Standards for adjudication, similar to those used in the 1881 tournament, were published as part of the announcement.
|1 pr.||A. B. Studd (Motto: Träumerei)|
|2 pr.||D. Ristic (Grant me the combat)|
|3 pr.||A. Perna (So many men, so many minds)|
|sp. pr., best prb.||A. B. Studd (Träumerei, nr 2)|
|sp. pr., best #4||A. Perna (So many men, so many minds, nr 1)|
|sp. pr., best #3||D. Ristic (Grant me the combat, nr 2)|
|sp. m.||F. Healey (The main line)|
|G. Chocholous (Veni, vidi—vici?)|
|A. F. Mackenzie (Backward, turn backward, O Time, in thy flight)|
After the announcement of the special prizes, a prize was donated for the best
two-mover in the tourney. A separate tourney was created for two-movers. (See that tourney for more info.)
A solution tourney was held during for the published sets.
Preliminary awards were planned to be published immediately after the publication of sets was concluded, and so would have been expected in the November, 1885 issue.
In the original announcement, F. H. Lewis was named as referee. In January, 1886 Chess-Monthly announced that in Mr. Zukertort's absence the remaining judges and the referee would decide on the awards. (Zukertort had only been mentioned as a possible judge if he should return in time from his travels.)
Thirty-seven sets were received of which thirteen passed examination. At least six competitors were excluded for not fulfilling requirements, and 17 sets are listed as otherwise unsound. The number of published set was 26.
The judges do not mention how the special awards were decided, and in particular if sets found to be faulty and so not eligible for the main prizes may have remained eligible for the special prizes.
In their list of awards, the judges noted that while Chess-Monthly had not adopted the system of honourable mentions, they nevertheless felt in right to give special mentions to several sets.
1st Prize: A. B. Studd
Key: 1. Qe6
Source: The Chess-Monthly, v. 6, p. 188 (Feb., 1885), prb. 619
sp. pr., best prb.
Source: The Chess-Monthly, v. 6, p. 188 (Feb., 1885), prb. 620
2nd Prize: D. Ristic
Key: 1. Qb8
Source: The Chess-Monthly, v. 6, p. 91 (Nov., 1884), prb. 586/p>
sp. pr., best #3
Key: 1. Bb8
Source: The Chess-Monthly, v. 6, p. 91 (Nov., 1884), prb. 587
3rd Prize: A. Perna
sp. pr., best #4
Key: 1. Ng7
Source: The Chess-Monthly, v. 6, p. 187 (Feb., 1884), prb. 616
Key: 1. Ng4
Source: The Chess-Monthly, v. 6, p. 187 (Feb., 1884), prb. 617