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Keres Memorial Winners

Being the record of winners of the Keres Memorial Tournament, held annually, usually in May, in the region of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Event zero is Vancouver 1975, the last tournament of the great Paul Keres, before his tragic death a few days later.

# Year Winner Score Rds Players
0 1975 GM Paul Keres (tournament name: Vancouver 1975) 10 320
1 1976 GM James Tarjan 9 10 210
2 1977 IM John Watson 9 10   99
3 1978 Robert Zuk 6   7 126
4 1979 IM John Grefe, GM Peter Biyiasas, James McCormick   7   97
5 1980 Viktors Pupols   7 154
6 1981 IM John Donaldson, Ray Fasano   7 180
7 1982 IM John Donaldson, IM Eric Tangborn 5   6 142
8 1983 IM John Donaldson   6 132
9 1984 IM Leon Piasetski, Gordon Taylor, IM Jeremy Silman, Robert Zuk   6 121
10 1985 IM John Donaldson, Lionel Joyner, John Braley   6 151
11 1986 GM Kevin Spraggett 6   7 144
12 1987 IM Tom O'Donnell 6   7 138
13 1988 GM Kevin Spraggett, Alex Kuznecov   7 174
14 1989 Juri Vetemaa 6   7 159
15 1990 IM John Donaldson, Jonathan Berry   6 125
16 1991 GM Lubomir Ftacnik 5   6   97
17 1992 GM Lubomir Ftacnik   6   98
18 1993 GM Igor Stohl   7   93
19 1994 Jonathan Berry, Juri Vetemaa, Gary Basanta   7   89
20 1995 John Hallam, Juri Vetemaa, IM Yan Teplitsky   7   97
21 1996 IM Georgi Orlov 5   6   69
22 1997 IM Yan Teplitsky 6   7   73
23 1998 GM Kevin Spraggett   7 103
24 1999 IM Yan Teplitsky, IM Georgi Orlov, Jack Yoos   7 105
25 2000 GM Vladimir Epishin 10  77
26 2001 IM Georgi Orlov 6   7 104
27 2002 Fanhao Meng, IM Georgi Orlov, Jack Yoos, Besnik Beqo   7 108
28 2003 IM Georgi Orlov 7   7 101
29 2004 IM Georgi Orlov   7 100
30 2005 Jack Yoos 6   7  87
31 2006 Alfred Pechisker   7  77
32 2007 IM Georgi Orlov 6   7  79
33 2008 IM Georgi Orlov, Bindi Cheng   7  79
34 2009 Jack Yoos 6   7  70
35 2010 Jack Yoos, WGM Katerina Rohonyan, GM Manuel Rivas, IM Georgi Orlov, Roman Jiganchine   6  84
36 2011 Maxim Doroshenko, IM Georgi Orlov   7  74
37 2012 Jack Yoos 5   6  92
38 2013 May   7  ?

Click on the tournament number at the left (e.g. 26) to see the online crosstable of the Open section at the CFC website, or in the excellent Internet Archive of the Wayback Machine. If it doesn't work today, it might work tomorrow. Archived material can be like that.

Titles (IM, GM) are current ones, not necessarily the ones held at the time.



Orlov 81
Yoos 45
Donaldson 34
Spraggett 30
Ftacnik 24
Teplitsky 20
Vetemaa 20
Zuk 15
Keres 12
O'Donnell 12
Pechisker 12
Pupols 12
Stohl 12
Tarjan 12
Watson 12
Epishin 12
Berry 10
Doroshenko 6
Cheng 6
Fasano 6
Kuznecov 6
Tangborn 6
Basanta 4
Biyiasas 4
Braley 4
Grefe 4
Hallam 4
Joyner 4
McCormick 4
Piasetski 3
Silman 3
Taylor 3
Meng 3
Beqo 3
Rohonyan 2
Rivas 2
Jiganchine 2

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Just for fun, if you give each event 12 points, and divide them equally for tied victory, here are the historic leaders. No points for second place! 2010: Partly due to only 6 rounds, this year there was a five-way tie for first, impossible to divide the 12 points equally as natural numbers. Rather than recalculate based on 60, I've rounded to 2 points each.

RIP Juri Vetemaa 26.08.1956 - 16.07.2003 and Ray Fasano, Keres Memorial winners.

For more information about the Keres Memorial, see the Keres Memorial section of the BCCF website, www.chess.bc.ca. At this writing (March 2009), that section only goes up to 2006. This morning I received a complaint from a player that I kicked him from the 2000 tournament and told him that it was over after six rounds and that his performance was not rated by the CFC. But the records, including CFC rating, show he played all 10 games of that year's schedule. Hmm. The silver lining is that researching the complaint prompted me to correct links on this page. Correcting broken links is the most tedious and labour-intensive part of web site maintenance. No, the guy didn't say that he got his info from this page. CFC rating pages have been undergoing flux, so for most of the above I've used the Wayback Machine of archive.org, a fabulous resource. The links are always to the Open (top) section of the Keres, but I did happen to look up this one as well:

2000 Under-2000 and Under-1700 combined CFC rating crosstable.

Results from 1993 to 1996 were difficult to find, because for no obvious reason the Chess Federation of Canada stopped covering the tournament during those years. A big change from 1975, when they published the complete crosstable of every section.

Attendance suffered a big dip in 1991 when the rent at Robson Square Media Centre went way up and the tournament had to move elsewhere. The tournament has seen many locations since, some as far away as Richmond or as exotic as New Westminster.

Paul Keres


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