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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.


 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 28  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E Myhre vs H Alexandersson  0-1421931SWE-NOR phone mE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
2. J Enevoldsen vs E Myhre  0-1541947Norway vs DenmarkC67 Ruy Lopez
3. E Myhre vs M Castillo  0-1341950Dubrovnik olmD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. E Myhre vs Gligoric 0-1351950Dubrovnik olmE87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
5. K Skold vs E Myhre  ½-½801950Dubrovnik olmC67 Ruy Lopez
6. E Myhre vs F Mastichiadis  1-0571950Dubrovnik olmD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
7. Tartakower vs E Myhre 1-0441950Dubrovnik olmD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. E Myhre vs E Canal  ½-½381950Dubrovnik olmD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. E Myhre vs Reshevsky  0-1371950Dubrovnik olmE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
10. Euwe vs E Myhre  1-0331950Dubrovnik olmE23 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann
11. E Myhre vs V Castaldi  0-1361950Dubrovnik olmD95 Grunfeld
12. Najdorf vs E Myhre  1-0341950Dubrovnik olmE24 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
13. E Myhre vs C Poulsen  1-0461950Dubrovnik olmD95 Grunfeld
14. O'Kelly vs E Myhre  1-0331950OlympiadC67 Ruy Lopez
15. E Myhre vs E E Book  0-1421950Dubrovnik olmE87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
16. Unzicker vs E Myhre  1-0351950Dubrovnik olmC67 Ruy Lopez
17. B Rabar vs E Myhre  1-0341952Helsinki ol (Men) prel-BE40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
18. E Myhre vs E R Lundin  0-1521952Helsinki ol (Men) prel-BD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
19. W Pietzsch vs E Myhre  1-0591952Helsinki ol (Men) prel-BC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
20. E Myhre vs Lokvenc  0-1311952Helsinki ol (Men) prel-BE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
21. T Florian vs E Myhre  ½-½321952Helsinki ol (Men) prel-BD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. E Myhre vs V Nestler  0-1301952Helsinki ol (Men) prel-BE61 King's Indian
23. E Myhre vs J de Souza Mendes  ½-½561952Helsinki ol (Men) fin-CE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
24. P Mueller-Breil vs E Myhre 0-1421952Helsinki ol (Men) fin-CC47 Four Knights
25. C Doerner vs E Myhre  ½-½691952Helsinki ol (Men) fin-CE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
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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.

Jan-11-13 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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