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Harry Lyman
H Lyman 
Number of games in database: 35
Years covered: 1936 to 1978
Overall record: +23 -11 =1 (67.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Jun-15-1915, died Sep-05-1999, 84 years old) United States of America

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Winner of the US Amateur Championship in 1957 (+6 -0 =0), and New England Champion in 1965, 1968 and 1970, Henry "Harry" Lyman of Saugus, Massachusetts is remembered as the dean of Boston chess and was active for many years at the Boylston Chess Club. In 1988, he received the Meritorious Services Award from the U.S. Chess Federation. He was the uncle of Shelby Lyman.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. N Florio vs H Lyman 0-1281936Boylston-MSCA mC23 Bishop's Opening
2. M Kagan vs H Lyman 0-1191937Boston mB22 Sicilian, Alapin
3. M Kagan vs H Lyman  1-0361937Boston mA15 English
4. M Kagan vs H Lyman  0-1351937Boston mC22 Center Game
5. H Lyman vs M Kagan  1-0301937MatchC50 Giuoco Piano
6. H Lyman vs M Kagan  1-0211937MatchC50 Giuoco Piano
7. D MacMurray vs H Lyman 1-0351938BostonA45 Queen's Pawn Game
8. H Lyman vs W Murdock  1-044193839th ACF Congress ConsolationA46 Queen's Pawn Game
9. J W Collins vs H Lyman 1-0191938ACF CongressD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
10. H Lyman vs Kashdan ½-½60193839th ACF Congress. Prelim 3C45 Scotch Game
11. H Lyman vs J Fernsler  1-0221939Harvard at BoylstonC53 Giuoco Piano
12. Richardson vs H Lyman  0-1571939Boylston at LynnA02 Bird's Opening
13. H Lyman vs O Shapiro  1-0451939Boylston at City ClubB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
14. W Adams vs H Lyman  1-0411940MatchC28 Vienna Game
15. W Adams vs H Lyman 0-1151940MatchC26 Vienna
16. H Lyman vs H Daly 0-1291940Metropolitan Chess League (Boston)B30 Sicilian
17. W Adams vs H Lyman 0-1181941Boston mC24 Bishop's Opening
18. H Lyman vs H Daly 1-0221941BostonA90 Dutch
19. W Adams vs H Lyman  0-1291941Boston mC24 Bishop's Opening
20. W Adams vs H Lyman  0-1471941Boston mC24 Bishop's Opening
21. Tomasko vs H Lyman  0-1171941Boylston at LynnC50 Giuoco Piano
22. H Lyman vs H Kaffenberger  0-1451943corrC11 French
23. W Adams vs H Lyman 0-1261946MatchC27 Vienna Game
24. W Adams vs H Lyman 0-1201946MatchC26 Vienna
25. W Adams vs H Lyman  1-0271948MatchC26 Vienna
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Nov-27-07  Petrosianic: I think you might be thinking of <Shelby> Lyman.
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  perfidious: <petrosianic> Have never met Harry's nephew Shelby, which is not to underestimate his contribution to the game here in USA via the telecasts on the first Fischer-Spassky match.
Nov-27-07  RookFile: If Shelby Lyman was commentating here himself, he would be the very first to say that Harry Lyman was a formidable player, easily master strength in his prime, the dean of Boston chess, and had a great ability to teach and inspire others.
Nov-27-07  centercounter: I had the good fortune in my younger days to have played a couple times on vacation in Boston and met both Harry Lyman and John Curdo. Both were gentlemen's gentlemen to me and wonderful encouragers. Not long after getting over the feeling of being in presence of greatness did they make me feel as if I was also great. This was also an attribute I loved about GM Denker.
Mar-26-08  Granny O Doul: Does anyone know if Red and Tishy Lyman, from the 1974-5 season of "Zoom", are related to these guys?
Oct-24-08  FearNoEvil: I also spent countless number of hours with Harry and he was everything, great player, awesome teacher, and a super human being! I really miss him, 2007 US Senior Chess Champion Joel Johnson.
Oct-24-08  Jim Bartle: Didn't Orson Welles play him in "The Third Man"?
Oct-03-10  edbermac: Note to CG editors:

That's SAUGUS, not SARGUS for the city name.

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  perfidious: <RookFile> Even in our encounters during the 1980s, when he was well beyond his best days, he was near 2200 strength. My success in the three games we played stemmed from being able to keep the game in positional channels, away from the tactical battles which were his forte.

His legacy will live on for ever.

Feb-06-11  myschkin: . . .

Eulogy for Harry Lyman

".. It is of some interest that Harry was an exceptional athlete. It was not easy to know this because, as we all know, he rarely talked about himself. .."

(by Shelby Lyman)

Nov-03-11  AnalyzeThis: I used to get so amused watching Harry with the white pieces play something like 1. d4 f5 2. Nc3 d5 3. e4 !? dxe4 4. f3.

Black says: "You're not playing e4."
Harry says: "Oh, yes I am."

Jun-15-12  brankat: Happy Birthday Mr.Harry Lyman!
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  Phony Benoni: Going through some reports by Harold Morton in the Boston Globe about the 1938 ACF Congress (or the North American Championship, later the US Open). It's amusing that he keeps referring to the "youthful" Harry Lyman.
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  perfidious: <Phony Benoni>: That is indeed rich.

Did you ever have the pleasure of meeting Harry?

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  Phony Benoni: <perfidious> Probably not. The only time I was in New England was the 1988 US Open, and I don't recall his name from there.
May-26-14  RookFile: Harry didn't play in that one, and he wasn't one of the organizers. Bill Lukowiak and some other people were.
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  perfidious: Matter of fact, I never saw Harry play outside the confines of the old Boylston CC.
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  perfidious: Happy birthday, old friend. You are missed.
Sep-10-15  zanzibar: <I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked, ...>

For more of this kind of Lyman, a collection of essays to mark his 100th anniversity:

And if you wish to truly binge on Lyman, here is a link to some reminisces which supposedly includes a PGN collection of all of his games:

Sep-10-15  RookFile: Some random memories of Harry. There's no link to this, it's what I remember.

1) He read stuff by Linus Pauling on vitamins, and was often taking vitamins of one sort or other in his later years.

2) He used to say that if you know what not to do, that's very important, it will help you make the right decision next time.

3) He had a brother (can't remember his name) that was often doing some odd jobs around the BCC Harry would give him some money after the job was over.

4) Was generous with money, he was buying books and magazines for the club. He provided funding for the Bobby Seltzer vs. Erez Klein match held at the BCC, for example.

5) Very good endgame player. The tactics were something you first notice about him, but he got a lot of practice with endgames and was very good at them.

6) Tuesdays at the BCC were "Open House". Harry would come in, there would be like 10 people sitting around discussing chess ideas. He liked to analyze games that way.

7) It was a lot of fun to play speed chess with him. The chess tables had a 5 minute device built right into them. You would make your move, and hit a light switch on the table which would stop you clock and start the other guy's clock.

Sep-11-15  zanzibar: Well, everyone's entitled to an opinion. But there's no content beyond the sentiment.

I guess we can leave it at that.

* * * * *

As far as vitamin C goes, I actually went to a talk by Linus Pauling on the subject. He gave a pretty entertaining talk, mentioning how we probably ate much more citrus fruit as we evolved, etc.

At one point in the talk he pulled out a rather large test tube filled with his daily dose of vitamin C.

After the talk I went up to him to ask how many oranges would it take to equal the dose. I think it was several hundred.

Jun-15-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Harry Lyman.
Apr-05-21  Z4all: D Sweet vs H Lyman, 1964 (kibitz #3)
Apr-05-21  Z4all: Got a game where he, as Black, nailed Peters in a Schliemann (Jaenisch):


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