Max Judd

Max Judd(1851-1906)

U.S. Chess

Hall of Fame

Inducted 2019







Born Maximilian Judkiewicz in present-day Tenczynek, Poland, Max Judd and his family came to the United States in 1862, living in several states before settling in Saint Louis, Missouri, in 1873. In his adopted hometown, he made his mark as a promoter and player. One of the strongest American players between Paul Morphy and Harry Nelson Pillsbury, Judd’s tournament successes included first place in the 1903 Western Chess Association Championship, second place in the 4th American Chess Congress of 1876, and second place in the 7th American Chess Congress of 1904. In match play, he defeated Albert Hodges (+5 -2 =2) in 1888, and two years later, he beat Jackson Showalter (+7 -3 =0).

Max Judd's Hall of Fame Plaque

Notable Games

British Chess Magazine, June 1892

British Chess Magazine

June 1892

8 ¼ x 6 in.


Collection of the John G. White Chess Collection at the Cleveland Public Library



3/19/2019: The Washington Journal — Max Judd's unlikely journey from Krakow to the U.S. Chess Hall of Fame