Detroit Free Press, 1880 (5th Tourney)

#4 (1 pr.)
#3 (1 pr.)
#2 (1 pr. + 2 sp. pr.)
Any number of problems were accepted, but each problem had to have its own motto. Anonymous entries were not allowed.
The two special prizes were donated for the best #2, apart from the main #2 prize winner, by a foreign and American composer, respectively.
G. E. Carpenter
a pr. E. Pradignat (Motto: [musical: G5 quarter note])
b pr. S. Gold (Gruss au Bull)
c pr. J. C. J. Wainwright (London Pride)
sp. pr. A E. Pradignat ([musical: B4 quarter note])
B J. C. J. Wainwright (Honeymoonshine)
Special prize A was for the best #2 by a foreigner, apart from the main #2 prize. Sp. pr. B was for the best #2 by an American composer, apart from the main #2 prize.
The Detroit Free Press:
45/64 (1879-11-02), p. 15: announcement
45/171 (1880-03-14), p. 15: Carpenter announced to be judge
45/195 (1880-04-11), p. 15: publication of tourney problem starts.
45/232 (1880-05-23), p. 13: list of mottos
46/116 (1881-01-08), p. 3: publication of tourney problem ends.
46/134 (1881-01-29), p. 8: judge’s report; prize-winning problems; names of competitors.
46/140 (1881-02-05), p. 5: erratum to judge’s report: wrong motto given to tourney prb. 53

The first announcement noted that C. Kockelkorn had been asked to act as umpire. He declined, and Carpenter accepted the task instead.

The lists of mottos received contained 88 different mottos (including Daisy three times, as three different composers used that motto, and counting the musical mottos as separate mottos.)

100 problems were published prior to judgement. 17 were found to be unsound, and another 4 to be ineligible due to use of castling, use of en passant capture as key move, as well as one problem having been published prior to publication in the tourney, and one problem being identical with a problem published years ago by the judge. (The en passant problem appears to have been correct in that it could be shown that e.p. was a legal move, but the judge objected to it as he thought it created two problems in one.)

Nineteen of E. Pradignat's entries had mottos in the form of a single music bar, with a G clef followed by a single note of different pitch and duration. These caused the judge some problems to identify: he reported them as 'musical motto'.

The chess editor of Detroit Free Press, T. P. Bull, also participated in the competition with a problem (prb. 16, motto: America has no Queen but her 'Queen of Chess', and dedicated to Mrs. Gilbert).


Prize best #4: E. Pradignat


Prize best #3: S. Gold


Prize best #2: J. C. J. Wainwright


Special prize A: E. Pradignat


Special prize B: J. C. J. Wainwright