Canadian Open Chess Winners

# Year Place Winner Players
1 1956 Montreal Larry Evans
William Lombardy
88
2 1958 Winnipeg Elod Macskasy 44
3 1960 Kitchener Anthony Saidy 40
4 1962 Ottawa Laszlo Witt 48
5 1964 Scarborough Pal Benko 76
6 1966 Kingston Larry Evans 116
7 1968 Toronto Bent Larsen 164
8 1970 St. John's Bent Larsen 55
9 1971 Vancouver Boris Spassky
Hans Ree
156
10 1973 Ottawa Duncan Suttles 235
11 1974 Montreal Ljubomir Ljubojevic 648
12 1975 Calgary Leonid Shamkovich 215
13 1976 Toronto Nick de Firmian
Lawrence Day
408
14 1977 Fredericton Jan Green-Krotki 166
15 1978 Hamilton Gyula Sax 185
16 1979 Edmonton Abe Yanofsky 135
17 1980 Ottawa Lawrence Day 212
18 1981 Beauport Quebec Igor Ivanov 148
19 1982 Vancouver Gordon Taylor 148
20 1983 Toronto Kevin Spraggett
Bozidar Ivanovic
330
21 1984 Ottawa Igor Ivanov
Brett Campbell
Denis Allan
Dave Ross
146
22 1985 Edmonton Igor Ivanov
Brian Hartman
91
23 1986 Winnipeg Artur Yusupov
Viktor Kupreichik
146
24 1987 Toronto Kevin Spraggett 208
25 1988 Scarborough Lawrence Day 201
26 1989 Edmonton Vladimir Tukmakov 181
27 1990 Edmundston Georgi Timoshenko 59
28 1991 Windsor Walter Browne 120
29 1992 Scarborough Alexei Barsov
Bryon Nickoloff
254
30 1993 London Kevin Spraggett 128
31 1994 Winnipeg Vladimir Tukmakov 187
32 1995 Toronto Kevin Spraggett
Eduardas Rozentalis
Ron Livshits
Bryon Nickoloff
Deen Hergott
303
33 1996 Calgary Kevin Spraggett 147
34 1997 Winnipeg Julian Hodgson 188
35 1998 Ottawa Dmitri Tyomkin
Michael Oratovsky
Evgeny Prokopchuk
Kevin  Spraggett
223
36 1999 Vancouver Kevin Spraggett
Georgi Orlov
204
37 2000 Edmonton Kevin Spraggett
Jonathan Rowson
Joel Benjamin
193
38 2001 Sackville, NB Larry Christiansen
Anthony Miles
169
39 2002 Montreal Jean-Marc Degraeve
Pascal Charbonneau
Jean Hébert
326
40 2003 Kapuskasing Alex Moiseenko 141
41 2004 Kapuskasing Dimitri Tyomkin
Alex Moiseenko
125
42 2005 Edmonton Vassily Ivanchuk
Alexei Shirov
Mark Bluvshtein
Viorel Bologan
SR Chowdhury
222
43 2006 Kitchener Walter Arencibia
Abhijit Kunte
198
44 2007 Ottawa Bu Xiangzhi 280
45 2008 Montreal Alex Moiseenko
Eduardas Rozentalis
Victor Mikhalevski
Matthieu Cornette
325
46 2009 Edmonton Mark Bluvshtein
Edward Porper
202
47 2010 Toronto Luke McShane 265
48 2011 Toronto Walter Arencibia, Joel Benjamin, Dejan Bojkov 277
49 2012 Victoria ? ?

Links in the # column (e.g., 33 to 40) are the rating crosstables at the Chess Federation of Canada site. For the 2003 edition, that crosstable is not in finish order, so try my crosstable--the official one! An error in clicking CFC links is not necessarily permanent! New (2011) website of the CFC protocol now followed. I hope they don't change the formula again. Links in the third column are to the original tournament website. If a link is dead (so many things can happen: domain unrenewed, page erased, page moved...), try the Wayback Machine. I was able to bring back the 2003 and 2004 information that way.

Summary by Place

Place times Average Years
Toronto* 10 249 64 68 76 83 87 88 92 95 10 11
Ottawa 6 191 62 73 80 84 98 07
Edmonton 6 171 79 85 89 00 05 09
Montreal 4 347 56 74 02 08
Winnipeg 4 141 58 86 94 97
Vancouver 3 169 71 82 99
Calgary 2 181 75 96
Kapuskasing 2 133 03 04
Kitchener 2 119 60 06

* Toronto includes Scarborough in this table. Plus Kingston (66), St. John's (70), Fredericton (77), Hamilton (78), Québec (81), Edmundston (90), Windsor (91), London (93), Sackville (01),--once each. Some notable cities which have never hosted the Canadian Open: Victoria, Saskatoon, Regina, Trois-Rivières, Saint John, Charlottetown, Halifax.

Kevin Spraggett won or tied for first 8 times, and between 1993 and 2000 was absent from the winners' circle only twice.

I took part in #s 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 17 and 19, directing #23 which was a multi-section event, #40 with a new pairing system, and #44 with the S.A.D. pairing system. In general, Canadian Opens have been one-section events. With finite time for chess, I've chosen to play in events with a more consistent level of opposition. In a one-section event, it is like a yo-yo. If you're lucky, you beat players rated 200 to 600 points lower, and then if you're realistic, you lose and draw to players 200 points higher. You rarely meet an opponent within 200 points!

Twice in a final round I came close to winning the Canadian Open; in 1977 we were the leaders, I went down in a blaze of glory (a draw would have guaranteed us both a 4-way split of first) to Jan Green-Krotki; in 1982 I was half a point back but was unable to get more than a draw against Gordon Taylor.


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