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Max Judd
M Judd 
Book of the 2nd American Chess Congress, Cleveland (1871)    

Number of games in database: 255
Years covered: 1870 to 1904
Overall record: +119 -92 =31 (55.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 13 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (46) 
    C80 C67 C65 C77 C60
 Scotch Game (16) 
 French Defense (15) 
    C01 C11 C00 C14 C02
 Ruy Lopez, Open (13) 
    C80 C83
 Giuoco Piano (10) 
    C50 C53
 King's Pawn Game (10) 
    C44 C40
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (35) 
    C77 C80 C65 C67 C60
 French Defense (16) 
    C11 C01 C15 C13 C14
 French (8) 
    C11 C13
 King's Pawn Game (8) 
    C44 C20
 Evans Gambit (8) 
 Ruy Lopez, Open (8) 
    C80 C82
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   M Judd vs J Congdon, 1874 1-0
   M Judd vs A Roberts, 1876 1-0
   M Judd vs Mackenzie, 1878 1-0
   D Starbuck vs M Judd, 1881 0-1
   M Judd vs Zukertort, 1884 1-0
   H Harding vs M Judd, 1871 0-1
   M Judd vs J W Baird, 1889 1-0
   M Judd vs F Bock, 1871 1-0
   M J Judd vs M Judd, 1870 0-1
   Bird vs M Judd, 1876 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Bock - Judd Exhibition Match (1871)
   Alberoni - Judd (1876)
   Judd - Hodges (1888)
   Judd - Showalter (1890)
   4th American Chess Congress, Philadelphia (1876)
   Judd - Mackenzie (1881)
   7th American Chess Congress, St. Louis (1904)
   3rd American Chess Congress, Chicago (1874)
   2nd American Chess Congress, Cleveland (1871)
   5th American Chess Congress, New York (1880)
   Vienna Chess Society Winter 1895/96 (1895)
   6th American Chess Congress, New York (1889)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   New York 1889 by suenteus po 147
   New York 1889 by Mal Un
   New York 1880 by suenteus po 147
   Cleveland 1871 by crawfb5
   Philadelphia 1876 by suenteus po 147
   US Open 1903, Chicago = 4th Western Champ. by Phony Benoni
   Chicago 1874 by suenteus po 147
   Showalter - Judd 1890 match by crawfb5
   St. Louis 1904 by crawfb5

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(born Dec-27-1851, died May-07-1906, 54 years old) Poland (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Max Judd (Maximlian Judkiewich) was born in Cracow and emigrated to America in 1862. He was an American cloak manufacturer, consul-general in Vienna, and chess master. In 1881, he lost a chess match with George Henry Mackenzie for the US chess championship (+5-7=3), held in St. Louis. In 1887 Judd defeated Albert Hodges (+5-2=2) in a non-title match, held in St, Louis. In 1888, Judd took last place in the 1st United States Chess Association tournament, held in Cincinnati (won by Jackson Whipps Showalter). In 1890, Judd defeated US chess champion Jackson Whipps Showalter in a match in St. Louis (+7-3=0), but did not claim the title. In 1892, Judd lost to Jackson Whipps Showalter in a match in St, Louis (+4-7=3). In 1899, he lost a match against Harry Nelson Pillsbury in St. Louis (+1-4=0) In 1903 he won the Western Chess Congress (US Open) in Chicago. At one time he was offered to play in Ajeeb, the Automaton in New York, but he did not want to leave St. Louis. The job was then offered to Albert Hodges. Judd had the habit of sucking on a lemon when it was his opponent's move. He was founder and president of the St. Louis Chess Club. He was appointed by President Cleveland as the U.S. Consul General to Austria. Judd played in six successive American Chess Congress tournaments: 2nd American Chess Congress (1871) - 4th, 3rd American Chess Congress (1874) - 3rd, 4th American Chess Congress (1876) - 2nd, 5th American Chess Congress (1880) - 5th, 6th - placed 8th, and the 7th - placed 2nd. In 1904, Judd tried to arrange the Seventh American Chess Congress in St. Louis, with the stipulation that the US title be awarded to the winner. Harry Nelson Pillsbury objected to Judd's plans, so the stipulation was not accepted. Frank Marshall won the 7th American Congress in St. Louis in 1904. Judd's brothers Maurice Judd and Isidor I. Judd also played chess.

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Last updated: 2022-01-18 13:12:43

 page 1 of 11; games 1-25 of 255  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M J Judd vs M Judd 0-1341870Offhand gameC51 Evans Gambit
2. M Judd vs B White  1-0181870Casual gameC53 Giuoco Piano
3. Edward Feldner vs M Judd  1-04718702nd Michigan State Chess Association TournamentC51 Evans Gambit
4. M Judd vs W Colburn  1-02118702nd Michigan State Chess Association TournamentC53 Giuoco Piano
5. M Judd vs H Hosmer  0-1191870Hosmer - JuddC51 Evans Gambit
6. H Hosmer vs M Judd  0-1271870Hosmer - JuddC30 King's Gambit Declined
7. H D Smith vs M Judd  1-0361870Judd - SmithC51 Evans Gambit
8. M Judd vs H D Smith  ½-½501870Judd - SmithB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
9. M Judd vs H D Smith 1-0211870Judd - SmithC00 French Defense
10. M Judd vs H D Smith  1-0401870Judd - SmithC23 Bishop's Opening
11. M Judd vs H Harding 1-0241870Offhand gameC52 Evans Gambit
12. M Judd vs Mackenzie  0-1351871Judd - Mackenzie (Exhibition)C67 Ruy Lopez
13. Mackenzie vs M Judd  ½-½201871Judd - Mackenzie (Exhibition)C45 Scotch Game
14. F Bock vs M Judd  1-0411871Bock - Judd Exhibition MatchC25 Vienna
15. F Bock vs M Judd  0-1391871Bock - Judd Exhibition MatchC51 Evans Gambit
16. M Judd vs F Bock 1-0281871Bock - Judd Exhibition MatchC77 Ruy Lopez
17. F Bock vs M Judd  ½-½351871Bock - Judd Exhibition MatchC49 Four Knights
18. M Judd vs F Bock 0-1281871Bock - Judd Exhibition MatchC50 Giuoco Piano
19. M Judd vs Mackenzie 0-14918712nd American Chess Congress, ClevelandC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
20. H Hosmer vs M Judd  ½-½3818712nd American Chess Congress, ClevelandC77 Ruy Lopez
21. Mackenzie vs M Judd 1-06318712nd American Chess Congress, ClevelandC77 Ruy Lopez
22. M Judd vs H D Smith  1-05318712nd American Chess Congress, ClevelandC45 Scotch Game
23. M Judd vs H Harding  ½-½3918712nd American Chess Congress, ClevelandC70 Ruy Lopez
24. H Harding vs M Judd 0-11918712nd American Chess Congress, ClevelandA28 English
25. F H Elder vs M Judd  1-02818712nd American Chess Congress, ClevelandC77 Ruy Lopez
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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:


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">

(PP's added)

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  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.

Dec-27-15  Hobo Erectus: The player of the day Max Judd is Max Surban Gyud, isang baduy na bisakol.
Jun-25-16  zanzibar: DSZ v45 N1 (Jan 1890) G-5288 p20

has <Judd--Bardeleben 1889.11 Cafe Kaiserhof (26) 0-1>

game, with M-4 coming, if anyone is interested.

Dec-27-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Max Judd.
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  jnpope: Nice pic of Paulsen. There is famous caption error in the book of the 2nd American Chess Congress. Max Judd has a round face and wore glasses:

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  jnpope: After further review I would like to revise my statement; "Boy, that early pic of Judd sure looks a lot like Paulsen".

In the pix I've compared Judd has a more pronounced ear lobe spacing from ear to skull, and he also has a widow's peak hairline, which this photo also shows. The pix of Paulsen appear to be inconsistent with those particular features shown here.

Color me embarrassed.

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  tamar: Close resemblance though when Judd was young. Could be mistaken for an antsy brother.
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  mifralu: Die Presse 25 April 1882, p.9 reported, concerning ==>Vienna (1882)

<The well-known chess player Max J u d d will arrive from New York next week to participate at the local Chess Tournament, starting on May 10th.>

"Fake news" as early as 1882!!

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  Telemus: When exactly did Judd return to the US in 1897? This question appeared in some sense here: Rudolf Rezso Charousek (kibitz #123).

There is a report in "Neues Wiener Journal" at the beginning of October mentioning Judd as a chessplayer in Vienna and without any indication that he already left:

At the end of November, Judd is definitely in the US. This can be claimed by three articles in the "St.Louis Republic" dealing with a simul he gave in St.Louis on 29 November.

Maybe someone with access to the passenger lists at ancestry can find out exact dates of his voyage.

There is series of articles on Max Judd by Jeremy Spinrad at Chesscafe. The third one covers the year 1897, but gives no better estimate for the return to the US.

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  MissScarlett: If memory serves, Judd died in a hotel room in the company of a woman....but she turned out to be his wife.
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  Telemus: From the chess column of "Illustrirte Zeitung", 23 September 1897:

"Der bisherige nordamerikanische Consul in Wien, Schachmatador Max Judd, veranstaltete seiner durch den Präsidentenwechsel verursachten Rückkehr nach den Vereinigten Staaten von Nordamerika im Wiener Schachklub ein Meisterturnier, an dem sich folgende Spieler betheiligten: Hugo Fähndrich, Max Hamlich, Jaap Eden, Max Judd, Albert Mandelbaum, Georg Marco, Karl Schlechter und S.R. Wolf. Das Resultat war: 1.Preis Schlechter 6.5, 2. Judd mit 5.5, 3. Marco mit 5, 4. Fähndrich mit 4 Gewinnpoints."

This tournament was finished in June or even before, and hence it cannot help to date Judd's return to the US.

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  MissScarlett: From the unlikely source, <The Winston County Journal> (Louisville, MS), of October 1st 1897, p.1, we learn that Max Judd was one of the prominent passengers who arrived in New York on September 25th on the American liner, <Paris>, which sailed from Southampton. Crossing the Atlantic at the time took 5-6 days, so one assumes Judd would have left Vienna by the middle of September at the latest.
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  ketchuplover: Congrats to Mr.Judd on his upcoming induction into the U.S. Chess HOF :)
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  MissScarlett: How you know that? You member? You no spoil surprise. You shut mouth!
Mar-14-19  zanzibar: <<MS> How you know that? You member? You no spoil surprise. You shut mouth!>

Speak (proper) English, pleaze.

Mar-14-19  Retireborn: LOL. I love proper English!

A Gentle Knight was pricking on the plaine,
Y cladd in mightie armes and siluer shielde,
Wherein old dints of deepe wounds did remaine,
The cruell markes of many a bloudy fielde;
Yet armes till that time did he neuer wield:
His angry steede did chide his foming bitt,
As much disdayning to the curbe to yield:
Full iolly knight he seemd, and faire did sitt,
As one for knightly giusts and fierce encounters fitt.

Mar-14-19  zanzibar: <RB> verily!
Mar-15-19  Retireborn: <z> Just a hempen homespun, you know, swaggering near the cradle of the Faerie Queene.
Mar-15-19  ChessHigherCat: Clerk on Ellis Island: What's your name kid?

- Maximilian Judkiewich

- What the hell? Max Judd! NEXT!!!

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