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|Jul-11-08|| ||whiteshark: <Gejewe> Thank you very much for sharing this rare known information. For some reasons I have had a chessless period from 1989 to 2005 and couldn't/didn't follow any chess developments during that time.|
A while back I found his book <Exploring the chess openings> between other books, but I couldn't find any of his games in this database. Maybe a good start to do some uploads in the near future...
|Jul-11-08|| ||Gejewe: <whiteshark>
This book "Exploring the chess openings" is a book that inspired me in the late 70ties and early 80ties because of the many interesting ideas. Unlike many other books on unorthodox openings, the lines do not involve excessive risks ( didn't Evans write somewhere that Myers combines solidity with surprise ? )
|Jul-11-08|| ||keypusher: It would certainly be nice to have more of his games in the database.|
|Jul-11-08|| ||Marmot PFL: Met him once at a tournament and he tried to sell me bulletins. The openings they covered were strange to say the least, but he said I would need to know them someday. I declined anyway with no regrets as I didn't want to spend money (or time) on openings that might come up once in 10 years.
Also, for a player who advocates unorthodox openings he doesn't seem to play many, judging from the 3 games shown here (English, Vienna, Leningrad Dutch).|
|Jul-11-08|| ||swordfish: I believe Myers is something of a specialist in the Nimzovich Defense (1. e4, Nc6; not the Nimzoindian). He certainly crushed me with it when we played in the Illinois Open some years back. He conducted himself as a sportsman and gentleman, but talking to him after the game, I learned he has some strange conspiracy ideas.|
|Jul-11-08|| ||Marmot PFL: <1. e4, Nc6> That opening I did have to learn for a postal game once. It went 1.e4 Nc6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 de4 4.d4 Ne5 5.Bf4 Ng6 6.Bg3 a6 7.Bc4 f5 8.Nh3 9.b5 10.Bb3 Bb7 and I forget the rest. It was complicated but white (myself) won when black made mistakes by rushing some moves (probably playing too many other games, he used to play over 100 at once). That is an opening 1.e4 players should be ready for as even if you play 2.Nf3 black may not play 2...e5.|
|Dec-24-08|| ||kg44: Hugh died today in Davenport, Ia., where he's been leaving since the late '70s. He was 78.|
I got to know him a little bit back in the early '80s, when I occasionally gave him rides to regional tournaments in which we were both playing.
He was a fascinating character; eccentric would be a good word.
|Dec-24-08|| ||Gejewe: <kg44> That is a sad message. Hugh, rest in peace. To counter the amount of losses on this page here is a game that was one of his proudest moments:
Hugh Myers - William Lombardy, Manhattan chess club 1957
1.g3 Nf6 2.Bg2 d5 3.Nf3 Bf5 4.c4 c6 5.cxd5 cxd5 6.Qb3 Bc8 7.0-0 e6 8.Nc3 Nc6 9.d4 Bd6 10.Rd1 h6 11.a3 Na5 12.Qc2 Bd7 13.b4 Nc4 14.e4 dxe4 15.Nxe4 Rc8 16.Ne5! Bxe5 17.dxe5 Nd5 18.Qe2 0-0 19.Qh5 Qc7 20.Rxd5! exd5 21.Nf6+! gxf6 22.exf6 Nd6 23.Bxh6 Bf5 24.Bxd5 Bc2 25.Bxf8 Rxf8 26.Qh6 Ne8 27.Re1 Bg6 28.Rxe8 Qd1+ 29.Kg2 Qxd5+ 30.f3 Qd2+ 31.Qxd2 Rxe8 32.Qh6 1-0|
|Dec-24-08|| ||whiteshark: The instant shock I felt when reading this post, the pain I feel now for a person I never knew, only in his words.|
Rest in peace, Hugh E. Myers
|Dec-24-08|| ||satch boogie: <gejewe> Thanks for posting the game, I've just got done uploading it to the site. Now at least he wont have a 0% rating anymore.|
|Dec-24-08|| ||kg44: gewege and satch boogie -- Thanks to both for providing a game Hugh won. Some of his friends here are looking for other of his interesting games to upload.|
|Dec-25-08|| ||Karpova: Now there's a Chessbase article: http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail...|
|Dec-25-08|| ||Karpova: See C.N. 5909 for more (auto)biographical information: http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...|
|Dec-30-08|| ||Pit Snipe: A small correction on the date of his passing, it was on the 22nd and we had his obituary posted today on the local paper http://www.qctimes.com/obits/new/in...|
|Dec-30-08|| ||Pit Snipe: There was also someone who very generously posted some really great info http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugh_M... |
Gejewe: Sir, I want to thank you for your continued friendship with my dad. I saw much correspondence between you and him at his house!
|Dec-31-08|| ||Gejewe: <Pit Snipe>
Nice to hear from Hugh's son. I cherish the friendship with Hugh, it started around 1978 and lasted until his passing away ( with a short interruption around the turn of the millenium when we had a quarrel on the matter if one of his "sworn enemies" in the chess world was a crook or not .. )
You probably know that he visited his Dutch chessfriends twice, in 1986 right after the Dubai olympiad, and a few years later. During those trips I spent a lot of time with him, and during the last one he stayed several weeks at Maurits Wind's place in the Hague. Maurits and his brother Michiel also corresponded with your father, and Michiel once dropped in during a vacation in Iowa.
The last thing I heard from your father was a thanks for some sorting out I did at the Royal Library, he was researching a Dutch part of his ancestry. It must be around three or four years ago. Letters ceased to come, I heard rumours that his health-situation deteriorated but no one really knew what was happening. My Christmas and New Years greetings remained unanswered for the first time. It is a sad coincidence that the week before the 22nd december, I had a discussion with James Pratt - one of Hugh's British friends. James wondered how Hugh was doing, as the long radio-silence was not a good sign...
I offer you and your family my sincere condoleances with the passing away of your father.
|Jan-03-09|| ||Pit Snipe: Thank you for sharing that about dad and I know that dad's friendship to you is extended by the rest of the family as well. Thank you!|
|Jan-18-09|| ||Karpova: Nice to see that additional games have been uploaded:|
H E Myers vs Tirso Alvarez, 1966
H E Myers vs Juan Leon, 1969
H E Myers vs B Devin, 1973
|May-29-09|| ||arthurp: Pit Snipe.
Do you have any copies of A Chess Explorer for sale?You could approach Dale Brandreth who published one of your father's books to see if he might reprint the book.
|Mar-07-10|| ||dorsnikov: hello Arthurp,
I see you're looking for a copy of Myer's A Chess Explorer. Click on Chess House out of print books. I believe they have it.
I'm honored to say I own 3 pieces of correspondence with Myer's signiture on each.
|Aug-14-10|| ||colonel.moreau: I was a life long subscriber to "Myers Openings Bulletin" and own a few of his books as well. He was always one of my favorite players. He taught me not to be afraid of experimenting in the openings even against IMs and GMs. I will miss his petulant editorials and his search for the truth.|
|Jan-23-12|| ||brankat: A very fine author and editor.|
|Apr-15-12|| ||wordfunph: <He won the US Championship for the first time on 7 January 1958, clinching it with a short last-round draw against Abe Turner. It was a snowy evening. He was celebrating by throwing snowballs at passing buses! I got him to stop that, telling him he wouldn’t want to see his name in the morning papers both for winning the championship and for getting arrested.>|
rest in peace, Sir Hugh Myers..
|Sep-28-13|| ||Abdel Irada: I have recently (well, for 15 years or so) adopted the defense 1. ...g5 against the English, and had good results with it. Now I know whom to thank for the idea.|
|Feb-13-18|| ||stephenhawking: This book "Investigating the chess openings" is a book that roused me in the late 70ties and mid 80ties in view of the numerous intriguing thoughts. Not at all like numerous different books on strange openings, the lines don't include over the top dangers ( didn't Evans compose some place that Myers consolidates robustness with astound http://www.essaycorp.co.uk/|
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