Harry Nelson Pillsbury vs. Jackson Whipps Showalter Match
February 25 - April 1, 1898
New York, NY

           1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2
Pillsbury  0 1 1  1  1 0 1 1 0 1  7 (w/2 draws)
Showalter  1 0 0  0  0 1 0 0 1 0  3 (w/2 draws)

  • As in 1897, victory was to go to the first player to win 7 games. In the event of a 6-6 tie, victory would go to the first player to win 10 games. Match would be drawn and ended if the score reached 9-9. Pillsbury was White in the odd-numbered games.

  • After the 1897 match, Showalter challenged Pillsbury once more. This time the results were more what Pillsbury's supporters hoped for. Pillsbury grudgingly agreed to accept the US title this time. By 1904, he was quite glad to have it.

  • In addition to over-the-board chess, Pillsbury was famous for blindfold play, and for memory feats. One of his better remembered feats is being handed the following list of words by two university professors, and being able to recite it backwards and forwards after a few minutes study, and to repeat the feat again the next day without re-examining the list in the intervening time. The list was as follows:

    Antiphlogistine, periosteum, takadiastase, plasmon, ambrosia, Threlkeld, strepococcus, straphylococcus, micrococcus, plasmodium, Mississippi, Freiheit, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, athletics, no war, Etchenberg, American, Russian, philosophy, Piet Potgelter's Rost, Salamagundi, Oomisellecootsi, Bangmanvate, Schlechter's Nek, Manzinyama, theosophy, catechism, Madjesoomalops.

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