Canadian Chess Biographies

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Doug Bailey

Doug Bailey

Photo: At Zoltan Sarosy 100th birthday party, Toronto. Copyright 2006 by the photographer David Cohen.

Doug Bailey - Peter Boross
1982-3 Ontario Junior Championship, Kitchener, Ontario, Round 3, 1982.10.30

Doug Bailey beat the reigning World Cadet (Under 16) Champion:

Doug Bailey - Evgeny Bareev
World Junior Championship, Belfort, France, Round 2, 1983


Osias Bain


Stephen Ball


Vesma Baltgailis

Here is Vesma Baltgailis' choice for her most memorable game:

Vesma Baltgailis - Mary Kuhner
Toronto International Open, Under 2000 Section, Toronto, Ontario, Round 8, 1984


Fletcher Baragar

Fletcher Baragar - Jaan Ehlvest
Interzonal, Zagreb, Round 12, 1987


Sylvain Barbeau


Irina Barron

Irina Barron

Photo: copyright 2008 by Irina Barron.

Contributors: Irina Barron (photo), Michael Barron (biography).


Michael Barron

Michael Barron

Photo: copyright 2008 by Michael Barron.

Contributor (photo): Michael Barron.


George Barry


Gary Basanta


William A. Beers

(1883-1942)

Source: Chess Personalia by Jeremy Gaige.


William G. Beers

(1841-1900)


Daniela Belc

Here is Daniela Belc's selection of her best game from the 2000 Olympiad:

Daniela Belc - Vlasta Macek
Women's Olympiad, Canada - Croatia, Board 1, Istanbul, Turkey, Round 13, 2000.11.10

Source: Report to Chess Federation of Canada by Daniela Belc.


John Harold (Harry) Belson

(1906-47)

John Harold (Harry) Belson

Photo: 1935 Canadian Championship, Canadian Chess Championship Tournament 1935, 1935.


Amanda Benggawan


Marie Bernard


Jonathan Berry

Jonathan Berry

Photo: 2007 Canadian Open Championship. Copyright 2007 by the photographer David Cohen.

Jonathan Berry's choice for his best game:

Stuart J. Hutchings - Jonathan Berry
Correspondence Olympiad 1990

Source: Diamond Dust, 1991 by Jonathan Berry.

Contributor: Jonathan Berry (photo, game selection).


Richard Bérubé


Frederick Betts

(1853-1930)

Source: Chess Personalia by Jeremy Gaige.


Larry Bevand

Larry Bevand

Photo: 2004 Canadian Championship, Toronto. Copyright 2004 by the photographer David Cohen.

Larry Bevand - Hugh Brodie
Toronto Open, Toronto, 1972

Sources: Montreal Gazette; Chess'n Math Association.

Contributors: Larry Bevand, Hugh Brodie.


Peter Biyiasas

Peter Biyiasas

Photo: Chess Canada 1970.11.

Peter Biyiasas - Herman Suradiradja
Olympiad, Canada - Indonesia, Skopje, Yugoslavia, Finals Round 6, 1972

Here is Peter Biyiasas' choice for his best game:

Peter Biyiasas - Evgeny Vasiukov
1978-9 International Congress, Hastings, England, Round 4

Contributors: Jonathan Berry (biography); Peter Biyiasas (biography, game selection), Vladimir Dobrich (photo).


Charles Blake


Leopold Blanchard

(1898-1933)


Boris Blumin

Boris Blumin

Photo: Chess - Canadian Supplement, 1937.08, p.1.


Mark Bluvshtein

Mark Bluvshtein

Photo: copyright 2008 by Ilia Bluvshtein.

Contributor (photo): Ilia Bluvshtein.


Lia Bogdan


Fedor Bohatirchuk

(1892-1984)

Fedor Bohatirchuk

Photo: 1951 Canadian Championship, Vancouver.

Won three games and drew at least one game with future World Champion Mikhail Botvinnik:

Fedor Bohatirchuk - Mikhail Botvinnik
URS Ch, 1927 Moscow, Russia

Mikhail Botvinnik - Fedor Bohatirchuk
URS Ch, 1931 Moscow, Russia

Fedor Bohatirchuk - Mikhail Botvinnik
URS Ch, 1933 Leningrad, Russia

Fedor Bohatirchuk - Mikhail Botvinnik
Moscow, Russia 1935, Round 15

Sources: 'Fedor Bohatirchuk: The Forgotten Champion' by Emanuel Sztein, Lenny Cavallaro, Chess Life, 1984.01; chess column by Lawrence Day, Toronto Star, 2002.01.05; The Oxford Companion to Chess, second edition, by David Hooper and Kenneth Whyld, 1996.

Contributors: family of Frank Anderson, John Donaldson (photo); Andrew McMillan.


Hal Bond

Hal Bond

Photo: copyright 2008 by Hal Bond.

Contributor (photo, biography): Hal Bond.


Alexandra Botez

Alexandra Botez

Photo: copyright 2010 Andrei Botez.

Contributor (bio, photo): Andrei Botez.


William Boultbee

(1832-1902)


Stephen Boyd

Stephen Boyd

Photo: Chess Canada 1974.06.

Here is Stephen Boyd's choice for his best game, his first win over a grandmaster:

Stephen Boyd - Petar Popovic
France Team Championship, Mulhouse, France, Round 5, 1998


Ken Braithwaite

Source: Chess Personalia by Jeremy Gaige.

Doina Brestoiu


Ephrem Brisebois

Ephrem Brisebois

Photo: 1935 Canadian Championship, Canadian Chess Championship Tournament 1935, 1935.


Gilles Brodeur


Hugh Brodie

Hugh Brodie

Photo: copyright 2008 by Hugh Brodie.

Here is Hugh Brodie's choice of two of his best games:

Canadian Open, Windsor, Ontario, Round 3, 1991
Sylvester Robes - Hugh Brodie

Hugh Brodie - Gordon Taylor
Canadian Open, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Round 10, 1997.07.12

Contributor (photo, game selection): Hugh Brodie.


Charles Broughton

(1864-1945)

Source: Chess Personalia by Jeremy Gaige.


George Bryant

(?-1979)


Marina Bryskine

Marina Bryskine

Photo: 2003 John Morrison Memorial, Toronto. Copyright 2003 by the photographer David Cohen.

Here is Marina Bryskine's selection of her best game from the 2000 Olympiad:

Marina Bryskine - Oubaaqua Amina
Women's Olympiad, Board 2, Canada - Morocco, Istanbul, Turkey, Round 8, 2000.11.05

Contributor: Marina Bryskine


Martin Buchholz


Richard Bulkeley

(1717-1800)

Source: Phyllis R. Blakeley, Dictionary of Canadian Biography, 1771-1800 Volume IV, University of Toronto/Université Laval, 2000


Les Bunning

Les Bunning

Photo: copyright 2007 by Les Bunning.

Les Bunning - Michael Schleifer
Ontario Open, Ridgetown, Ontario, Round 4, 1983.05.22

Contributor (photo): Les Bunning.


Doug Burgess

Here is Doug Burgess' choice for his best game:

Doug Burgess - Francisco Cabanas
Canadian Open, Edmunston, New Brunswick, Round 5, 1990.07.02