British Chess Association, 1873 (London, 1872)

R:
#2 + 2×#3 + 2×#3-5 (10 pr. + 3 sp. pr.)

Open to all. Joint compositions were not allowed.

The special prizes were awarded to the best problems in two, three and four moves, respectively.
 
J:
committee of examination: J. W. Abbott, S. Boden, P. T. Duffy, J. Lowenthal, R. Ormond, F. L. Slous, H. Waite, R. B. Wormald, H. T. Young

judges: ? (were to be chosen from the examination committee)

No prizes would be awarded to any set found to contain an incorrect problem, but the award, when published, would be be final.
 
C:
1873-01-01 (UK) / 1873-02-01 (United States, Canada, the Continent of Europe) / 1873-04-01
 
A:
1 pr. S. A. Sorensen (Motto: Look after the Cáby)
2 pr. C. Bayer (Ultima Thule)
3 pr. J. H. Finlinson (Hoc ardua vincere docet)
4 pr. W. S. Pavitt (Why so, prithee?)
5 pr. T. M. Brown (The best laid schemes of mice and men gang aft a-gley)
6 pr. W. Nielsen (All's well that ends well)
7 pr. C. Nadebaum (Auf Wiedersehen)
8 pr. L. Rossatti (Ludimus effigiem belli)
9 pr. H. Frei-Schmidt (Work for money, but think for honour)
10 pr. —
 
sp. pr. #4 S. A. Sorensen
sp. pr. #3 F. Healey (Where's the master? Play the men)
sp. pr. #2 J. Kling (Imagine)
 
S:
i. 2 (June 1872), p. 18–19: conditions of problem tourney
 
p. 245 (1 Apr. 1874): info from meeting held 1872-09-24.
 
p. 48–51 (1 July 1874): prize sets (under motto).
p. 172 (1 Jan. 1875): list of prizes (with names).
 
N:

No official tourney report has been found. Information from the work by the tourney committee appears to have been sent out in installations (Westminster Papers, v. 7, p. 66 (1 Aug. 1874)).

The number of competitors was 49. 35 sets were said to be unsound on 1872-09-24, but based on the final number of prizes another five sets must eventually have been found to be unsound or disqualified for other reasons.

Prize-winning sets were published in July, 1874 by Westminster Papers as well as City of London Chess Magazine. In both cases, set 9 was omitted from publication. Westminster Paper notes briefly (p. 51) that "The ninth prize does not possess sufficient merit to justify our publishing it." City of London Chess Magazine reports (p. 129), probably cited from an official summary: "As it were, the problems which carried off the ninth prize were considered by the Committee to be of such an inferior character that the question was discussed whether any award in respect of that prize need be made." later followed by a note that they publish, as a supplement, the first eight prize sets "... but the compositions in the ninth set appear to us not to be up to publication mark, and we therefore do not see that any useful purpose would be served by troubling our readers therewith."

(If this publication of problems was intended to begin a period of public scrutiny of the prize-winning sets, it seems that omitting a set on the grounds that it lacks merit in the eyes of the editors seems to be counterproductive. However, it is not known that that was the purpose.)

During the tourney but probably unconnected with it, in a meeting held 13 Oct. 1873, the Problem Tourney Committee of the British Chess Association adopted a resolution “That no more than one move be allowable for White in any variation except upon the last move.” (Westminster Papers, vol. 6, p. 132 (1 Nov., 1873).) This was widely criticized, and was said to have been rescinded shortly afterwards, but some criticism of the tourney appears to be partially based on the assumption that this rule had indeed been applied for the tourney.

Awards

1st Prize: S. A. Sorensen

1

#2

2

#3

3

#3

4

#4

5

#5

2nd Prize: C. Bayer

1

#2

2

#3

3

#3

4

#4

5

#4

3rd Prize: J. H. Finlinson

1

#2

2

#3

3

#3

4

#4

[*] = Faulty: Multiple key moves

5

#4

4th Prize: W. S. Pavitt

1

#2

2

#3

3

#3

4

#3

5

#4

5th Prize: Th. M. Brown

1

#2

2

#3

3

#3

4

#3

5

#3

6th Prize: W. Nielsen

1

#2

2

#3

[*] = Faulty: Multiple key moves

3

#3

4

#4

[*] = Faulty: Multiple key moves

5

#5

7th Prize: C. Nadebaum

1

#2

2

#3

3

#3

4

#4

5

#5

8th Prize: L. Rossatti

1

#2

2

#3

[?] = Try mistaken for key move?

3

#3

[*] = Faulty: Multiple key moves

4

#3

5

#4

[*] = Faulty: Multiple key moves

9th Prize: H. Frei-Schmidt

(No problems from this set are known.)
 
 

Special Prize #4: S. A. Sorensen

4 (see full set above)

#4

Special Prize #3: F. Healey

#3

Special Prize #2: J. Kling

#2