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|Mar-25-11|| ||perfidious: <I recall Lasker's excuse as to why he lost to Nellie in the odds-match.
"At the critical juncture in the games, Mrs. Showalter would smile coyly, and then flash a bit of ankle. I was extremely flustered by such antics. When I complained to Mr. Showalter, he just guffawed and said, 'My Nellie is such a card! Have a cigar'.">|
A bit of ankle, indeed! Ah, for those simpler times-today, it would take rather more than a bit of ankle, I should think.
While on the topic of the estimable Mr Showalter, I believe he was of six men from whom Steinitz stated that he would accept a cigar.
Do any of our knowledgeable posters have any idea who any, or all, the others might be? This has always mildly piqued my curiosity.
|Mar-25-11|| ||TheFocus: <perfidious> LOL!! That was a joke that I came up with. Someone thought it was a real quote.|
As for the six men, someone should ask <Winter> about it. I can't or it would reveal my true identity.
|Mar-25-11|| ||Monoceros: One of the other five men is supposed to have been R. J. Buckley, an obscure chess writer: http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/... (near the top)|
|Mar-25-11|| ||perfidious: <TheFocus> Didn't read far enough, I guess! This tale is funnier than Tarrasch's excuse after his loss to Lasker, though.|
|Jun-15-11|| ||Phony Benoni: Showalter anecdote from the <American Chess Bulletin>, Sept./Oct. 1915, p. 171, recounted by William R. Ellis of Wayne, Nebraska who was visiting the Western Championship in Excelsior, Minnesota:|
<"Was particularly pleased to meet American's 'grand old man of chess,' J. W. Showalter, of Georgetown, Ky... Mr. Showalter is an exceptionally pleasing man to meet and others in the tournament spoke very highly of him as a genial antagonist. As he asked for a match and lit his pipe for the s'teenth time in his game with Mr. Elliott, the Western ex-champion of Minneapolis, someone asked him what it was he believed killed Pillsbury and he promptly replied, 'Too much smoking.'">
|Oct-27-11|| ||I play the Fred: This is a <staggering> mustache:|
|Oct-27-11|| ||TheFocus: Only a REAL man could tote a mustache like that.|
|Feb-05-12|| ||Penguincw: R.I.P. Showalter.|
|Dec-23-12|| ||Phony Benoni: A couple of sides of Showalter I hadn't been aware of:|
<"Showalter recently played fifteen chess and ten checker games at Cincinnati simultaneously with the best talent Cincinnati and Kentucky cities could muster, and won them all. This was in the afternoon. At night he played blindfolded simultaneously ten chess and fifteen checker games, and won all."> -- Marysville (Ky) Evening Bulletin, January 2, 1900.
Checkers? Blindfold? Typo for Pillsbury?
|Jan-20-13|| ||rookhouse: <Pawn and Two> Yes, your numbers are correct in regard to Showalter's match play numbers against Janowski.|
They were actually set to play another match of five games up for $500 a side in 1899. It was scheduled to begin on April 22, but was canceled due to "the two experts having arrived at the conclusion that they had kept up hostilities long enough".
To date, I have only uncovered one of the games from Nellie's match with Lasker. It was the third game of the match with Lasker's Queen's Knight removed. She won that game in 35 moves.
It will be included in the book, which I hope to have finished before the end of this year.
|Feb-10-13|| ||rookhouse: If you are interested in this era of chess, I recently tore down and re-built my chess history website at www.rookhouse.com which will predominately include chess articles from the mid-1800s up to the Fischer era.|
|Dec-03-13|| ||RookFile: I find Showalter's games to be refreshing and surprisingly modern.|
|Jan-10-14|| ||SeanAzarin: The "Kentucky Lion" played a wonderful style of chess. He was completely unafraid of anybody. I love playing over Showalter's games.|
|Feb-05-14|| ||WhiteRook48: Showalter was quite the impressive player for 1800's standards. (Actually, he's pretty impressive even by today's standards; I just suppose he'd find the competition a little bit stiffer at today's tournaments.)|
|Jul-04-14|| ||ljfyffe: <GrahamClayton>view the games of Bird for correspondence game between Frederick Intropidi and Edward Harrison of Saint John NB(in the Kibitz).|
|Jul-04-14|| ||kjr63: Beautiful site rookhouse. Very nice.|
|Jul-04-14|| ||ljfyffe: <rookhouse> lnteresting:I was unaware Pollock was champion of Maryland. Good stuff. Pollock represented Canada at Hastings 1895.|
|Jul-28-14|| ||rookhouse: <kjr63> Thanks for the compliment. I hope to start updating it again this fall/winter. Too busy in the summer for my chess related hobbies.|
|Jul-28-14|| ||rookhouse: <ljfyffe> Here is a link to some good info on Pollock if you are interested: http://www.chess.com/blog/batgirl/p...|
|Jul-28-14|| ||ljfyffe: <rookhouse>again interesting; Pollock's 20-mille walk reminds me of Prof. Hanburg's 18- mile trek mentioned by me under Pollock's general heading chessgames.com. I too have done some research on Pollock which might or might not appear in the to- be-published book on him since I forwarded some of the research to Hilbert some years ago if my memory serves me correctly. Pollock was a guest of Rev. John DeSoyres when he stopped in Saint John NB on the way to Hastings. <By the way, all chessplayers should have a hobby!>|
|Jul-28-14|| ||rookhouse: <ljfyffe> This chess player maybe has too many chess hobbies. Showalter biography, Rook House website, and an online chess playing site in the works (Skittles Room). Would be nice if I finished one of them to completion.|
I have not corresponded with Mr. Hilbert for nearly a year (or right after his Kemeny book came out), any idea how he is doing?
|Jul-28-14|| ||ljfyffe: <rookhouse> To the best of my knowledge, Hilbert is still doing fine though I heard he might retire from writing history books on chess. He's done more than his share already, but then again, he's the best at it.|
|Oct-22-14|| ||ljfyffe: Showalter played in the 1888 lnternational
Correspondence Match between Canada and the
|Feb-05-16|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, Player of the Day and former U.S. Champion Jackson Whipps Showalter!!|
|Feb-05-16|| ||waustad: This is both his birth day and his death day. Considering when he was born 76 years was quite a long life.|
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