Brief, 1881 (2nd Problem Tourney)

#2-4 (2 pr. for most difficult prb. + 3 sp. pr.)
Mottos and sealed envelopes not required. The main prizes were for the problems which received the fewest correct solutions during the solution tourney.

The special prizes would be awarded for: A) best #2 problem, completely free from duals. (2 pr.), and B) best #2 problem, with the greatest freedom for black King. (1 pr.)
The awards for most difficult problems would be decided by the seven prize winners of the solution tourney.

The special awards would be awarded by the first two prize winners of the solution tourney, independently. If they disagreed, a majority vote among the remaining five winners would decide.
1881-05-31 (up to the end of May)
1 pr. T. Bennet, jun.
2 pr. H. F. L. Meyer
1 sp. pr. (dual-free #2) W. R. Coe
2 sp. pr. (dual-free #2) Tricotrin = L. H. Lofthouse
sp. pr. (black K freedom) A. F. Mackenzie
6/162 (1880-12-03), p. 558: announcements
6/164 (1880-12-17), p. 638: announcement: 1st sp. pr.
7/172 (1881-02-11), p. 153: announcement: 2nd sp. pr.
7/175 (1881-03-05), p. 221: announcement: 3rd sp. pr.
The Week's News
8/209 (1881-10-28), p. 430: additional time allowed for solvers in Jamaica
8/213 (1881-11-28), p. 525: main awards; list of competitors
8/215 (1881-12-10), p. 525: awards sp. pr.; awards solution tourney

Forty problems by at least 19 competitors (composers of unsound problems were not identified) competed in the composition tourney. The problems were published anonymously during the time decided for the solving tourney (1881-01-07–1881-10-07). Eight problems were found to be unsound.

The judges of the tourney were the seven prize winners of the solution tourney. They were, in order, T. B. Rowland, W. Jay = W. J. N. Brown, V. Ariano, A. F. Mackenzie, Jacobus, Cousin Day, J. R. Hunter. (The identities behind the pseudonyms Jacobus and Cousin Day are unknown; they were both said to be from Leeds. Based on a later note in Sheffield Independent, Jacobus might be a pseudonym for James White.)

The special prizes were decided by the first two judges (Rowland and Brown), independently. There is no mention that voting was required.

It is not clear why a group of judges was required to decide which problems received the fewest number of correct solutions.

The column editor, F. C. Collins, also competed in the tourney.

Brief changed name several times during the period from the publication of the first announcement to publication of the awards. At the time of the announcement, the title printed on the title page was Brief: The Week's News (the second half of that title is interpreted as a subtitle). On 1881-02-26, it changed to Brief News & Opinion, and on 1881-07-02 it changed again to The Week's News. (A earlier publication The Week's News had been published until 1879-07-18, when it was incorporated with Brief.)


1st Prize: T. Bennet, jun.


2nd Prize: H. F. L. Meyer


Special Prize (dual free #2) 1st Prize: W. R. Coe


Special Prize (dual free #2) 2nd Prize: Tricotrin = L. H. Lofthouse


Special Prize (black K freedom #2) Prize: A. F. Mackenzie