James Moore Hanham
Number of games in database: 101
Years covered: 1866 to 1914
Overall record: +28 -50 =19 (38.7%)*
* Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.
4 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.
NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
Lasker vs J M Hanham, 1901 0-1
J M Hanham vs F W Lord, 1895 1/2-1/2
J M Hanham vs Taubenhaus, 1889 1/2-1/2
J M Hanham vs Taubenhaus, 1889 1-0
NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
2nd City Chess Club Tournament (1894)
1st City Chess Club Tournament (1893)
New York (1889)
GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
New York 1893, The Impromtu Tournament by Calli
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|JAMES MOORE HANHAM
(born Jan-04-1840, died Dec-30-1923, 83 years old) United States of America
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|James Moore Hanham was born in Woodville, Mississippi. Despite his Southern origins, he fought on the side of the Union during the Civil War and was promoted to major in the U.S. Army. He saw action at Fort Pickens and Baton Rouge. After the Civil War, he moved to Manhattan. In 1885, he took 2nd place at the 7th Manhattan Chess Club championship. In 1885, he took 2nd in the 8th Manhattan Chess Club championship. In 1888, he tied for 2nd-3rd in the 1st United States Chess Association tournament in Cincinnati, won by Jackson Whipps Showalter. He reintroduced at the New York tournament 1889 the "Lord Variation" with the idea of maintaining a strong defensive center.
This variation reached by 1.e4 e5 2.f3 d6 3.d4 bd7, and known today as the "Hanham Variation" after him, has become one of the main lines of the Philidor Defense (C41). In 1891, he won the New York State Chess Association championship. He died in Manhattan, at age 83 the oldest player of master rank in the United States. |
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|Dec-22-05|| ||Knight13: No comment on this player? <At his death at age 84, he was the oldest chessplayer of master rank in the United States.> I didn't know that. So it's James Moore Hanham. I'm gonna remember that.|
|Jan-06-06|| ||Rama: Somewhere in his writings, Nimzovich referenced the "Hanham Defense" in the Philidor. It is noted in the write-up above as the "Lord Variation." Now I know where it came from!|
|Sep-11-08|| ||whiteshark: <Knight13: <... I'm gonna remember that.>> Really? :D|
|Sep-11-08|| ||whiteshark: <Rama: <Somewhere in his writings, Nimzovich referenced the "Hanham Defense" in the Philidor.>>|
Nimzowitsch annotated Teichmann vs Nimzowitsch, 1911 in 'My System' (game#2)
You may wonder why he didn't do it here: Teichmann vs Nimzowitsch, 1911
|Jan-04-09|| ||WhiteRook48: is he part of the Muslim Moores?|
|Jan-04-09|| ||sleepyirv: Born in Mississippi but fought for the Union? That shows principle- or he moved to the North young.|
|Jul-18-09|| ||Knight13: Or maybe he was one of the few in the south who hated the institution of slavery.|
|Jan-04-12|| ||Penguincw: Happy 171st birthday!|
|Jan-04-12|| ||whiteshark: Player of the Day
|Jan-04-14|| ||FSR: Morphy didn't fight for either side (he was hardly the type), but absented himself from the country for much of the Civil War. While in school, I believe a few years before the war began, he wrote a paper on the limited circumstances in which he thought it was proper for a state to secede from the Union. Judging from the paper, he did not consider that the South had a legitimate basis for secession.|
|Jan-04-14|| ||waustad: His Philidor line with different move order has been played often of late. I've seen it a lot from some Austrian players and occasionally elsewhere. When e5 is delayed it seems to be called the "Improved Hanham" variation. I'd say "happy b'day" but he isn't likely to read it.|
|Jan-04-14|| ||Penguincw: R.I.P. James Moore Hanham.|
|Jan-04-14|| ||FSR: <waustad> Right. Often people play move orders like 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5 4.Nf3 Nbd7 5.Bc4 Be7. The problem with the straight Hanham move order <1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Nd7> is <4.Bc4!> almost forcing <4...c6> [4...Nf6? 5.Ng5; 4...Be7? 5.dxe5 Nxe5 (5...dxe5?? 6.Qd5!) 6.Nxe5 dxe5 7.Qh5! winning a pawn; 4...h6? 5.dxe5 dxe5 (5...Nxe5 6.Nxe5 dxe5 7.Bxf7+!) 6.Bxf7+! Kxf7 7.Nxe5+! Kf6 and now 8.Nc3! is supposed to be a forced win for White] <5.Nc3 Be7> (5...Ngf6 6.Ng5) <6.dxe5! dxe5> (6...Nxe5? 7.Nxe5 dxe5 8.Qh5!) <7.Ng5! Bxg5> (7...Nh6 8.Ne6! fxe6 9.Bxh6 gxh6 10.Qh5+ Kf8 11.Bxe6 ) <8.Qh5!> winning the bishop pair. White scores very heavily from that position. Opening Explorer|
|Dec-30-15|| ||TheFocus: Rest in peace, sir.|
|Feb-04-16|| ||zanzibar: In connection with his performance at <2nd BCA Congress - London (1886)>|
<"Of Major Hanham's play it is not necessary to say much as during most of the Tournament he was indisposed and played more from a sense of duty than anything else. At times, how ever, he showed what he could do, and under more favourable circumstances he will doubtless show a better score."
- BCM v7 p355>
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