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James L Harkins
Number of games in database: 10
Years covered: 1953 to 1982
Overall record: +2 -7 =1 (25.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born 1929, died Jul-27-2017, 88 years old) United States of America

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Jim Harkins won the Ohio chess championship in 1964, 1968, and 1973. He tied for 1st in 1954, but lost on tiebreak points.

Last updated: 2018-04-16 04:32:41

 page 1 of 1; 10 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. James Cross vs J Harkins  1-024195354th US OpenD08 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit
2. J Harkins vs A Kaufman  1-034195758th US OpenB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
3. J Harkins vs Popovych  0-171196465th US OpenB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
4. J Harkins vs P Poschel  ½-½31196970th US OpenB23 Sicilian, Closed
5. R Wilcox vs J Harkins  1-035196970th US OpenC18 French, Winawer
6. J Harkins vs Popovych  0-128196970th US OpenB22 Sicilian, Alapin
7. J Harkins vs J D Brattin 0-157197374th US OpenA40 Queen's Pawn Game
8. B Espedal vs J Harkins 0-1181977Dayton, OHB02 Alekhine's Defense
9. J Harkins vs T Ward 0-1311980Ohio-ch qualC44 King's Pawn Game
10. J Harkins vs F Lindsay  0-1321982Cleveland OpenB24 Sicilian, Closed
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  GrahamClayton: A game not in the database:

[Event "?"]
[Site "Dayton, OH"]
[Date "1977.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Espedal, B"]
[Black "Harkins, James L"]
[Result "0-1"]

1. e4 ♘f6 2. ♘c3 d5 3. e5 ♘fd7 4. e6 fxe6 5. d4 c5 6. ♗d3 g6 7. dxc5 ♗g7 8. ♘a4 ♘a6 9. ♗e3 O-O 10. c3 b6 11. cxb6 axb6 12. ♘f3 ♘ac5 13. ♗c2 ♗a6 14. ♘g5 ♘xa4 15. ♗xa4 ♕c7 16. ♘xe6

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♗xc3+ 17. bxc3 ♕xc3+ 18. ♗d2 ♕xd2+ 0-1

Source: Bill Wall, “500 Alekhine Miniatures”, Chess Enterprises, Moon Township, Pennsylvania, 1994

Jan-26-12  reztap: Born 1929 Harkins was a very strong Cleveland,Oh player. City champ several times. If memory serves me right, he did beat Milan Vukcevich in a local game.
Jan-26-12  Stonehenge: There's also a James L Harkins Jr, or is that the same player?
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  Phony Benoni: <Stonehenge> The USCF crosstable for the 1957 US Open lists "James L Harkins, Jr." It seems incredible that he would be playing tournament chess well at age 83, but apparently he's the Korchnoi of Ohio.
Jan-26-12  Stonehenge: <the Korchnoi of Ohio> Hehe :) Thanks.
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  OhioChessFan: I might get called that some day, but for a cranky personality, not chess skill.
Aug-27-14  Stonehenge: Here's a James L Harkins, Jr born 1950:

Apr-15-18  reztap: The Harkins of 1929,after a long illness died July 2017 There is a nice obit about him in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Apr-16-18  Stonehenge: See also
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