Hall of Fame
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).