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|British and Canadian Chess Champions|
|Presenting the ABCs of chess champions : America, Britain, and Canada|
(September 2003) Following our recent list of American Chess Champions (see the link box at the bottom), we continue with the British and Canadian champions (see the link box again). The link box entries under 'Elsewhere on the Web' list champions in other categories : women, juniors, seniors, and regional.
The British title has been won by 46 different players, the Canadian title by 41. A careful comparison of both lists reveals that Abe Yanofsky managed to win both championships : the British title in 1953 and the Canadian title eight times between 1941 and 1965. The British championship has long been open to any Commonwealth player.
The year 2003 may well have marked the last occurrence of this cultural generosity. After Indian players captured the title in 2002 and 2003, the British Chess Federation established new eligibility requirements. In the future the tournament will be restricted to British citizens or residents.
The following table lists players who won their national title three or more times. The last columns show the first and last years as title winner; Jonathan Penrose, for example, won the British championship a record ten times between 1958 and 1969.
Watch for more lists of the champions of other English speaking countries.