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|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.|
|Mar-25-15|| ||HeMateMe: Hey Judd! Don't make it bad.
Take a sad song and, well, you know...
|Mar-25-15|| ||Raisin Death Ray: <HeMateMe> Judd/Jude? You're still not funny. Never will be.|
|Mar-25-15|| ||HeMateMe: Hi ray. you're not a ray of hope or sunshine. Say hello to your mother for me.|
|Apr-05-15|| ||zanzibar: I'd like to see references for the lemon and the heart both.|
|Apr-06-15|| ||zanzibar: Judd and P. Ware played a 5-game match in 1875, four of the games appear here:|
|Apr-06-15|| ||zanzibar: There is notice in <Dubuque Chess Journal Aug 1873 p486> Item 965 that Max Judd left the midwest to live in San Francisco.|
|Apr-06-15|| ||WannaBe: <zanzibar> Quite interesting, did he move back to Mid-West? Wiki page entry have his death at May 7, 1906, St. Louis.|
The reason I brought this up, was looking at the date of death, and thinking of the great earthquake and fire in SF.
Made me wonder if he was injured during the earthquake/fire and that led to his passing.
|Apr-06-15|| ||zanzibar: From <Dubuque Chess Journal Nov 1875 p533-4> comes this:|
<1803. This is the answer received in reply to yours that the match must be played in St. Louis, and for a consideration:
"In reference to what I wrote you about playing with Max Judd, and your answer that he would play only for what the old miser in one of Scott's novels calls 'a consideration.' I have to say that I do not gamble at any game, and if I should begin I don't think the remnant of conscience I might have left would permit me to put so noble a mental exercise as Chess to so vile a use. I should not mind playing in a general tourney where prizes were given the successful, but to play with one man, for so much current coin of the realm—No 1 I am neither a Swiss, nor a Hessian, nor yet a gladiator to stake my blood for money. "1 had rather be a dog and bay the moon," than such a Chess-player.
The above have always been our sentiments, and this puts us in mind of a St. Louis Chess-player that fourteen years ago, would only play with us at ten dollars a game he said, and now he has just lost a 8200 match in New York State. We have yet (and we are nearly fifty years old) to see any good come from gambling. It unsteadies the mind, makes a man miserable, craving, dissatisfied, like all illgotten gains it brings its own punishment.>
|Apr-06-15|| ||WannaBe: So, we have found <chrisowen>'s great-great-great-great grand father...|
|Apr-06-15|| ||zanzibar: <wannabe> I don't know, I'm doing a lot of posting of items I find while searching out other items. So Judd was a bit of a detour for me really. |
Your suggestion is quite possible.
A search for contemporaneous sources of his obituary would be the place to look.
|Apr-06-15|| ||zanzibar: From <San Francisco Call, Volume 73, Number 123, 2 April 1893> comes this news item:|
<OBJECT TO JUDD.
Anti-Semitism Has Run Mad in the Austrian Empire.
Vienna, April 1.— The anti-Semites and clericals are agitated over the appointment by Cleveland of Max Judd of Missouri as Consul-General of the United States at Vienna, the opposition to Judd being based upon the ground that he is a Hebrew and is therefore an undesirable person for the office. A petition is being prepared, addressed to the Emperor Francis Joseph an to the Austrian Foreign Offlce asking the Imperial officers to refuse to accent Judd as American Consul-General.>
I don't think it was an April Fool's joke.
|Apr-06-15|| ||zanzibar: And I forgot to mention, that he was back in Missouri by 1893 - so <wannabe>'s theory is unlikely. |
The proximity of the date of his death and the SF earthquake are likely just a coincidence.
(Also, I did find his obit in BCM - and he was supposed to participate in Cambridge Springs but had to withdraw due to ill health. Sounds likely his health was poor in the years just before his death).
|Apr-06-15|| ||zanzibar: A long write-up by Pollack of Judd-Showalter 1892 has been transcribed by Batgirl:|
This has the best photo of Judd that I've seen, and I'll resubmit it to <CG>.
|Apr-06-15|| ||zanzibar: His obituary, from <BCM v26 July 1906 p287>:|
The New Orleans Times Democrat of May 20th records the death of Mr. Max Judd, of St. Louis, one of the strongest of America's amateur chess players. In the course of a lengthy obituary notice our contemporary says :—" Mr. Judd was born in 1852, and during the past thirty-six years took part in nearly every American chess congress, and contributed generously to Caissa's cause.
In 1871 he won fourth prize at the Cleveland International Tourney; third at Chicago, in 1874; second at Philadelphia, in 1876; fifth at New York, in 1880; a special prize at New York, in 1889; second in the St. Louis, or seventh American Congress of two years ago. In 1903 he won the Championship Tourney of the Western Chess Association, and was selected to participate in the Cambridge Springs Tourney, but ill-health prevented his playing. For several years he was President of the St. Louis Chess Club, and it was mainly through his untiring efforts that the sixth and seventh American Chess Congresses were made possible. In none of his matches against St. Louis players was Mr. Judd ever defeated. In 1874 he won a match from the then well-known Italian master, Alberoni, by the score of six games to three; in 1884 he defeated A. B. Hodges with five wins to the two of his opponent, no games being drawn; in 1890 he defeated J. W. Showalter by seven points to his adversary's three.
Taking into account all the characteristics of Mr. Max Judd's play—its solidity, it's depth, its quick grasp of the strategic possibilities of a position, and so, too, its frequently manifested capacity for the achievement of the brilliant in the game—there could be no question but that he belonged to the ranks of the undoubted masters. Had he, like certain others with a similar natural aptitude for chess, made it the business of his life, instead of merely its recreation, it is not hazarding too much to say that he would have occupied a very much higher rank in the history of the game—fully on a plane with Weiss, English, Kolisch, Zukertort, and even Steinitz, all of his own Jewish race and faith. But that he chose wisely in resting content with a strictly amateur status it is very sure that none can fairly doubt">
|Apr-06-15|| ||WannaBe: <zanzibar> Thanks, my man.|
|Apr-08-15|| ||zanzibar: I have <BCM v2 1882 p358> giving the dob as Tues Dec 26, 1851.|
What is the source of the Dec 27 dob?
Wiki points to another web page which in turn points to a stale web page.
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