- January 1950: The Major Open started in 6 player sections. with the
winners qualifying for a final section - the first 3 of which would
qualify for the 1951 Premier Reserves. This was held at the Montreal
CC, 901 St. Catherine W. The Interscholastic Team title was won by
Westhill (West division, beating Baron Byng (East division) 6-2,
winning the Max Guze trophy. Team members were: L. Joyner, C. Weintraub,
D. Usher, and E. Keller.
- February 1950: McGill tied U. of Toronto 5-5 in a match. Top board
result was N. Williams 0.5, R. Rodgers 0.5. The U. of Toronto beat the
U. de Montreal 6-2.
- March 1950: Maurice Fox was invited to the first Commonwealth
championship in New Zealand.
- April 1950: The 16-player City Championship was won by I. Zalys
(12.5-2.5), P. Brunet (11-4).
F. Bohatirchuk won 22 games in a simul
at the Montreal CC, losing to J. Gersho, and drawing M. Cohen, G. Grant,
and L.E. Oulette. The 9-player Premier Reserves was won by L. Beaudin
(6.5-0.5), L. Joyner and A. Leboeuf (6-2).
- May 1950: The 36-player Montreal CC championship was won by I. Zalys
and L. Joyner. The Eastern Canada team title was won by Montreal
(11.5-4.5 - M. Fox, I. Zalys, P. Brunet, N. Williams, E. Davis,
M. Cohen, C. Podlone, L. Joyner), ahead of Ottawa (8.5-7.5), and
- June 1950: The 18-player Montreal Speed championship (10 sec./move)
was won by M. Fox (7-1). As part of the US (132) - Canada (83) match,
Montreal beat Boston 4-3, and Burlington 3.5-2.5. The 18-player Major
Open final was won by S.G. Bartlett (7-0), O. Must (6-1). The 8-player
Ladies' championship was won by Firda Bone (6-1), I. Steven (5-2).
- July 1950: No local news.
- August 1950: L. Joyner finished with 5.5-3.5 in the US Junior at
Milwaukee. The Montreal CC announced the installation of air
- September 1950: En Passant CC beat the Montreal CC 4.5-3.5. Scores:
J. Rauch 1 P. Brunet; E. Davis 1 L. Joyner; M. Cohen 0 C. Nathan;
J. Gersho 0 F. Wren; C. Podlone 0 S. Wreschner; E. Baikowitz =
E. Patenaude; A. Mannstein 1 G. Keller-Wollff; A. Garelick 1 I. Poirier.
- October 1950: The 28-player Provincial championship held at the
Montreal CC was won by P. Brunet (5.5-0.5), who won a gold ring
presented by mayor Camilien Houde, the Courtemanche trophy, and a
chess clock. Second was J. Rauch (5-1), who won a smoker's stand;
third was L. Joyner (4.5-1.5) who won a pair of bookends.
- November 1950: The 26-player Provincial speed championship
(10 sec./move) at Drummondville was won by J. Rauch and L. Joyner
(6.5-0.5). The Montreal Chess League executive was: Camilien Houde
(hon. patron); E. Brisebois (hon. pres.); J. Eckstein (pres.);
M. Guze, I. Steven, and C. Robillard (v.p.'s); W. Hornung (sec-tres.)
- December 1950: The Provincial federation executive was: Camilien Houde
(hon. pres.); R. Trottier (pres.); I. Steven and W. Hornung (v.p.'s);
A. Holton (sec.); J.A. Morrissette (tres.).
- January 1951: Noel Williams beat Ignas Zalys 5-3 in a match.
- February 1951: The City Championships started. The executive of the
Montreal Chess Club was: J. Sawyer (pres.); G. Gravel and F. Wren
(v.p.'s); I. Steven (sec.); E. Phaneuf (tres.). The mayor of Mount
Royal, R. E. Schofield, presented the brilliancy prize for the last
Provincial Championship to N. Williams; the second brilliancy prize
was presented by Tip Top tailors to J. Therien. U. of Toronto beat
McGill 7-3 - McGill won on first board (L. Joyner 1, R. Rodgers 0).
- March 1951: McGill beat U. de Montreal 11.5-1.5. The Premier Reserves
and the Major Open started at the Montreal CC, 901 St. Catherine W.
- April 1951: L. Joyner beat Ross Siemms of Toronto 3.5-2.5 to qualify
for the World Junior. The City Championship (15 players) was won by
M. Cohen (12.5-1.5), followed by L. Joyner (11-3).
- May 1951: M. Fox gave a 20-board simul to raise funds to send L. Joyner
to the First World Junior in Birmingham, England, losing to L. van
Statum. The Third Ladies City Championship started. A three-way match at
Kingston ended: Toronto 6.5-5.5; Montreal 6-6; Ottawa 5.5-6.5.
- June 1951: M. Fox beat "The Rest of Montreal" in a consultation game.
L. Joyner finished 13th out of 18 in the World Junior, losing to F.
Olafsson and B. Larsen. The Montreal Speed championship was won by M.
Fox (6-1). I. Zalys beat N. Williams 4.5-3.5 in a match.
- July 1951: The Premier Reserves (15 players) was won by Orlando Lester
(12.5-1.5), and the Ladies Championship (5 players) by Firda Bone (4-0),
for the third year in a row.
- August 1951: No local news.
- September 1951: A. Yanofsky gave a simul at the Montreal CC, winning
20, and drawing A. Fagan, T. Fuller, H. Desnoyers, G. Barrett, J.
Novinsky, S. Wreschner, and Mrs. J. Rauch. Montreal beat Boston 9-1,
with M. Fox, P. Brunet, J. Rauch, and N. Williams winning on the top
- October 1951: The Montreal Chess League executive was: E. Brisebois
(hon. pres.); G. Gravel (pres.); M. Guze and I. Steven (v.p.'s); W.
Hornung (sec-tres); A. Grant (program); P. Brunet (publicity). The
Provincial Championship at Quebec (20 players) was won by J. Rauch
(5.5-0.5), followed by O. Bain (5-1). Rauch won the Courtemanche Trophy.
The executive of the provincial federation was: W. Hornung (pres.);
E. Ferguson and A. Holton (v.p.'s); G. Gravel (sec.); J. Morrissette
- November 1951: The Provincial Speed championship (19 players) was
held at Shawinigan, won by O. Bain of Quebec.
- December 1951: L. Prins gave a simul at the Montreal CC, winning 15,
and losing to M. Cohen, W. Ekdal, and M. Schick. In a 10-board clock
simul, L. Prins lost to I. Zalys, N. Williams, R. Lebel, and M. Schick.
- January 1952: The Unity Boys Club had 25 11-14 year old learning
chess from the President Emeritus of the Montreal Chess League,
- February 1952: The City Team Championship started at the Montreal CC,
901 St. Catherine W. McGill tied U. of Toronto 3.5-3.5 in a match.
J.S. Hall lost on first board for McGill against R. Rodgers. The City
Championships started. The executive of the Montreal CC was: J. Sawyer
(pres.); H.F. Kerrin (v.p.); A. Grant (exec. v.p.); I. Steven (sec.);
E. Phaneuf (tres.). U. of Toronto beat U. de Montreal 6.5-1.5. On board
3, J. Shulman (U of T) beat H. Morgentaler.
- March 1952: Strathmore and Ste-Anne's Vets tied 7-7 in a match.
- April 1952: L. Joyner moved to San Diego where he won the L.A. County
- May 1952: The 5-player Ladies' championship was won by Doris Robertson
- June 1952: The Unity Boys Club championship was won by Gertrude Schmidt,
who beacme eligible to play in the "First Provincial Junior" in Quebec
for the G.G. Ferguson trophy. Arturo Pomar gave a 10-board clock simul
at the Montreal CC, losing to A. Shilov, M. Cohen, and N. Argendeli,
and drawing J. Gersho. In a 27-board simul, Pomar drew 9, and lost to
A. Garelick and M. Enesco. The 14-player Premier of the City
Championships was won by N. Williams (11.5-1.5)
the 22-player Premier
Reserves by G. Novicky (7.5-0.5); and the 10-player Major Open by
J.J. Bickford (5-2). The En Passant CC beat Quebec 4.5-1.5 (M. Fox 1/2,
J. Therien 1/2; M. Guze 1, O. Bain 0; J. Gersho 1, G. Gallagher 0;
C. Podlone 0, G. Nadeau 1 etc.). S. Baur was elected Chairman of the
Lakeshore Chess League and J. Beech secretary. Baur was also president
of the Strathmore CC; H. Pederson (v.p.); R. Wright (sec-tres).
- July 1952: The 30-player Montreal CC championship was won by D. Ledain
and A. Shilov (6.5-1.5). D. Ledain won the playoff 2-0. Bernard Lesage
won the 5-player Provincial Junior 4-0. L. Joyner (5-2) won the Montreal
CC Speed championship.
- August 1952: M. Fox and L. Joyner gave a tandem simul at the YMCA,
winning 13, and losing to E. Dance and A. Grant. The class "A" team
champions (10 teams) was Montreal CC (25-11 - P. Brunet, R. Lebel,
G. Gravel, I. Poirier, G. Lefort, V. Hrubec); the class "B"
champions (6 teams) was McGill (14.5-5.5 - M. Litwin, S. Lake, H.D.
Millar, V.H. Chrom, L. Schiff).
- September 1952: No local news.
- October 1952: The 29-player Montreal Speed championship, held at the
Montreal CC (901 St. Catherine W.) was won by M. Guze (7-1; 10
sec/move). The Montreal Chess League executive was: E. Brisebois
(hon. pres.); G. Gravel (pres.); M. Guze and I. Steven (v.p.'s); W.
Hornung (sec-tres); A. Grant (program sec.). The 22-player Provincial
championship held at the Montreal CC, was won by N. Williams and L.
Joyner (5-1). The Quebec federation executive was: G.G. Ferguson
(pres.); E. Phaneuf and G. Monet (v.p.'s); R. Trottier (sec.); W.
- November 1952: The 12-player Provincial speed championship held at
Trois-Rivieres was won by M. Guze (7-1, 10 sec/move). The National
Social CC started at 4012 St. Denis. L. Joyner gave a simul there,
winning 16, drawing J. Rosberg, and losing to N. Pulcherowski.
- December 1952: No local news.
- January 1953: The Cercle Philidor at 4285 Papineau, was open Wed.
evenings and Sunday afternoons. J.P. Labelle was in charge. The
City Championship started with 19 players, Sunday afternoons at
the Montreal CC. Strathmore beat Ste. Annes 8-4 in a Lakeshore
Chess League match.
- February 1953: The Executive of the Montreal Chess League was:
P. Brunet (pres.), M. Guze and I. Steven (v.p.), W. Hornung
(sec-treas.), J. Salianjak (program sec.). Lachine beat Lakeside
Heights 6.5-5.5 in a LCL match. The executive of the Montreal CC was:
Ephrem Brisebois (pres.), A. Grant and H.F. Kerrin (v.p.), I. Steven
(sec.), E. Phaneuf (treas.). McGill beat U. of Toronto 3-2 in a match.
The "A" team champion (8 teams) was En Passant (22.5-5.5 - M. Fox,
M. Guze, M. Cohen, A. Garelick, J. Gersho, C. Podlone). Ukrania beat
Philidor 8-2. The Premier Reserves started as an 8-round Swiss.
- March 1953: Strathmore (4.5-1.5) won the LCL championship, and a
trophy donated by the Churchill Branch of the Canadian Legion, Ste.
Annes. Team members were: P. Brunet, S. Baur, A. Duffy, R. Wright,
and F. Walker. The "B" team champion (6 teams) was Lithuanians
(13.5-6.5 - A. Pusarauskas, V. Sirvydas, A. Myle, J. Zmuledziras,
M. Capkan, V. Yukon). Stan Baur won the Lakeshore speed championship.
- April 1953: A Montreal Ladies' championship was proposed.
- May 1953: The LCL championship (7 players) was won by S. Baur and
J. Shepherd (5-1). S. Reshevsky gave a simul at the YMHA, beating 35,
losing to M. Cohen, M. Moss, N. Williams, and P. Prosterman, and
drawing L. Joyner, C. Podlone, M. Bodner, and M. Susid.
He also scored 9-1 in a clock simul (50/2), drawing J. Rauch and A.
Reitter. The 12-player
Premier Reserves was won by H. Wainer (7-1).
- June 1953: The 14-player Philidor CC championship was won by Z.
Roseberg (12-1); the Minor by C. Robitaille (8).
- July 1953: The City Championship (19 players) was won by N. Williams
(12-4). W. Hornung directed. Williams now had "two legs on the Mayor
Courtemanche Trophy, and needs one more for permanent possession. M.
Fox also has two legs".
- August 1953: The Montreal CC began holding speed tournaments (8 mins.)
on Saturday nights.
- September 1953: A. Yanofsky gave a simul at the Central YMCA, beating
26, and drawing M. Cohen, M. Moss, J. Malgale, E. Newman, and J. Malka.
The 18-player Montreal Speed championship, at the Montreal CC, was won
by M. Guze (7-1). The 9-player Provincial Junior was won by M. Giroux
(6.5-1.5) of Quebec.
- October 1953: The Montreal Chess League executive was the same as in
- February, but A. Grant became Program Secretary. G. Novitsky won
the Ukrania CC championship (8-1). The 7-player Provincial
championship at Quebec was won by M. Dion and I. Zalys (4-1). The
Lachine CC met Thursday evenings at the chalet of the Dixie Playground
Assoc. between 54th and 55th avenues.
- November 1953: The 12-player Montreal CC speed championship was won
by N. Williams (6-0). L. Joyner gave a simul at the Philidor CC,
beating 20 and losing to R. Downing.
- December 1953: L. Joyner gave a 6-board blindfold simul at the Philidor
CC, taking 3 1/2 hours before 100 spectators. The score was not given.
- January 1954: N. Williams gave a simul at the Montreal CC, winning 10,
and losing to S. Wreschner, M. Szczerbak, and J. Engel. Cercle
Philidor won a match against Pratt and Whitney 8-2.
- February 1954: The 6-team "A" Team Championship was won by the
Montreal CC (M. Fox, M. Guze, A. Garelick, C. Podlone, J. Gersho).
The 6-team "B" Team Championship was also won by the Montreal CC
(E. Seidel, B. Abugov, D. Stevenson, R. Harvey, A. Rott), scoring
13.5-6.5. The City Championship began with 22 entries.
- March 1954: The Eastern Canada Intercollegiate at McGill was won by
U. of Toronto (10-6), followed by McGill (9.5-6.5), and Laval
(4.5-11.5). Cercle Philidor beat Longueuil 16-0.
- April 1954: The 6-team "C" Team Championship was won by NDG
(P. Connell, J. Bickford, J. Goldstein, K.P. Hollander, P. Fargo),
with a 14-6 score. The Montreal Chess Club executive was:
L. Murray (pres.), A. Grant and H. Kerrin (v.p.), I. Steven (sec.),
and E. Phaneuf (treas.). The Premier Reserves started with 36 players
in two sections, directed by D. Ledain. Playing site was the Montreal
- May 1954: F. Bohatirchuk gave a 15-board simul at the Montreal CC,
drawing with G. Novicky. The City Championship (22 players, directed
by W. Hornung), was won by H. Matthai (8.5-1.5), followed by M. Fox
The 11-player Cercle Philidor championship was won by J.P.
Labelle (9-1); the Minor section by R. Trudel. Ottawa beat Montreal
in a match 5.5-2.5. Board 1: F. Bohatirchuk 1 M. Fox 0; board 2:
L. Joyner 1 W.N. Wilson 0. The Provincial Federation's executive was:
E. Phaneuf(pres.), R. Trottier and I. Steven (v.p.), and W. Hornung
- June 1954: The CFC rating system was started. The two 18-player
Premier Reserves sections were won by K. Paulus and R. Singman.
- July 1954: The 6-team second "C" team section was won by Verdun #1
(R. Long, L. Matthews, F. Berrigan, P. Hardy) with 14-6. The 6-player
Premier Reserves Final was won by J. Engel (5-0). A. Kotov won all
5 games in a clock simul (40/2 hrs) against N. Williams, J. Rauch,
A. Shilov, I. Zalys, and A. Garelick. I. Bondarevsky scored 23-2,
drawing with H. Lidsky, J. Gersho, S. Wreschner, and R. Teene. The
"First Montreal Junior" (8 players) was won by D. Laurin (5-1),
qualifying him for the "3rd Quebec Junior".
- August 1954: The 14-player Latvian CC championship was won by D.
September 1954: The Cercle Philidor at 4265 Papineau opened its
season. The Quebec Junior was won by Jeannot Girard (father of
Robin), scoring 3-1 to win the Ferguson Trophy.
- October 1954: The 19-player Quebec Open, held at the Cercle Philidor
and directed by W. Hornung, was won by H. Matthai (5-1). P. Brunet
gave a simul at the Philidor, scoring 22-1.
- November 1954: The City Championship was scheduled to begin - open
to all residents of the Island of Montreal, but "entry subject to the
approval of the Selection Committee". The City Open was won by L.
Joyner (7.5-1.5). The Quebec Speed Championship (16 players) was
won by I. Zalys. The executive of the Montreal Chess League was:
P. Brunet (pres.), M. Guze and J.P. Labelle (v.p.), W. Hornung
(sec-treas.), and A. Grant (program sec.).
- December 1954: Deukania CC beat Cercle Philidor 5-4.
- January 1955: Roger Lemelin gave a simul at the Philidor CC, 4265
Papineau, against seven newspapermen, losing to A. Gladu, P. Gladu,
P. Rochon, and J.P. Harvey.
- February 1955: University of Toronto beat McGill 6-2. McGill won on
board 1 (J. Hall beat J. Kagetsu) and board 4 (E. Epp beat J. Forward).
Strathcona HS beat Baron Byng HS 8-3 (Mazutis 1, Grief 0; Hill 0,
Godfrey 1 etc.). The City Championship and the Team Championship were
- March 1955: The "B" team championship (8 teams) was won by Polonia
(H. Storozum, W. Dutkowski, M. Rosewicz, M. Kozinaki, E. Krajewski, and
M. Tabaczuk) with 24.5-3.5. The "C" team championship (section 1 -
6 teams) was
won by McGill (J. Leinwand, A. Kostner, L. Schift, A. Benjamin, and G.
Nagy) with 12.5-7.5. The "C" team championship (section 2 - 6 teams)
was won by Deukania CC (E. Hoffman, R. Fieger, A. Binder, K. Loachnik,
W. Behr, and W. Menniga) with 14-6. McGill beat Clarkson 7-1.
The "C" playoff was a 2-2 tie; Deukania won on tiebreak.
The Premier Reserves began with 32 players in two preliminary sections.
- April 1955: The Major Reserves began with 22 players in two
preliminary sections. The Scholastic Speed championship (26 players)
was won by Haskel Eiser (6-1). D. Ledain directed.
- May 1955: The City Championship (15 players) was won by H. Matthai
(12-3), followed by L. Joyner and J. Engel (11.5-3.5). M. Moss was
last with 1-14.
The Latvians beat the Poles 9-5. The City Speed
championship (15 minutes) was won by I. Zalys (4.5-1.5). At the
Philidor CC. M. Fox beat the Rest of Montreal in a consultation game;
the Old Stagers beat the Teenagers 8-0 (board 1: D. Ledain 1, D. Laurin
0); the club championship (12 players) was won by I. Poirier (9-2); the
reserve (22 players) by Roger Amand (7-1); and the Minor (14 players)
by G. Lepine (12-2).
- June 1955: The Premier Reserves Final was won by R. D. Westra (5-0).
- July 1955: There were weekly speed tournaments (10 sec/move) at the
Montreal CC, Thursdays at 8:15. L. Joyner gave a simul at the
Montreal CC (13.5-1.5), losing to A. Cayford, and drawing with W.
Stanley and J.C. Boyer. The "D" team champion (4 teams) was Dominion
Glass (J. Leclerc, A. Nicholson, G. Filion, and R. Lafleur) with 8-4.
The First Montreal Knockout championship started with 40 players.
The Major Reserves Final was won by R. Teene (5-0).
- August 1955: H. Matthai gave a simul at the Duekania CC, 5300 11th
Ave., Rosemont (15.5-0.5), drawing with H. Kemper.
- September 1955: The Canadian Closed in Ottawa was won by F. Anderson
(8.5-3.5) of Toronto. L. Joyner (7-4) was 3rd; H. Matthai (5-6) was
7th; and M. Fox (2.5-9.5) was 11th. The City Open began with 28
players in a 7-round Swiss. The Cercle Philidor opened, hosting a
match of En Passant CC vs. the rest of Montreal. The Quebec Junior
was won by F. Jobin of Quebec (4-1), followed by Jeannot Girard
- October 1955: The "A" team championship was won by En Passant
(18.5-4.5 - M. Fox, M. Guze, A. Garelick, J. Gersho, C. Podlone,
M. Rusio). Montreal was said to have the second largest team league
in North America, after New York. The 6-player Quebec Open was
won by L. Joyner (4-1), held at the Montreal CC, directed by W.
The second North American Estonian championship (6 players) was
won by A. Shilov (5-0). The 10-player Major Reserves was won by
R. Meritis (5-0); the 6-player Junior by J. Rigaso; and the
Speed championship (12 entries) by K. Tullus (20-2).
- November 1955: The Montreal Chess League executive was: J. Rauch
(pres.), M. Guze and J.P. Labelle (v.p.), W. Hornung (sec-treas.),
and P. Bennett (program sec.). The McGill CC championship started
with 60 entries. The executive was: I. Leinwand (pres.), A.
Benjamin (v.p.), P. Szpetgam (sec-treas.), and G. Nagy (publicity).
The 14-player Quebec Speed championship was held at the Montreal CC,
won by M. Guze (4.5-1.5). The executive of the Provincial federation
was: E. Phaneuf (pres.), R. Trottier (v.p.), W. Hornung (sec-treas.).
A "membership campaign" was begun - $1 included membership in the
Montreal Chess League, the CFC, and FIDE, and well as the provincial
- December 1955: P. Brunet started the Dorval CC at the Community Hall
of the Pine Beach Citizens' Association. The Deukania CC championship
started with 25 players. The Polonia CC met Saturday evenings at the
Polish Engineer's Institute, 3405 Cote des Neiges. M. Kozlowski was
in charge. The Montreal Open (28 players) was won by J. Engel and D.
- January 1956: The City Championship began at the Montreal CC (470
St. Catherine W.), 50 moves in 2 1/2 hours. W Hornung directed.
The Montreal Knockout championship (40 players) was won by Roelf
Westra, who beat M. Szczerbak (Scherbak?) 2.5-1.5 in the final.
The Cercle Philidor hosted a Catholic schools tournament. The
16-20 age group section was won by Serge Dubuc of Classique St-Croix
(19 players); the Under 16 section by Denis Bertrand of St-Viateur
(18 players). J.P. Labelle directed.
- February 1956: The City Team championship started in four divisions.
Plans were being made for the First Canadian Open to be held in
Montreal Aug. 25 to Sept. 2. Entry fee: $10 plus $1 CFC. First prize:
$200 minimum guaranteed. Director: D. Ledain. Patron: Governor-General
Vincent Massey. J. Prentice donated a trophy. Hart House CC beat
- March 1956: The City Junior championship of the Montreal Chess League
(9 players) was held at the Cercle Philidor, directed by J.P. Labelle.
There was a three-way tie for first (6-2): John Mazutis (Strathcona
Academy), S. Dubuc, and H. Eisener.
- April 1956: Class B of the Team Tournament was won by the Montreal CC
(N. McEachern, B. Abugov, K. Kristensen, J. Schneider) with 20.5-7.5,
followed by NDG and McGill (19.5-8.5), Alouettes (14.5-13.5),
Latvians (13-15), Polonia (9-19), and Lithuanians (8-20). Class C was
won by the Montreal Division, Federal Income Tax (A. Gratton, R.
Filion, N. Proulx, J. Guignard) with 12-8, followed by NDG (11-9),
Verdun and Montreal CC (10.5-9.5), Canadair (9.5-10.5), and McGill
- May 1956: L. Joyner won the City Championship (18 players) with a
17-0 score, followed by H. Matthai (13.5-3.5), N. Williams (13-4) etc.
The Cercle Philidor club championship (11 players) was won by I.
Poirier (8-2). The Minor championship (21 players) was won by Serge
Dubuc (6.5-1.5). The MCL Premier Reserves (18 players) was won by
K. Kristensen (8-0), S. Dubuc (7-1); the Major Reserves (14 players)
by S. Nason (5.5-0.5), I. Petroff (5-1); the Minor Reserves (24
players) was still in progress.
- June 1956: The A section of the team tournament was won by Montreal
CC (M. Fox, M. Guze, A. Garelick, J. Gersho, C. Podlone) with 7.5-4.5,
followed by Royals (6.5-5.5), Maccabees (6-6), and Polonia (4-8).
The D section was won by the Danes (H. Lauridsen, S. Christensen,
D. Kristensen, O. Jensen) with 6.5-5.5, followed by Club du Mat (all
blind players) and Comm. Tel. Union (6-6), and Mount Royal (5.5-6.5).
The Premier Reserves Final was won by K. Kristensen (4-1); the Major
Reserves Final by J. Van Dampselaar (4.5-0.5). L. Joyner gave a simul
at the YMCA, winning 10 and drawing with R. Sirverran.
- July 1956: The Minor Reserves Final was won by D. Aboody (5-1).
The Club du Mat champion was J.M. Lebel. There was a display of 25
rare chess sets at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
August 1956: The
The Canadian Open banquet was held the afternoon of Aug.
25 on St. Helen's Island. The first round pairings of the 88 players
were "a blind draw". Round 1 was 6:30 Sat. Aug. 25 at
rounds 2 and 3 were at the YMHA, 265 Mount Royal W. at 10 am and 7 pm
Sun. Aug. 26; rounds 3-9 at 6:30 Monday to Saturday at Redpath Hall;
round 10 was at the YMHA at 1 pm Sun. Sept. 2. First prize was $500,
and the Prentice Trophy, which was on display in Birks' window.
It seems that McGill University would not rent out Redpath Hall on Sundays.
The winner was L. Evans (8-2). The 26-player speed tournament was won
by G. Fuster. D. Ledain directed everything.
- September 1956: The Philidor CC opened its season at 4365 Papineau
(open Wed. evenings and Sun. afternoons - J.P. Labelle - director).
- October 1956: The Provincial Junior championship in Quebec City was
won by Francois Jobin (Quebec) 4.5-0.5. The First Canadian Junior was
scheduled to be held in Quebec in
- June 1957. Moe Moss, "a member of
the Committee of the Canadian Open", was invited by the YMHA to give
lectures. No mention was made of a 1956 Provincial Championship.
- November 1956: L. Joyner gave a simul at the Cercle Philidor, scoring
19.5-0.5, drawing with R. Trudel. The Montreal Knockout championship
started with 32 players.
- December 1956: The City Championship (17 players) began as a round
robin at the Montreal CC, 470 St. Catherine W. Entry fee was $6, and
all players had to be a member of a club recogninzed by the Montreal
Chess League. Time control was 50/2 1/2. The Cercle Philidor moved to
4242 Papineau (J.P. Labelle - pres.; R. Landry - v.p.; Y. Lalande -
sec-tres.; G. Larose - publicist). Moe Moss's Sunday morning courses
attracted 22 boys, 7 girls, and 2 adults. The new Montreal Chess
League executive was: J. Rauch - pres.; M. Guze and J.P. Labelle -
v.p.'s; W. Hornung - sec-tres.; M. Moss - program secretary. The
McGill Chess Club's executive was: C. Mitescu - pres.; G. Nagy - v.p.;
A. Cayford - sec.; B. Biberman - tournament director. Newly arrived
Hungarians were offered free membership to the Montreal CC, and free
entry to all Montreal Chess League tournaments.
- January 1957: The City Championship was scheduled to be held on
Sunday afternoons at the Montreal Chess Club, 470 St. Catherine West.
20 participants played in a round-robin, one game per week.
The Minor Reserves championship of the Montreal Chess League was won
by 13 year old David Aboody, and J.M. Lebel, with 5-1. 24 participants.
The top 6 were to advance to the 1957 Major Reserves - along with
the two previously mentioned were I. Eisenhardt, M. Iliesco,
M. Voejcker, and H. Lauridsen. The final match of the Montreal
Knockout championship (32 entries) was won by I. Zalys 2-0 over
- February 1957: The title of D. LeDain's chess column in the Gazette
was changed from "Chess News, Views, and Moves" to "The Game of
Kings". The En Passant Chess Club met every evening and Sunday
afternoons at 240 Laurier W. (H. Leidman - president; M. Fox -
hon. president; J. Gersho - vice-president; M. Guze - sec-tres.).
The Club du Mat at 904 Beaubien E. met Thursday evenings. Most of
its members were blind. R. Rivest (president); R. Fallot (manager).
- March 1957: The Polonia Chess Club met at 3405 Cote des Neiges on
Friday evenings. W. Tabaka (president); J.M. Kruzynski (sec-tres.).
The University of Toronto defeated McGill 3-1. The Philidor Chess
Club championship (11 entries) at 4265 Papineau was taking place.
13 year old Jacques Marchand was a participant. (J.P. Labelle -
president). Simuls by Koltanowski were announced for
- April 6 and 7.
- April 1957: The Ladies City Championship of the Montreal Chess League
was scheduled to take place at the YMHA, 265 Mount Royal W., directed
by Moe Moss. No further news of this event. Koltanowski gave two simuls
at Sir George Williams College, 1435 Drummond, against a total of 58
players. The only winner was Anthony Layford. Draws were against
John Marica and Prof. W. R. Fraser of SGW who also won the Birks Trophy
for the best game. It cost $3 to play, or $1 to watch. Koltanowski said
Montreal was "the only city in North America with four newspaper chess
columns". He last visited Montreal in 1938. He also played 2 games
blindfold at 10 seconds a move, beating 14 year old D. Aboody, and
drawing J. Marica.
Eugene Butkoy won the
McGill championship (4.5-0.5).
- May 1957: The City Class A Team Champions were M. Fox, M. Guze,
A. Garelick, C. Podlone, and J. Gersho of En Passant (12-4), followed
by McGill (10-6), Montreal C.C. (8.5-7.5), Philidor (8-8), and Polonia
(1.5-14.5). Class B Champions were J. Viliusus, J. Siauciulis, A. Myle,
J. Malaiska, and V. Zilinskas of the Lithiuanian C.C.(17-7), followed
by En Passant (15-9), Montreal C.C. (14.5-9.5), Latvians and Canadair
(10-14), Polonia (9.5-14.5), and Philidor (8-16). Class C Champions
were G. Larose, H. de la Durantaye, G.A. Fortier, R. Gaudet, and B.
Sammut of Philidor (15.5-4.5), followed by Montreal C.C. (11-9),
Comm. Tel. Union, Club du Mat (9-1), McGill (8.5-11.5), and Danes
(7-13). The Montreal Speed Championship (26 players) was won by M.
Fox (7-1), followed by H. Matthai (6.0-2.0). T. Popov had 3.5-4.5.
W. Hornung directed this 10-second a move tournament at the Mount
Royal YMHA. Moe Moss, program secretary of the Montreal Chess League,
proposed a new club in Montreal.
- June 1957: The City Championship finally ended, won by Lionel Joyner
(18.5-0.5), and was given the title of National Master by the CFC.
He was followed by N. Williams and H. Matthai (16-3) and I. Zalys
(15.5-3.5). D. LeDain says: "W. Hornung directed with his usual
efficiency and tact".
- July 1957: No local news.
- August 1957: No local news.
- September 1957: 176 took part in the US Open in Cleveland. Local
players included J. Gersho, R. Lebel, T. Popov (6-6), and M. Moss
(5.5-6.5). The Dorval Chess Club met Saturday nights at the
Anglican Church (contact Philippe Brunet).
- October 1957: The Provincial Open Championship (37 entries) took
place at the Cercle Philidor, 4265 Papineau. Entry fees: $5 for
residents of Greater Montreal; $3 for others; $2 for college students;
$1 for other students. All these fees included CFC membership. The
director was W. Hornung.
- November 1957: The LeDain column of Nov. 2 announced the opening of
the Montreal Chess Centre (as proposed by M. Moss in May) on Nov. 3
at 1537 Van Horne, but the column of 2 weeks later says the opening
was postponed because Outremont refused to let it operate without a
permit. The Estonians beat the Latvians 27.5-8.5 in a 10 second a
move match at the International YMCA.
- December 1957: The City Championship was scheduled to start Jan. 12,
- January 1958: J. Rauch was elected president of the Montreal Chess
League. The City Championship began as a 12-round Swiss (80 entries
including 5 women) at the NDG Centre. Entry fees were $5; $3 for
college students and women; $1 for other students. The Estonian club
championship (7 entries) was won by E. Viires.
- February 1958: McGill beat University of Toronto 4.5-0.5 "after 10
years of consecutive defeats". Players for McGill were: A. Cayford
(1), P. Gergeley (1), J. Mazutis (0.5), M. Birchwood (1), B.
Biberman (0), and G. Nagy (1). The Montreal speed championship (49
entries) was won by Allen Reiter, beating A. Siklos in a playoff.
He won a trophy and a clock. Proceeds went to the CFC Olympic Fund.
Directors were W. Oaker, Mrs. J. Rauch, and J. Greenhut.
- March 1958: Moe Moss, program secretary of the Montreal Chess League,
proposed a chess centre in Outremont or at the NDG Centre (see Nov.
1957). The Verdun Chess Club met at 351 St. Willibrord.
April 1958: McGill beat Clarkson 7.5-2.5. The City Championship was
won by Allan Reiter (10-2), followed by I. Zalys (9.5-2.5) and J.
Gersho (9-3). Also playing were: H. Morgentaler (6.5), R. Drummond
and Y. Coudari (6), and M. Moss (5.5).
- May 1958: Plans were made for a Montreal-Toronto match to be held in
Kingston in June. The last match was in 1932 when Toronto won.
Jacques Marchand won the Philidor C.C. championship
8-0 (20 entries).
- June 1958: No local news.
- July 1958: Montreal 18, Toronto 9. L. Joyner 1-0 F. Anderson; A. Reiter
0-1 R. Siemms; N. Williams 1-0 D. Richardson; L. Witt 0-1 F. Draxl etc.
A. Siklos, J. Gersho, and M. Guze also won. A tandem simul by L.
Joyner and A. Reiter was scheduled at the Mt. Royal YMHA to aid the
Olympic team. Entry fee: $1; book prizes. 26 played; winners were
Jan Viliusis, J.C. Boyer, and Ivan Mihajlovits. Draws were by: S.
Kristalka, M. Tranquille, and P. Burke. L. Joyner then played 3 players
blindfolded, and after beating 2, he added 4 more. His total for the
7 games was 6-1, losing to G. Raicevic.
- August 1958: No local news.
- September 1958: The City Speed championship (57 entries) was won by
N. Engalicev (12.5-1.5) at the NDG Centre. Entry fee was $1.
- October 1958: The Provincial Championship was won by N. Engalicev and
A. Reiter (5-1). The North American Estonian championship was held
in Montreal (8 players), won by a Montrealer, Anatale Shilov (4.5-0.5).
The Premier Reserves of the Estonian Championship (8 players) was won
by R. Rohusaar (4.5-0.5); the Student section (6 players) was a tie
between J. Raudsepp, J. Riga, and P. Mannistu; the speed tournament
(10 players) was won by E. Viires. The NDG Chess Centre (at the
NDG Community Centre) was open Monday to Friday evenings. R. Landry
and J.P. Labelle were in charge of the Philidor CC.
November 1958: The City Open began with 104 entries, including 4
women. All players living in Greater Montreal were eligible. Entry
fees were $5 (plus $1 CFC) for this 14 round Swiss. The Cercle
Philidor played two matches with Canadair, winning one 6-2, and
losing one 4-2. J. Rauch was elected president of the Montreal Chess
- December 1958: J.P. Labelle was elected president of the Cercle
Phildor; R. Landry was vice-president and secretary. Directors were:
G.A. Fortier, L. Baillargeon, and M. Mongrain. It met Wednesday
evenings and Sunday afternoons.
- January 1959: McGill lost a match 7-0 to University of Toronto.
McGill's players were: P. Gersely (McGill speed champion), A. Alcock,
M. Brown, G. Nagy, G. Fox, and K. Birchwood.
- February 1959: The Montreal City Open finished (104 players) -
L. Witt (10.5-3.5), L. Joyner (11.0-3.0), A. Siklos (10.5-3.5). It was
played at one game per week at the NDG Centre and over 90 players
completed the tournament. The Polonia Chess Club announced its opening
at 1557 Mackay (W. Tabaka - president). The Montreal speed championship
(27 entries) was won by Heinz Matthai, followed by L. Joyner and R.
- March 1959: The Russian Chess Club opened at 2518 Rachel E. (W. Pilagin
- president). The Montreal City Championship, a closed tournament of
11 players started (one game a week).
- April 1959: The Lithuanian Chess Club defeated the Polonia Chess Club
6.5-1.5 in a match. The Russian CC beat the Polonia CC 8-1. The
Caissa Chess Club opened at 470 St. Catherine W. (I. Zalys - president).
- May 1959: The Cercle Philidor championship was won by Andre Baillargeon
(8-0), followed by Paul Baillargeon (5-3). The En Passant CC beat the
Estonians 7.5-2.5. Top boards were: Fox 1 Shilov 0; Rauch 0.5 Viires
0.5; Cohen 0 Anin 1; Scholsser 1 Paabo 0. The Estonian club
championship (11 players) was won by E. Viires (10-0), followed by
H. Paabo (8-2). A team of players from the Russian and Polonia clubs
beat the Cercle Philidor 8.5-3.5. The first board was E. Butkov 1
I. Poirier 0.
- June 1959: The Montreal City Championship, a closed tournament of
11 players was won by L. Joyner (9.5-0.5), followed by E. Knapp
(7.5-2.5), A. Shilov and A. Baikowitz (7.0-3.0).
- July 1959: No local news.
- Aug. 1959: The Canadian Closed began on the 24th at the NDG Centre.
Director was W. Oaker, and first prize was $300 from a $600 prize
fund. The tournament was won by A. Yanofsky (11-0). Montreal players:
Lionel Joyner, Noel Williams (7.5-3.5); Heinz Matthai (5.5-5.5); Ignas
Zalys (4.5-6.5); Anthony Cayford (5-6 - was Montreal's top junior).
- Sept. 1959: No local news.
- Oct. 1959: The McGill CC opened (A. Alcock - president; D. Boileau -
secretary). L. Joyner won the provincial championship (5.5-0.5).
The Cercle Philidor (R. Landry - president) met at the Henri-Julien
Centre - 9300 St. Denis Sunday afternoons and Wednesday evenings.
The Rhinegold CC (Rudolf Fieger - director) met at 1475 Mansfield,
replacing the former Deukania CC. The Russian CC met in the basement
of St. Nicholas Cathedral (2518 Rachel E.) Saturday afternoons
(G. Novitsky and N. Pilagin).
- Nov. 1959: Moe Moss announced a simul by Alex Siklos against 35 or
40 high school players at the YMHA, 265 Mount Royal W. A fee of
25 cents would be charged to cover a best game prize, with the
balance going to high school chess. This ended up being a tandem
simul by Siklos and Witt against 15 players, winning all except
draws against John Finestone and Robert Rubin. The "excellent play"
prize was won by Walter Hirsch (H.S. of Montreal), and the last to
finish was Barbara Rubin. The start of the
Montreal City Open was announced (entry fee: $6; juniors $2; CFC
membership $1). It attracted 56 players. The Cercle Philidor tied
6-6 with the Rhinegold CC. I. Poirier was elected president of
- Dec. 1959: No local news.