(British) Chess Association, 1861 (Bristol)

R:

Set of at least six problems #3–5 (4 pr.)

Open to all composers. Competitors for all of the four prizes were required to pay an entrance fee of 10s 6d. All problems were considered the property of the Committee of Management, and could not be published without permission.

J:

H. Waite, T. Sunderland, J. Kling; Referee: W. Wayte

C:

1861-09-01

A:
1 pr.
F. Healey (motto: The Climax)
 
2 pr.
K. Bayer (Careless of, yet striving for laurels)
 
3 pr.
A. Pongracz (Sodalis inter magistros)
 
4 pr.

W. Mitcheson (Extremos pudeat rediisse)

S:

Chess Player’s Chronicle, Third Series, vol. III, p. 165–169 (June, 1861): congress announcement, incl. problem tourney details.

The Era, v. XXIV:
 i. 1218 (1862-01-26), p. 14: the award of the prizes
 i. 1219 (1862-02-92), p. 4: additional details

The Chess Congress of 1862 (ed. Löwenthal), 1864 :
 p. 443–450: awards list and problems

N:

Löwenthal clarified (or tried to clarify) the entrance fee requirement in The Era (1861-08-18) in response to a reader question:

With regard to the entrance fees, we should state that the non-payment of the fee of 10s 6d. will not exclude a competitor or deprive him of his honorary award, although of course he will no not be entitled to receive a prize.

It is not clear if the difference between receiving an award and receiving a prize affected any tourney reports. Although no mention of non-paying award-winners has been seen, the summary in The Era is expressed in terms of prizes, not awards.

16 sets were received, with a total of 144 problems. (One set contained 28 problems.) The sets sent by Mr E. Kidson, Mr A. Kemp, and Herr Rothmaler were declared worthy of special mention.

No separate report of the Bristol congress or the problem tourney has been found. The prize winners are reported in the BCA 1862 congress book, but there is little or no additional material.

Problem 3 in the Prize 4 set was corrected by J. Kling as The Era, v. XXIV:1230 (1862-04-20), p. 4, prob. 405 (corr. bRa8 → d7), which is occasionally printed without indication that it is a correction.

Awards

The numbers of the problems correspond to those found in The Chess Congress of 1862 book. Source references are for first known correct publication.

1 Prize: F. Healey

1

#3

2

#3

3

#4

4

#4

5

#5

6

#5

2 Prize: C. Bayer

1

#3

2

#3

3

#3

4

#4

5

#4

6

#4

7

#4

8

#4

9

#4

10

#5

11

#5

3 Prize: A. Pongracz

1

#3

2

#3

3

#4

4

#4

5

#4

6

#5

7

#4

4 Prize: W. Mitcheson

1

#3

2

#3

3

#4

4

#4

5

#3

6

#4