Kentish Mercury, 1898
1 pr. | P. I. Marakoulin (Motto: Victoria) |
2 pr. | P. F. Blake (New Brooms) |
3 pr. | P. F. Blake (For England, home and beauty) |
4 pr. | A. F. Mackenzie (Peach Blossom) |
5 pr. | E. Pradignat (Three Castles) |
6 pr. | P. G. L. Fothergill (Dark Horses; see notes) |
7 pr. | P. Siedenschnur (Nil nisi hoc paulum) |
8 pr. | S. S. Blackburne (Colonial) |
9 pr. | M. J. Meyer (La chose jugée) |
10 pr. | P. G. L. Fothergill (unknown; see notes) |
11 pr. | V. Marin (Prior tempore potior jure) |
12 pr. | J. W. Looyen (Patience) |
sp. pr. | E. Praidgnat (Best Birdseye) |
hm. | E. Palkoska (Decem) |
P. F. Blake (The Dark) | |
J. Nield (Wilful Maid) | |
O. Würzburg (The Wanderer, I) | |
O. Würzburg (The Wanderer, II) | |
W. A. Clark (Doveran) | |
W. S. Branch (Valeat quantum valere potest) | |
A. F. Mackenzie (The Sunflower) |
The announcement offered 10 prizes. In the report, two further
main prizes and one special prize were added.
The column editor noted that the tournament should not be considered as a
strictly formal tourney with sealed envelopes, as he expected to recognize
the handwriting and other indications of the identities of many of the competitors.
Eighty-seven problems were received. Problems without unique
mottoes were numbered (I, II, and III, as required). Sixty-seven problems were published, the last of which was published a few weeks after
the awards had been published. The report identified five of these as faulty.
The report did not include problems 61, 63, and
64 in the list of published problems, but according to their mottoes they
were published as expected (the motto of prb. 61 is not quoted
in full in the report).
Of the actually published and correct problems, thirty-five were selected by the column editor
and given to the judge for adjudication. The judge excluded three of them
from competition due to strong similarities with previously published problems.
Adjudication was by a score-based method, as the
12 prize problems were cited as being between 100 and 77 points,
and the problems given honorary mention between 76 and 67 points.
(Although the hm. were printed in order by falling score, there is no
indication that they were ranked explicitly.) The score
for the special prize problem was not published.
The detailed reports of the first five individual prizes were published in the
Kentish Mercury (see above).
The remaining prize problems (i.e. 6th to 12th prize) were not identified
further than the name of the composer: there were no references to mottoes,
tourney problem numbers or column problem numbers. Some of them can
be identified indirectly by being the only (or only remaining) problem by that composer
in the competition. The 6th pr. problem can probably be identified
from its republication in British Chess Magazine. The 10th pr. problem
remains unidentified: it is either prb. 1030 (tourney prb. 14, Compare
)
or prb. 1076 (tourney prb. 56, Simple
).
Prizes
1st Prize: P. I. Marakoulin
#2
2nd Prize: P. F. Blake
#2
3rd Prize: P. F. Blake
#2
4th Prize: A. F. Mackenzie
#2
5th Prize: E. Pradignat
#2
6th Prize: P. G. L. Fothergill
#2
7th Prize: P. Siedenschnur
#2
8th Prize: S. S. Blackburne
#2
9th Prize: M. J. Meyer
#2
10th Prize: P. G. L. Fothergill
This problem was not identified by Kentish Mercury. See notes for forther details.11th Prize: V. Marin
#2
12th Prize: J. W. Looyen
#2
Special Prize: E. Pradignat
#2