D. Abraham Yanofsky won the Canadian Closed Championship with a perfect score of 11/11 - twice! (1943, 1959)
Laszlo Witt won the Canadian Open with a perfect score of 9/9! (1962)
Four players have won a Canadian Championship 8 times! D. Abraham Yanofsky, Maurice Fox (Closed); Kevin Spraggett (Open); Nava Starr (Women's Closed)
Longest time from first to last appearance in the Canadian
Championship: D. Abraham Yanofsky, 49 years (1937-86); James Narraway, 43
Longest time between appearances in the Canadian Championship: John
MacPhail, 32 years (1972-2004)
Longest time between winning a Canadian Championship: Jean Hébert,
29 years (1978-2007) 1st place or 31 years (1978-2009) Champion
Longest time between first and last win of a Canadian Championship:
Jean Hébert, 31 years (1978-2009)
Most consecutive decades appearing in a Canadian Championship: D.
Abraham Yanofsky, 6 (1930s-1980s); Lawrence Day, 5 (1960s-2000s)
Three players could have played in the Canadian Championship in the 2000's,
after having played in it in the 1960's, 1970's, 1980's and 1990's: Denis
Allan, Leon Piasetski, Zvonko Vranesic
Five players have won (or tied for first place in) the Canadian Closed and
Open in the same year!
Igor Ivanov (1981,1985), Ron Livshits 1995, Bryon Nickoloff 1995, Kevin
Spraggett 1996, Pascal Charbonneau 2002
Largest number of players in a Canadian Championship: 69, 2004; 36, 2002
Hugh Brodie has played in the Canadian Open Championship 32 times (1968, 1974-2002, 2005, 2009) -
including 29 in a row (1974-2002)!
Lefong Hua and Lloyd Mai each won 8 national scholastic championships!
Lloyd Mai (2001-6, Grades 2-7) and Christopher Knox (2004-9, Grades 1-6) each won national scholastic championships 6 years in a row!
Lawrence Day has represented Canada at the Olympiads 13 times!
Nava Starr has represented Canada at the Women's Olympiads 13 times!
They're followed by D. Abraham Yanofsky (11 times).
Canada's best finish at the Olympiad was tied for 7th at 1978 Buenos
Aires, Argentina. Canada finished tied for 8th at 1976 Haifa, Israel and
1980 Valetta, Malta; and was 11th at 2016 Baku, Azerbaijan.
Canada was 1st place team, Group 'B', Women's Olympiad 1976 (Marie-Thérèse Chaput, Angela Day, Nava Starr, Smilja Vujosevic)
Canadians have won Board medals at the Olympiads 14 times! National Team -
Gold: D. Abraham Yanofsky, Board 2, 1939; Frank Anderson, Board 2, 1954;
Silver: Peter Biyiasas, Board 2, 1978; Kevin Spraggett, Board 2, 2000; Anton Kovalyov, Board 2, 2016;
Bronze: Peter Biyiasas, Board 4, 1972; Jean Hébert, Board 3,
1982; Lawrence Day, Board 3, 1986; Deen Hergott, Alternate 1, 1990; Yan
Teplitsky, Board 4, 2002;
Women's Team - Gold: Nava Starr, Board 2, 1976; Céline Roos, Board 2,
1984; Bronze: Smilja Vujosevic, Board 1, 1976; Nava Starr, Board 1, 1982
Frank Anderson had the best percentage, Board 2, Olympiad 1958 (+9 =3 -1),
but did not receive the FIDE award, which was given only for best point total
Roman Pelts had the 2nd highest score among masters, Board 4, Olympiad 1984 (8/11)
Stefanie Chu is the youngest player to represent Canada at the Olympiads (age 13 in 1996)
Eric Hansen had the highest point total, Board 4, Olympiad 2016 (9/11)
Yuanling Yuan had the highest point total and percentage, Board 2, Women's Olympiad 2016 (8.5/10)
World Student Team Championship / World Youth Team Championship
Canada won the Bronze medal, World Students' Team Championship 1971
(Denis Allan - Silver medal - 1st Reserve, Bruce Amos - Silver medal - Board 2, Peter Biyiasas - Bronze medal - 2nd Reserve, Camille Coudari, Lawrence Day, Duncan Suttles)
Canada won the Group 'B' Gold medal, World Students' Team Championship 1977
(Stephen Ball, Fletcher Baragar, Martin Buchholz - Gold medal - Alternate 2, Peter Nurmi, Raymond Stone - Gold medal - Alternate 1, Gordon Taylor - Gold medal - Board 3)
Canada was the Group 'B' 1st place, World Youth Team Championship 1980
(Fletcher Baragar, Stephen Boyd, Martin Buchholz, Harry Kaminker, Robert Morrison, Peter Nurmi)
American / North American / Pan-American Inter-collegiate Team Championship
1983 Top Class A team, University of Waterloo
1982 Top 1900-2000 team, University of Waterloo
1982 1st place, University of Toronto
1981 1st place, University of Toronto
1980 1st place, University of Toronto
1974 1st place, University of Toronto
1973 1st place, University of Toronto
1969 1st place, McGill University
1965 1st place, University of Toronto
Canada won the Bronze medal, 11th International Correspondence Chess Federation Olympiad 1992-9
(Jonathan Berry, Jean Hébert, David MacLeod, Denis Pineault, Kurt Widmann, John Wright)
Canada was 2nd place, 1st Pacific Americas Team Tournament 1983-6 (Alexander Ugge, Michael Aylestock/Paul McHoull, Brian Douthwaite, Zoltan Leskowsky, Drew Stoll, John Cleeve)
Canada was 3rd place, 2nd Pacific Americas Team Tournament 1987-92 (Sylvain Chouinard, Stephen Boyd, Zoltan Sarosy, John Cleeve, Stephen Wright/Michel Fortin, Howard Streit)
Canada was 2nd place, 3rd Pacific Americas Team Tournament 1992-8 (Sylvain Chouinard, Artur Prystenski, Michael Edelstein, Paul McHoull, Robert Cragg, John Cleeve)
Canada was 1st place, 4th Pacific Americas Team Tournament 1999-2003 (Artur Mrugala, Valer-Eugen Demian, Zoltan Sarosy, Ross Siemms, Alan Fichaud, William Roach)
Canada was 1st place, 5th Pacific Americas Team Tournament & North America Pacific Zone Team Championship 2006-8 [Stephen Boyd (6.5/10 +4 =5 -1), Wayne Hynes (7/10 +4 =6 Top Board 2), Serge Maurer (7/10 +5 =4 -1), Al Fichaud (8/10 +7 =2 -1), Loving Akwei (8.5/10 +7 =3 Top Board 5), Joe Deidun, Jr. (6.5/10 +4 =5 -1)]
Alexander Ugge won a Silver medal, 21st World Correspondence Championship Final, 2005-8; Ugge claims that as he was age 68 when the tournament started, he is the oldest player in the history of chess to win a medal in a World Championship
Three world records that have since been broken were set by Canadians:
Frank Marshall's 156 board simultaneous exhibition Montreal 1922.01
Branimir Brebrich, most opponents (consecutive), 575 games, Edmonton 1978.01.27-8
Photo: Chess Canada 1974.06.
1972 Quebec Open, most players in a weekend open chess tournament, 746 players
Frank Anderson claimed a world record with George Berner for most opponents played simultaneously; they played 100 in Toronto in 1955, losing 7
Lawrence Day was chess columnist for the Toronto Star for 37 years from 1976-2013!
Michel Gagne made the Guinness Book of Records with the first ever
record for chess play against a computer: 70 hours non-stop,
1986.04.25-28, scoring +8 =1 -3 against a High Fidelity Excellence 4.0
Robert Kiviaho and Bryon Nickoloff, in Toronto 1973.09,
played speed chess continuously with no breaks for 72 hours!
CHECK!, published since 1927 by the Canadian Correspondence Chess Association, is
the world's longest running Correspondence Chess magazine
Doug Burgess was the most active tournament player in Canada 7 years in
a row! (1986-93)
Two players have won annual Grand Prix circuits 9 times! Deen Hergott
(Eastern Ontario), Igor Ivanov (U.S.)
Nava Starr was the top rated female Canadian at Year-end 20 consecutive
years from 1976-1995!
Kevin Spraggett was the top rated Canadian at Year-end 26 times from 1980-2008!
Leo Williams holds the Canadian record for blindfold games played simultaneously - 27! (1986)
Bator Sambuev highest CFC rated Canadian ever at 2753 (2011.05, after Canadian Championship)
Kevin Spraggett highest FIDE rated Canadian ever at 2633 (2007.01, ranked 80th in the world)
1988, 1989 Candidates Matches Kevin Spraggett (won 1/8 final, lost 1/4 final)
1985 Candidates Tournament Kevin Spraggett (Top 16 in world to select World Championship Challenger)
World Junior (Under 20) Championship
2012 Eric Hansen, 5th (9/13)
1965 Duncan Suttles, first place in Group 'B'
World Youth Championships
Canadians have finished in the Top 10 at the World Youth Championships 28 times!
Richard Wang Under-14 3rd (8.5/11); on tie-break: 3rd place and Bronze Medal
Harmony Zhu Under-8 Girls 8th (7.5/11)
Richard Wang Under-14 4th (6.5/9)
Michael Song Under-12 3rd (7/9); on tie-break: 3rd place and Bronze Medal
Qiyu Zhou Under-12 Girls 9th (6/9)
Yuanchen Zhang Under-10 9th (6.5/9)
Taylor Zhang Under-8 Girls 3rd (6.5/9)
Jason Cao Under-10 1st (9/11); on tie-break: World Champion and Gold Medal
Richard Wang Under-12 2nd (8.5/11); on tie-break: 3rd place and Bronze Medal
Eric Hansen Under-16 2nd (8/11)
Yelizaveta Orlova Under-14 Girls 9th (7/11)
Jonah Lee Under-8 6th (7.5/11)
Kelly Wang Under-8 Girls 3rd (8/11)
Janak Awatramani Under-8 7th (7.5/11)
Raja Panjwani Under-16 5th (7.5/11)
Shiyam Thavandiran Under-14 10th (7/11)
Mark Bluvshtein Under-18 3rd (8/11)
Hazel Smith Under-14 Girls 9th (7/11)
Nikita Kraiouchkine Under-10 10th (7.5/11)
Yuanling Yuan Under-10 Girls 10th (7/11)
Mark Bluvshtein Under-14 6th (7.5/11)
Shiyam Thavandiran Under-10 4th (8/11)
Alina Sviridovitch Under-10 Girls 5th (8/11)
Mark Bluvshtein Under-14 8th
Hazel Smith Under-10 Girls 9th
Thomas Roussel-Roozmon Under-12 9th
Andrew Ho Under-12 5th (7.5/11)
Jeff Sarwer Under-10 1st
Julia Sarwer Under-10 (female competitors) 1st
Alexander Ugge was 2nd place, 21st World Correspondence Championship Final, with undefeated 8.5/14 (+3 =11), 2005-8