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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  0-1351937Boston mC22 Center Game
3. M Kagan vs H Lyman  1-0361937Boston mA15 English
4. M Kagan vs H Lyman 0-1191937Boston mB22 Sicilian, Alapin
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 ½-½601938USA Ch prel-IIIC45 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. H Lyman vs H Daly 0-1291940Metropolitan Chess League (Boston)B30 Sicilian
15. W Adams vs H Lyman  1-0411940MatchC28 Vienna Game
16. W Adams vs H Lyman 0-1151940MatchC26 Vienna
17. H Lyman vs H Daly 1-0221941BostonA90 Dutch
18. W Adams vs H Lyman  0-1471941Boston mC24 Bishop's Opening
19. W Adams vs H Lyman  0-1291941Boston mC24 Bishop's Opening
20. W Adams vs H Lyman  0-1181941Boston 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 0-1261946BostonC27 Vienna Game
24. W Adams vs H Lyman 0-1201946MatchC26 Vienna
25. W Adams vs H Lyman  1-0271948MatchC26 Vienna
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  WannaBe: This is Harry, not to be confused with Frankie. Which I did, until I googled, and clarified it with myself. =)
Nov-01-06  RookFile: Harry was the dean of Boston chess for who knows how many years.
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  WannaBe: <RookFile> Thanks to your post, I was encouraged to do some more research... and discovered this site:
Nov-03-06  RookFile: Yes, I knew Harry and played him at the Boylston club. At this page, you'll find a story of mine about Harry. This is no joke, if you went to the Boylston club today, you would have no problem finding 10 members who would tell you a similar story.

W Adams vs H Lyman, 1946

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  WannaBe: <RookFile> Umm.... from that story, I have now, a rough range of your age. :-)
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  WannaBe: And for those youngsters, who is wondering, here are some information on FRANKIE Lyman:

I know, I know, it's just a 'bit' before your times...

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  WannaBe: Errr... Make that Frankie Lymon, not to be confused further with Jack Lemon.
Nov-04-06  RookFile: WannaBe: I'm over 21. Lol.
Nov-04-06  Open Defence: wow this guy was really nice huh <Rookfile> .....
Nov-04-06  ughaibu: Harry Lyman Joseph Cotton.
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  perfidious: Harry, you were the best, and your main
contribution was not as a player, formidable opponent that you were. In the years that I lived and played in Boston, there was never anyone who came close to your ability to teach, and above all, inspire others.

You were a fine man and are missed.

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?
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  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"?
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  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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