Chess Player’s Chronicle, 1854?

R:
8 problems (2 pr. for the best three problems. )
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J:
[not known]
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T:
1854? [not known]
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A:
1 pr. W. Grimshaw
2 pr. S. Angas
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S:
Chess Player’s Chronicle, new series, vol. II (1854):
p. 322-323: information about and awards from the tournament.
p. 361-364: Mr. Grimshaw’s problems.
Chess Player’s Chronicle, new series, vol. III (1855):
p. [38]-[40]: Some of Mr. Angas’s problems (6 of 8 problems).
p. 71.
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Illustrated London News, vol. XXIV:
i. 681 (1854-05-06), p. 415, problem 533: Grimshaw, #4
i. 684 (1854-05-27), p. 498, problem 536: Grimshaw, #3
i. 685 (1854-06-03), p. 526, problem 537: Angas, #5
i. 687 (1864-06-10), p. 549, problem 538: Grimshaw, #3
i. 690 (1864-07-01), p. 629, problem 541: Angas, #4
Illustrated London News, vol. XXV:
i. 695 (1854-07-29), p. 87, problem 545: Angas, #4
i. 699 (1854-08-26), p. 191: information about and awards from the tournament. Problem 549: Grimshaw, #4 (‘one of the best of the winning positions’)
i. 700 (1854-09-02), p. 219, problem 550: Angas, #6 (‘one of the prize problems’)
i. 703 (1854-09-23), p. 286, problem 553: Grimshaw, #4
i. 704 (1854-09-30), p. 303, problem 554: Grimshaw, #4 (‘one of the competing Problems for the Tourney Prizes’)
i. 706 (1854-10-07), p. 343, problem 555: Grimshaw, #3
i. 709 (1854-10-28), p. 423, problem 558: Grimshaw, #4
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N:
This tournament appears to have been issued as a direct consequence of the failure of the 1852 tournament. It is not clear from sources if it was publicly announced, or if it was treated as an improvised tournament among the competitors who had already sent in contributions to the 1852 tournament. As no closing date for contributions is known, the date of the tournament cannot be stated definitely.

The sets printed in Chess Player’s Chronicle contain more than just the three best problems from each prizewinner; there is no indication of which the best three problems were, for which the awards were given.

The report in Illustrated London News suggests that the judges had assigned their awards by 1854-08-26.


A complicating factor is that several of the problems printed in Chess Player’s Chronicle in 1854 and 1855 as prize problems, had already been printed in Illustrated London News during 1854, but typically without any indication of an award or even a connection with the tournament. A similar situation occurs with the seventh of S. Angas’s problems: it was printed apart from the prize-winning problems in Chess Player’s Chronicle, and only in London Illustrated News is there information that it was part of the second prize set (problem 550 in ILN).

Also, one of these problems was in Chess Player’s Chronicle published as part of the 1 pr. set, but in Illustrated London News, it was labelled as only ‘one of the competing Problems for the Tourney Prizes’. It is not clear how far this may safely be interpreted.
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1 pr. W. Grimshaw

8/2K2p2/8/R1Nk1r2/p1p2P2/5N1b/B1qpPP2/7r
#4

Key: 1. Kd7

Source:
533, Illustrated London News,
 vol. XXIV, p. 415 (1854-05-06)

8/2K2p2/8/R1Nk1r2/p1p2P2/5N1b/B1qpPP2/7r
2bR4/3p2pk/1p2B2p/3NB1pr/1K6/3NP1n1/1p2n2r/qQ6
#4

Key: 1. Sc1

Source:
549, Illustrated London News,
  vol. XXV, p. 191 (1854-08-26)


2bR4/3p2pk/1p2B2p/3NB1pr/1K6/3NP1n1/1p2n2r/qQ6
1N2rq2/R1ppkrn1/2p3Q1/R4P2/1PP2KP1/B7/8/8
#4

Key: 1. Qd6+

Source:
558, Illustrated London News,
  vol. XXV, p. 423 (1854-10-28


1N2rq2/R1ppkrn1/2p3Q1/R4P2/1PP2KP1/B7/8/8
2RN4/2Npp3/1p1kr3/2p1ppn1/Q4Pq1/2P2b2/5bnP/2R4K
#4

Key: 1. Sb7+

Source:
553, Illustrated London News,
  vol. XXV, p. 286(1854-09-23)


2RN4/2Npp3/1p1kr3/2p1ppn1/Q4Pq1/2P2b2/
5bnP/2R4K
5Q2/3q4/2r1ppp1/1r6/1P4Rp/1N3kpK/4R3/bn3B2
#4

Key: 1. Qd6

Source:
554, Illustrated London News,
  vol. XXV, p. 415 (1854-09-30)


5Q2/3q4/2r1ppp1/1r6/1P4Rp/1N3kpK/4R3/bn3B2
8/1n4K1/qpB4p/3R3P/4kp1N/2p4P/2P1pP2/6R1
#3

Key: 1. Sf1

Source:
538, Illustrated London News,
  vol. XXIV, p. 549 (1854-06-10)


8/1n4K1/qpB4p/3R3P/4kp1N/2p4P/2P1pP2/6R1
3rN3/1b6/1Kp1R1R1/Qpp2k2/5pp1/7N/1q4r1/1n1B1n2
#3

Key: 1. Qs2

Source:
555, Illustrated London News,
  vol. XXV, p. 343 (1854-10-07)


3rN3/1b6/1Kp1R1R1/Qpp2k2/5pp1/7N/1q4r1/1n1B1n2
Q7/8/1pN5/1k6/p3N3/2bP4/2P5/7K
#3

Key: 1. Kg2

Source:
536, Illustrated London News,
  vol. XXIV, p. 498 (1854-05-27)


Q7/8/1pN5/1k6/p3N3/2bP4/2P5/7K



2 pr. S. Angas

1K6/8/kp6/8/PPp1N3/2P5/8/3N4
#4

Key: 1. b5+

Source:
I, Chess Player’s Chronicle,
  new series, vol. III, p. [38]

1K6/8/kp6/8/PPp1N3/2P5/8/3N4
4r3/b5p1/1qQ2p2/3B1N1k/4N1RP/4r3/8/7K
#4

Key: 1. Sxf6+

Source:
II, Chess Player’s Chronicle,
  new series, vol. III, p. [38]

4r3/b5p1/1qQ2p2/3B1N1k/4N1RP/4r3/8/7K
1N6/p1p5/1b6/1k6/2N5/1K6/P1R5/8
#4

Key: 1. Sa3+ [faulty: two solutions]

Source:
III, Chess Player’s Chronicle,
  new series, vol. III, p. [39]

1N6/p1p5/1b6/1k6/2N5/1K6/P1R5/8
8/4rb2/1n1qp1p1/2p1N3/4k1Kp/4bN2/6B1/7Q
#4

Key: 1. Sxg4+

Source:
541, Illustrated London News,
  vol. XXIV, i. 690 (1854-06-24), p. 629


8/4rb2/1n1qp1p1/2p1N3/4k1Kp/4bN2/6B1/7Q
4nB2/8/4r3/8/1N1kpP2/3n4/4K3/1NR5
#4

Key: 1. Bc5+

Source:
545, Illustrated London News,
  vol. XXV, p. 87 (1854-07-29)


4nB2/8/4r3/8/1N1kpP2/3n4/4K3/1NR5
4R1r1/1pNK4/1p4q1/2k1B2n/P4bQ1/2PP3P/2n5/8
#5

Key: 1. Qg1+

Source:
537, Illustrated London News,
  vol. XXIV, p. 526 (1854-06-30)


4R1r1/1pNK4/1p4q1/2k1B2n/P4bQ1/2PP3P/2n5/8
1r6/1p2R3/1Pp5/N1k1b3/1R1p4/B1P1P3/bK2n3/8
#6

Key: 1. Rd7

Source:
550, Illustrated London News,
  vol. XXV, p. 219 (1854-09-02)


1r6/1p2R3/1Pp5/N1k1b3/1R1p4/B1P1P3/bK2n3/8

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