Monthly, v. II:4 (April, 1858), p. 121

Problem: 3

Forsyth: 6br/2Q5/6p1/ppN1B3/2k5/3p2Kp/1P3Pn1/r7

Stip.: #4

Key: 1. Se4+

Source: 4, D. W. Fiske: The First American Chess Congress, p. 280.



2 Prize: C. Bayer

Problem: 1

Forsyth: 1q4r1/1n5b/3p4/1Ppk3r/5Pp1/2B3P1/P2K1N2/4RQ2

Stip.: #4

Key: 1. f5

Source: 5, D. W. Fiske: The First American Chess Congress, p. 281.

Problem: 2

Forsyth: 6n1/1Q6/3p4/4Bk1r/5N1p/2K4p/6NP/8

Stip.: #4

Key: 1. Kd3

Source: 6, D. W. Fiske: The First American Chess Congress, p. 282.

Problem: 3

Forsyth:rR3q2/p1b1p1r1/2pp2pp/3P1kN1/Q1N1p3/1p1B3K/8/2B5

Stip.: #4

Key: 1. Qxa7

Source: 7, D. W. Fiske: The First American Chess Congress, p. 283.