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James T Sherwin
J Sherwin 
Photograph copyright © 2001 Helen Milligan of New Zealand Chess  
Number of games in database: 297
Years covered: 1950 to 2010
Last FIDE rating: 2246 (2260 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2408

Overall record: +109 -81 =104 (54.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 3 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (30) 
    E81 E88 E87 E76 E95
 Sicilian (21) 
    B90 B32 B77 B45 B99
 Ruy Lopez (15) 
    C84 C67 C79 C90 C98
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (8) 
    C84 C94 C97 C98 C90
 Nimzo Indian (8) 
    E54 E25 E45 E21 E30
 English (7) 
    A13 A17 A15
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (37) 
    B90 B56 B22 B67 B40
 King's Indian (17) 
    E90 E72 E60 E80 E67
 Sicilian Najdorf (10) 
    B90 B93 B97 B95 B91
 King's Indian Attack (9) 
 French Defense (8) 
    C02 C05 C01 C19 C12
 Grunfeld (8) 
    D93 D85 D90 D98 D75
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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
   Lombardy vs J Sherwin, 1958 1/2-1/2
   J Sherwin vs Fischer, 1959 1/2-1/2
   J Sherwin vs A Sandrin, 1951 1-0
   R Weinstein vs J Sherwin, 1960 0-1
   J Sherwin vs Reshevsky, 1958 1-0
   J Sherwin vs W H Donnelly, 1959 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   57th US Open (1956)
   US Championship 1957/58 (1957)
   US Championship 1958/59 (1958)
   US Championship (1966)
   Rosenwald 1954/55 (1954)
   55th US Open (1954)
   US Championship 1961/62 (1961)
   56th US Open (1955)
   52nd US Open (1951)
   Portoroz Interzonal (1958)
   Smith & Williamson British Championship (2004)
   Lone Pine (1976)

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

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(born Oct-25-1933, 85 years old) United States of America

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James Terry Sherwin, born in New York, became an International Master in 1958. In 1961, he was Chairman of the USCF Rules Committee. 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 Portoroz Interzonal (1958). 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

Last updated: 2018-10-14 19:27:26

 page 1 of 12; games 1-25 of 297  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A C Ludwig vs J Sherwin  1-041195051st US OpenD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
2. R Potter vs J Sherwin  0-133195152nd US OpenD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
3. J Sherwin vs A Sandrin  1-024195152nd US OpenB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
4. N Whitaker vs J Sherwin  1-028195152nd US OpenC01 French, Exchange
5. K R Smith vs J Sherwin  1-037195152nd US OpenC28 Vienna Game
6. J Sherwin vs C F Tears  1-040195152nd US OpenA34 English, Symmetrical
7. W M Byland vs J Sherwin  ½-½32195152nd US OpenC18 French, Winawer
8. J Sherwin vs L Isaacs  1-064195152nd US OpenC50 Giuoco Piano
9. W L Waters vs J Sherwin 0-137195152nd US OpenC02 French, Advance
10. J Sherwin vs E McCormick  1-019195152nd US OpenD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
11. A Sandrin vs J Sherwin 1-023195152nd US OpenD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
12. J Sherwin vs Kashdan  0-143195152nd US OpenD87 Grunfeld, Exchange
13. J Sherwin vs A Mengarini  1-051195253rd US OpenD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. I Zalys vs J Sherwin  0-150195253rd US OpenE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
15. J Sherwin vs H Steiner  1-095195253rd US OpenD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
16. P Le Cornu vs J Sherwin  ½-½30195253rd US OpenE72 King's Indian
17. J Sherwin vs D Byrne  ½-½36195253rd US OpenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
18. C Pilnick vs J Sherwin  ½-½48195253rd US OpenD29 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
19. J Sherwin vs I Romanenko  ½-½21195253rd US OpenA28 English
20. Santasiere vs J Sherwin  1-030195253rd US OpenA06 Reti Opening
21. E Hearst vs J Sherwin  ½-½19195253rd US OpenC59 Two Knights
22. J Sherwin vs Larry Evans  ½-½40195253rd US OpenB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
23. A Pomar Salamanca vs J Sherwin  1-029195253rd US OpenD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
24. J Sherwin vs Larsen  1-0321953Wch U20 final-AE98 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1
25. K Darga vs J Sherwin  1-0591953Wch U20 final-AB22 Sicilian, Alapin
 page 1 of 12; games 1-25 of 297  PGN Download
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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.

Mar-15-05  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
Mar-15-05  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.
Apr-16-14  RookFile: Right, that's old school, from the days of Franklin K. Young, etc.
May-30-17  Nosnibor: According to the official tournament table of the 1951 U.S.Open Sherwin lost to Sandrin in the penultimate round but the db shows him winning this game.
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  Tabanus: -<Nosnibor> There were two Sandrin's playing, Angelo Sandrin and his brother Albert Sandrin,


May-30-17  Nosnibor: <Tabanus> Thanks for that.
Apr-03-18  Poisonpawns: "connor7" on ICC
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