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Member since Apr-07-08 · Last seen Aug-12-22
I am the owner and operator of the Rook House chess community website (, primarily focused on historical chess facts, tournaments, and players from the mid-1800s up to the end of the Fischer era.

I am additionally in the process of working on a manuscript about the life and games of Jackson Whipps Showalter.

Favorite players would include:

Jackson Showalter
Bobby Fischer
James Moore Hanham
George Henry Mackenzie
Isidor Gunsberg
Joseph Henry Blackburne
Boris Spassky
Siegbert Tarrasch

   rookhouse has kibitzed 258 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-13-18 Daniel Freeman (replies)
rookhouse: As I am no longer involved with the chess world, I am just now finding out about the tragic passing of Daniel Freeman. This is devastating news to me. My prayers and thoughts go out to his family and friends. Daniel always treated me fairly and with kindness, both publicly in this
   Sep-22-16 rookhouse chessforum
rookhouse: <Erkostic> I will have to dig through my material and get back to you... but if I remember correctly, that is one tournament of which I struggled to find material.
   Sep-22-16 Biographer Bistro (replies)
rookhouse: <OhioChessFan> You seriously mean to tell me the following source list for Manchester 1890 isn't @#$%* good enough for you as opposed to the weak ass "Wikipedia" and "Chessmetrics" sources that many have used to get other collections nominated?!? You are out of your @#$%* ...
   Apr-03-16 chessforum (replies)
rookhouse: < I think I know the answer to that. At some point, perhaps in the early 2000s, there must have been some very poor chess database that was incapable of storing years prior to 1900. Because of that there are games prior to 1900 that are listed as 1900. Sometimes ...
   Mar-30-16 FSR chessforum (replies)
rookhouse: It looks as if the incorrect game has been removed.
   Nov-21-14 Anand vs Carlsen, 2014 (replies)
rookhouse: Good effort from Anand, but not enough time to find the win. Should be an agreed draw very soon.
   Nov-18-14 Anand vs Carlsen, 2014 (replies)
rookhouse: To be honest, I wasn't that upset by yesterday's marathon. At least it was unbalanced position that needed to be defended very accurately by Anand. That being said, to prolong today's position is a complete and utter joke.
   Nov-17-14 Carlsen vs Anand, 2014 (replies)
rookhouse: Reminds me of an old Showalter-Marshall game that looked to be drawn out: Showalter vs Marshall, 1900
   Aug-21-14 Biographer Bistro (replies)
rookhouse: <WCC Editing Project> I just sent the updated PGN for New York 1948-49 to <CG> for upload, complete with rounds and dates. The reference source for both the games and the introduction by <suenteus po 147> is as follows: The Book of the International Chess ...
   Jul-28-14 Jackson Whipps Showalter (replies)
rookhouse: <ljfyffe> This chess player maybe has too many chess hobbies. Showalter biography, Rook House website, and an online chess playing site in the works (Skittles Room). Would be nice if I finished one of them to completion. I have not corresponded with Mr. Hilbert for nearly a ...
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