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Erling Myhre
Number of games in database: 28
Years covered: 1931 to 1952
Overall record: +4 -18 =6 (25.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Jan-11-1903, died Apr-12-1971, 68 years old) Norway

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Erling Godtfred Myhre was born in Oslo (then Christiania). He was Norwegian champion in 1946, 1950 and 1955, and played in the olympiads 1950, 1952 and 1960.


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Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. E Myhre vs H Alexandersson  0-142 1931 SWE-NOR phone mE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
2. J Enevoldsen vs E Myhre  0-154 1947 Norway vs DenmarkC67 Ruy Lopez
3. E Myhre vs Gligoric 0-135 1950 Dubrovnik olmE87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
4. E Myhre vs M Castillo  0-134 1950 Dubrovnik olmD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. E Myhre vs E Canal  ½-½38 1950 Dubrovnik olmD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
6. Unzicker vs E Myhre  1-035 1950 Dubrovnik olmC67 Ruy Lopez
7. O'Kelly vs E Myhre  1-033 1950 OlympiadC67 Ruy Lopez
8. Tartakower vs E Myhre 1-044 1950 Dubrovnik olmD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. E Myhre vs E E Book  0-142 1950 Dubrovnik olmE87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
10. Najdorf vs E Myhre  1-034 1950 DubrovnikE24 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
11. E Myhre vs F Mastichiadis  1-057 1950 Dubrovnik olmD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
12. E Myhre vs C Poulsen  1-046 1950 Dubrovnik olmD95 Grunfeld
13. Euwe vs E Myhre  1-033 1950 DubrovnikE23 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann
14. K Skold vs E Myhre  ½-½80 1950 Dubrovnik olmC67 Ruy Lopez
15. E Myhre vs V Castaldi  0-136 1950 Dubrovnik olmD95 Grunfeld
16. E Myhre vs Reshevsky  0-137 1950 Dubrovnik olmE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
17. F Olafsson vs E Myhre  ½-½38 1952 Helsinki ol (Men)C67 Ruy Lopez
18. B Rabar vs E Myhre  1-034 1952 Helsinki ol (Men)E40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
19. E Myhre vs E R Lundin  0-152 1952 Helsinki ol (Men)D22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
20. W Pietzsch vs E Myhre  1-059 1952 Helsinki ol (Men)C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
21. E Myhre vs Lokvenc  0-131 1952 Helsinki ol (Men)E39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
22. T Florian vs E Myhre  ½-½32 1952 Helsinki ol (Men)D37 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. E Myhre vs V Nestler  0-130 1952 Helsinki ol (Men)E61 King's Indian
24. E Myhre vs J de Souza Mendes  ½-½56 1952 Helsinki ol (Men)E67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
25. P Mueller-Breil vs E Myhre 0-142 1952 Helsinki ol (Men)C47 Four Knights
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Jan-11-07  beatles fan: No kibitzing!?! This guy may not have been a prominent player, but he could have whipped our arses!
Jan-11-07  FLCLlove: What's there doesn't make him look all that impressive though does it?
Jan-11-09  parmandil: I'm sure my retired colleague, who also played in a chess olympiad, back in 1962, will remember Myhre and have only positive things to say about him. They played in the same chess club at the time.

Erling Myhre was a dominating figure in Norwegian chess for many years, but in these games he met some of the strongest players of the time. Looking at old olymiads, you are struck by how narrow the base of really good players were, and how hard it must have been to progress for those who lived on the fringe of the chess community.

I guess the first Norwegian chess player of international strength was Svein Johannesen (1937-2007). Now we have some more...

Jan-11-09  WhiteRook48: well, at least his winning percentage is better than NN's...
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  Tabanus: From Norbase:

[Event "Norway vs Denmark"]
[Site "Oslo"]
[Date "1947.??.??"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Enevoldsen, Jens"]
[Black "Myhre, Erling"]
[Result "0-1"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. Re1 Nd6 6. Ba4 Be7 7. Nc3 O-O 8. Nd5 f6 9. d3 Nf5 10. d4 d6 11. c3 Be6 12. Nf4 Bf7 13. d5 Nb8 14. Bc2 Nh6 15. Ne2 Bg6 16. Bxh6 gxh6 17. Ng3 f5 18. Qb1 Qd7 19. Qc1 Kg7 20. Qd2 Na6 21. Qe2 c6 22. dxc6 Qxc6 23. Nd4 exd4 24. Qxe7+ Rf7 25. Qh4 f4 26. Nh5+ Bxh5 27. Qxh5 dxc3 28. bxc3 Qxc3 29. Bxh7 Qf6 30. Bd3 Nc5 31. Bc4 Rff8 32. h4 Rae8 33. Rad1 Re4 34. Rxe4 Nxe4 35. Re1 Nc5 36. Qg4+ Kh8 37. Qh5 a6 38. Bd5 Kg7 39. Qg4+ Kh8 40. Qh5 Qg7 41. Re7 Qf6 42. Rc7 b5 43. Ra7 f3 44. g3 Ne6 45. Be4 Ng7 46. Qg4 Qa1+ 47. Kh2 Qd4 48. Kh3 Qxa7 49. Qg6 Nf5 50. Bxf5 Qg7 51. Qh5 Rf6 52. Be4 Qf7 53. Qg4 d5 54. Bd3 Qe6 0-1

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  whiteshark: Olimpbase states that he also played at 1960 Olympiad in Leipzig:
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  whiteshark: Nor-Wiki:
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  Penguincw: I wonder how he would fare today, especially with Carlsen and several other strong players around.
Jan-11-12  waustad: Chess metrics has him peaking in the top 300.
Jan-11-12  waustad: At the moment Carlsen and Hammer are both in the top 220, from a much larger sample. Playing top board at olympiads, or team tournaments in general, for a weak team tends to really hurt one's W-L record in a database like this. It is a little like being the local player in a super tournament, where the player gives up 150 - 200 ELO almost every game. In olympiads it is often even worse, though they usually rest the top rated player if the difference is as much as 500 points.
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  Penguincw: < waustad: Chess metrics has him peaking in the top 300. >

Thanks. :)

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  Tabanus: <I guess the first Norwegian chess player of international strength was Svein Johannessen (1937-2007)>

Norway's first IM was Olaf Barda (1909-1971) who for decades was the "King of Chess". Today he is nearly forgotten.

Premium Chessgames Member Didn't he invent the Erling Myhre flask?
Jan-11-13  IndigoViolet: He was in my school Nativity play, alongside Gold and Edward Nathan Frankenstein.
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