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Hugh Edward Myers
Number of games in database: 49
Years covered: 1951 to 1984
Overall record: +18 -21 =10 (46.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Jan-23-1930, died Dec-22-2008, 78 years old) United States of America

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Hugh Edward Myers was born in Decatur, Illinois on January 23, 1930. He was a chess player, author, theoretician and magazine editor. He published monographs on the Nimzowitsch Defense (1.e4 Nc6) and New Strategy in the Chess Openings (1968), Reversed King Pawns: Mengarini’s Opening (1977), Exploring the Chess Openings (1978). His autobiography A Chess Explorer was published in 2002. Myers also contributed much to our understanding of the events surrounding the termination of the Karpov-Kasparov World Championship Match (1984).

He won or tied for first in the state chess championships of Illinois (1951), Wisconsin (1955), Missouri (1962), and Iowa (1983), as well as the USCF Region VIII (Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, and Nebraska) championship (1983). He played first board for the Dominican Republic in the 1968 and 1976 Chess Olympiads.

Myers is best known for his writings on unusual chess openings such as the Nimzowitsch Defense (1.e4 Nc6). The eccentric opening 1.c4 g5!? is known as Myers' Defense because of his advocacy of it in his writings and games. Myers wrote numerous editions of his book on the Nimzowitsch Defense, as well as three other books on the openings. He edited and published the Myers Openings Bulletin from 1979–88 and the New Myers Openings Bulletin in 1992–96.

Myers died in Davenport, Iowa on December 22, 2008.

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 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 49  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Kashdan vs H E Myers 1-021195152nd US OpenE40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
2. C Sharp vs H E Myers  ½-½58195152nd US OpenB08 Pirc, Classical
3. H E Myers vs J Cross  0-138195152nd US OpenD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
4. Mednis vs H E Myers  1-039195152nd US OpenC53 Giuoco Piano
5. H E Myers vs L T Magee  0-127195152nd US OpenC78 Ruy Lopez
6. H E Myers vs C A Renton  1-030195152nd US OpenB44 Sicilian
7. H E Myers vs J Penquite 1-0321953Illinois openA07 King's Indian Attack
8. I Schwartz vs H E Myers  0-133195354th US OpenE97 King's Indian
9. A Mengarini vs H E Myers  ½-½44195354th US OpenB07 Pirc
10. H E Myers vs H Meifert 1-091955RacineA00 Uncommon Opening
11. H E Myers vs Ezra Budnitsky  1-0341955St Paul OpenA22 English
12. H E Myers vs G Drexel  0-144195556th US OpenA04 Reti Opening
13. H E Myers vs S Van Gelder  0-127195556th US OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
14. J F Donovan vs H E Myers  1-040195556th US OpenA56 Benoni Defense
15. H E Myers vs W A Bills 1-031195556th US OpenA00 Uncommon Opening
16. H E Myers vs D Poliakoff 0-149195556th US OpenA04 Reti Opening
17. H Gross vs H E Myers  ½-½51195556th US OpenC02 French, Advance
18. H E Myers vs W Shipman 0-1261957Manhattan CC-ch 5657 finA20 English
19. A Turner vs H E Myers  1-0241957Manhattan CC-ch 5657 finA86 Dutch
20. H E Myers vs Lombardy 1-0321957Manhattan Chess Club ChampA00 Uncommon Opening
21. H E Myers vs Suttles  ½-½24196364th US OpenA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
22. H E Myers vs J Young 1-0461964North Central OpenA02 Bird's Opening
23. H E Myers vs T Alvarez 1-0181966Santo DomingoA00 Uncommon Opening
24. H E Myers vs J Rovira 1-0201968San SalvadorC26 Vienna
25. Pomar Salamanca vs H E Myers  1-0361968Lugano Olympiad qual-3A52 Budapest Gambit
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  keypusher: It would certainly be nice to have more of his games in the database.
Jul-11-08  Marmot PFL: Met him once at a tournament and he tried to sell me bulletins. The openings they covered were strange to say the least, but he said I would need to know them someday. I declined anyway with no regrets as I didn't want to spend money (or time) on openings that might come up once in 10 years. Also, for a player who advocates unorthodox openings he doesn't seem to play many, judging from the 3 games shown here (English, Vienna, Leningrad Dutch).
Jul-11-08  swordfish: I believe Myers is something of a specialist in the Nimzovich Defense (1. e4, Nc6; not the Nimzoindian). He certainly crushed me with it when we played in the Illinois Open some years back. He conducted himself as a sportsman and gentleman, but talking to him after the game, I learned he has some strange conspiracy ideas.
Jul-11-08  Marmot PFL: <1. e4, Nc6> That opening I did have to learn for a postal game once. It went 1.e4 Nc6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 de4 4.d4 Ne5 5.Bf4 Ng6 6.Bg3 a6 7.Bc4 f5 8.Nh3 9.b5 10.Bb3 Bb7 and I forget the rest. It was complicated but white (myself) won when black made mistakes by rushing some moves (probably playing too many other games, he used to play over 100 at once). That is an opening 1.e4 players should be ready for as even if you play 2.Nf3 black may not play 2...e5.
Dec-24-08  kg44: Hugh died today in Davenport, Ia., where he's been leaving since the late '70s. He was 78.

I got to know him a little bit back in the early '80s, when I occasionally gave him rides to regional tournaments in which we were both playing.

He was a fascinating character; eccentric would be a good word.

Dec-24-08  Gejewe: <kg44> That is a sad message. Hugh, rest in peace. To counter the amount of losses on this page here is a game that was one of his proudest moments: Hugh Myers - William Lombardy, Manhattan chess club 1957 1.g3 Nf6 2.Bg2 d5 3.Nf3 Bf5 4.c4 c6 5.cxd5 cxd5 6.Qb3 Bc8 7.0-0 e6 8.Nc3 Nc6 9.d4 Bd6 10.Rd1 h6 11.a3 Na5 12.Qc2 Bd7 13.b4 Nc4 14.e4 dxe4 15.Nxe4 Rc8 16.Ne5! Bxe5 17.dxe5 Nd5 18.Qe2 0-0 19.Qh5 Qc7 20.Rxd5! exd5 21.Nf6+! gxf6 22.exf6 Nd6 23.Bxh6 Bf5 24.Bxd5 Bc2 25.Bxf8 Rxf8 26.Qh6 Ne8 27.Re1 Bg6 28.Rxe8 Qd1+ 29.Kg2 Qxd5+ 30.f3 Qd2+ 31.Qxd2 Rxe8 32.Qh6 1-0
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  whiteshark: The instant shock I felt when reading this post, the pain I feel now for a person I never knew, only in his words.

Rest in peace, Hugh E. Myers

Dec-24-08  satch boogie: <gejewe> Thanks for posting the game, I've just got done uploading it to the site. Now at least he wont have a 0% rating anymore.
Dec-24-08  kg44: gewege and satch boogie -- Thanks to both for providing a game Hugh won. Some of his friends here are looking for other of his interesting games to upload.
Dec-25-08  Karpova: Now there's a Chessbase article:
Dec-25-08  Karpova: See C.N. 5909 for more (auto)biographical information:
Dec-30-08  Pit Snipe: A small correction on the date of his passing, it was on the 22nd and we had his obituary posted today on the local paper
Dec-30-08  Pit Snipe: There was also someone who very generously posted some really great info

Gejewe: Sir, I want to thank you for your continued friendship with my dad. I saw much correspondence between you and him at his house!

Dec-31-08  Gejewe: <Pit Snipe>
Nice to hear from Hugh's son. I cherish the friendship with Hugh, it started around 1978 and lasted until his passing away ( with a short interruption around the turn of the millenium when we had a quarrel on the matter if one of his "sworn enemies" in the chess world was a crook or not .. ) You probably know that he visited his Dutch chessfriends twice, in 1986 right after the Dubai olympiad, and a few years later. During those trips I spent a lot of time with him, and during the last one he stayed several weeks at Maurits Wind's place in the Hague. Maurits and his brother Michiel also corresponded with your father, and Michiel once dropped in during a vacation in Iowa. The last thing I heard from your father was a thanks for some sorting out I did at the Royal Library, he was researching a Dutch part of his ancestry. It must be around three or four years ago. Letters ceased to come, I heard rumours that his health-situation deteriorated but no one really knew what was happening. My Christmas and New Years greetings remained unanswered for the first time. It is a sad coincidence that the week before the 22nd december, I had a discussion with James Pratt - one of Hugh's British friends. James wondered how Hugh was doing, as the long radio-silence was not a good sign... I offer you and your family my sincere condoleances with the passing away of your father.
Jan-03-09  Pit Snipe: Thank you for sharing that about dad and I know that dad's friendship to you is extended by the rest of the family as well. Thank you!
Jan-18-09  Karpova: Nice to see that additional games have been uploaded:

H E Myers vs Tirso Alvarez, 1966
H E Myers vs Juan Leon, 1969
H E Myers vs B Devin, 1973

May-29-09  arthurp: Pit Snipe.
Do you have any copies of A Chess Explorer for sale?You could approach Dale Brandreth who published one of your father's books to see if he might reprint the book.
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  dorsnikov: hello Arthurp,

I see you're looking for a copy of Myer's A Chess Explorer. Click on Chess House out of print books. I believe they have it.

I'm honored to say I own 3 pieces of correspondence with Myer's signiture on each.

Aug-14-10  colonel.moreau: I was a life long subscriber to "Myers Openings Bulletin" and own a few of his books as well. He was always one of my favorite players. He taught me not to be afraid of experimenting in the openings even against IMs and GMs. I will miss his petulant editorials and his search for the truth.
Jan-23-12  brankat: A very fine author and editor.
Apr-15-12  wordfunph: <He won the US Championship for the first time on 7 January 1958, clinching it with a short last-round draw against Abe Turner. It was a snowy evening. He was celebrating by throwing snowballs at passing buses! I got him to stop that, telling him he wouldn’t want to see his name in the morning papers both for winning the championship and for getting arrested.>

rest in peace, Sir Hugh Myers..

Sep-28-13  Abdel Irada: I have recently (well, for 15 years or so) adopted the defense 1. ...g5 against the English, and had good results with it. Now I know whom to thank for the idea.

Feb-13-18  stephenhawking: This book "Investigating the chess openings" is a book that roused me in the late 70ties and mid 80ties in view of the numerous intriguing thoughts. Not at all like numerous different books on strange openings, the lines don't include over the top dangers ( didn't Evans compose some place that Myers consolidates robustness with astound
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  GrahamClayton: "He played first board for the Dominican Republic in the 1968 and 1976 Chess Olympiads."

How was Myers eligible to represent the Dominican Republic in the Olympiad?

I have uploaded a few of Myers' games to the database - he was certainly an original player.

Oct-02-21  Olavi: See this - whether this should make him eligible is dubious in my eyes. "Peace Corps" was of course an euphemism for military occupation.

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