Chess Journal, 1871

Not completely known.

#4 (2 pr.)
#3 + portrait of competitor (2 pr.)
#2 (2 pr.)
The best problem submitted would also be awarded a special prize.
Any number of problems were allowed: the first seven were free of charge, then 25c was charged for each additional entry. Motto required.
As fast as the problems are published, those of our subscribers that are so disposed will send us solutions with a value of from the minimum 1 to the maximum 100. These data shall decide the contest.
Only one prize would be awarded to the same person.
1871-05-26 (third Saturday of May), later changed to 1871-05-20.
1 pr. L. W. Davis (Motto: Speramus meliora)
2 pr. — (no prize awarded: see notes.)
1 pr. G. F. Bixby (The Heathen Chinee No. 3)
2 pr. M. Judd (The Forlorn Hope)
1 pr. J. Gardner (Anguis in herba)
2 pr. W. A. Shinkman (Tit for tat)
pr. G. E. Carpenter (To be or not to be, that is the question)
The Chess Journal:
2/11 (Jan. 1871), p. [1]-3: announcement
2/13 (Mar. 1871), p. 61: reminder of closing date
2/16 (June 1871), p. 168: tourney closed (and announcement of 2nd and 3rd tourneys)
Scientific American Supplement:

The title of the journal is given as Chess Journal on the first page of the individual issues, and as Dubuque Chess Journal on volume title pages.

Announcement was repeated on the inside front cover of at least issues 12 and 13. Minor changes appeared, but no special attention seem to have been drawn to them.

In the March 1871 issue (p. 61) a tourney book is mentioned in passing.

In the May issue (p. 129) the closing date is changed to be 20 May 1871, instead of 26 May as mentioned earlier, so that the awards could be ready to be printed in the June issue.

82 problems were printed in v. 2.

The report presumably appeared in v. 3 of Chess Journal. As no copy of this volume has been located, the information about awards and problems rely on S. Loyd's description of the tourney in Scientific American Supplement.

Loyd's note that the seventh prize was not awarded is interpreted in the context of his article, not in the context of the tourney, in which the seventh prize would be given for the second best #2 problem.

To do:

The judges report has not been seen. Locate v3 or tourney book to ensure details are correct.


Section: Four-move problems

1 Prize: L. W. Davis


2 Prize: — (not awarded)

Section: Three-move problems

1 Prize: G. F. Bixby


2 Prize: M. Judd


Section: Two-move problems

1 Prize: J. Gardner


2 Prize: W. A. Shinkman


Section: Best problem

Prize: G. E. Carpenter