The following tourneys are known or suspected to have existed. A few have been researched in detail, and may be possible to add with little additional work, while others may be just a note taken from a problem seen in an anthology or column somewhere, and will need more research to finish.
Just as earlier, this page will be updated as tourneys are reported in standard form. Please let me know if you have traces of additional tourneys not included for this or earlier periods.
Tourneys that can’t be traced are moved to their own section at the end.
Amateur World (London)? “Experimentum Prize”
American Chess and Problem Association, 1878
American Chess Association, 1876? 1877? 1878?
4th Bohemian Tourney, 1874 (Award list in DSz 1875)
Brief, (or Brief of the Week ? Later Week’s News) 1879
Brighton Herald, 1879
British Chess Association, 1878 or 1879?
British Chess Problem Association, 1879
British Empire 1879?
Canadian Chess Association, 1875. (all problems unsound?)
Centennial Tourney, 1877 (Letter tourney, and additional prizes)
Chess Journal (Dubuque), 1871. 1st problem tournment. (Chess Arch.)
Chess Journal (Dubuque), 1871. 2nd problem tournament. (Chess Arch.)
Chess Journal (Dubuque), 1871. 3rd problem tournament. (Chess Arch.)
Chess Journal (Dubuque), 1872. (Chess Arch.)
Chess Player’s Chronicle, 1879
Chronicle (Adelaide), 1879?
City of London Chess Magazine, 1875. (not finished?) (Chess Arch.) Prize list printed in H.C.M. v. 5, p. 326.
Cleveland Leader, 1876. (#3, 3 pr., UK C:1876-12-01)
Cleveland Voice, 1877? 1878?
Courier (Hannibal, Missouri), 1876. (The Daily Hannibal Courier?)
Danbury News, 1877.
Design and Work, 1879.
Derbyshire Advertiser, 1879
Detroit Free Press, 1878; 4th tny 1879
Deutscher Schachbund, (1877?)
Dubuque Chess Journal Tn. 1 (C: third friday in May next, 1871 ) Tn. 2 (C: 1871-08-18); Tn. 3 (C: 1871-10-20)
Tourney 5 (announced 1872?)? (Tourney Six, not finished?)
Dutch Chess Association, 1875
L’Echiquier, 1870. (NBSz 1860 p 192 has some additional details, but not all.)
English Mechanic. 1877? (One T concluded Nov 30, 1877); 1878 (informal?)
The Felstedian, 1873?
Forest and Stream, 1878 (New York). (Google Books? Archive.org!)
The Gentleman’s Journal. Competitions carried out in Recreational Supplement to Gentleman’s Journal, which seems to have been an almost independent publication.
Glasgow Weeekly Herald, 1878 (C: 1878-12-01) (BNA)
The Globe (Toronto), 1870, 1875?
Hartford Globe. 1877 (#2 and #3; said to have been closed in or before Aug. 1877)
Hartford Sunday Globe, 1878.
Herald (Lebanon), 1872, 1876, 1877 (C:1877-09-01), 1878.
Holloway Press, 1879
Huddersfield College Magazine, 3rd in 1879
Hull Bellman 1879
The Leader (Melbourne), 1870, 1876.
Michigan Chess Association, 1874?
New York Clipper, 1877?
News of the Week, 1875 (two half-yearly, informal?).
North Middlesex Magazine, Walter Pelham Problem Tourney, 1879
Nuova Rivista degli Schacci, 1876, 1877, 1879. (Chess Arch.)
Ny illustrerad Tidning, 1872 (Nordisk Skaktidende 1873 p 12-13, 30)
Philadelphia Centennial Tournament 1877? (Not the same as the one in which Loyd won most of the prizes …)
Prager Schachcongress, 1872. (DSz 1872 p 200)
Pravo Lidu, 1872.
Recreationist, 1873 or 1874. May be two: one is called the “R” Tournament. (Google Books, vol. I-II)
Royal Exchange, 1879
La Strategie, 1875, 1876, 1877.
Town and Country Journal (Sydney) #2 1878?
Turf, Field and Farm, 1878.
Weekly Free Press, 1876, 1878, 1879. (4 tourneys are thought to exist.)
Weekly Mail, 1871.
Western Advertiser, 1873 (3rd problem tourney, so there should be two earlier as well. )
Western Chess Congress, 1872.
Westminster Papers, 1879. 2nd Löwenthal Tourney.
Wiener Residenzblatt, 1873?
Winchester Papers, 1874. (US or UK?)
Some very unspecific jottings:
Dutch tourney around 1872 or 1873 (see Dutch Chess Association, 1875?)
Need additional work:
Lebanon Herald, 1875-1876: The title of the newspaper needs to be established by reference to original pages or equivalents. The identity of the third, pseudonymous member of the Committee of Awards would be nice to have.
Mitteldeutscher Schachbund, 1876: The original tourney announcement, printed on a cover page, has not been located. There are also reports suggesting that a honorary mention was awarded, although the printed report does not indicate any such awards. If it is a mistake, where did it start?
Apparently ‘dead’ tourneys:
Counties Chess Association (1870, Newcastle-on-Tyne). Meeting was initially planned to include a problem tourney, but it was cancelled.
Maryland Chess Review, 1874. Problem Tourney No. 1. (Started, but does not appear to have been concluded.)
Maryland Chess Review, 1874. Curiosity Problem Tourney. (Also started, but not concluded.)
Neue Berliner Schachzeitung, 1871. No traces found in this volume.
Norddeutscher Schachbund, 1876. Entry based on Breuer 411 (Braune, “Norddt. Schachbund 1876, ehr. Erw."), but the problem turns out to be from Mitteldeutscher Schachbund, 1876 where it competed under the motto “Jeder wirkt in seiner Weise”.