|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:|