Sunday, 16 January 2011

Greg Hjorth passes away

Greg Hjorth, Australian IM and Mathematician, has passed away at the shockingly young age of 47. Hjorth was part of the very talented generation of Victorian juniors of the 1970's, and represented Australia at the 1982, 84 and 86 Olympiads. He was also a 3 times winner of the Doeberl Cup, in 1982,85, and 87. Many astute judges regarded him as one of the great future talents of Australian Chess, but a career in mathematics became his major focus, restricting his tournament play. Over the last 20 years he played a few events in the United States, where he was working, and also played the odd event in Melbourne upon his recent return to Australia.
Further information on his life, and tributes from those who knew him can be found here.

Hjorth,Gregory - Johansen,Darryl Keith [A01]
Melbourne C'wealth Ch. (9), 1983

1.b3 e5 2.Bb2 d6 3.c4 g6 4.d4 Bg7 5.e3 f5 6.dxe5 Nd7 7.Nf3 dxe5 8.Qc2 Nh6 9.Nc3 0-0 10.0-0-0 Nf7 11.e4 f4 12.h4 c6 13.h5 g5 14.h6 Bf6 15.g3 Qe7 16.Rg1 Kh8 17.gxf4 gxf4 18.Ne2 Rg8 19.Bh3 Rxg1 20.Rxg1 Nf8 21.Nxf4 Ng5 22.Nxe5 Nxh3 23.Nxh3 Bxh3 24.Qc3 Bg5+ 25.f4 Bxf4+ 26.Kb1 1-0


Paul said...


Anonymous said...

I remember playing him when we were both juniors. I won a pawn in the opening and he through a tantrum, a real hissy fit!
I remember his tantrums very well, he used to throw them whenever he lost a game to a 'non Waverley' player in one way shape or form.
I'm sure some people liked him, I know some people hated him.
RIP anyway.