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James Sherwin
J Sherwin 
Photograph copyright © 2001 Helen Milligan of New Zealand Chess  
Number of games in database: 318
Years covered: 1950 to 2010
Last FIDE rating: 2246 (2244 rapid, 2177 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2408

Overall record: +115 -88 =112 (54.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 3 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (32) 
    E81 E88 E87 E95 E76
 Sicilian (21) 
    B77 B32 B90 B45 B99
 Ruy Lopez (16) 
    C84 C67 C78 C79 C98
 Nimzo Indian (10) 
    E54 E53 E25 E45 E47
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (8) 
    C84 C90 C98 C97 C94
 English (7) 
    A13 A17 A15
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (43) 
    B90 B22 B56 B67 B92
 King's Indian (18) 
    E90 E60 E76 E80 E68
 Sicilian Najdorf (12) 
    B90 B92 B91 B97 B94
 Grunfeld (10) 
    D93 D85 D87 D90 D99
 King's Indian Attack (9) 
 French Defense (8) 
    C02 C18 C01 C05 C19
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   J Sherwin vs Fischer, 1957 1-0
   Rossetto vs J Sherwin, 1958 0-1
   J Sherwin vs Reshevsky, 1958 1-0
   Lombardy vs J Sherwin, 1958 1/2-1/2
   J Sherwin vs A Turner, 1957 1-0
   J Meyers vs J Sherwin, 1976 0-1
   J Sherwin vs Fischer, 1959 1/2-1/2
   H Seidman vs J Sherwin, 1954 0-1
   J Sherwin vs Mednis, 1959 1/2-1/2
   J Sherwin vs E S Jackson, 1968 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   57th US Open (1956)
   61st US Open (1960)
   US Championship 1957/58 (1957)
   US Championship 1958/59 (1958)
   55th US Open (1954)
   54th US Open (1953)
   US Championship (1966)
   Rosenwald 1954/55 (1954)
   US Championship 1961/62 (1961)
   60th US Open (1959)
   69th US Open (1968)
   52nd US Open (1951)
   53rd US Open (1952)
   56th US Open (1955)
   Portoroz Interzonal (1958)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   US Championship 1957/58 by shankartr2018
   US Championship 1957/58 by suenteus po 147
   1954 US Championship by crawfb5
   US Championship 1958/59 by suenteus po 147
   US Championship 1961/62 by Phony Benoni

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(born Oct-25-1933, 88 years old) United States of America

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James Terry Sherwin, born in New York, became an International Master in 1958. In 1961, he was Chairman of the USCF Rules Committee. He was the American Chess Foundation (ACF) President from 1979 to 1990. He took 5th place in the 1953 World Junior Championship. He tied for 1st place with Alexander Kevitz in the 1954-55 Manhattan Chess club championship. He took 17th place in the Portoroz Interzonal (1958). Sherwin finished in 3rd place twice in US chess championships (1957-58 and 1958-59). He won the first Eastern Open Chess Championship, held in Washington DC, in 1960. Professionally, he was the Executive Vice President of GAF Corporation.

Wikipedia article: James Sherwin

Last updated: 2022-01-06 06:15:36

 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 318  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A C Ludwig vs J Sherwin  1-041195051st US OpenD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
2. E Hearst vs J Sherwin  1-0451951Marshall Chess ClubC71 Ruy Lopez
3. R Potter vs J Sherwin  0-133195152nd US OpenD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
4. J Sherwin vs A Sandrin  1-024195152nd US OpenB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
5. N Whitaker vs J Sherwin  1-028195152nd US OpenC01 French, Exchange
6. K Smith vs J Sherwin  1-037195152nd US OpenC28 Vienna Game
7. J Sherwin vs C F Tears  1-040195152nd US OpenA34 English, Symmetrical
8. W M Byland vs J Sherwin  ½-½32195152nd US OpenC18 French, Winawer
9. J Sherwin vs L Isaacs  1-064195152nd US OpenC50 Giuoco Piano
10. W L Waters vs J Sherwin 0-137195152nd US OpenC02 French, Advance
11. J Sherwin vs E McCormick  1-019195152nd US OpenD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
12. A Sandrin vs J Sherwin 1-023195152nd US OpenD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
13. J Sherwin vs Kashdan  0-143195152nd US OpenD87 Grunfeld, Exchange
14. J Sherwin vs A Mengarini  1-051195253rd US OpenD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. I Zalys vs J Sherwin  0-150195253rd US OpenE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
16. J Sherwin vs H Steiner  1-095195253rd US OpenD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
17. P Le Cornu vs J Sherwin  ½-½30195253rd US OpenE72 King's Indian
18. J Sherwin vs D Byrne  ½-½36195253rd US OpenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
19. C Pilnick vs J Sherwin  ½-½48195253rd US OpenD29 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
20. J Sherwin vs I Romanenko  ½-½21195253rd US OpenA28 English
21. Santasiere vs J Sherwin  1-030195253rd US OpenA06 Reti Opening
22. E Hearst vs J Sherwin  ½-½19195253rd US OpenC59 Two Knights
23. J Sherwin vs Evans  ½-½40195253rd US OpenB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
24. Pomar Salamanca vs J Sherwin  1-029195253rd US OpenD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
25. F Roessel vs J Sherwin  0-1401953Wch U20 qual-BE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 318  PGN Download
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May-02-10  wordfunph: "He's a prototype of Deep Blue." Jimmy Sherwin on Bobby Fischer

(source: Bobby Fischer Goes to War by David Edmonds & John Eidinow)

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  GrahamClayton: 2001 photo:
Apr-16-14  Granny O Doul: Sherwin is the only player I ever played who referred to e1/e8 as "king's square" in a real-life, non-jocular way.
Apr-16-14  RookFile: Right, that's old school, from the days of Franklin K. Young, etc.
May-30-17  Nosnibor: According to the official tournament table of the 1951 U.S.Open Sherwin lost to Sandrin in the penultimate round but the db shows him winning this game.
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  Tabanus: -<Nosnibor> There were two Sandrin's playing, Angelo Sandrin and his brother Albert Sandrin,


May-30-17  Nosnibor: <Tabanus> Thanks for that.
Apr-03-18  Poisonpawns: "connor7" on ICC
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  OhioChessFan: I'm trying to decipher the third line in the bio and failing miserably.
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  Sally Simpson: ***

This player tied for first at the recent
British Championship rapid play.


Aug-05-19  Retireborn: I recall seeing him play in a weekend swiss in Oxfordshire a few years ago.

Does he actually live in Britain now?

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  Sally Simpson: ***

Apparently he settled in England quite a while back.


Aug-05-19  Retireborn: <Sally> Thanks.
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  Sally Simpson: ***

Lives in Bath, here is a recent picture of him with the other joint winner Andrew Lewis.


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  monopole2313: Winning tournaments at age 86. That's amazing.
Sep-07-19  polecateddy: Still going strong! Qualifying for the UK Blitz Open final with 13.5/15. Beat 2400 standard rated FM, Marcus Harvey along the way.

Sep-07-19  Granny O Doul: Marriage to the wife of Bath must keep him young.
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: "While at GAF, in 1988, he was indicted by the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Rudolph Giuliani, for stock manipulation in connection with the 1986 sale of stock owned by GAF. He was convicted after three trials, but the conviction was reversed on appeal and dismissed with prejudice."

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  perfidious: Rudy baby had bigger fish to fry than some random chess player.
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  beatgiant: <perfidious>
I could post a "tip of the iceberg" joke, but it's no laughing matter for Sherwin. He was cleared of all wrongdoing, a rare event in such kind of federal prosecutions.
Feb-24-21  Petrosianic: I wonder if Jimmy has ever considered changing his middle name from Terry to Tiberius? No reason, it would just sound cool.
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  Joshka: I always enjoyed the shows on PBS when Shelby Lyman, Edmar Mednis, and Jimmy were co-hosting doing the World Chess Championship coverage of the 1978 match between Karpov/Korchnoi, and in 1981. Amazing how they saw sometimes 5 to 7 moves deep in a combo that patzers like me were thinking allowing us to finally see the poison at the very end!!
Apr-06-21  Ironmanth: Always respected this IM immensely. One of the stalwart tough old masters of the last age. Thanks, James T. Sherwin, for your determined play and contributions to our beloved game. Peace out, brother.
Mar-21-22  Nosnibor: James is playing in a tournament in Bristol, England next month. At the present time he is the third highest rated player within the event. Best of luck to the 88 year old veteran.
Mar-21-22  Nosnibor: I should also mention that this is a blitz tournament which makes it amazing considering his age.
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