Chess Problem Tourneys

See General format for problem tourney documentation for details about the format used.

For the purposes of this collection, it is important to know that the ‘date’ of a tourney is considered to be its first announced closing date. In the very rare situation when the closing date was extended from one year to another, the tourney will get a range of dates, such as “Example Tourney, 1843–44”.



The Albion, 1855
American Chess Association, 1857
American Chess Association, 1858
American Union, 1858
Charleston Daily Courier, 1859
(British) Chess Association, 1857 (Manchester)
(British) Chess Association, 1858 (Birmingham)
The Chess Monthly, 1857
Chess Player’s Chronicle, 1852
The Era, 1856
Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, 1856
Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, 1858
Illustrirte Zeitung, 1859
New York Clipper, 1857 (New Chess Type Tournament)
New York Clipper, 1859
New York Saturday Courier, 1856
Schweizerische Schachzeitung, 1857
Syracuse Chess Club, 1858 (Onondaga)

English Problem Tourney, 1854?

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(British) Chess Association, 1860 (Cambridge)
(British) Chess Association, 1861 (Bristol)
British Chess Association, 1862 (London)
British Chess Association, 1867 (London)
The Chess World, 1866-67
The Chess World, 1869
Gentleman’s Journal
The Gentleman’s Journal, 2nd tourney, 1869
International Chess Congress, 1867 (Paris)
Neue Berliner Schachzeitung, 1865
Neue Berliner Schachzeitung, 1866
Neue Berliner Schachzeitung, 1869
Newcastle Daily Journal, 1865
New York Clipper, 1860 (Miron’s Problem Tourney)
New York Clipper, 1866 (The Chessmen Tourney)
New York Clipper, 1867 (The Summer Tourney)
Norddeutscher Schachbund, 1868 (Hamburg)
Norddeutscher Schachbund, 1869 (Hamburg)
Northumberland and Durham Chess Association, 1866 (Newcastle)
Northumberland and Durham Chess Association, 1867 (North Shields)
North Yorkshire and Durham Chess Association, 1866 (Redcar)
Le Palamède Française, 1865-1866
La (Nouvelle) Régence, 1860
Schachzeitung, 1866-67
Schachzeitung, 1869
Le Sphinx, 1867
Westdeutscher Schachbund, 1862 (Düsseldorf)
Westdeutscher Schachbund, 1863 (Düsseldorf)
Westdeutscher Schachbund, 1864 (Düsseldorf)
Westdeutscher Schachbund, 1866
Westdeutscher Schachbund, 1867 (Köln)
Westdeutscher Schachbund, 1868 (Aachen)
Wiener Schachgesellschaft, 1863?
Yorkshire Chess Association, 1868-69

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Amateur Chess Magazine, 1872
American Chess and Problem Association, 1878
American Chess Association, 1871 (Cleveland)
American Chess Journal, 1876 (“B” Letter Tournament)
American Chess Journal, 1879
Australian Town and Country Journal, 1878
Boston Weekly Globe, 1876
Brief, 1879 (1st Tourney)
Brighton Herald, 1879
British Chess Association, 1873 (London, 1872)
British Chess Problem Association, 1878
British Chess Problem Association, 1879
Canadian Chess Association, 1873
Canadian Chess Association, 1874
Centennial Chess Problem Tourney, 1877
Chess Journal (Dubuque), 1871 (1st Tourney)
Chess Journal (Dubuque), 1871 (2nd Tourney)
Chess Journal (Dubuque), 1871 (3nd Tourney)
Chess Journal (Dubuque), 1872-1886 (6th tourney)
Chess Player’s Chronicle, 1879
City of London Chess Magazine, 1875
Cleveland Leader, 1876
Counties Chess Association, 1871 (Malvern)
Danbury News, (Conn., US.) 1877.
Detroit Free Press, 1875
Detroit Free Press, 1876
Detroit Free Press, 1878
Detroit Free Press, 1879
Deutscher Schachbund, 1879 (Leipzig)
Dutch Chess Association, 1875
English Mechanic, 1877
Forest and Stream, 1878
Glasgow Weekly Herald, 1878
The Globe (Buffalo, N.Y., 1876)
Hamilton Spectator (Victoria, Australia), 1879
Hartford Sunday Globe, 1877
Huddersfield College Magazine, 1876
Huddersfield College Magazine, 1878
Huddersfield College Magazine, 1879
Italian Problem Tourney, 1878 (2nd Italian Chess Congress, Leghorn/Livorno)
The Leader (Melbourne), 1870
The Leader (Melbourne), 1876
The Leader (Melbourne), 1877
Lebanon Herald, 1875-1876
Melbourne Chess Club, 1870
Mitteldeutscher Schachbund, 1876
Mitteldeutscher Schachbund, 1877 (Anderssen 50-year Jubilee Congress, Leipzig)
New York Clipper, 1874-75
New York Clipper, 1876 (Clipper Centennial Problem Tourney)
North Metropolitan and Holloway Press, 1879
Nuova Rivista degli Scacchi, 1876
Nuova Rivista degli Scacchi, 1877
Nuova Rivista degli Scacchi, 1879
Paris, 1878
The Recreationist, 1873 (The “R” Tourney)
St. Louis Globe-Democrat, 1876
La Stratégie, 1875
South Australian Chronicle and Weekly Mail (Adelaide), 1879
Westdeutscher Schachbund, 1870 (Crefeld)
Westdeutscher Schachbund, 1876 (Düsseldorf)
Westdeutscher Schachbund, 1877 (Köln)
Westminster Chess Club, 1871
Westminster Chess Club, 1874
Westminster Papers, 1872
1st Westminster Papers Löwenthal Tourney, 1878
2nd Westminster Papers Löwenthal Tourney, 1879

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Allgemeine Sport-Zeitung, 1881
5th American Chess Congress Problem Tourney, 1881
American Chess Journal, 1881 (1st Tourney)
Brief, 1881 (2nd Tourney)
British Chess Magazine, 1881 (1st Tourney)
British Chess Magazine, 1883 (2nd Tourney)
British Chess Magazine, 1884 (3rd Tourney)
British Chess Magazine, 1885 (End-Game Tourney)
British Chess Magazine, 1887 (4th Tourney)
British Chess Magazine, 1887 (Andrews Memorial)
Burnley Express, 1880 (Local Tourney)
Burnley Express, 1880
Chess Journal, 1872-1886 (6th Tourney)
Chess Journal, 1886 (1st Pleisoi Tourney)
Chess Journal, 1886 (2nd Pleisoi Tourney)
Chess Journal, 1889 (7th Tourney)
Chess Journal, 1889 (8th Tourney)
Chess-Monthly, 1880 (Puzzle Tourney)
Chess-Monthly, 1881
Detroit Free Press, 1880 (5th Tourney)
Detroit Free Press, 1881 (6th Tourney)
Deutscher Schachbund, 1881 (2nd Tourney; Berlin )
Deutscher Schachbund, 1883 (3rd Tourney; Nürnberg)
Deutscher Schachbund, 1885 (4th Tourney; Hamburg)
Deutscher Schachbund, 1887 (5th Tourney; Frankfurt am Main)
Deutscher Schachbund, 1889 (6th Tourney; Breslau)
Glasgow Weekly Herald, 1880 (5th Tourney)
Jemtlands Tidning, 1886
Nationaltidende, 1881
Week’s News, 1881 (3rd Tourney)

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