The special prizes would be awarded for: A) best #2 problem, completely free from duals. (2 pr.), and B) best #2 problem, with the greatest freedom for black King. (1 pr.)
The special awards would be awarded by the first two prize winners of the solution tourney, independently. If they disagreed, a majority vote among the remaining five winners would decide.
up to the end of May)
|1 pr.||T. Bennet, jun.|
|2 pr.||H. F. L. Meyer|
|1 sp. pr. (dual-free #2)||W. R. Coe|
|2 sp. pr. (dual-free #2)||
Tricotrin= L. H. Lofthouse
|sp. pr. (black K freedom)||A. F. Mackenzie|
Forty problems by at least 19 competitors (composers of unsound problems were
not identified) competed in the composition tourney. The problems were published anonymously during the time
decided for the solving tourney (1881-01-07–1881-10-07).
Eight problems were
found to be unsound.
The judges of the tourney were the seven prize winners of the solution tourney. They were, in order, T. B. Rowland,
W. Jay = W. J. N. Brown,
V. Ariano, A. F. Mackenzie,
J. R. Hunter. (The identities behind the pseudonyms
Cousin Day are unknown; they were both said to be from Leeds. Based on a later note in Sheffield Independent,
Jacobus might be a pseudonym for James White.)
The special prizes were decided by the first two judges (Rowland and Brown), independently. There is no mention that voting was required.
It is not clear why a group of judges was required to decide which problems received the fewest number of correct solutions.
The column editor, F. C. Collins, also competed in the tourney.
Brief changed name several times during the period from the publication of the first announcement to publication of the awards. At the time of the announcement, the title printed on the title page was Brief: The Week's News (the second half of that title is interpreted as a subtitle). On 1881-02-26, it changed to Brief News & Opinion, and on 1881-07-02 it changed again to The Week's News. (A earlier publication The Week's News had been published until 1879-07-18, when it was incorporated with Brief.)
1st Prize: T. Bennet, jun.
Key: 1. Kb2
Source: The Week's News 8/194 (1881-07-16), p. 68, prb. 241
2nd Prize: H. F. L. Meyer
Key: 1. Rxg6
Source: The Week's News 8/195 (1881-07-23), p. 92, prb. 242
Special Prize (dual free #2) 1st Prize: W. R. Coe
Key: 1. Raa1
Source: The Week's News 8/193 (1881-07-09), p. 44. prb. 240
Special Prize (dual free #2) 2nd Prize:
Tricotrin = L. H. Lofthouse
Key: 1. Bd5
Source: Brief News & Opinion 7/188 (1881-06-04), p. 506, prb. 235
Special Prize (black K freedom #2) Prize: A. F. Mackenzie
Key: 1. Nc2
Source: The Week's News 8/192 (1881-07-02), p. 18, prb. 239