Vancouver International Chess Congress

Women's International

Vancouver, 23 July - 2 August 1981123456
1Cramling, Pia2235* *½ 11 11 11 ½1 ½8.5
2Hund, Barbara2175½ 0* *1 ½1 11 ½1 17.5
3Shterenberg, Nava21450 00 ½* *1 ½1 ½1 15.5
4Haring, Ruth20500 00 00 ½* *½ 11 14.0
5Rudolph, Alexey----0 ½0 ½0 ½½ 0* *½ 13.5
6Day, Angela18300 ½0 00 00 0½ 0* *1.0
Source: 50-21

Held at the Holiday Inn on Broadway from July 23 to August 2, the event brought together six players (two European, two American, and two Canadian) in what at that time was the strongest and richest international tournament for women ever held in North America (and nothing immediately comes to mind which has eclipsed it since). Remember, this was in the PP era: Pre-Polgar. Judit turned five on the first day of the tournament.

In the end the two Europeans dominated the standings; each score 4.5/5 in the first cycle, but Cramling won their second individual encounter in round 6 and this proved to be her margin of victory. Canadian Champion Nava Shterenberg (now Nava Starr) comfortably took third, and Ruth Haring (wife of Peter Biyiasas) beat out her American compatriot Alexey Rudolph for fourth place.

Western Canadian Open

Vancouver, 25 July - 1 August 1981123456789
1Miles, Tony2590W45W11W53D8W14W4W2W6D38.0
2Reeve, Jeff2258W30D14W35W3W5W24L1W8W107.5
3Day, Lawrence2438W23W15W17L2D22W12W4W5D17.0
4Biyiasas, Peter2544W37W9W13D5W8L1L3W30W156.5
5Barclay, Wayne1995W28W10W39D4L2W14W24L3W266.5
6Baker, Cliff2060W50L8W52W53W17W16W25L1D76.5
7Seid, Hee1900L9W46W48L24W58W35W16W25D66.5
8Hawkes, Rob2240W32W6W36D1L4W13W9L2D126.0
9Kurtovic, Tom2154W7L4W47W34D13W22L8D18W236.0
10Skulsky, Ian2023W20L5W27W19L32W34W43W23L26.0
11Berrocoso, Tony2100W19L1D38L31W40W28D22W43W256.0
12O'Donnell, Tom1968D31L17W71W69W18L3W44W13D86.0
13Johnson, Tyler1890W29W26L4W23D9L8W14L12W315.5
14Dougherty, Mike2054W25D2W18W26L1L5L13W44W225.5
15Brown, Paul2066W34L3D33W38L16W59W20W19L45.5
16Szabo Jr., Alex1950D72W27D24W54W15L6L7D31W325.5
17Johnson, Chris1590W70W12L3W37L6D20W53L26W405.5
18Johnson, Damon1770D 0W29L14W61L12W33W37D9D285.5
19Lee, Marvin1858L11W63W56L10W67W36D30L15W375.5
20Burke, Paul1851L10W58W62W35L24D17L15W47W305.5
21Chang, John1695W60L23W45L22L30W64D28W49W505.5
22Farges, Yves1893L26W41W42W21D3L9D11W24L145.0
23Crook, David1952L3W21W46L13W27W31W32L10L95.0
24Vigier, Gerry2115D43W44D16W7W20L2L5L22W345.0
25Morgan, Scott2032L14W47W67W40W36W32L6L7L115.0
26Storey, Carl2201W22L13W44L14L54W52W27W17L55.0
27van Zweeden, Bob1900W62L16L10W56L23W63L26W55W465.0
28Cabanas, Francisco1777L5L35W73W57W48L11D21W41D185.0
29Shapero, Dave2005L13L18D55W63L33W70D52W35W435.0
30Leblanc, Paul1973L2W49W57L36W21W54D19L4L204.5
31Lemke, Harold1770D12L53W70W11D43L23W36D16L134.5
32Anderson, Jon1958L8W67W63W39W10L25L23D40L164.5
33Pitre, H.G.1874W40L45D15L43W29L18W59L34W524.5
34Kruger, Ben1814L15W56W60L9W46L10D47W33L244.5
35Serion, Raul1567W42W28L2L20W50L7D54L29W394.5
36Silley, Ronald1692W74W43L8W30L25L19L31W63D494.5
37Yearwood, Imlach2020L4W52W58L17D44W41L18W38L194.5
38Lazzarotto, Ralph1749L56W69D11L15L42W60W66L37W534.5
39Stermer, Michael1574W51W50L5L32W53L43D49W54L354.5
40Dathie, Jean-Francois1818L33W66W64L25L11W48W46D32L174.5
41Roy, Ian1706D69L22L43W55W60L37W42L28W544.5
42Moore, David1602L35W73L22D45W38L44L41W66W634.5
43Lauritson, Jim1865D24L36W41W33D31W39L10L11L294.0
44Kort, Wayne1752W65L24L26W62D37W42L12L14D474.0
45Bateman, Mike1969L1W33L21D42L52D55W56L46W 04.0
46Lee, Simon1659W68L7L23W51L34W50L40W45L274.0
47Medalen, David1698W55L25L9L48W62W57D34L20D444.0
48Annett, Allen1485W71L54L7W47L28L40L50W70W674.0
49Freed, Ken1743D57L30L69D66W61W67D39L21D364.0
50Bortucene, Bayezid1801L6L39W66W65L35L46W48W57L214.0
51Fraser, Grant1246L39W55L54L46L63W 0W62L59W604.0
52Nelson, Robert1678W73L37L6D60W45L26D29D53L333.5
53Hunter, David1959W54W31L1L6L39W58L17D52L383.5
54Erdos, Larry1719L53W48W51L16W26L30D35L39L413.5
55Reddy, Satish1500L47L51D29L41W 0D45W67L27D573.5
56Olinger, Dennis1598W38L34L19L27D66D61L45W65D583.5
57Min, Simon1655D49D59L30L28W68L47W64L50D553.5
58Fekete, Charles1647W64L20L37W71L7L53W61L 0D563.5
59Kuge, Tom1765L63D57L61W70W69L15L33W51L 03.5
60Allenby, Ed1412L21W65L34D52L41L38W70W67L513.5
61Zanatta, Roy1430L67D70W59L18L49D56L58D62W643.5
62Tiedje, Ottounr.L27W68L20L44L47W65L51D61W713.5
63Weiss, Michaelunr.W59L19L32L29W51L27W68L36L423.0
64Grasdal, Martin1262L58W74L40L67W65L21L57W71L613.0
65Aberle, Danunr.L44L60W68L50L64L62W71L56W663.0
66Ricketts, Steve1652D 0L40L50D49D56W69L38L42L652.5
67Chornobay, William1626W61L32L25W64L19L49L55L60L482.0
68Kenney, KM1315L46L62L65W73L57W71L63L 0L 02.0
69Piper, August1571D41L38W49L12L59L66L 0L 0L 01.5
70McCurdy, Robert H.1451L17D61L31L59W71L29L60L48L 01.5
71Suttles, Dobrila1128L48W 0L12L58L70L68L65L64L621.0
72Harper, Bruce2346D16L 0L 0L 0L 0L 0L 0L 0L 00.5
73Szabo Sr., Alex1417L52L42L28L68L 0L 0L 0L 0L 00.0
74Dnes, Walter1426L36L64L 0L 0L 0L 0L 0L 0L 00.0

The second leg of the Vancouver International Chess Congress was the Western Canadian Open, held at the Holiday Inn on West Broadway from July 25 to August 1. Despite a low turnout of 74 players, the tournament boasted the participation of one of the strongest players in the world, England's top grandmaster Tony Miles. He did not disappoint, taking first place with an 8-1 score, and was only in trouble against Rob Hawkes in round 4. Clear second and third respectively were Jeff Reeve and Lawrence Day (7.5 and 7). The other grandmaster in the field, former Canadian Champion (and former Canadian!) Peter Biyiasas did not have a good event, finishing in a four-way tie for fourth with Californian Cliff Baker, Wayne Barclay, and Hee Seid (6.5); the last two split the "A" prize. The "B" prize was also a four-way tie, between Johnson brothers Chris, Tyler, and Damon, and John Chang (5.5); the Johnsons gained 486 rating points between them for their efforts. Raul Serion and Michael Stermer split the "C" prize (4.5), Grant Fraser the "D" (4), and David Moore won the Unrated prize (4.5). Jonathan Berry was the TD, assisted by Ken Morton.


Vancouver, August 19811234567890
1Miles, Tony2593W18W24D13D11W9D19W5W3L2W77.5
2Suttles, Duncan2557W4L11W25W13W15L5D8W14W1W37.5
3Seirawan, Yasser2601D8D5W22W32W11W6W19L1W12L27.0
4Assmann, Thomas2240L2W30W17W26L6W32L16W23W18W87.0
5Taylor, Gordon2302W28D3D7D12W24W2L1W8D9D66.5
6Harper, Bruce2331L 0W12D19L15W4L3W9D7D14D56.0
7Donaldson, John2323W32D10D5L19W13W14D12D6W11L16.0
8Burstow, John2150D3L14W33W35W10W9D2L5W24L46.0
9Day, Lawrence2438D10W16W26W21L1L8L6W15D5W196.0
10Weber, Peter2200D9D7D12W27L8D18W26W32L17W206.0
11Baragar, Fletcher2241W20W2D14D1L3L12D15W16L7W175.5
12Cramling, Pia2235W30L6D10D5W16W11D7D13L3D145.5
13Zuk, Bob2222W17W21D1L2L7W15L14D12W19D165.5
14Piasetski, Leon2398W23W8D11D24D19L7W13L2D6D125.5
15Hund, Barbara2221D25D22W16W6L2L13D11L9W23W245.5
16Hawkes, Rob2254W31L9L15W18L12W21W4L11W27D135.5
17Forbes, Gerry1982L13W36L4W29W27W23L24D18W10L115.5
18Pupols, Viktors2318L1D20W35L16W26D10W32D17L4W255.5
19Macskasy, Elod2225W34W33D6W7D14D1L3D24L13L95.0
20Dougherty, Mike2021L11D18L24W36L25W22D30W26W21L105.0
21Ferguson, Bobby1946W29L13W23L9L32L16W35W25L20W315.0
22Szabo Jr., Alex2002W36D15L3D28L23L20D31D33W26W 05.0
23Brown, Paul2062L14W34L21W25W22L17W27L4L15W285.0
24Berry, Jonathan2302D33L1W20D14L5W25W17D19L8L154.5
25O'Donnell, Tom2003D15W35L2L23W20L24W28L21W31L184.5
26Farges, Yves2003W35W27L9L4L18W28L10L20L22W 04.0
27Ellis, Steve1948W37L26W28L10L17W34L23W30L16L294.0
28Dimitrijevic, D2147L5W29L27D22D34L26L25W35W30L234.0
29Barclay, Wayne2153L21L28L34L17W35L30W36L31W32W274.0
30Kurtovic, Tom2139L12L4L32W33D31W29D20L27L28D353.5
31Petras, Mike1981L16L32D36D34D30D33D22W29L25L213.5
32Skulsky, Ian2041L7W31W30L3W21L4L18L10L29L 03.0
33Dubisch, Ralph1943D24L19L8L30W36D31D34D22L 0L 03.0
34Wilson, Steve1957L19L23W29D31D28L27D33L36L 0L 02.5
35Day, Angela1736L26L25L18L8L29D36L21L28W 0D302.0
36Phipps, Bill1789L22L17D31L20L33D35L29W34L 0L 02.0
37Rudolph, Alexey1873L27L 0L 0L 0L 0L 0L 0L 0L 0L 00.0
Source: 51-24

The third installment of the 1981 Vancouver Chess Congress was a FIDE-rated International Swiss, limited to players rated above 2000 (or juniors above 1900). Held in the Henry Angus Building at UBC, the tournament was originally scheduled for eleven rounds, but with only thirty-eight players entered this was changed to ten rounds and a rest day. The event saw the return to tournament chess of Duncan Suttles, who had not played since 1976. However, he faced tough competition from England number one Tony Miles and new U.S. champion Yasser Seirawan, along with IMs Leon Piasetski and Lawrence Day and other hungry hopefuls.

?, Tony Miles, Lawrence Day, Yasser Seirawan, Barbara Hund

Day, Seirawan, Duncan Suttles, Fletcher Baragar

After eight rounds the three grandmasters were ahead of the pack: Miles (6.5) had just taken over the lead by beating Seirawan (6) while Suttles (5.5) was third. In round nine Suttles beat Miles and Seirawan won, leaving Yasser in the lead by half a point going into the last round. This saw the completion of the Cinderella story as Suttles beat Seirawan to tie for first with Tony Miles, who ground down John Donaldson; each scored 7.5. Seirawan tied for third with the unheralded young German Thomas Assmann, while current B.C. Champion Gordon Taylor was all alone in fifth place with 6.5. Gordon's result was sufficient for an IM norm, while Bruce Harper, Fletcher Baragar, and Elod Macskasy made FM norms and Pia Cramling an IGM norm.