|a||1 pr.||S. H. Thomas (Motto: Peep beneath)|
|2 pr.||J. H. Finlinson (Too many cooks spoil the mate)|
|3 pr.||J. A. Carlborg (Victoria)|
|b||1 pr.||S. H. Thomas (Motto: Peep beneath)|
There is some doubt that this tournament was concluded according to the
requirements (see below). The main reason appears to be the sudden and
unexpected end of Westminster Papers in April, 1879.
The funds for the main prizes were provided from the Löwenthal fund. The publisher provided the prize for best #3.
The publication of Westminster Papers ceased with the issue of April, 1879, which contained five sets of the 18 received so far:
The Rose, Thistle and
To be well shaken before taken,
Peep beneath and
Limæ labor ac mora. Readers were referred
to Land and Water for further announcements.
Land and Water was unfortunately not available for reference, so it is not known if they identified where remaining problems would be published, or even published some of the sets. At present, additional known sources are Huddersfield College Magazine, v. 7 (
Too many ,
cooks spoil the
It's your move, and
Croydon Guardian and Surry County Gazette (
and Chess Player's Chronicle (new series) for 1879 and 1880
At least 15 mottos (some from the UK, some not) have been published as planned.
However, the award report does not say how many the competitors were, and no list of competitors or competing mottos is known, except for UK competitors. The correspondent who, in December 1881 in Chess-Monthly, asks about the state of the tourney, mentions that Mr. Mossop (the previous editor of Westminster Papers) had said in December 1879 that the judges decision had been made, and would be published within a month or so. (This may raise a question about the later publication of the #3 pr set, which happened in February, 1880, together with two other sets from the same tourney.)
The original requirements stated that all problems should be published before prizes were awarded. Thus, at least the following sets/problems could be expected to have been published somewhere:
Humility and Modesty,
Wheel of Fortune,
Bheizrear, Breith Oirbh,
Pax in bello,
Knights of the chequered table, and
Unde i lupta sun si eu.
The rule may have been modified, although no mention of this has been found.
The very brief awards report does say that the judges are unable to state positively that all problems have been published, and so the tourney does not seem to have been brought to an end, according to its own published requirements.
Examine Land and Water for any additional information about the disposition of unprinted problems.
1st Prize: S. H. Thomas
Key: 1. Qb1
Source: Westminster Papers v. 11, p. 265 (Apr., 1879), prb. 1126
Key: 1. Qb8
Source: Westminster Papers v. 11, p. 265 (Apr., 1879), prb. 1127
2nd Prize: J. H. Finlinson
Key: 1. Bxg3
Source: Hudderfield College Magazine v. 7, p. 210 (May, 1879), no. III
Key: 1. Bc3
Source: Hudderfield College Magazine v. 7, p. 210 (May, 1879), no. II
Key: 1. Ke1
Source: Hudderfield College Magazine v. 7, p. 210 (May, 1879), no. I
Prize: J. A. Carlborg
[*] = Faulty: Multiple key moves
Key: 1. Qe1
Source: Chess Player's Chronicle (new series), 4/38 (Feb., 1880), p. 46, prb. 334
[+] = Faulty: No solution
Key: 1. d3
Source: Chess Player's Chronicle (new series), 4/38 (Feb., 1880), p. 46, prb. 333
Key: 1. Bb7
Source: Chess Player's Chronicle (new series), 4/38 (Feb., 1880), p. 46, prb. 332