A blast from the past!
I recently got hold of some old ChessReview magazines and spent hours flipping thru them…which is what I love to do when I can get my hands on vintage stuff. You never know what you might find.
On page 4 of the January 1953 edition I came across the above photo of 9-year old Quebec City chess prodigy Loic Therien playing against 75-year old Leopold Christin, apparently a past president of the Canadian Chess Federation (1947/8).
Loic is part of a chess playing family that has deep roots in Quebec chess. His father, Jules, was for a long time one of the top players in the province. As far as I know, Jules qualified numerous times to participate in the Canadian Championships and acquitted himself with dignity.
Loic also had a special gift for mathematics but decided to dedicate himself more to that than to chess. Loic would eventually become a professor at the University of Sherbrooke, where he taught for 30 years before retiring at age 55. He is still alive and healthy and dedicates much of his time to pottery.
Loic would only occassionally play tournament chess. From what I have seen from his early games, Loic is a gifted master level player, with a flair for tactical play – a trait he certainly picked up from his father Jules, who was an uncanny tactician.
Readers will no doubt appreciate the brilliant manner in which he dispatched an acquaintance of mine from Montreal, the late Jack Gersho, a strong expert:
Loic Therien – Jack Gersho
Montreal September 1972 (Quebec Open)
Abe Yanofsky in Hastings
I found the above photo of Abe Yanofsky and Edward Lasker while browsing thru the March 1953 ChessReview. Abe was 27 years old at the time and already the strongest player in the Commonwealth by far.