The 1976 Canadian Open in Toronto
Spraggett K. – De Firmian N.Canadian Open, Toronto, 1976.
25. Rad1 Nxd4 26. Rxd4 (position in the photo above!)
35… Rf7 36. Qxg5 Rg7 37. Qh4 Kf7 38. Be4 (diagram)
White’s attack would be unstoppable
This game threw away my chances for winning the tournament. The next round Nick Defirmian took a fast draw with Lawrence Day, assuring themselves of a joint tie for first place! Nick Defirmian would later go on and become one of America’s strongest grandmasters.
The MacDonald Block in downtown Toronto was the location of many of Canada’s strongest open tournaments in the 70’s and 80’s. Not very expensive at the time, the cafeteria was large, spacious and had excellent lighting. Plus it could hold more than 500 people easily!
MORE PHOTOS FROM THE TOURNAMENT
The players from out of town were housed at a local dormitory on the U of T campus; I only recognize Quebecer Jean Delva (far left)
Canadian Champion Peter Biyiasis playing US master C. Barnes
One of my favourite Canadian IMs of all time is Bruce Amos, who gave up competitive chess soon after the Canadian Open (he got married, started working…). Bruce is an incredibly talented person, a skilled gamesman (one of the best GO players of his generation) and one of the most talented chess players I have ever met.
Amos, Bruce – Browne, Walter
Canadian Open, Toronto 1976.
1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. d4 O-O 5. e4 d6 6. Be2 e5 7. O-O Nc6 8. Be3 Ng4 9. Bg5 Bf6 10. Bxf6 Nxf6 11. d5 Ne7 12. Ne1 Nd7 13. Nd3 f5 14. f4 exf4 15. Nxf4 Nc5 16. Qd4 Nxe4 17. Nxe4 fxe4 18. g4 Re8 19. Rf2 c5 20. Qc3 Bd7 21. Raf1 Nc8
22. Nxg6! hxg6 23. Rf7
23… Re5 24. Qh3 Rh5
25. Rf8! Qxf8 26. Rxf8 Kxf8
27. Qf1! Rf5 28. gxf5 Bxf5 29. Qf4 a5 30. Bg4 Ne7 31. Qxd6 Bxg4 32. Qf6 Kg8 33. Qxe7 Rf8 34. Qxe4 Bf5 35. Qe3 b6 36. Kg2 Kf7 37. Qb3 Rb8 38. Kg3 Ke7 39. Qc3 Kd6 40. Qf6 Kc7 41. Qc6 Kd8
42. d6 Rc8 43. Qxb6 Kd7 44. Qxa5 Kxd6 45. a3 Ke5 46. Qc3 Ke4 47. Qd2 Ke5 48. Qd5 Kf6 49. h4 Be6 50. Qd6 [1:0]