|Mar-28-04|| ||Calli: Another fine Polish master. His original name was Maximilian Judkiewicz before moving to the US. |
|May-01-05|| ||WTHarvey: Here are some diagrams of critical positions in Max's games: http://www.wtharvey.com/judd.html|
|May-01-05|| ||ksadler: WTHarvey, that is a great page! A good tactical refresher!|
|May-01-05|| ||WTHarvey: <ksadler> Thx! The folks who produce the 'Informant' publication have a software collection of chess positions that will rate you based on how fast you solve their puzzles. |
Max Judd was ranked in the top 10 in the world briefly in the 1880s.
|Dec-27-05|| ||aw1988: This player has a longer bio than ..|
|Jan-05-06|| ||Ludamad: yay he's Polish, isn't Cracov spelt Kracov?|
|Jan-05-06|| ||TheAlchemist: <Ludamad> I believe it's Krakow, I'm not sure|
|Jan-05-06|| ||Ludamad: Yeah it is Krakow.|
|Oct-08-07|| ||blair45: I moved to St Louis in 1967. I joined the St. Louis Chess Club about a year later. As the Fischer boom progressed, the St. Louis Chess club faded. I believe it folded about 1970. A new club, the Capablanca Club, grew and flourished.
In those days, a chess player could go to a used book store down town, Amatin's, and buy many books from the Max Judd library -- I believe they must have been picked up in an estate sale. It must have been a very large library.
In many game collections, Judd is on the losing end, but he must have been a formidable player.|
|Oct-08-07|| ||Petrosianic: <In 1890, Judd defeated US chess champion Jackson W Showalter in a match in St. Louis (+7-3=0), but did not claim the title.>|
This statement is iffy. It's based on what Andy Soltis wrote in his book on the US Championship. He couldn't understand how Judd could beat the US Champion and not have won the title, unless he never claimed it at all.
But Soltis didn't know about the 1891/1892 match, which Showalter won. Quite possibly Judd did claim the title in the 1890 match, and lost it back to Showalter in their second match.
|Oct-07-08|| ||Karpova: Jeremy Spinrad in an addendum on page 4 of his May 2008 edition of "New Stories about Old Chessplayers" titled <Animals and Chess>: http://www.chesscafe.com/text/spinr...|
Spinrad: <The number of little mysteries like this raised by old newspaper reports is (fortunately for us amateur chess historians) very large. One surprised me, since it refers to possible United States Championship events that are not
reported in Soltis & McCormick's supposedly authoritative book "The
United States Chess Championship", 1845-1996. The "Chicago Daily
Tribune" of May 19, 1890 reports that Max Judd and Jackson Showalter opened their contest for the "American Championship" and a purse of $500. On June 4, 1890, the same paper reports that Judd won the seventh and final game for "the chess championship of the United States." The "Brooklyn Eagle" of the same day also says this is for the championship of the United States. On July 9, the "Eagle" says that Showalter wants to challenge Judd again; it is clear in the context of the article that Judd is considered to be the champion. This match is mentioned briefly by Soltis, but he says that the title was not at stake. A second match between the same players, won by Showalter, was played over late 1891 to early 1892, and is called a championship match in the "New York Times", Jan 7, 1892, but is not mentioned by Soltis and McCormick at all.>
|Oct-07-08|| ||Karpova: Jeremy Spinrad's three articles on Max Judd from February March and April:|
Part 1: http://www.chesscafe.com/text/spinr...
Part 2: http://www.chesscafe.com/text/spinr...
Part 3: http://www.chesscafe.com/text/spinr...
An excerpt from Part 1:
<Max Judd, on the other hand, was one of the most serious figures in American
chess. Judd was successful in business, did as much as anyone to promote American chess at that time, and as we will see, even figured in international politics of the 19th century. The mockery seems particularly unjust, since I will argue that rather than making dubious claims for championships he was not entitled to, Judd is remarkable for not claiming a championship he 'had' earned!>
Please note, that the article I referred to in my previous post is from May 2008 and therefore more up-to-date regarding the US Championship.
|Oct-07-08|| ||Petrosianic: Yeah, the NY Times coverage is very spotty (I could only find one or two articles when I checked it several years back), but given the existence of that second Showalter-Judd match, it seems clear that the title had been on the line in the first one, and therefore that Judd was a US Title holder.|
|Oct-07-08|| ||Petrosianic: <The mockery seems particularly unjust, since I will argue that rather than making dubious claims for championships he was not entitled to, Judd is remarkable for not claiming a championship he 'had' earned!>|
I don't know if it's an Either/Or situation. Although it does seem that Judd beat Showalter for the title at one point, and it's not clear how strongly he pressed his claim (just because it's not remembered now doesn't mean he didn't).
But it's also true that he tried to, more or less hijack the title at least twice, once in 1887, then again in 1904. The (possible) fact that he didn't do something in 1890 doesn't mean that he never did it at any other time in his life.
|Dec-27-09|| ||BIDMONFA: Max Judd|
|Jan-12-11|| ||Dredge Rivers: Any relation to Ashley?|
|Jan-25-11|| ||ughaibu: I suggest the biography be edited.|
|Dec-27-12|| ||Kikoman: Rest In Peace Sir Max Judd.|
|Jul-13-14|| ||wwall: Newspapers reported that Max Judd died of a heart attack, superinduced by excitement over the chess tournament being held in St. Louis at the time. He had been warned by physicians not to participate.|