|Apr-11-09|| ||MrMrsKnight: Hi I just signed up for your forum at your website. I enjoy chess history as well and am interested in Showalter in particular.|
|Apr-11-09|| ||rookhouse: <MrMrsKnight: Hi I just signed up for your forum at your website. I enjoy chess history as well and am interested in Showalter in particular.>|
Hello. Yes, I saw that you signed up on the forum today. Unfortunately, I have not done anything with that forum in a couple of years (as you could probably tell).
I started spending some time on the Rook House blog and was posting 2-3 times a week and then I slowed down on that as well, due to my Showalter research.
Not enough hours in the day for all of the hobbies I want to pursue.
|Apr-11-09|| ||rookhouse: I am always happy to discuss Showalter. He has been my pet project for the last 2 1/2 years.|
|Apr-11-09|| ||chancho: Good to see you opened your forum. :)|
|Apr-11-09|| ||rookhouse: <chancho> Thanks for noticing. |
I have started getting some e-mails about Showalter, so I figured I would see if any discussions are generated here.
|Apr-12-09|| ||chancho: Jackson Showalter, The Kentucky Lion.|
|Apr-12-09|| ||rookhouse: I thought about calling him "The Man Chess Forgot".
The more and more research I do on this man, the more I cannot believe that his name is not mentioned more often.
He was one of the better match players of that era and Lasker even referred to him as the best player he had ever played against following their match in 1893.
His results in international tournaments hurt his legacy to a degree, but there were many games that he lost (in winning positions) due to the aggressive nature of his play.
He defeated Janowski, Albin, Judd, Hodges, and Lipschutz in match play (just to name a few) and actually led Pillsbury late in thier 1897 match before losing by a slim margin (10-8).
|Jun-02-09|| ||chancho: http://www.correspondencechess.com/...|
|Mar-31-13|| ||crawfb5: I stumbled across where I had seen something about a Mackenzie bio:|
<The Renfrew player John Johnstone has commented recently that P B Anderson, the 1950 Scottish Champion, had written an unpublished biography of the Captain.>
From the wording, it sounds like an old, abandoned project, so someone with the time, energy, and resources might be convinced to take it on.
|Apr-03-13|| ||rookhouse: <crawfb5> Thanks for the link, I will pass it on to a few people. |
I believe Dale Brandreth had started a Mackenzie project years ago, but never finished it. Not sure if most people understand the enormity of such a task. I sure didn't understand it when I originally started the Showalter book.
BTW - Did you ever get the answers you were seeking on the 1890 Showalter-Lipschutz match? If not, send me an e-mail. I believe I have all the pieces of that particular puzzle now.
|Apr-03-13|| ||crawfb5: Between the preliminary indications I had found and what you told me by email back when I asked, I came to the conclusion that it probably was the match that never happened.|
Is that the gist of it?
|Apr-03-13|| ||rookhouse: Pretty much. The two of them, along with Pollock, departed from the St. Louis tournament together to travel to Indianapolis. The plan was to play a three part match in Indy, Louisville, and Georgetown.|
Upon arrival in Indy, Showalter and Lipschutz each played a simul against eight of the local players. They then played one game (won by Showalter) for a purse raised by the club players.
The 1891 International Chess Magazine published the game, but incorrectly refers to it as taking place in Louisville (I have a few other sources that have the exact same moves with analysis by Pollock, as indeed taking place in Indianapolis).
The trio next went to Cincinnati and visited the local chess club, never stopping in Louisville as far as I can tell. Pollock stayed behind while Showalter and Lipschutz continued on to Georgetown.
They then played a double-blindfold game (won by Lipschutz) at Showalter's residence with Nellie Showalter acting as referee. A few days later, Lipschutz was competing in the NY State Chess Association tournament.
There are still some unanswered questions, but that is basically what I have on the subject so far.
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