James Sherwin

U.S. Chess

Hall of Fame

Inducted 2021








Born in New York, International Master James Sherwin was one of the most successful U.S. Chess Championship participants of the 1950s and 1960s. Competing in eight events, several of which included Bobby Fischer, he finished third or fourth on six separate occasions. Sherwin’s third-place finish in the 1957-8 U.S. Championship qualified him for the Interzonal where he scored 50% against the six qualifiers for the Candidates Tournament. New York State champion at 17, Sherwin represented the U.S. in the 1953 World Junior Championship. In 1956 Sherwin shared top honors in the U.S. Open with U.S. Chess Hall of Fame inductee Arthur Bisguier. Sherwin served as president of the American Chess Foundation from 1979 to 1990, when it provided critical financial support for top U.S. players.

Notable Games

Photographer unknown

Marshall Chess Club Dinner in Honor of Larry Evans and James T. Sherwin Held at the Fifth Avenue Hotel, New York, New York

October 24, 1951

9 15/16 x 19 ⅞ in.


Collection of the World Chess Hall of Fame, gift of the Family of Jacqueline Piatigorsky


First Day Cover Signed by James Sherwin


Collection of the World Chess Hall of Fame


Chess Life, Vol. 42, No. 12

December 1987

Collection of the World Chess Hall of Fame