John Hurt's Games
John came to Memphis in 1960 to begin a wonderful chess adventure!
John wrote several books:"Sicilian Wing Gambit", "Center Openings", and "The Games of John Hurt".

Some of John's best games are here on this page.

Back in the 1960's Mr. Hurt beat Milan Momic, who was a strong 2300+ player from Yugoslavia.

In fact Hurt's style was deadly.  Most of his games were over in under 20 moves or less.
John Hurt was the "GrandFather" of the Memphis chess club. He came to Memphis in 1960 to become the leader in numbers of City Championships.
Hurt's favorite line after a game (win or loss) was:

"You were lost in all variations!"

Another was:

"Push that Pawn!!"

John's response to 1.e4  ....

The French! 1. ... e6!

Thanks to Kenny Thomas who donated a whole stack of John's original score sheets.

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Games of John Hurt


Foy-Hurt(1946)


1. d4 d5 2. c4 e5 3. dxe5 d4 4. Nf3 Nc6 5. g3 Bc5 6. Bg2 Nge7 7. O-O O-O 8.

Nbd2 a5 9. Nb3 Ba7 10. Bg5 Re8 11. Rc1 a4 12. Nbd2 h6 13. Bxe7 Qxe7 14. Qxa4

d3 15. exd3 Bxf2+ 0:1



Hurt-Wright(City Championship, 1965)


1. e4 c5 2. c3 e5 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. Bc4 Nf6 5. Ng5 d5 6. exd5 Nxd5 7. Nxf7 Kxf7

8. Qf3+ Ke6 9. d4 cxd4 10. O-O Bc5 11. Bg5 Qd7 12. Nd2 Be7 13. Nb3 b6 14.

Bxe7 Nxe7 15. cxd4 Bb7 16. dxe5 Raf8 17. Nd4+ Kxe5 18. Rfe1+ Kxd4 19. Rad1+

Kc5 20. Qa3+ Kc6 21. Bxd5+ Nxd5 22. Rc1+ Kb5 23. Re4 1:0




Hurt-Pylant(City Championship, 1980)


1. e4 Nf6 2. e5 Nd5 3. d4 d6 4. c4 Nb6 5. exd6 cxd6 6. Nc3 g6 7. Be3 Bg7 8.

Bd3 O-O 9. Nge2 Nc6 10. b3 d5 11. c5 Nd7 12. Rc1 Nxc5 13. dxc5 d4 14. Bd2

dxc3 15. Bxc3 Ne5 16. Be4 Qxd1+ 17. Rxd1 Rb8 18. f4 Ng4 19. Bxg7 Kxg7 20. h3

Nf6 21. Bf3 Bf5 22. Rd4 Rfc8 23. b4 a5 24. g4 Be6 25. a3 axb4 26. axb4 Rc7

27. Kf2 Bb3 28. g5 Ne8 29. Nc3 b6 30. c6 Nd6 31. b5 Ra8 32. Re1 Ra5 33. Re5

Be6 34. Bg4 Bc4 35. Be2 Bxe2 36. Kxe2 Ra3 37. Nd5 Nf5 38. Rxf5 gxf5 39. Nxc7 1:0






Hurt-Ayedelot(Tennessee Open, 1961)


1. e4 e5 2. d4 exd4 3. Nf3 Bb4+ 4. c3 dxc3 5. Nxc3 Nc6 6. Bc4 Bxc3+ 7. bxc3

Qe7 8. O-O d6 9. Qb3 Na5 10. Qa4+ Nc6 11. e5 Be6 12. Bb5 Bd7 13. exd6 Qxd6

14. Ba3 Qd5 15. Rad1 Qf5 16. Rfe1+ Nge7 17. Rxe7+ Kd8 18. Bxc6 bxc6 19. Qxc6 1:0




Weaks-Hurt(Ladder Tourney, 1962)


1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 d5 3. Bf4 e6 4. e3 Bd6 5. Bg3 Qe7 6. c3 Nbd7 7. Nbd2 O-O 8.

Bd3 e5 9. dxe5 Nxe5 10. Nxe5 Bxe5 11. Nf3 Bxg3 12. hxg3 Ne4 13. Qc2 f5 14.

O-O-O a5 15. Bxe4 dxe4 16. Nd4 c5 17. Ne2 Be6 18. Nf4 a4 19. Nxe6 Qxe6 20.

a3 b5 21. Qd2 b4 22. Qd5 Qxd5 23. Rxd5 bxa3 24. bxa3 Rab8 25. Rxc5 Rb3 26.

Rc4 Rfb8 27. Rb4 Rxc3+ 28. Kb2 Rxb4+ 29. axb4 Rb3+ 30. Ka2 Rxb4 31. Rc1 Rb3

32. g4 fxg4 33. Rc4 g3 34. Rxe4 gxf2 35. Rf4 Rxe3 36. Rxf2 g5 37. Rc2 h5 38.

g4 hxg4 39. Rc5 g3 40. Rxg5+ Kf7 41. Rg4 a3 0:1




Senn-Hurt(2nd Region VII Championships, 1979)


1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. Bd3 c5 6. c3 Nc6 7. Ne2 cxd4 8.

cxd4 Nb4 9. Bb1 b5 10. a3 Nc6 11. O-O Qb6 12. Nf3 a5 13. Bd2 Bb7 14. b3 Be7

15. Bd3 Rc8 16. Qb1 g6 17. Bh6 Rg8 18. Be3 h5 19. h4 b4 20. a4 Ba6 21. Re1

Ndb8 22. Nf4 Bxd3 23. Qxd3 Kd7 24. Rac1 Na7 25. Qb1 Rxc1 26. Rxc1 Rc8 27.

Nd3 Rxc1+ 28. Qxc1 Qc6 29. Nc5+ Ke8 30. g3 Nd7 31. Nxd7 Kxd7 32. Qxc6+ Nxc6

33. Ne1 Bd8 34. f3 Bb6 35. Nc2 Ke7 36. g4 f6 37. exf6+ Kxf6 38. Bg5+ Kf7 39.

Be3 e5 40. dxe5 d4 41. Bf2 hxg4 42. Kg2 d3 43. Bxb6 dxc2 44. Be3 Nd4 45.

fxg4 Nxb3 46. h5 gxh5 47. gxh5 Nc5 48. h6 Kg6 49. Kf3 b3 50. Bc1 Nxa4 51. e6

b2 52. Bxb2 Nxb2 53. e7 Kf7 54. e8=Q+ Kxe8 55. h7 c1=Q 56. h8=Q+ Kd7 57.

Qd4+ Kc6 58. Qf6+ Kb5 59. Qe5+ Kb4 60. Qb8+ Ka3 0:1




Wright-Hurt(Club Game, 1963)


1. d4 Nf6 2. e3 c5 3. Bd3 d5 4. c3 Nbd7 5. Nd2 e5 6. dxe5 Nxe5 7. Bc2 Bd6

8. Ngf3 Bg4 9. h3 Bh5 10. g4 Bg6 11. Nxe5 Bxe5 12. Ba4+ Nd7 13. f4 Qh4+ 14. Kf1 (a)

Bd3+ 15. Kg2 Bc7 16. Qf3 O-O-O 17. e4 dxe4 18. Nxe4 Bxe4 19. Qxe4 Nb6 20. Bb3 Rhe8 21. Qf3

c4 22. Bc2 Qe7 23. Rf1 g6 24. f5 Qe5 25. Bf4 Rd2+ 26. Kg3 g5 0:1

      

(a) If 14. Ke2  . . . O-O-O and White would be too exposed and

undeveloped to survive after taking the Bishop.

(notes by John Hurt).


Churchill-Hurt(Club Game, 1968)


1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e5 c5 5. f4 cxd4 6. Qxd4 Nc6 7. Bb5 Bd7 8.

Bxc6 Bxc3+ 9. Qxc3 Bxc6 10. Nf3 Ne7 11. Be3 Nf5 12. Bc5 h5 13. O-O-O Rc8 14.

Qb4 b6 15. Bf2 Qe7 16. Qb3 Qd7 17. Nd4 Ba4 18. Qb4 Nxd4 19. Bxd4 Rc4 20.

Qxc4 dxc4 21. Bxb6 axb6 22. Rxd7 Kxd7 23. Rd1+ Kc6 24. b3 cxb3 25. cxb3 Bb5

26. b4 Bc4 27. Rd6+ Kc7 0:1




Long-Hurt(Tennessee Open, 1969)


1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Bd2 dxe4 5. Qg4 Qxd4 6. Nf3 h5 7. Qxe6+ Bxe6

8. Nxd4 Bxc3 9. Bxc3 Nf6 10. Nb5 Na6 11. Be2 Ke7 12. Rd1 Bg4 13. Bxg4 hxg4

14. O-O Rh5 15. Nd4 Rah8 16. Rfe1 Nc5 17. Ne2 Rxh2 18. Bxf6+ Kxf6 19. Ng3 g5

20. Rd5 Ne6 21. Nxe4+ Kg6 22. f3 gxf3 0:1


Wright-Hurt(Ladder Game, 1968)


1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e5 c5 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 Ne7 7. Qg4 cxd4 8.

Qxg7 Rg8 9. Qxh7 Qc7 10. Ne2 Nbc6 11. f4 Bd7 12. Qd3 dxc3 13. Qxc3 Nf5 14.

Rb1 d4 15. Qb3 b5 16. g3 Na5 17. Qd3 Rc8 18. Bg2 a6 19. Nxd4 Nxd4 20. Qxd4

Qxc2 21. Be4 Qxb1 0:1




Hurt-Smith,George(Arkansas Open, 1966)


1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. c3 dxc3 5. Bc4 cxb2 6. Bxb2 d6 7. Qb3 Qd7

8. Ng5 Nh6 9. Bc3 Qe7 10. f4 Nd8 11. O-O f6 12. Nf3 Be6 13. Nbd2 Bxc4 14. Nxc4 Qf7

15. Rae1 Be7 16. e5 O-O 17. Ng5 Qd5 18. Rd1 Qxd1 (a) 19. Rxd1 fxg5 20. exd6 cxd6 21.

Nb6+ Ndf7 22. Nxa8 Rxa8 23. Qxb7 1:0 (b)     



(a) because if 18. ...Qc5 19. Bd4



(b) becasue after Re8 24. Re1 Kf1 25. fxg5 Ng5 26. Bxg7+


Garner,Frank-Hurt(Memphis City Tourney, 1966)


1. c4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. g3 d5 4. Bg2 dxc4 5. Qa4+ Bd7 6. Qxc4 Bc6 7. O-O

Bd5 8. Qc2 Nc6 9. Nc3 Nb4 10. Qb1 Be7 11. a3 Nc6 12. Rd1 Bb3 13. Re1 e5 14. e4 Qd7 

15. d3 O-O-O 16. Ng5 Nd4 17. Be3 Ng4 18. Bxd4 Qxd4 19. Bh3?  Black mates in two. 0:1


Hurt-Churchill(Memphis Club, 1966)


1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. a3 Nf6 4. e5 dxe5 5. Nxe5 a6 6. b3 e6 (a) 7. Nc3

Qc7 8. f4 Bd6 9. Qe2 Nbd7 10. Nxd7 Bxd7 11. g3 Bc6 12. Bg2 O-O 13. Bb2 Rfe8 

14. O-O-O b5 15. d3 Bxg2 16. Qxg2 Qb6 17. Ne4 Be7 18. h4 a5 19. g4 a4

20. g5 Nd5 21. Nf6+ Bxf6 (b) 22. gxf6 g6 23. Qg5 Qd6 (c) 24. Be5 Qf8

25. h5 h6 26. hxg6 hxg5 27. g7 1:0 (d)



(a) But not 6. . .Qd5 7. Nc4 Qxa1 8. Bb2 Qa2 9. Nc3 wins Queen.



(b) But not 21. . .gf6 22. gf6+ and mate



(c) But not 23. . .Qd8 24. c4 wins the N.



(d) Black must give up his Queen and will still be in a mate net. Notes by

John Hurt

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Hurt-Lahde(Mid South Open, 1965)


1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e5 Ne7 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 c5 7. Qg4 Nf5

(a) 8. Bd3 h5 9. Qh3 (b) cxd4 (c) 10. g4!? (d) Qc7 (e)

11. Ne2 (f) Nh6 (g) 12. Qxh5 Nd7 (h) 13. g5! Qxe5? 

14. Bf4!(i) Nf6 (j) 15. Qh3! Resigns (k)



(a) An alternative is 7. . .cxd4 which I have played against Hurt.

(b) Here also 9.Qf4 is played which after 9 . . .cxd4 10. cxd4 Qh4 leads

to an exchange of Queens.

(c) In round 2 of this event I played 9. . .c4 which gave White

(Churchill) an initiative after 10. Bxf5.  The game ended in a draw.

(d) A very aggressive move typical of Hurt.  Alternatives are 10. Nf3 and

10. Bxf5.

(e) This move is not mentioned in MCO-10.  Instead 10. . .Ne7 equalizes

and 10. . .Qa4!? has not been sufficiently tested.

     The text seems playable.

(f) To prevent 11. . .Qxc3+ winning Rook for Knight.

(g) The blunder of the game.  Correct is 11. . .Ne7.  then he loses a

Pawn but gets the e5 Pawn in return.

(h) A futile attempt to hold the piece.

(i) But not gxh6?? Qxh5.

(j) At first I considered 14. . .g6 but then 15. Bxe5 gxh5 16. Bh8 wins

or as Hurt pointed out 15. Bxg6 fxg6, (15. . .Qg7 is best),

    16. Qxg6+ wins.

(k) Now the Queen is trapped therefore Black resigns.

Notes by Peter Lahde from the Tennessee Chess News, March 1966 edition,

Volume 8, No. 2., page 14; Article entitled "Chess Traps."

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Last Modified: June 03, 2001




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