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World Junior Chess Championship

and Canadian Participation in it

My thanks to Hugh Brodie for major help with this page, and also with the  Cadet page. Thanks to Pierre Bourget and Ole Hellsten. Any mistakes or omissions are mine. Tell me. See also the World Cadet (under-16, now part of the World Youth, WYCC).

The World Junior Championship is open to players under 20 at the beginning of the year in which the event takes place. It is run by FIDE, the World Chess Federation. Females are not excluded from the Junior Championship, but there is also a separate event for them which is not dealt with on this page.

The CFC (Chess Federation of Canada) runs the Canadian Junior Championship to determine Canada's representative at the World Junior.

2012 saw Eric Hansen achieve the best score ever by a Canadian, 9-4, blowing away the previous record of 8-5 held by Quan Zhe and Vinny Puri.

References.

Most of the early World Juniors (1953-1974 but not 1957) were held with RR prelims and finals. For those, I've put the prelim result in the + column, the finals result in the / column, and the ranking in the Ref column. In 1975 the event became a Swiss, and I haven't bothered with the ranking.

Did you notice that players who win the World Junior were likely to change countries? 93 77 73 55. Hmmm, considering the national upheavals, maybe not such a big correlation, but consider these ones who changed countries before they became world junior champs: 96 95 90 88 85 80 79 67.

Counting: From 1951 to 1973 (12 championships), held biennially, so the # of the championship is 1 + (year-51)/2. From 1974, annually, so number is (year-61). Thus 2008 is 108-61= 47th World Junior Championship.

Locations: As of 2012: 5 times IND; 4 ARM; 3 GER, GRC; 2 each TUR, COL, PHI, NOR, DEN, AUT, NLD, YUG, ENG, ARG, POL. Once in Canada, Toronto 1957, at the Central YMCA on College Street.

Winner Countries: As of 2012: 8 USR; 6 USA; 5 YUG; 3 each ARG, IND, ARM; 2 each BUL, CUB, AZE, FRA, RUS, POL. 1 each ROM, PRI, SWZ, ENG, DEN, ISD, GER, ISR, KAZ, HUN, EGY, TUR.

Year Winner Held at Canadian + / Ref
Year Winner Held at Canadian + / Ref
2013 Winner Antakya TUR Canadian 13 27 Aug-
2012 Ipatov, Alexander TUR Athens GRC Hansen, Eric
Hambleton, Aman
Thavandiran, Shiyam
Kleinman, Michael
Wu, Kevin
9
7
6
6
4
13 ChRes
2011 Swiercz, Dariusz POL Chennai IND Sapozhnikov, Roman
Thavandiran, Shiyam
7.5
5.5
13 ChAr
2010 Andreikin, Dmitry RUS Chotowa Czarna POL Panjwani, Raja
Thavandiran, Shiyam
7
7
13 ChAr
2009 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime FRA Pto. Madryn ARG none   13 SwMa
2008 Gupta, Abhijeet IND Gaziantep TUR none   13 site
2007 Adly, Ahmed EGY Yerevan ARM Gerzhoy, Leonid 1 4 FI TW
2006 Andriasan, Zaven ARM Yerevan ARM Cheng, Bindi
Kraiouchkine,Nikita
6.5
5.5
13
2005 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar AZE Istanbul TUR none - 13 TWIC 577
2004 Harikrishna, Pentala IND Cochin IND Quan, Zhe 8 13 Home
2003 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyaz AZE Nakhichevan AZE Wang, HaoYuan
Massé, Hugues
6.5
5
13 Home
2002 Aronian, Levon ARM Goa IND Glinert, Stephen 7 13 G Jan 4
2001 Acs, Peter HUN Athens GRC Vaingorten, Yaaqov 5.5 13 G Oct 13
2000 Bruzon, Lazaro CUB Yerevan ARM Goldenberg, Danny 5.5 13 G Oct 7
1999 Galkin, Alexander RUS Yerevan ARM Charbonneau, Pascal 6 13 G Oct 16
1998 Sadvakasov, Darmen KAZ Calicut IND Goldenberg, Danny 5.5 13 G Dec 26
1997 Shaked, Tal USA Zagan POL Ho, Andrew 6.5 13 G Sep 6
1996 Sutovskij, Emil ISR Medellin COL Cormos, Eugene 6 13 G Dec 7
1995 Slobodjan, Roman GER Halle GER Moisan-Plante, M-O 4 13 136-22
1994 Gretarsson, Helgi ISD Matinhos BRS none - - IC 20
1993 Miladinovic, Igor YUG Calicut IND Livshits, Ron 7.5 13 G Dec 18
1992 Zarnicki, Pablo ARG Buenos Aires ARG Littke, Adam 5.5 13 118-34
1991 Akopian, Vladimir ARM Mamaia ROM Livshits, Ron 6.5 13 111-19
1990 Gurevich, Ilya USA Santiago CHI Livshits, Ron 6 13 G Oct 6
1989 Spasov, Vasil BUL Tunja COL Huda, Rehan 7 13 101-16
1988 Lautier, Joël FRA Adelaide AUS Southam, Todd 7 13 93-24
1987 Anand, Viswanathan IND Baguio PHI Puri, Vinny 8 13 87-37
1986 Arencibia, Walter CUB Gausdal NOR Puri, Vinny 6.5 13 82-38
1985 Dlugy, Maxim USA Sharjah UAE Puri, Vinny 7 13 77-35
76-48
1984 Hansen, Curt DEN Kiljava FIN Bolduc, Steve 6 13 E+ 38-4
1983 Georgiev, Kiril BUL Belfort FRA Bailey, Doug 6 13 63-18
1982 Sokolov, Andrei USR Copenhagen DEN Hergott, Deen 6 13 57-16
1981 Cvitan, Ognjen YUG Mexico MEX Hamilton, Robert 6.5 13 fam
1980 Kasparov, Garry USR Dortmund FRG Pajak, Jan 6 13 45-22
1979 Seirawan, Yasser USA Skien NOR Barbeau, Sylvain 6.5 13 38-6
1978 Dolmatov, Sergei USR Graz AUT Rohland, Michael 6 13 32-10
1977 Yusupov, Artur USR Innsbruck AUT Buchholz, Martin 6 13 25-3
1976 Diesen, Mark USA Groningen NLD Hébert, Jean 6.5 13 21-5
1975 Chekhov, Valery USR Tjentiste YUG Nurmi, Peter 7.5 13 13-5
1974 Miles, Anthony ENG Manila PHI Fullbrook, Nigel 2.5
7
4
6
BCM356
1973 Beliavsky, Alexander USR Teesside ENG MacPhail, John 4
7
7
11
14/50
1971 Hug, Werner SWZ Athens GRC Piasetski, Leon 4.5
7
6
11
17/44
1969 Karpov, Anatoly USR Stockholm SWE Krótki, Jan 2
5
3.5
11
21/38
1967 Kaplan, Julio PRI Jerusalem ISR Day, Lawrence 4
6
2.5
8
8/19
1965 Kurajica, Bojan YUG Barcelona ESP Suttles, Duncan 1.5
4
6.5
8
11/28
1963 Gheorghiu, Florin ROM Vrnjacka Banja YUG Burstow, John 1
5
0.5
9
Kazic
1961 Parma, Bruno YUG The Hague NLD none - - -
1959 Bielicki, Carlos ARG Münchenstein FRG Grimshaw, David 3
8
5
8
15/26
1957 Lombardy, William USA Toronto CAN François Jobin
Peter Bates
4.5
1.5
11 7/12
12/12
1955 Spassky, Boris USR Antwerp BEL none - - Ch Aug
1953 Panno, Oscar ARG Copenhagen DEN Siemms, Ross 4
9
3.5
7
15/20
1951 Ivkov, Borislav YUG Coventry
Birmingham
ENG Joyner, Lionel 5 11 13/18

Ref is the issue and page number of CFC Bulletin FCE, Chess Canada Echecs, En Passant (same magazine, different names) for events held 1973 or later. 1970-73 would be Chess Canada and before 1970 would be Canadian Chess Chat.

2008 The Canadian Junior Champion did not attend. May have had to do with a financial crisis at the CFC, or with his transfer within FIDE to the Canadian flag.

2007 withdrew after 4 rounds due to illness.

1973 MacPhail's brief report is in 1/28.

1957 yes, the World Junior took place in Toronto, Canada, Aug 3 - 16. Erik Malmsten writes: Go on to a computer at any library and find the online database of the Toronto Star, Pages of the past. I searched for Lombardy and found 12 articles. Searchng the Globe and Mail database I found 7 articles. The Toronto Telegram would also have coverage, but that requires a bit more work, pulling out a roll of microfilm (At the Reference libraries at Yonge and Bloor or North York exCity Hall). The Star had interesting coverage as early as July 6 in their Saturday chess column by Charles Crompton and articles by Ray Krznavic. Or is it Krznaric? That would be the guy we later came to know as Ray Kerr. Held I think at the Central YMCA (now demolished) on College Street.

Canadian Junior Chess Championship

From 1960 to 1968, Canada's representative to the World Junior was the top finisher in the Canadian Open. In 1960, Robert Rubin won that right, but did not play in the 1961 World Junior, using the travel money to travel to other tournaments! In 1968 the tie was broken in favour of Jan Krótki, but he consented to a 4-game match for the World Junior spot with Camille Coudari. The match was drawn (Black won all the games).

In 1951 Lionel Berry Joyner won a match with Ross Siemms to represent Canada. I recently (Oct 2009) read that this 3½-2½ victory was the final stage in a Canadian Junior Elimination Contest held in April 1951, so maybe our numbering will need to be revised again.

# Yr Winner Held At + / ? Ref
# Yr Winner Held At + / ? Ref
41 2012 Zhang, David AB Calgary AB 6.5 7 12 CFC
40 2011 Sapozhnikov, Roman ON Mississauga ON 7.5 9 22 CFC
39 2010 Thavandiran, Shiyam ON Toronto ON 7 9 14 CFC
38 2009 Panjwani, Raja ON Victoria BC 5.5 7 12 CB rep
37 2008 Samsonkin, Artiom ON Toronto ON 7.5 9 20 CFC
36 2007 Gerzhoy, Leonid ON Toronto ON 6 6 12 CFC
35 2006 Cheng, Bindi BC Kitchener ON 6.5 7 R CFC
34 2005 Thavandiran, Shiyam ON Brantford ON 8.5 9 12 192-12
33 2004 Quan, Zhe ON Calgary AB 8.5 9 19 186-20
32 2003 Wang, Hao Yuan ON Shawinigan PQ 5.5 7 22 180-6
31 2002 Glinert, Stephen* ON Winnipeg MB 6.5 8 24 172-9
30 2001 Vaingorten, Yaaqov ON Montréal PQ 7.5 9 40 167-9
29 2000 Charbonneau, Pascal* PQ Montréal PQ 6 8 36 163-20
28 1998-99 Charbonneau, Pascal PQ Vancouver BC 10 11 R 154-22
27 1997-98 Goldenberg, Danny PQ Winnipeg MB 9.5 11 R 149-23
26 1996-97 Ho, Andrew * BC Edmonton AB 9 11 R 142-17
25 1995-96 Teodoro, Eduardo ON Windsor ON 10 11 R 136-12
24 1994-95 Moisan-Plante, M-O PQ Prince George BC 8.5 11 R 130-40
23 1993-94 Koliada, Timour ON Markham ON 10 11 R 124-12
22 1992-93 Le Siège, Alexandre PQ Toronto ON 9.5 11 R 118-34
21 1991-92 Le Siège, Alexandre PQ Toronto ON 10.5 11 R 113-30
20 1990-91 Livshits, Ron ON Ottawa ON 10 11 R 106-41
19 1989-90 Le Siège, Alexandre PQ Toronto ON 8.5 11 R 101-13
18 1988-89 Huda, Rehan MB Winnipeg MB 8.5 9 R 96-35
17 1987-88 Southam, Todd ON Toronto ON 8.5 11 R 89-32
16 1986-87 Huda, Rehan MB Edmonton AB 8.5 11 R 84-27
15 1985-86 Puri, Vinny ON Toronto ON 10 11 R 78-23
14 1984-85 Puri, Vinny* ON Winnipeg MB 8 11 R 73-27
13 1983-84 Bolduc, Steve PQ Saint John NB 8 11 R 65-15
12 1982-3 Bailey, Doug ON Toronto ON 8.5 11 R 59-12
11 1981 Hergott, Deen* ON Vancouver BC 8 11 R 53-7
10 1980-81 Hamilton, Robert* NB Edmonton AB 8 11 R 46-18
9 1979-80 none* Saskatoon SK 11 R 40-12
8 1978-9 Barbeau, Sylvain PQ Calgary AB 8.5 11 R 33-10
7 1977 Rohland, Michael ON Toronto ON 7 10 R 27-5
6 1976 Buchholz, Martin* ON Montréal PQ 6.5 9 R 22-2
5 1975 Hébert, Jean PQ Saint John NB 8 9 R 14-7
4 1974 Nurmi, Peter ON Vancouver BC 8.5 9 R 8-5
3 1974 Fullbrook, Nigel* BC Toronto ON 6.5 9 R CC-Jun NWC227
2 1972 MacPhail, John ON London ON 8 9 R CC-Jan73
1 1970 Piasetski, Leon PQ Toronto ON 8 9 R CC-Jan71
0 1957 Jobin, François PQ Ville de Québec PQ 6 7 R Province

For the 1951 World Junior, Canadian participation was determined by an event which culminated in (though I don't have reference to any other steps in the process) a match won by Lionel Joyner over Ross Siemms. Whether that should be called a Canadian Junior Championship could cause a numbering crisis. I'd number it i only if it didn't happen.

0 This was billed as the First Canadian Junior Championship, but by the time the next one was played 13 years later, nobody involved in the First (er, second) such event knew about it. Since this knowledge might otherwise be lost again, I reproduce here the facts sent by Stephen Wright (and thank you!), from the Vancouver Province newspaper:

First Canadian Junior Championship: Quebec City, July 7-13, 1957
Francois Jobin (Quebec) 6.0-1.0
Peter Bates (Toronto) 5.5
Frank May (Vancouver) 5.0
Dan Grimshaw (Ontario) 4.0
Peter Ihssen (Winnipeg) 3.0
Tom Carleton (Toronto) 2.0
Loic Therien (Quebec) 2.0
Lloyd Campbell (Sydney) 0.5

The two top finishers played in the World Junior later that year in Toronto. I wonder if Dan is any relation to David Grimshaw, who later became an Expert (and a cool one) from Toronto. Tom Carleton later lived in Ottawa. Loïc is the son of Jules Therien, a great figure in the history of chess in Québec.

3 Fullbrook tied for first with Kevin Spraggett and Peter Nurmi and won the title on S-B tiebreak. After this the rules were changed to require a playoff.

6 Buchholz tied for first with Jean Hébert. He won on tiebreak, as the players had unanimously agreed before the event.

9 A crucial game won by the tournament winner was pre-arranged, copied by the two players from the Informant. If I recall correctly, the CFC Governors voted that there be no winner to the tournament.

11 Hergott tied for first with Ingvar Liitoja ON and won a playoff match held in Kitchener ON, in 1982.

14 Puri tied with Tyler Johnson (then of Windsor ON) and won a playoff match held in Toronto and Windsor in March 1985.

16 Huda tied with Vinny Puri ON and Kevin Gentes MB. There was supposed to be a playoff match in Winnipeg. I'm not sure what happened! Puri ended up representing Canada at the World Junior for a third consecutive time.

17 Southam tied with Gary Basanta BC, who needing to win the second playoff game to overcome the tiebreak, lost gloriously 0.5-1.5.

22 Le Siège tied with Ron Livshits ON and won the playoff match 1.5-0.5.

26 Ho defeated Danny Goldenberg PQ in the playoff 1.5-0.5.

29 Charbonneau defeated Danny Goldenberg PQ in the sudden-death playoff.

31 Glinert defeated Andrei Moskvitch in the active playoff, 1.5 to 0.5.


And while we're having some fun, has a Canadian ever won a world youth-age championship? Yes. Jeff Sarwer won the World Under-10 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1986. At the time he was about 1900 strength. The chess world soon lost sight of him, but in 2010 he was interviewed by Jennifer Shahade.


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