Visitors to Canada - simultaneous and exhibition games

The following table attempts to document visits by outside masters to Canada; in general offhand games are not included.
The table is by no means comprehensive nor complete, but will be added to as information becomes available.

A PGN file of associated games.

(Much of the Montréal information stems from Hugh Brodie - many thanks!)

PlayerDateLocation# of boards/type (score)Comments
Henry Bird22 January 1877Montréal19 (+11 =2 -6)or 15 (+9 =2 -4)
23/27 January 18774 consultation (+2 =1 -1)
27/30 January 187717 (+12 =2 -3)
February 1877Sherbrooke50 games, 1 loss
10 February 1877Montréal25 (+21 =2 -2)
George Mackenzie3 January 1879Montréal14 (+12 =1 -1)
4 January 187912 (+11 =1 -0)
7 January 187913 (+11 =0 -2)
9 January 187911 opponents (+13? =4 -1)
14 January 187915 opponents (+14 =1 -4)
James Grundy23 February 1880Toronto11 (+9 =0 -2)
24 February 18808 (+6 =0 -2)
25? February 1880Hamilton22 (+16 =0 -6)"two rounds"
Johannes Zukertort24 January 1884Toronto27 (+22 =3 -2)possibly 3 more boards, +3
25 January 188412 blindfold (+6 =1 -5)
30 January 1884Ottawa19 (+16 =0 -3)
31 January 188412 blindfold (+10 =1 -0, 1 unfinished)
11 February 1884Montréal34 (+28 =3 -3)
12 February 188412 blindfold (+8 =2 -2)
19 February 1884Québec City29
20? February 188412 blindfold (+10 =1 -1)
Henry BirdMay/June 1889Montréal150 games in first week, -9not well documented in press
Joseph Blackburne4 June 1889Montréal25 (+21 =2 -2)
6 June 188924 (+18 =5 -1)
8 June 18898 blindfold (+3 =4 -1)
10 June 188930 (+28 =1 -1)
Emanuel Lasker21 November 1892Montréal24 (+21 =2 -1)
22 November 18924 individual (+4)
23 November 18923 individual, 1 consultation (+4)
24 November 189226 (+23 =2 -1)
26 November 1892Québec City5 (+5 =0 -0)
16 (+14 =1 -1)
William H.K. PollockMarch 1893Montréal
William Steinitz13 November 1893Montréal16 (+15 =0 -1)
14 November 18932 consultation, +2
15 November 1893"2 people at once" +10?
17 November 1893+18?
18 November 18932 consultation, +2
20 November 18932 consultation, +2
21 November 189316 (+15 =0 -1)
22 November 18932 consultation, +2
25 November 189322 (+20 =1 -1)
30 November 1893Québec City13 (+12 =0 -1)
Francis J. Lee14 April 1894Montréal15 (+12 =1 -2)
16 April 189414 (+12 =1 -1)
April 189411 (+9 =0 -2)
Harry N. Pillsbury16 May 1894Montréal10 blindfold (+7 =2 -1)
Harry N. Pillsbury2 June 1894Montréal12 blindfold (+8 =0 -4)
Frank J. MarshallSeptember 1898Montréalmatch with Jasnogrodsky, 3-3
Harry N. Pillsbury17 January 1899Winnipeg23 (+20 =0 -3)also 6 checkers
18 January 18997, consulting pairs on 5 (+6 =1 -0)
6 blindfold (+6 =0 -0)also two hands of whist
Harry N. Pillsbury5 February 1900Winnipeg14 opponents (+16 =0 -1)also +7 =1 at checkers
32 (+29 =3 -0)also +4 =4 -2 at checkers
6 February 19002 individual games, +2also +3 =1 at checkers
10 blindfold (+7 =1 -2)also checkers and whist
Harry N. Pillsbury3 November 1900Montréal25 (+20 =3 -2)
16 blindfold (+12 =1 -3)
Harry N. Pillsbury6 December 1900Toronto12 blindfold (+11 =1 -0)also checkers and whist
7 December 1900
8 December 1900
Harry N. Pillsbury12 January 1901Winnipeg22 (+17 =3 -2)also +4 =2 -1 at checkers
10 blindfold (+10 =0 -0)also checkers and whist
Jacques Mieses24 November 1903Montréal4 consultation with clocks
Harry N. Pillsbury5 December 1903Montréal17 (+16 =0 -1)
16 blindfold (+14 =1 -1)
Emanuel Lasker15 December 1905Montréal14 (+11 =2 -1)
16 December 19051 consultation (+1)
Géza Maróczy16 April 1906Winnipeggame vs. M. Smith, +1
19 (+16 =3 -0)
17 April 1906game vs. C. Blake, +1
20 inc. 1 blind (+17 =1 -2)
18 April 1906game vs. M. Smith, +1
1 consultation, +1
19 April 1906game vs. R.J. Spencer, +1
14 (+14 =0 -0)
20 April 1906games vs. Smith and Burrell, +2played simultaneously
21 April 1906game vs. C. Blake, +1
27 (+24 =3 -0)
Frank J. Marshall1 December 1906Winnipeg19 (+15 =0 -4)
23 (+16 =6 -1)
Emanuel Lasker7 June 1907Winnipeg14 (+12 =0 -2)
8 June 19078 (+7 =0 -1)
17 (+13 =2 -2)
Jacques Mieses20 February 1908Toronto14 (+10 =2 -2)
32 (+24 =7 -1)
José R. Capablanca19 January 1909Toronto23 (+23 =0 -0)1st American tour
José R. Capablanca29 June 1909Montréal15 (+12 =3 -0)
30 June 190917 (+15 =2 -0)
José R. Capabanca17 November 1909Montréal24 (+22 =2 -0)2nd American tour
Paul F. JohnerOctober? 1910Toronto
José R. Capablanca14 May 1912Winnipeg20 (+20 =0 -0)4th American tour
15 May 191220 (+20 =0 -0)4th American tour
Frank J. Marshall24 June 1913Victoria9 (blindfold?) (+8 =1 -0)
17 (+13 =3 -1)
Frank J. Marshall27 November 1914Toronto19 (+14 =5 -0)
33 (+25 =4 -4)
Frank J. Marshall2 December 1914Montréal27 (+21 =4 -2)
10 December 19143 consultation, +1 =1 -12 players per board, simul?
game vs. G. Marechal, -1both players blindfolded
Frank J. Marshall17 February 1915Vancouver26 (+22 =4 -0)
Frank J. Marshall1915Montréal31 (+26 =2 -3)
Frank J. Marshall27 November 1915Montréal25 (+19 =5 -1)
Frank J. Marshall10 March 1916Toronto21 (+20 =1 -0)
Frank J. Marshall25 October 1916Toronto41 (+33 =6 -2)
Frank J. Marshall6 March 1917Toronto34 (+29 =3 -2)
Frank J. Marshall17 December 1919Montréal33 (+24 =6 -3)
18 December 191927 (+22 =3 -2)
19 December 191936 (+32 =2 -2)
20 December 191922 (+16 =6 -0)
Charles JaffeOctober 1920Montréal20 (+18 =2 -0)
21 (+14 =6 -1)
Frank J. Marshall10 March 1921Montréal30 (+24 =5 -1)
11 March 192129 (+23 =5 -1)
22 (+19 =3 -0)
Frank J. Marshall19 March 1921Toronto
Samuel Reshevsky26 April 1921Toronto17 (+15 =2 -0)Reshevsky was 9 years old
Frank J. Marshall7 January 1922Montréal155 (+126 =21 -8)World record
Samuel Reshevsky19? April 1923Montréal20 (+15 =5 -0)Reshevsky was 11 years old
Samuel Reshevsky19 April 1923Ottawa26 (+26 =0 -0)Reshevsky was 11 years old
Frank J. Marshall20 May 1923Montréal16 (+12 =4 -0)
Alexander A. Alekhine22 November 1923Montréal37 (+27 =5 -5)
24 November 1923Québec City26 (+26 =0 -0)
25 November 1923Trois Rivieres24 (+24 =0 -0)
26 November 1923Montréal27 (+25 =2 -0)
29 November 192320 (+19 =1 -0)
1 December 192321 blindfold (+12 =5 -4)North American record
3 December 19231 consultation (+1)
Alexander A. Alekhine23 January 1924Toronto36 inc. 2 blind (+31 =4 -1)
Frederick D. Yates1924Montréal
Bruno Forsberg18/21/22 July 1924Winnipegbeat R.J. Spencer 3-0in the area for several months
Géza Maróczy21? February 1925Montréal51 (+40 =10 -1)2 simuls
Géza Maróczy30 March 1925Winnipeg24 (+24 =0 -0)
48 (+45 =3 -0)
31 March 192526 (+24 =1 -1)
Sir George Thomas1926North Vancouver12 (+12 =0 -0)
Emanuel Lasker21 April 1926Toronto31 (+25 =5 -1)
Géza MaróczyOctober? 1926Montréal15 (+14 =1 -0)
14 (+13 =1 -0)
18 (+10 =7 -1)
Frank J. MarshallJanuary 1928Montréal22 (+13 =8 -1)
Sir George Thomas19 November 1930Winnipeg30 (+19 =5 -6)
Frank J. MarshallJanuary 1932Toronto20 (+13 =5 -2)
Alexander A. Alekhine14 November 1932Toronto42 inc. 2 blind (+35 =3 -4)
Alexander A. Alekhine26 November 1932Winnipeg46 (+38 =1 -7)
Isaac KashdanJune 1933Montréal64 (+49 =9 -6)
Frank J. Marshall18 November 1933Toronto34 (+26 =7 -1)
Isaac Kashdan1934Montréal72 (+58 =9 -5)
73 (+50 =16 -7)
Isaac Kashdan9-11 March 1934Winnipeg
Samuel Reshevsky26 November 1934Toronto30 (+25 =5 -0)
Arthur Dake11 January 1936Toronto29 (+27 =2 -0)
George Koltanowski18 September 1938Montréal19 blindfold (+15 =4 -0)
George Koltanowski24 September 1938Toronto16 blindfold (+10 =4 -2)
Israel A. Horowitzsummer 1939Montréal61 (+55 =5 -1)
Reuben Fine28 February 1940Winnipeg31 inc. 2 blind (+31 =0 -0)
2 March 1940Montréal16 inc. 1 blind (+16 =0 -0)
4 March 1940Ottawa22 inc. 1 blind (+22 =0 -0)
Mona May KarffApril 1940Winnipeg6 (+6 =0 -0)
Reuben Fine27 September 1940Winnipeg32 inc. 2 blind (+29 =2 -1)
Israel A. Horowitz2 March 1942Toronto21 (+19 =1 -1)
Gisela Gresser1945Montréal18 (+17 =0 -1)
Israel A. Horowitz4 February 1946Vancouver39 (+36 =3 -0)7 hours
George Koltanowski10 October 1946Vancouver8 blindfold (+3 =3 -2)5 hours
George Koltanowski1947
Yanofsky/Wade tandemFebruary 1947Montréal28 (+26 =0 -2)
27 (+25 =2 -0)
Robert Wade9 October 1947Vancouver30 (+19 =5 -6)4 hours
Robert Wade10 October 1947Victoria24 (+21 =0 -3)
Max EuweJanuary 1949Montréal42 (+35 =4 -3)
12 January 1949Toronto67 (+48 =13 -6) or 61 (+48 =7 -6)
13 January 194952 (+43 =6 -3)
17 January 1949Vancouver50 (+43 =4 -3)5 hours
George Koltanowski14 February 1949Vancouver
Lodewijk Prins12 December 1951Montréal18 (+15 =0 -3)
13 December 19512 consultation games, +2
12 December 1951Québec City22 (+16 =4 -2)
December 1951Montréalgame vs. M. Fox, -1
16 December 195120 (+15 =3 -2)
December 195110 clock (+6 =0 -4)
Arturo Pomar2 June 1952Québec City21 (+16 =4 -1)possibly 5 more boards, +5
4 June 1952Montréal27 (+16 =9 -2)
8 June 195210 clock (+6 =1 -3)
9 June 1952game vs. J.N. Williams, +1
11 June 19529 (+8 =1 -0)
12 June 1952Ottawagame vs. Bohatirchuk, =1
June 1952Saskatoon13 (+12 =0 -1)
June 1952Edmonton33 (+31 =2 -0)
June 1952Calgary20 (+19 =0 -1)
30 June 1952Winnipeg7 clock (+6 =0 -1)
Herman Steiner20 August 1952Vancouver30 (+26 =4 -0)5.5 hours
George Koltanowski19 January 1953Vancouver12 blindfold (+9 =3 -0)5.5 hours
Samuel Reshevsky10 May 1953Montréal43 (+35 =4 -4)
10 clock (+9 =0 -1) (or +8 =2)
Samuel Reshevsky8 February 1954Vancouver37 (+34 =3 -0)
February 1954Calgary34 (+33 =1 -0)
13 February 1954Winnipeg33 (+31 =2 -0)
February 1954Toronto38 (+35 =3 -1)
2 March 1954Québec City29 (+29 =0 -0)3.25 hours
Igor Bondarevsky29 June 1954Ottawa25 (+25 =0 -0)
Alexander Kotov3 (+3 =0 -0)
Igor Bondarevsky2 July 1954Winnipeg34 (+32 =2 -0)
Alexander Kotovgame vs. Yanofsky, +1
Igor Bondarevsky5 July 1954Torontogame vs. Anderson, -1
Alexander Kotovgame vs. Vaitonis, +1
Igor Bondarevsky6 July 195428 (+23 =5 -0)
Alexander Kotov28 (+25 =1 -2)
Igor Bondarevsky7 July 1954Montréal25 (+21 =4 -0)
Alexander Kotov5 clock (+5 =0 -0)
George Koltanowski23 February 1955Vancouver12 blindfold (+7 =3 -2)
24 February 19556 clock (+3 =1 -2)
Samuel Reshevsky13 February 1956Vancouver39 (+33 =5 -1)4.5 hours
14 February 1956Victoria40 (+31 =9 -0)3 hours
18 February 1956Winnipeg41 (+36 =3 -2)
Robert J. Fischer5 September 1956Montréal19 (+18 =1 -0)Fischer was 13 years old
Samuel Reshevsky9 March 1957Winnipeg41 (+36 =2 -3)
George KoltanowskiApril 1957Montréal58 (+55 =2 -1)2 simuls
2 blindfold games, +1 =110 seconds a move
Arthur Bisguier31 July 1962Vancouver12 clock (+11 =1 -0)
Petar TrifunovicJanuary 1963Montréal? (+? =1 -?)
Svetozar GligoricAugust 1963Montréal22 (+15 =5 -2)
Robert J. Fischer23 February 1964Montréal56 (+48 =3 -5)
24 February 196410 clock (+10 =0 -0)
25 February 1964Québec City48 (+48 =0 -0)
27 February 1964Toronto50 (+40 =6 -4)
Cuban team, 5 playersApril 1964Montréal2-game match, 7-3
Samuel Reshevsky22 March 1965Toronto40
Arthur Bisguier13 July 1966Vancouver
Paul Keres4 May 1967Montréal12 clock (+10 =2 -0)
May 196719 (+17 =1 -1)
32 (+20 =6 -6)
Nona Gaprindashvili12 October 1967Montréal25 (+23 =1 -1)
14 October 196723 (+18 =1 -4)
Paul Keres14 October 1967Nanaimo23 (+22 =1 -0)
Boris Spassky10 clock (+10 =0 -0)
Paul Keres15 October 1967Vancouver23 (+17 =2 -4)
Boris Spassky23 (+22 =1 -0)
Laszlo Szabo15 October 1967Winnipeg40 (+37 =1 -2)
Paul Keres17 October 1967New Westminster46 (+45 =1 -0)
Boris SpasskyNorth Vancouver47 (+45 =2 -0)
Paul Keres21 October 1967Toronto30 (+26 =2 -2)
Boris Spassky40 (+29 =9 -2)
Paul Keres28 October 1967Montréal (McGill)32 (+23 =6 -3)
Boris SpasskyMontréal (Lakeshore CC)25 (+24 =1 -0)
Paul Keres29? October 1967Montréal (Alcan CC)43 (+31 =7 -5)Over five hours
Boris Spassky29 October 1967Montréal (NDG Community Centre)36 (+29 =7 -0 or +27 =9 -0)
30 October 1967Montréal (Metropolitan CC)10 clock (+6 =3 -1)
Bent LarsenSeptember 1968Montréal47 (+36 =7 -4)
Boris Spassky8 September 1971Montréal25 (+24 =1 -0)
Paul Keres29 April 1975Montréal9 clock (+4 =2 -3)
30 April 197533 (+30 =3 -0)
3 May 1975Kingston36 (+33 =1 -2)
4 May 1975Ottawa30 (+28 =1 -1)
May 1975Toronto6 clock (+4 =1 -1)
7?/12? May 1975
11? May 1975Hamilton28 (+21 =4 -3)
Tonu OimJanuary 1976Montréal14 (+11 =1 -2)
Nana AlexandriaJuly 1976Montréal29 (+24 =4 -1)
Walter BrowneJuly 1977Montréal33 (+28 =3 -2)
Mikhail BotvinnikAugust 1977Montréal20 (+14 =6 -0)
Toronto20 (+12 =7 -1)
Jan Timman1977Burlington33 (+31 =0 -2)
Gyula SaxAugust 1978Montréal28 (+26 =0 -2)
Boris Spassky8 May 1979Montréal25 (+22 =3 -0)
Lajos Portisch8 May 1979MontréalCafé En Passant
9 May 1979Valleyfield
Anatoly KarpovMay 1979Montréalagainst women
Anatoly Karpov9 May 1979Toronto20 (+17 =2 -1)Loss to Nickoloff
Boris Spassky9 May 1979Toronto18 (+17 =1 -0 or +16 =2 -0)
10 May 197917 (+14 =3 -0)
Walter Browne28 June 1979MontréalGazette, 29/06/1979
Larry Christiansen3 February 1980Vancouver10 blindfold (+9 =0 -1)
4 February 198026 (+20 =3 -3)3.5 hours
Anthony Miles3 August 1981Vancouver30 (+21 =7 -2)
Anthony Miles25 October 1981Montréal20 (+17 =2 -1)
28 October 1981Ottawa29 (-1)
1 November 1981Scarborough17 (-1)
Boris Spassky1982Mississauga
Nigel Short30 July 1982Québec City
Michael Stean31 July 1982Montréal
Eva Karakas29 May 1983Montréal
Pia CramlingJune 1984Hamilton20 (+19 =1 -0)
June 1984Scarborough25 (+22 =1 -2)
June 1984Guelph20 (+19 =1 -0)
June 1984Kitchener17 (+13 =3 -1)
18 June 1984Ottawa20 (+18 =1 -1)
Ljubomir Ljubojevic13 August 1984Montréal12 clock
Susan PolgarApril 1986Montréalgames vs. Seirawan, +1 =5 -511 clock simul?
Sophia Polgar25also blindfold blitz
Judith Polgar25also blindfold blitz
Boris Spassky25 January 1988Saint John20 (+17 =3 -0)
John Nunn1 February 198820 (+18 =1 -1)
Larry Evans10 February 198815 (+14 =1 -0)
Mikhail Tal15 February 198820
Gary Kasparov19 February 198820
Boris Spassky2 October 1995Ottawa24 (23?) (=1? -1)
4 October 1995Pickering
5 October 1995Toronto
6 October 1995Guelph
7 October 1995London
Jesus Nogueiras9 July 1998Ottawa25?RA Centre
Vladimir Epishin21 May 2000Vancouver8 Clockone hour each
Jaan EhlvestMay 2000VancouverClock
Leonid Yudasin17 May 2001Toronto
Vitomir Arapovic3 June 2004Vancouver10 (+9 =1 -0)
Pia Cramling4 July 2004Vancouver28 (+24 =1 -3)4 hours
Juan Bellon Lopez4 July 2004Vancouver18 (+14 =2 -2)
Viktor Korchnoi25 July 2004Montréal30 (+25 =5 -0)
Svetlana MatveevaAugust 2005Winnipeg23 (+21 =2 -0)
Irina Krush10 June 2006Vancouver23 (+20 =1 -2)
Gary Kasparov18 June 2007Toronto20 (+20 =0 -0)
Susan Polgar3 July 2007Ottawa
Emil Sutovsky12 October 2007Toronto
Anatoly Karpov13 October 2007Toronto
Hikaru Nakamura12 May 2008Richmond25 (+25 =0 -0)
Evgeny Bareev18 June 2009Toronto24 (+19 =3 -2)
Hikaru Nakamura20 July 2009Victoria40? (-1)
Alexei Shirov11 February 2010Ottawa36 (+25 =9 -2)
Alexei Shirov18 February 2010Scarborough25 (+17 =6 -2)