Problems will be judged simply on their merits—duals to have nothing to do with the matter.
Marc* (Through Night to Light)
The closing date was changed from 1876-04-29 to 1876-05-29 on
Shortly after closing date, G. E. Carpenter was named as judge.
Publication of received sets, under motto, started on 1876-05-14. and continued with at least one set a week. The problems were also the object of a solving tourney, announced at the same time as the problem tourney itself.
33 set were received, but the last set was ruled out prior to publication. The remaining 32 sets were all examined by the judge. The number of competitors was only 21: several contestants sent in multiple sets, including one set by two authors.
A number of sets were disqualified for competing for the main prizes, but were allowed to compete for the special prizes, such as the problem that won the sp. pr. for best s#2.
* According to part 10 of F. M. Teed's series American Problem Composers (American Chess Magazine, 2/11 (May, 1899), p. 459 ) the pseuodym
Marc was used by Chas. [=Charles] L.
Fitch in his early career as composer. (See also Gaige: Chess Personalia, p. 120.)
1 Prize: W. A. Shinkman
Key: 1. Ba2
Source: Detroit Free Press, 1876-08-13, prb. Tourney 2:27
2 Prize: J. Berger
Key: 1. Nb6
Source: Detroit Free Press, 1876-07-16, prb. Tourney 2:19
3 Prize: R. Braune
Key: 1. Qf6
Source: Detroit Free Press, 1876-08-06, prb. Tourney 2:25
Special prize: best #2:Here, only the two problems that were not part of the prize-winning sets will be shown. For the other problems, see the #2 of the sets shown above for 1-3 Prize.
W. A. Shinkman (In Nuce)
Key: 1. Nf5
Source: Detroit Free Press, 1876-10-15, prb. Tourney 2:45