Croydon Guardian, 1881
|1 pr.||B. G. Laws (Motto: Each speed the moment on when wrong shall cease.)|
|2 pr.||G. J. Slater (I want a — Motto)|
|3 pr.||R. H. Seymour (Nitor in Adversum)|
|sp. pr. (best #2)||C. E. Dennis (Deacon Jones) (see notes)|
|hm.||M. Ehrenstein (Etwas, no. 9)|
|G. J. Slater (Smut)|
|A. S. Beaumont (Ex pede Herculem, no. 27)|
The announcement added that some minor prizes would be announced later.
In the revised announcement of 1881-08-06, which added two weeks to
closing dates for contributions from Europe and North America, no
mention of additional prizes was made. On 1881-09-24 it was reported that
a donation for a prize for the best #2 had been accepted.
A solution tourney was held for the published problems.
Twenty-seven problems were published, of which eight were found to be unsound, either as having multiple solutions, or as being
practically unsound, by duals in the main variation, or by an author's solution that
included an impossible variation, but excluded a possible one. (Three
problems were reported as withdrawn as unsound on 1882-01-14, and for that
reason not published.) Of the remaining 17 problems, 13 were considered
good enough to consider for awards.
The names of the competitors were not published, except for the award-winners.
Croydon Guardian reprinted the sp. pr. problem on 1881-02-18 with the motto
Elder Smith. This must be a mistake: the report and the original
printing both have the motto
Deacon Jones; another problem by an
unknown competitor was identified by the motto
1st Prize: B. G. Laws
Key: 1. Nf5
Source: Croydon Guardian, 1881-12-17, p. , prb. 289
2nd Prize: G. J. Slater
Key: 1. Qg4
Source: Croydon Guardian, 1881-12-03, p. , prb. 285
3rd Prize: R. H. Seymour
Key: 1. Ncb6
Source: Croydon Guardian, 1881-10-22, p. , prb. 272
Special Prize (best #2): C. E. Dennis
Key: 1. Qa8
Source: Croydon Guardian, 1881-12-10, p. , prb. 286