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
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