Baltimore American, 1882

single #2
Usual motto system. Problems must have a single author.
A. G. Sellman, assisted in final adjudication by C. A. Gilberg.
1882-01-15 (America), 1882-02-15 (transoceanic countries)
1 pr. E. Pradignat (Motto: Sub lege libertas)
2 pr. J. G. Nix (Open to all the world)
1 hm. A. Campo (La cortesia e un fiore)
2 hm. A. F. Mackenzie (Whose is that upturned face?)
3 hm. J. Rayner (The Emigrant)
sp. m. H. F. L. Meyer (Nineteen) (see notes)
Baltimore American (see notes)
1881-11-20: announcement
1882-01-15: received problems 1–8
1882-02-26: received problems 9–16
1882-03-05: first published problem; solving tourney begins
1882-05-28: last published problem (no. 13)
1882-06-25: winning problems, report & list of competitors

Seventeen problems were received, of which two were unsound and two failed to comply with tourney requirements. Of the thirteen problems that remained, the judge commented only on the six that were given some form of award.

A solution tourney was held for the published problems.

The judge gave a special mention to the problem Nineteen for remarkable variety. (The motto is said to indicate the number of mates.)

The title of the newspaper is as given by the Chess Archaeology web site, which was used for sources. The Chronicling America web site gives Baltimore American as an alternative title to Baltimore weekly American, but also notes that the newspaper changed to the shorter title in 1883.

Tourney problem no. 1 (by R. H. Seymour) had two black Bishops on black squares, but the judge did not make any mention of it although it is often regarded as an illegality. It is not clear if the assisting judge, C. A. Gilberg, reviewed all problems: he may have focussed on the award-winning problems.


1st Prize: E. Pradignat


2nd Prize: J. G. Nix