Pillsbury, H.N. – Showalter, J.W. 1897

Name   Edo    Dev.   Score  /  Games 
Pillsbury, Harry    2627 (33) 11.5/21 
Showalter, Jackson    2538 (33) 9.5/21 
Status: formal

Event table notes

Event data
Place: New York
Start date: 10 Feb. 1897
End date: 14 Apr. 1897
Reichhelm has +10-8=4 for Pillsbury; Golombek's Encyclopedia gives +10-8=4 for Pillsbury on p.330 but +10-8=3 for Pillsbury on p.240; Feenstra Kuiper, Sunnucks, Hooper and Whyld, Di Felice and Pope give +10-8=3 for Pillsbury; Hilbert gives 11.5-9.5 for Pillsbury, which agrees with the latter result. The erroneous result +10-8=4 seems to originate with a letter written by Shipley in 1904 (see the ChessCaf&ecute; article by Russell), who gives it after quoting the British Chess Monthly which says that the 21st game was the last. Shipley's letter also gives Jan. 1897 as the date of the match; Di Felice gives 10 Feb.-21 Apr. 1897; Pope gives 10 Feb.-14 Apr. 1897.
   Davies, Samuel Lipschütz, page 293
   Di Felice, Chess Results, 1747-1900, page 179
   Elo, Rating of Chessplayers, page 91
   Feenstra Kuiper, 100 Jahre Schachzweikämpfe, page 29
   Golombek, Golombek's Encyclopedia, page 240, 330
   Hilbert and Lahde, Albert Beauregard Hodges, page 225
   Hilbert, Essays in American Chess History, page 130, 298
   Hooper and Whyld, Oxford Companion (1st ed.), page 253
   Hooper and Whyld, Oxford Companion (2nd ed.), page 371
   Pope, Harry Nelson Pillsbury, page 27, 225
   Reichhelm and Shipley, Chess in Philadelphia, page 147
   Sunnucks, Encyclopaedia of Chess, page 454
   Cree, Graeme.  [Pillsbury vs. Showalter Match] (broken)
   Cree, Graeme.  [The US Chess Championship]
   Hilbert, John S.  [The 1897 Franklin - Manhattan Chess Club Telegraphic Team Match]
   Hilbert, John S.  [Emil Kemeny and the Value of Correspondence Chess: An Historical Perspective]
   Russell, Hanon.  [The More Things Change...], page 6

Match information updated: 2 Oct. 2022