I only got to play in a few of John Hillery's events starting this year... as it would turn out I would not get any further opportunities to see him at any future events. He would pass away on September 20th, 2010 - only a short time after I had last seen him at the final tournament that he would direct - The SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA OPEN held on September 6th.
Here now is a game I decided to annotate for your enjoyment in honor of John Hillery. A big win against a super strong opponent. A well played game with some imaginative play by John.
It is only because of the hard work of people like John that there are any events - at all - for the rest of us to go enjoy our selves at. A real lover of chess - like John was - can do it all. Play, run events and so on. He even waded into the muck of United States Chess Federation (USCF) politics and try to clean things up - that takes a particularly brave person! His hard work on behalf of all of us on various committees also influenced the very way that you can play chess at any USCF event that you attend. Rules are rules! Thank you for all you did in life John Hillery, RIP.