The problems were to be sent one at a time with a least one month between each contribution. The copyright of the problems would be the property of the proprietors of Chess World, without whose express permission they could not to be published elsewhere.
The announcement stated that the problems would have to undergo
ordeal of public examination before awards were decided.
The final report was initially expected to be published in
January, 1867, but as the tournament was extended, the report was presumably also postponed.
The announcement was repeated in March 1866, but no problems that clearly belong to the tournament were printed during the year, and no report appeared in 1867.
In January, 1869, an announcement for a new problem tourney was made, with the following statement about the 1866 tourney:
... before the twelve months, over which the competition was to extend, had elapsed, it was resolved on account of the limited number of the competitors, and the general poverty of the problems sent in, that the affair should be shelved until the “CHESS WORLD” was more extensively known.
No direct statement that the tourney was cancelled has been found.