Friday, September 04, 2015

Harry Lyman Memorial

Don"t miss this annual event.

$1,000 prize fund guaranteed!*

Harry Lyman Memorial

WhenSaturday, Sep 19, 2015 
Where40 Norris St, Cambridge, MA, 02140 (map) 
Description4SS, G/60 d10.  Three sections: Open, U1950, U1650. Players in lower sections may play up 1 section only.  Entry fee: $35, $20 for BCF Members.  Prizes: $$ 1000*: Open:  $300-$180U2100 $100U1950: $200, $120; U1650: $100.  $50 appearance fee to first 3 GMs or IMs to register (must complete 3 rounds to collect appearance fee).  Rounds: 10:00am, 1:00pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm Maximum two (1/2 point) byes. Last round bye must be declared before start of round 2.  Registration: 9:15am - 9:45am.  

*prize fund provided by the generosity of Harold Dondis, Esq.

Previous Lyman Memorial winners have been:

2014 (39 players): NM Farzad Abdi and NM Mika Brattain
2013 (47 players): IM Marc Esserman and NM Mika Brattain
2012 (28 players): FM Christopher Chase
2011 (39 players): NM Robert Perez
2010 (22 players): FM Christopher Chase
2009 (29 players): IM Dave Vigorito
2008 (16 players): IM Dave Vigorito
2007 (22 players): NM Avraam Pismennyy
2006 (32 players): IM Dave Vigorito and FM Paul MacIntyre
2005 (23 players): FM Charles Riordan and NM Eric Godin


Harry Lyman was the Dean of New England Chess and the soul of the Boylston Chess Club.


The Memorial will be played in the Harry Lyman room of the Boylston Chess Club's new Cambridge location.  The room was dedicated to Harry this summer.  In June Chess Horizons  published essays on Harry.  Read them at:

Harry Lyman: Essays on the Dean of New England Chess Mike Griffin, Bernardo Iglesias, Harold Dondis, and Steve Stepak June 2015

Read more about Harry Lyman by

Alex Cherniak

Mike Griffin

Steve Stepak at

A personal note from a Harry Lyman Memorial promo from 2012 by Steve Stepak 

(circa 1980; photo: Steve Stepak)

Harry Lyman considering the solution to a problem he invites you to share.

Harry's characteristic gesture: he brings you into the chess world, ready to guide you through many complex problems and combinations .

Peter Sherwood plays black vs Harry Lyman.

  Harry Lyman won the New England Open on several occasions. His rating at that time was estimated to be 2340. In 1957, Harry won the US Amateur Championship in Ashbury Park, NJ, with a perfect 6-0.

NM Harry Lyman, a gentleman and a mentor to us all.

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