|a: sets||1 pr.||J. Pospisil (Motto: [Rozmysli si, Marenko, rozmysli])|
|2 pr.||E. Lindquist (Ars longa, vita brevis)|
|b:||pr. #4||H. M. Prideaux (A Chequered Existence) (see notes)|
|pr. #3||J. Scott (Courage mounteth with occasion)|
|pr. #2 =||H. Jacobs (Erato)|
|pr. #2 =||A. W. D. Campbell (Omnes eodem cogimur)|
=indicates a shared prize)
No clearly official sources have been found. For that reason, the information
must be regarded as tentative.
Many of the award reports found are on a similar pattern, and most appear early in August 1886, a few weeks after the 1886 meeting of the British Chess Association. They are presumed to be based on an official news release from the B.C.A. The report in Chess-Monthly also follow the same pattern, but include information about unsuccessful sets (by names and mottos), and is printed already in the June issue, which suggests that the awards may have been decided shortly before the issue was printed.
The number of sets and single contributions is not known definitely; one source reports that
about 25 problems were entered.
Chess-Monthly lists unsuccessful competitors:
Work and Wait and
Try, try again by T. Randell,
Aloha, by Seargeant-Major McArthur,
Nullus tempus occurrit Regi, by A. Townsend,
Semper paratus by T. Sexton,
Sans souci by S. C. Heywood,
Parterre by J. W. Le Comte,
Pleasant Hours by J. Sexton,
unknown set/sets by R. Frohman,
A clumsy foot may treat the right road and
Semper Paratus by
L. K. Hirschl. This list omits several known sets, such
Jacta est alea,
Patience, passe science!, and
Kde domov mûj (ILN 1886 prbs. 2194, 2195)
It might be assumed that it identifies sets that were found to be wholly or
The single problem
A Chequered Existence was
awarded the prize for #4 problems, but was later found to be faulty.
In the absence of official reporting, we don't know if this happened before
the preliminary awards were made final. Again, Chess-Monthly
seems to reports the fault earlier than anyone else, but no statement that tourney management disqualified the problem or revised prizes has been found so far. This suggests that the fault may have been
found after the one-month grace period had expired: for this reason, the problem has been
retained in the present list of awards.
The motto of the 1 pr. set is reported slightly differently in different sources. In the absense of an official report, the motto reported here is a guess at what it may have been (from Smetana: The Bartered Bride).
The original source of the Campbell problem that shared the B:2 pr. is not known: the cited source is a known reprinting.
Examine more source for indications of official B.C.A. communications.
Section A: Sets
1st Prize: J. Pospisil
Key: [1. Nexf6]
Source: Chess-Monthly, v. 7, p. 92 (Nov., 1885), prb. 712
Key: 1. Be8
Source: Chess-Monthly, v. 7, p. 92 (Nov., 1885), prb. 713
2nd Prize: E. Lindquist
Key: 1. f7
Source: Chess-Monthly, v. 7, p. 61 (Oct., 1885), prb. 702
Key: 1. Qc1
Source: Chess-Monthly, v. 7, p. 61 (Oct., 1885), prb. 703
Section B: Single problems
#4 Prize: H. M. Prideaux (see notes!)
#3 Prize: J. Scott
#2 Prize (shared): H. Jacobs
Key: 1. Ne7
Source: Illustrated London News, v. 89, i. 2464 (1886-07-10), p. 51, prb. 2207