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J Sherwin 
Photograph copyright © 2001 Helen Milligan of New Zealand Chess  
James T Sherwin
Number of games in database: 278
Years covered: 1950 to 2010
Last FIDE rating: 2246 (2260 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2408
Overall record: +98 -81 =95 (53.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      4 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (29) 
    E76 E88 E95 E87 E81
 Sicilian (20) 
    B90 B32 B77 B27 B45
 Ruy Lopez (15) 
    C84 C67 C78 C79 C97
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (8) 
    C84 C97 C98 C95 C90
 Nimzo Indian (7) 
    E54 E25 E21 E30 E45
 Grunfeld (7) 
    D87 D99 D97 D91
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (34) 
    B90 B22 B56 B29 B40
 King's Indian (14) 
    E90 E60 E72 E86 E76
 Sicilian Najdorf (10) 
    B90 B91 B92 B97 B94
 King's Indian Attack (9) 
    A07 A08
 Grunfeld (7) 
    D85 D93 D98 D75 D90
 French Defense (7) 
    C02 C18 C01 C12 C19
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   J Sherwin vs Fischer, 1957 1-0
   H Rossetto vs J Sherwin, 1958 0-1
   J Meyers vs J Sherwin, 1976 0-1
   J Sherwin vs Fischer, 1959 1/2-1/2
   R Weinstein vs J Sherwin, 1960 0-1
   J Sherwin vs A Sandrin, 1951 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   US Championship 1957/58 (1957)
   US Championship 1958/59 (1958)
   57th US Open (1956)
   US Championship (1966)
   Rosenwald 1954/55 (1954)
   55th US Open (1954)
   52nd US Open (1951)
   56th US Open (1955)
   Portoroz Interzonal (1958)
   Smith & Williamson British Championships (2004)
   Lone Pine (1976)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   US Championship 1957/58 by suenteus po 147
   1954 US Championship by crawfb5
   US Championship (1961/62) by zanzibar
   US Championship 1958/59 by suenteus po 147
   US Championship 1960/61 by suenteus po 147

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(born Oct-25-1933, 82 years old) United States of America

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James Terry Sherwin, born in New York, became an International Master in 1958. He was the Executive Vice President of GAF Corporation who was the American Chess Foundation (ACF) President from 1979 to 1990. He took 5th place in the 1953 World Junior Championship. He tied for 1st place with Alexander Kevitz in the 1954-55 Manhattan Chess club championship. He took 17th place in the Portorz 1958 Interzonal. Sherwin finished in 3rd place twice in US chess championships (1957-58 and 1958-59). He won the first Eastern Open Chess Championship, held in Washington DC, in 1960.

Wikipedia article: James Sherwin

 page 1 of 12; games 1-25 of 278  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. A C Ludwig vs J Sherwin  1-041 1950 US OpenD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
2. W M Byland vs J Sherwin  ½-½32 1951 52nd US OpenC18 French, Winawer
3. N Whitaker vs J Sherwin  1-028 1951 52nd US OpenC01 French, Exchange
4. A Sandrin vs J Sherwin 1-023 1951 52nd US OpenD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
5. J Sherwin vs Kashdan  0-143 1951 52nd US OpenD87 Grunfeld, Exchange
6. J Sherwin vs C F Tears  1-040 1951 52nd US OpenA34 English, Symmetrical
7. J Sherwin vs E McCormick  1-019 1951 52nd US OpenD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
8. J Sherwin vs A Sandrin  1-024 1951 52nd US OpenB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
9. W L Waters vs J Sherwin 0-137 1951 52nd US OpenC02 French, Advance
10. R Potter vs J Sherwin  0-133 1951 52nd US OpenD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
11. J Sherwin vs L Isaacs  1-064 1951 52nd US OpenC50 Giuoco Piano
12. K Smith vs J Sherwin  1-037 1951 52nd US OpenC28 Vienna Game
13. A Pomar Salamanca vs J Sherwin  1-029 1952 53rd US OpenD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
14. Santasiere vs J Sherwin  1-030 1952 USA opA06 Reti Opening
15. J Sherwin vs D Byrne  ½-½36 1952 53rd US OpenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
16. J Sherwin vs Larry Evans  ½-½40 1952 53rd US OpenB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
17. P Le Cornu vs J Sherwin  ½-½30 1952 53rd US OpenE72 King's Indian
18. I Zalys vs J Sherwin  0-150 1952 US OpenE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
19. E Hearst vs J Sherwin  ½-½19 1952 53rd US OpenC59 Two Knights
20. J Sherwin vs H Steiner  1-095 1952 53rd US OpenD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
21. J Sherwin vs I Romanenko  ½-½21 1952 53rd US OpenA28 English
22. J Sherwin vs A Mengarini  1-051 1952 53rd US OpenD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
23. C Pilnick vs J Sherwin  ½-½48 1952 53rd US OpenD29 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
24. J Sherwin vs C Brasket  0-143 1953 US OpenB72 Sicilian, Dragon
25. Larsen vs J Sherwin  ½-½45 1953 Wch U20 qual-BE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
 page 1 of 12; games 1-25 of 278  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-15-05  AdrianP: Anyone know whether these games belong two one or two players - i.e. is the American guy who played Fischer a few times and even beat him once, the same guy who seems to have made a reappearance in 2001 in England.
Mar-15-05  WMD: I was sceptical but it's probably the same dude. Sherwin, a 2300 rated Yank, is still registered as a Bristol team player.

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  RookFile: There was a brief time where Sherwin
was a stronger blitz player than Fischer, and gave a little blitz training to Bobby. He would count to 3 or something, and say "Move patzer!" and Fischer would have to make his move. Later, my memory is Sherwin became a business executive.
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  paulalbert: The Jimmy Sherwin in England is the same player who was a long time leading master player in US. Jimmy was primarily a business executive, not a professional chess player. He was also President of the American Chess Foundation, now Chess-in-the Schools, which supported American chess. I served as a Trustee of the Foundation with Jimmy for many years. For some complex reasons, Jimmy later relocated to Europe and then retired from a successful business career in Europe. Paul Albert
Mar-15-05  pazzed paun: was the "complex reason" having done jail time for securites fraud? One of those guys from the sixties worked for a big name corporation and got sent to prison for white collar crime.
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  Joshka: I recall with warm memories Jimmy and Edmar Mednis kibitzing over PBS coverage of the 1978 and 1981 Karpov- Korchnoi World Championship Matches hosted by Shelby Lyman. They were an entertaining trio, especially when Jimmy would make a sacastic comment to Shelby when the latter would place the pieces incorrectly while trying to reconstruct one of the many variations Edmar and Jimmy would propose. In fact it was probably due to their coverage of these matches that renewed my interest in chess. How sad that with the advent of cable, still nothing in all these years, for us chess fans via televison.
Mar-15-05  WMD: Sam Sloan has a page on James Sherwin:

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  paulalbert: For passed paun: Jimmy Sherwin never served any time in prison.The case you might be thinking of was thrown out on appeal. "Complex reasons", was meant to include a variety of business and personal decisions and I don't know all the reasons he moved to Europe. As I said, his business career in Europe as far as I know was very successful. Paul Albert
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  RookFile: Good for him.
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  Joshka: <wmd> Thanks for the info on Sherwin from the Sloan site! Was NOT aware of any of this. Too bad for Jimmy, wish him all the best, thought of him as a pretty good fellow. So you like that Sloan site hey?:-) times i have to avoid going there, cause I'll lose track of time and spend hours at a time there!;-)....think that's Sloan tickling those keys on that digital piano?
Mar-16-05  pazzed paun: <WMD> thank you for the sloan site. Wow very complicated stuff-Sam Sloan a securities lawyer involved in the case- It is a small world-Good Luck to Mr Sherwin.
Premium Chessgames Member So what's the verdict: is this James Sherwin or a player with his namesake?
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  Benzol: From what's been posted previously I'm of the opinion that James T Sherwin and James Sherwin are the same player. However, my opinion doesn't make it a cast in stone fact.
Jul-25-05  aw1988: You have a chess library any club would be proud of, so what are you waiting for? :)
Oct-22-05  BobbyBishop: There's an amusing story told in Andrew Soltis' book Bobby Fischer Rediscovered. He was talking about a game he (Soltis) had played against Sherwin in which James T had finally gotten to employ a line in the Sicilian he'd been working on for several months. He claimed that he'd invested about 20 hours working out the kinks. Fischer all of a sudden appears and watches Sherwin's analysis. Here's how it appears in the book: When matters got interesting around move 17, Fischer stopped the show by asking "whadya got on this?" and moved a white piece. Sherwin had an answer but it was quickly demolished by a few quick Fischer follow-ups. This happened a move later in the game and then again. After the 4th time he'd refuted a Sherwin move, Fischer asked, "You spent 20 hours on this?" Classic Bobby...
Jan-05-08  Harvestman: James Sherwin is currently playing in the South Wales Winter Congress, on top board, aged 74.

I played him a few years ago in a local competition. He crushed me.

Jan-30-09  cruiseyleemorph: Yes and he just won a recent tournament in Golders Green in the top category ofcourse.
Feb-08-09  spudweb: I have met him at Golders Green, he is a really nice guy.
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  wordfunph: "He's a prototype of Deep Blue." Jimmy Sherwin on Bobby Fischer

(source: Bobby Fischer Goes to War by David Edmonds & John Eidinow)

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  GrahamClayton: 2001 photo:
Apr-16-14  Granny O Doul: Sherwin is the only player I ever played who referred to e1/e8 as "king's square" in a real-life, non-jocular way.
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  RookFile: Right, that's old school, from the days of Franklin K. Young, etc.
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