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John Franklin Hurt
Number of games in database: 2
Years covered: 1964 to 1968

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(born Feb-21-1914, died Feb-07-1993, 78 years old) United States of America

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John Franklin Hurt Jr. (1914-1993) came to Memphis in 1960. From then on, he became known as “Godfather of Chess” from his work as President of the Memphis Chess Club, setting up a High School Chess League through the Optimist Club, and creating large weekend tournaments like the Mid-South Open. John was a master chess player and had many first place victories in tournaments throughout his chess career beginning as early as 1934 including TN State Champion in 1965 and eleven Memphis City Championship titles. (1, 2)

West Virginia State Champion 1939, 1948, 1952, 1955, Mississippi State Champion 1962, Tennessee State Champion 1965, 1973. (3)

(1) (2) (he was born in 1914). (3)

Last updated: 2019-02-11 07:33:13

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Fischer vs John Hurt 1-0431964Simul, 36bC15 French, Winawer
2. M Momic vs John Hurt  1-0201968Tennessee OpenC00 French Defense
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  GrahamClayton: A booklet (price $2.50!) featuring 316 of Hurt's games, all taken from various newsletters and magazines, and featuting Hurt's signature on the front cover:

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  offramp: <GrahamClayton> A superb objet trouvé. Many thanks!

There is real nostalgia in this booklet. It shows how home-publishing was done in the days when word processors were a grand a pop.

The book has been composed from a variety of sources and pasted, with paste, onto other pieces of paper, and then mimeographed.

It is entirely in descriptive. There is not one chess diagram. When mistakes are made, they are XXXX'd over. Even the very first page begins mid-sentence: <ship at rate of 45/2 hr.> Some games and text are put in sideways, to make it fit. Some excerpts lean alarmingly to one side.

Game 222 is the scoresheet of a simul v Bisquier, a draw. It is signed by both players, but it is typed! Did Hurt take a typewriter into the hall with him?

The book ends with a very well-made three page index which shows that there are two game versus R J Fischer, along with many other famous chess players (Koltanowski, Trifunovic, Whitaker....

A real labour of love from Mr Hurt, we are lucky that at least one copy survived the analogue era and is now safe in the digital era.

$2.50 must have been quite a hefty price in the 1970s. A lovely booklet!

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  offramp: Here is one of the Fischer games. I am not sure of the pgn standard for chessgames submissions so I have not submitted it.

[Event "Simultaneous"]
[Site "Little Rock, Arkansas"]
[Date "1964.03.29"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Fischer, Robert James"]
[Black "Hurt, John"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C15"]
[PlyCount "85"]
[EventDate "1964.03.29"]
[EventType "simul"]
[EventCountry "USA"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. a3 Bxc3+ 5. bxc3 Ne7 6. Bd3 O-O 7. Nf3 Nd7 8. e5 f5 9. exf6 gxf6 10. O-O Rf7 11. Re1 Nf8 12. Nh4 Nfg6 13. Qh5 Nxh4 14. Qxh4 Kh8 15. Re3 Nf5 16. Bxf5 exf5 17. Rg3 Qe7 18. Bf4 Bd7 19. Bxc7 Ba4 20. Bf4 Bxc2 21. Re3 Qd7 22. Rae1 Rg8 23. h3 Ba4 24. Re6 Qd8 25. g3 Re8 26. Qh6 Rxe6 27. Rxe6 Qf8 28. Qh5 Bd7 29. Rd6 Qe8 30. Kh2 Be6 31. a4 Qe7 32. a5 Rg7 33. a6 b6 34. Qe2 Bd7 35. Qa2 Qe1 36. Rxf6 Re7 37. Be5 Rxe5 38. dxe5 Qxe5 39. Rf8+ Kg7 40. Ra8 f4 41. Rxa7 fxg3+ 42. fxg3 Qe6 43. Rxd7+ 1-0

Played on my birthday.

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  MissScarlett: See Fischer vs John F Hurt, 1964
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  offramp: I am trying to figure out when it was published. I have seen one game from 1975 in it.

Also, there is one diagram.
Imagine that in a book from 2019: "Contains 316 games. One diagram."

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  TheFocus: Editors: get to work inputting these important games!!
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  offramp: Many of the games have already been algebraicised and can be found at
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  Tabanus: The Find A Grave link (click on Read More) has also this, from The Charleston Gazette, 10 Feb 1993:

<John Franklin Hurt Jr., 78, of Memphis, formerly of Charleston, W.Va., died Feb. 7, 1993, at St. Francis Hospital, Memphis, after a long illness. He was retired from Pitney-Bowes Co. He was former president of Tennessee Chess Association, Memphis Chess Club and Wimbledon Racquet Club and was director of Kidney Foundation Corporate Tennis Classic for 12 years. He served as umpire for U.S. Indoor Tennis Open and secretary of Memphis Tennis Association. The John Hurt Memphis Scholastic Chess Championship was named in his honor. He was the author of two books on chess, "Center Gambits" and "Sicilian Wing Gambits." Surviving: wife, Hariette Jane Hurt; son, John F. III of Memphis; sister, Mary Jane Noonan of Bellsville, Md.; brother, Charles E. of Charleston; four grandchildren.>

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