Chess Journal, 1889 (7th Tourney)
Problems will be judged by the best non-competing composers available.)
|1 pr.||T. Taverner (3 problems)|
|2 pr.||W. Meredith (3 problems)|
|3 pr.||W. E. Perry (2 problems)|
|4 pr.||S. Hiatt (2 problems)|
|5 pr.||S. D. Sturgis|
|6 pr.||P. F. Harvey|
|7 pr. =||G. J. Dougherty|
|7 pr. =||L. Ahlbom|
Problems were published as they arrived. The first problem was printed
in Chess Journal, i. 119 (Jan., 1889), p. 29,
and the last in i. 121 (Mar., 1889), p. 80.
31 problems were excluded from competition because of unsoundness or because they failed to comply with requirements.
The judges do not appear to have been announced before their reports were printed. Their reports were issued individually, and were probably treated as nominations for the final prizes. They were summarized as follows:
(The numbers are those of the nominated problems. '/' indicates a shared prize.)
The judges obviously rarely agreed on what problems were prizeworthy (prbs. 30 and 78 seem to be the only ones), and when they did agree they had different opinions about what prize the problem deserved.
It appears that the original intention of giving four prizes ($20.00, $15.00, $10.00 and $5.00 in books) for best problems was abandoned. Instead prizes were given to all composers nominated by the judges, and the total prize fund divided into proportionate parts.
That decision and the process by which this division was performed were not documented.
The differences in judges' opinions led to a situation where one judge gave a problem the highest award (prb. 79, 1 pr. Taverner), while another considered its similarity to the well-known Loyd
Organ Pipes problem (American Chess-Nuts, p. 52, prb. 307) sufficient to disqualify it for any kind of prize.
A solving tourney for the tourney problems was also announced. Most of the prize winners were also prize winners in the composition tourney. One of the judges (M. Rennie) won the second prize.
The competitor who received a hm. for his problem 34 is currently unknown. The name probably appears in the tourney book.
1 Prize: T. Taverner
Key: 1. Ba2
Source: Chess Journal, i. 121 (Mar., 1889) p. 77, tourney prb. 77
Key: 1. Qc7
Source: Chess Journal, i. 121 (Mar., 1889) p. 78, tourney prb. 78
Key: 1. Rh1
Source: Chess Journal, i. 121 (Mar., 1889) p. 79, tourney prb. 79
2 Prize: W. Meredith
Key: 1. Ng5
Source: Chess Journal, i. 119 (Feb., 1889) p. , tourney prb. 7
Key: 1. Qh8
Source: Chess Journal, i. 121 (Mar., 1889) p. , tourney prb. 36
[*] = Faulty: Multiple key moves
Key: 1. Bg1
Source: Chess Journal, i. 121 (Mar., 1889) p. , tourney prb. 39
3 Prize: W. E. Perry
Key: 1. Ng4
Source: Chess Journal, i. 120 (Feb., 1889) p. , tourney prb. 13
Key: 1. Ba4
Source: Chess Journal, i. 121 (Mar., 1889) p. , tourney prb. 27
4 Prize: S. Hiatt
Key: 1. Qa1
Source: Chess Journal, i. 119 (Jan., 1889) p. 32, tourney prb. 4
Source: Chess Journal, i. 121 (Mar., 1889) p. 69, tourney prb. 69
5 Prize: S. D. Sturgis
Key: 1. Nf1
Source: Chess Journal, i. 120 (Feb., 1889) p. , tourney prb. 8
6 Prize: P. F. Harvey
Source: Chess Journal, i. 121 (Mar., 1889) p. , tourney prb. 30
7 Prize (shared): G. J. Dougherty
Key: 1. Qg7
Source: Chess Journal, i. 120 (Feb., 1889) p. , tourney prb. 22
7 Prize (shared): L. Ahlbom
Key: 1. Qe2
Source: Chess Journal, i. 121 (Mar., 1889) p. , tourney prb. 35