Croydon Guardian, 1884 (Endgame tourney)
|1 pr.||A. F. Mackenzie (Motto: Softly, softly, ketch monkey.)|
|2 pr.||J. Jespersen (Mandefold))|
|3 pr.||E. Marks (Hæ tibi sunt artes, no. 1)|
|hm.||L. P. Rees|
The formal announcement was preceded by several attempts to decide the
likelihood that sufficient number of entries would be forthcoming (Croydon
Guardian, 1883-09-08, 1883-09-22, 1883-10-06).
While no motto requirement had been expressed, mottos appear to have been provided by all competitors.
Twenty-two endgames in nineteen entries were examined, though only 21 appear to have been published. Eleven were faulty, of which six were
absolutely wrong, two doubtful if they fulfilled conditions, and
three having second solutions. The judge reported on the perceived
issues in some detail in the report.
A possible additional issue with the soundness of some of the awarded positions appear to have been found during the six-week grace period before the awards were declared final, but eventually they were confirmed as final. (The confirmation notice refers to "Mr. W. N. Potter's award" for unknown reasons.)
A solution tourney for tourney endgames was also announced. It was reported together with the main competition, as C. E. Ranken was the judge for both. The solution tourney received solutions from only one solver from Denmark who wished to remain anonymous, and it appears to have been closed without any awards.
The HHdbVI endgame database notes that the 3 pr. winner is cooked (multiple solutions?).
1st Prize: A. F. Mackenzie
Key: 1. Ra2
Source: Croydon Guardian and Surrey County Gazette, 1885-01-03, p. , tourney prb. 20
2nd Prize: J. Jespersen
Key: 1. Bxe5
Source: Croydon Guardian and Surrey County Gazette, 1885-08-16, p. , tourney prb. 3
3rd Prize: E. Marks
[?] = (see notes)
Key: 1. Rg7+
Source: Croydon Guardian and Surrey County Gazette, 1885-11-22, p. , tourney prb. 16