|Sep-06-06|| ||mack: Jerry Hanken is one of the better chess writers out there. He contributed the excellent 'My First U. S. Open Opponent', about his encounter with Santasiere in 1957, to the gay & lesbian magazine Chess Pride|
|Sep-06-06|| ||IMlday: <mack> That is interesting regarding American cultural history. I remember Jerry Hanken as an opponent in the later rounds of the 1970 U.S. Open in Boston..a friendly bear-type who played English c4s. I played 1..e5 and Closed Sicilian Reversed stuff ensued, me winning.
He had California mystic friendliness. I'm not surprised if he advertised the flamboyant Santasiere to the West Coast G&L community as one of theirs. It may seem weird, but it does really promote chess in diverse communities. And the Jerry I know would just take it for laughs.|
|Oct-02-09|| ||wolfmaster: RIP Jerry.|
|Oct-03-09|| ||Phony Benoni: http://main.uschess.org/content/vie...|
|Oct-03-09|| ||AnalyzeThis: Sorry to hear this. Played him once at the US open, got a draw. Nice enough to me.|
|Oct-03-09|| ||whiskeyrebel: What a nice guy Jerry was. We played at the 2006 National open. Before the game I told him I grew up on his tournament reports and was proud to actually sit down and face him over the board. Even though he probably heard that sort of compliment hundreds of times, he smiled and thanked me and then lowered his voice and asked me barely above a whisper.."if you like my stuff, can you please write in and tell 'em?". I talked with him many times after that including at the U.S. open in 2008. Considering how so many players become jaded with time, I'll never forget how generous he was with his praise for other players at the end of his playing career. He told me that he loved the fact that even the lowest rated players could present a threat, you can't overlook anybody. What a great attitude. RIP sir.|
|Oct-10-09|| ||eightsquare: Happy Birthday Jerome B Hanken!!|
|Oct-14-09|| ||wolfmaster: Too bad he can't enjoy it.|
|Jan-02-12|| ||wordfunph: "Young man, when you turned down my draw
offer like that, it was an insult to my manlihood!"
- Jerry Hanken (to his opponent Jonathan Hilton in 2004 King's Island Open)
Source: Chess Life January 2012
|Jan-02-12|| ||HeMateMe: "Manhood" or "manlihood"?|
|Jan-02-12|| ||SteinitzLives: One time at the U.S. Open, Jerry jumped into the hotel swimming pool, doing a cannonball. As dutiful judges we began to give him the particular numbers we thought his cannonball warranted.
9, 8, 8.5, the last gave him only a 6.5, we looked at him questioningly, he said firmly: "on the Richter scale".
ba da bing!|
|Jan-13-13|| ||GrahamClayton: Photo of Hanken (at right) playing against Vasik G. Rajlich at the 1999 World Open:|
|Jun-27-13|| ||Phony Benoni: Attention Wikipedia Editors! In the article on the Lone Pine tournaments, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lone_P..., one of the references has the author "Jerome B Hankins".|
I think we know who that actually is.
|Jun-27-13|| ||perfidious: <Phony Benoni> Fixed another: 'Louis B Stratham'.|
|Jun-29-13|| ||UnsoundHero: Jerry played in at least 20 straight US Opens. It seemed like he never missed a year.|
|Jun-29-13|| ||Phony Benoni: <UnsoundHero> The streak probably reached the neighborhood of 40. When I quit after 1999, I had 25 straight and he had a longer streak even then.|
|Jun-29-13|| ||DoctorD: I liked Jerry's early writings (eg.,"Parting with the Lady") more than his tournament reports, although the ones toward the end of his career were more interesting and less "cutesy" - just my opinion. His early reports seemed to polarize the CL readership; people either loved 'em or hated 'em.|
|Jun-29-13|| ||cwcarlson: No one who knew Jerry will forget him. He played in the American Open 45 (?) times, which must be a record. In his prime he was about 2200 strength.|
|Jun-29-13|| ||WannaBe: I've met Mr. Hanken a few time, at National Open and at American Open (which may not exist anymore, LAX Thanksgiving Weekend, 8 round Swiss, run by Randall Hough).|
I regret that I never took a photo to submit to CG.
|Jun-29-13|| ||Phony Benoni: <DoctorD> Jerry was a polarizing individual, not afraid to speak his mind and take the resulting flak. And there was plenty of it.|
At the US Open, he would usually write a short feature called "Hanken's Corner" that would be printed in the daily bulletin. (I don't know what he generally charged, but the time I dealt with him the price was a free copy of the bulletins.)
One year the bulletins were produced by one of his enemies, who not only would not accept the column but refused to print any of Hanken's games, even his losses.
|Jun-30-13|| ||DoctorD: There are lots of interesting stories about Jerry and certainly the good he did outweighed the bad. But he could fly off the handle. I remember when he became quite outraged at the title of a CLO article, "The Only Good Indian..."(on the Indian problem theme, but certainly an unfortunate title).|
|Jun-30-13|| ||cwcarlson: JH had a temper and was sometimes pushy. At the 1977 American Open (just before a round was starting) he got into a fist fight with a guy named Glikman (?). If I remember correctly, JH told G he couldn't smoke at the board and G told him where to shove it. They got up from their boards into the aisle where G told JH to 'make a move.' JH did, and got knocked down twice despite being several inches taller! People talked about it for years. It wasn't another Hagler - Hearns 1985, but had it been on Pay Per View they would have gotten rich!|
|Jul-01-13|| ||Dionysius1: Hi <cwcarlson>. Great story. Do you remember who won the chess game?|
|Jul-01-13|| ||Phony Benoni: <Dionysius1> You are a True Chess Player!|
|Jul-01-13|| ||cwcarlson: JH and G weren't playing each other. They were on adjacent boards on opposite sides of the table. I don't remember who either played or how they did. After JH picked himself up off the floor GM Lein came up to John Peters with a big smile on his face and said,"You see Hanken?" He then bounced around punching his fists in the air. It would have been a great Youtube video.|