American Chess Association, 1858

Only partially known.
2 problems per competitor (1 pr.)

Open to American composers. Entry fee: 2 dollars.

The committee will select the best composition of the two submitted, which will be entered for the final award.
(J. P. Barnett ?)
New York Saturday Press, 1858-12-11: names winner (see notes)
Chess Monthly, v. 2 p. 128 (April, 1858) mentions that the tourney is “limited to American composers”. No such restriction is apparent from Bulletin, although it may be assumed that only entries from A.C.A. members would be accepted.

Chess Monthly, v. 2 p. 351 (Nov., 1858) says that the second number of Bulletin would appear “about the first of the coming month.” On p. 384 (Dec., 1858) Chess clubs are requested to forward club details for publication in the second number of the Bulletin.

No later issues of Bulletin appear to have been printed.

The New York Saturday Press, 1858-12-11, prints: “In connection with problems and problem makers, we may remark that the first prize in the Annual Tournay of the American Chess Association has just been taken by Mr. J. P. Barnett, of New York City.” Nothing more; no problem diagrams.

Chess Monthly, 1861-02, reprints a problem by Barnett said to be a prize problem from 'last Association Tournament', but that would be more than a year late.
Keep looking for diagram.