Chess Player’s Chronicle, 1852

R:
Section A:
single problem #3-6 (6 pr., at most one prize per competitor)
Section B:
set 6×#3-6 (2 pr., at most one prize per competitor)
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A mandatory entry fee of 1 guinea allowed 8 problems to be entered. Additional problems required additional payment of 2s 6d each.

Problems intended for the competition should be sent to the editor of the Chess Player’s Chronicle
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J:
(not identified)
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T:
1852-04-15
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S:
Chess Player’s Chronicle, vol. XIII (1852):
p. 26-28: announcement: regulations, etc.
p. 349: adjudication of prizes postponed
Chess Player’s Chronicle, new series, vol. II (1854):
p. 322: the tourney is reported as having failed
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N:
Submitted problems would be acknowledged in the following issue. (No such acknowledgements have been found, although, based on the information provided in late 1852, there should have been at least some.)

Non-competitors could subscribe for the planned Tournament Book of Problems, and which would contain every sound problem sent in.

A list of the subscribers, as well as the members of the tournament committee, was planned to be published shortly after announcement. (Again, no such information has been found, at least not in the sources referenced below. Some early subscribers were mentioned in the announcement.)

In late 1852, it was announced that adjudication of prizes was postponed. This was at least partly due to an absence of foreign competitors, but questions had also arisen if the size of the entry fee dissuaded competition. (The entrance fee is roughly estimated as about £50 in 2019 value.)

The list of current competitors were at the same time reported to number ‘many of the most eminent chess problem composers in the country’. (This seems likely to be 'sales talk', as the identities of the competitors should not have become known until after adjudication was finished and prizes awarded.)

In 1854, it was reported that the tournament had failed.
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