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Jackson Whipps Showalter
Number of games in database: 523
Years covered: 1889 to 1929
Overall record: +198 -207 =111 (49.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      7 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (91) 
    C67 C62 C80 C65 C77
 French Defense (25) 
    C13 C11 C10 C14 C01
 King's Pawn Game (22) 
 French (21) 
    C13 C11 C10 C00
 Queen's Pawn Game (20) 
    D00 A40 A41 D02
 Queen's Gambit Declined (20) 
    D31 D37 D39 D30
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (61) 
    C67 C65 C84 C79 C87
 Orthodox Defense (29) 
    D60 D63 D53 D67 D66
 French Defense (29) 
    C14 C12 C11 C00 C01
 Queen's Gambit Declined (25) 
    D37 D31 D30 D35
 Queen's Pawn Game (23) 
    D00 D05 D02
 French (15) 
    C12 C11 C00 C13
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Showalter vs Pillsbury, 1897 1-0
   Showalter vs Logan, 1890 1-0
   Showalter vs Pillsbury, 1904 1-0
   Showalter vs Lasker, 1892 1-0
   Showalter vs Pillsbury, 1894 1-0
   A H Robbins vs Showalter, 1890 0-1
   Showalter vs H Caro, 1898 1-0
   Showalter vs Marshall, 1900 1-0
   Showalter vs Burille, 1889 1-0
   Pillsbury vs Showalter, 1898 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Showalter - Barry US Championship (1896)
   Showalter - Hodges US Championship (1894)
   Showalter - Kemeny US Championship (1896)
   Showalter - Albin (1894)
   Buffalo (1894)
   Janowski - Showalter Match 2 (1899)
   Janowski - Showalter Match 3 (1899)
   Pillsbury - Showalter US Championship (1897)
   2nd City Chess Club Tournament (1894)
   Cambridge Springs (1904)
   1st City Chess Club Tournament (1893)
   London (1899)
   Munich (1900)
   Paris (1900)
   Vienna (1898)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Showalter - Albin, 1894 by Phony Benoni
   The Games of Jackson Whipps Showalter by Timothy Glenn Forney
   Showalter - Hodges 1894 match by crawfb5
   Munich 1900 by Phony Benoni
   Cambridge Springs 1904 by suenteus po 147
   Showalter - Kemeny 1896 match by crawfb5
   Showalter - Lipschutz 1895 match by crawfb5
   Showalter - Judd 1891-2 match by crawfb5
   Showalter - Barry 1896 match by crawfb5
   New York 1893, The Impromtu Tournament by Calli

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(born Feb-05-1859, died Feb-05-1935, 76 years old) United States of America

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Jackson Whipps Showalter held the title Chess Champion of the United States on several occasions from the 1890s to 1909.

He played matches against Max Judd in 1890 (+3 -7) and 1891-2 (+7 -4 =3), Emanuel Lasker in 1892 (+2 -6 =2), Samuel Lipschutz in 1892 (+1 -7 =7), Jacob C Halpern in 1893-4 (+5 -3 =1), two against Albert Hodges (+7 -6 =4) and (-5 +3 =1), and Adolf Albin (+10 -7=8) in 1894. Following Hodges' retirement, he definitely established a claim to the title by defeating Lipschutz in 1895 (+7 -4 =3).

He defended this title by defeating Emil Kemeny (+7 -4 =4) and John Finan Barry (+7 -2 =4) in successive matches (1896), before losing twice to Harry Nelson Pillsbury in both the Pillsbury - Showalter (1897) (+8-10=3) and Pillsbury - Showalter (1898) (+2-7=3) matches.

Following Pillsbury's death in 1906, he was again considered US Champion until being defeated by Frank James Marshall (+2 -7 =3) in 1909.

He was a regular participant in major international events from 1893 to 1904, scoring wins over World Champions Wilhelm Steinitz and Emanuel Lasker among other notables.

Wikipedia article: Jackson Showalter

 page 1 of 21; games 1-25 of 523  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Burille vs Showalter  0-121 1889 USA-06.Congress New YorkC25 Vienna
2. Showalter vs N MacLeod 1-026 1889 USA-06.Congress New YorkC30 King's Gambit Declined
3. D G Baird vs Showalter 0-130 1889 USA-06.Congress New YorkC50 Giuoco Piano
4. Showalter vs M Judd 0-198 1889 USA-06.Congress New York (20-2)C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
5. Burn vs Showalter  1-038 1889 USA-06.Congress New YorkC67 Ruy Lopez
6. Lipschutz vs Showalter 1-042 1889 USA-06.Congress New YorkC22 Center Game
7. J Mason vs Showalter 1-031 1889 USA-06.Congress New YorkC50 Giuoco Piano
8. J M Hanham vs Showalter 1-035 1889 USA-06.Congress New YorkD00 Queen's Pawn Game
9. Chigorin vs Showalter  ½-½46 1889 USA-06.Congress New YorkC51 Evans Gambit
10. Showalter vs J Mason  0-148 1889 USA-06.Congress New YorkC00 French Defense
11. Bird vs Showalter  1-049 1889 USA-06.Congress New YorkA03 Bird's Opening
12. Taubenhaus vs Showalter 0-143 1889 USA-06.Congress New YorkC67 Ruy Lopez
13. Showalter vs M Judd  ½-½45 1889 USA-06.Congress New York (20-1)C62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
14. Showalter vs E Delmar ½-½95 1889 USA-06.Congress New YorkB34 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto
15. Showalter vs D G Baird  0-145 1889 USA-06.Congress New YorkC70 Ruy Lopez
16. Showalter vs Burn 1-034 1889 USA-06.Congress New YorkC67 Ruy Lopez
17. Showalter vs Gunsberg  0-143 1889 USA-06.Congress New YorkC67 Ruy Lopez
18. Showalter vs D M Martinez ½-½70 1889 USA-06.Congress New YorkC50 Giuoco Piano
19. Showalter vs Chigorin 0-140 1889 USA-06.Congress New YorkC59 Two Knights
20. Showalter vs Gossip 0-129 1889 USA-06.Congress New YorkC45 Scotch Game
21. Gossip vs Showalter 0-139 1889 USA-06.Congress New York (24-2)C29 Vienna Gambit
22. J W Baird vs Showalter  0-145 1889 USA-06.Congress New YorkC48 Four Knights
23. Showalter vs Taubenhaus 0-126 1889 USA-06.Congress New YorkC37 King's Gambit Accepted
24. E Delmar vs Showalter  0-157 1889 USA-06.Congress New YorkA03 Bird's Opening
25. Blackburne vs Showalter 1-021 1889 USA-06.Congress New YorkD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
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  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.

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  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: (near the top)
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  perfidious: <TheFocus> Didn't read far enough, I guess! This tale is funnier than Tarrasch's excuse after his loss to Lasker, though.

<Monoceros> Thanks!

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  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:

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  TheFocus: Only a REAL man could tote a mustache like that.
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  Penguincw: R.I.P. Showalter.
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  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 which will predominately include chess articles from the mid-1800s up to the Fischer era.
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  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:
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 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
United States.
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Player of the Day and former U.S. Champion Jackson Whipps Showalter!!
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  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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