Canadian Chess History Sources

Researched, compiled, written and copyright 2000-10 by David Cohen. Last updated: 2010.10.22.
Main web site & contact: Canadian Chess.


Sources - Canadian Chess Champions

Sources - Canadian Chess Publications

Chess Movies

  • National Film Board of Canada

    Chess Columns

  • Chess Columns: A List by Ken Whyld, Toronto Reference Library.

    Sources - Canadian Chess Titles

    International Titles

    National Titles

    Sources - Canadian Chess Year-end Rankings

    In March 1954, the Chess Federation of Canada published its first Rating List of 376 Canadian chess players. The project was actually begun in 1952. In 1953, the CFC's first Ratings Statistician, Phil Haley, of Sarnia, Ontario, obtained from Kenneth Harkness, the business manager of the United States Chess Federation, a list of over 200 Canadians who had played in the United States and obtained U.S. ratings. The initial Canadian list was topped by Frank Anderson and Abe Yanofsky, both rated 2440.

    Harkness had created the ratings system in 1950; it wasn't until 1960 that Arpad Elo improved it. Meanwhile, Haley set about producing the first 'made in Canada' list. He gathered together all of the Canadian tournaments he could, and created the second list for the 1955 CFC Annual Meeting. This began the tradition of the chess rating period following the CFC's year, which ran from Annual Meeting to Annual Meeting. These were typically held in the summer (once the Canadian Open Championship got started in 1956). So, the annual rating cycle also followed the natural cycle of the local chess club, which typically starts up each fall. The October 1955 list had 780 names.

    After the 1955 CFC Annual Meeting, Haley turned the post over to Adrian van Lieshout of Smithers, B.C. He would hold the post through 1969, maintaining records every bit as meticulous as Haley's. Van Lieshout was succeeded by Vladimir Dobrich.

    Sources - Canadian Chess Logo

    Canadian Chess Flag Logo copyright 2004 by David Cohen. Created by David Cohen, design by Martin Winick, incorporating the Linares Diagram Font, created by Steve Smith for Alpine Fonts and published by Partae Press. Used by arrangement with Chess Institute of Canada.