Albert Beauregard Hodges vs. Jackson Whipps Showalter Match

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Hodges     0                  +5-3=1
Showalter  1                  +3-5=1

  • A rematch of their first match fought earlier in 1894. This time Hodges won +5-3=1, and became US Champion.

  • Hodges announced that his ambitions in chess had been fulfilled, and that he was retiring to pursue a career in business. Like Lipschutz before him, he vacated the title, and again, Showalter re-claimed it, helping affirm his claim by finishing 3rd (and as the top American) at New York, 1894.

  • In addition to his reign as US Champion, Hodges main claim to fame was playing inside Ajeeb, the 19th century chess automaton.

  • Hodges (1861-1944) was successful in business, but remained a long-time patron and occasional player of chess, and was a frequent visitor to US Championship tournaments in the 1930's.

  • The only game of this match I've been able to turn up is the first game, one of Showalter's best, from the April 1980 issue of Chess Life:

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