Max Judd vs. Jackson Whipps Showalter Match
May 18, 1890 - June 3, 1890
Saint Louis, MO

           1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
Judd       1 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 1  7
Showalter  0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0  3

  • Showalter was White in the odd numbered games. Games 6 and 9 (both won by Judd) are, so far, unobtainable, and on my Christmas List.

  • After this setback Showalter won the 4th Congress of the US Chess Association.

  • According to Andy Soltis's The US Chess Championship, 1845-1985, Judd, who tried on multiple occasions to claim the US Title, made no claim after winning this match. (Soltis: "In late 1890 Showalter's string of successes was spoiled by the loss of a match to Judd, 7-3, but for once the Missouri Master made no claim on the national title.") However, the Chicago Daily Tribune reported on both the opening of this match (5/19/1890), and its ending (6/4/1890), and describes it as a match for the American Championship both times. Soltis makes no mention of the second Showalter-Judd match, played in 1891-2 (described as a championship match by The New York Times). If he were unaware of the second match, he may have assumed that this match was a non-title one, having no other way to explain how Judd lost the title after gaining it.

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