British Chess Problem Association, 1879
The initial announcement (April, 1879) stated that the tourney
would be conducted with the same rules
as before, presumably
refering to the first B. C. P. A. tourney. As the tourney was open only to members,
the rules that the Association formulated
(see Chess Player's Chronicle, 2/16 (Apr., 1878), p. 85-86) are
relevant: they include the
No competitor can take
two prizes. rule.
The first announcement also noted that the details of the prizes had not yet been settled, but the additional details printed in July mention three prizes for sets, three prizes for single best problems in #2, #3 and #4 moves, as well as an additional prize for the overall best problem, donated by Prof. Tomlinson. One additional prize was awarded. It does not appear to have been announced: it was donated by the Editor of Huddersfield College Magazine.
35 problems (in sets or single) were received: only two were found to be faulty. Of the twelve sets received, five were disqualified for unsoundness and one for having a precursor.
Problems that passed a preliminary examinations were published for public examination. Unfortunately, no statement appear to have been published as to where this publication for public examination took place, and what problems, if not all, were so published.
The initial rewards, published in Chess Player's Chronicle (as well as other sources) gave the first prize to the set Sobraon but as its #4 was later found to be faulty, the set was disqualified.
The set Wansbeck by J. Crake was also disqualified from the set prizes because the judges found a
. Mr Crake disagreed, and published his disagreement
in Brief, 1880-04-09, p. 368, where both problems were included.
According to Huddersfield College Magazine v. 8, p. 222, he withdrew from the B.C.P.A.
striking identity of idea as regards the
main theme between its two-mover and the one in Artis est celare artem (also by Crake) in the Westminster Papers Lowenthal Tourney No. 1
The special prize for best problem is somewhat of a conundrum. It was awarded to C. Callander who also was awarded the prize for the best #4, which appears to go against the rule of
no competitor can receive more
than one prize. As the prize was included in the judge's report,
there seems to be little room for doubt that it was an official prize,
and as that rule is also cited in the report as a reason for not giving the
'best #3' prize to the #3-mover of Brain Sauce the rule appears to be
valid, and does
not appear to have been modified. A possibility might be that the
report was wrong to include it, but in that case both of the donated special prizes
must probably be regarded as unofficial.
1 Prize: J. H. Finlinson
Key: 1. Nc5
Source: Huddersfield College Magazine, Dec., 1879, p. 82, prb. I
Key: 1. Be3
Source: Huddersfield College Magazine, Dec., 1879, p. 82, prb. II.
Key: 1. Qe8
Source: Huddersfield College Magazine, Dec., 1879, p. 82, prb. III
2 Prize: J. Pierce
Key: 1. Bf3
Source: Chess Player's Chronicle, 3/34 (Oct. 1879), p. 238, prb. 284
Key: 1. Bc5
Source: Chess Player's Chronicle, 3/34 (Oct. 1879), p. 238, prb. 285
Key: 1. Nc4
Source: Chess Player's Chronicle, 3/34 (Oct. 1879), p. 239, prb. 286
3 Prize: A. Townsend
Key: 1. d4
Source: Burnley Express, i. 101 (1879-11-08), p. 8, prb. 16
Key: 1. Ne5
Source: Burnley Express, i. 102 (1879-11-15), p. 8, prb. 17
Key: 1. Nd6+
Source: Burnley Express, i. 103 (1879-11-22), p. 8, prb. 18
Prize: Best #2: J. P. Taylor
Key: 1. Rg7
Source: Land & Water, 1879
Prize: Best #3: J. Crake
Key: 1. Qb1
Source: Huddersfield College Magazine, v. 8, p. 48 (Nov., 1879), prb. II
Prize: Best #4 & Special Prize: Best Problem: C. Callander
Key: 1. Bxf4
Source: Chess Player's Chronicle, 3/35 (Nov., 1879), p. 263, prb. 303, correction p. iv (Errata), corrected diagram p. 286, prb. 303
Special Prize: Consolation Prize: W. Coates
Key: 1. Qh5
Source: Illustrated London News, 75/2117 (1879-12-27), p. 611, prb. 1871