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L Day 
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Lawrence Day
Number of games in database: 1,106
Years covered: 1962 to 2011
Last FIDE rating: 2222
Highest rating achieved in database: 2435
Overall record: +609 -227 =257 (67.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      13 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (173) 
    B21 B23 B24 B20 B25
 French Defense (48) 
    C00 C02 C12 C11 C10
 French (39) 
    C00 C12 C11 C10
 Uncommon Opening (38) 
    A00 B00
 King's Indian Attack (32) 
    A07 A08
 Robatsch (28) 
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (80) 
    B27 B43 B33 B45 B23
 Robatsch (73) 
 Old Indian (55) 
    A53 A55
 Ruy Lopez (43) 
    C92 C60 C72 C67 C91
 Queen's Pawn Game (42) 
    A46 A40 A41 A45 D02
 Uncommon Opening (25) 
    B00 A00
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Prins vs L Day, 1968 0-1
   L Day vs Timman, 1980 1/2-1/2
   L Day vs Benko, 1980 1-0
   L Day vs T Koliada, 1994 1-0
   L Day vs J Berry, 1975 1-0
   L Day vs B Harper, 1975 1-0
   L Day vs J Yoos, 1996 1-0
   L Day vs Suttles, 1969 1-0
   P Murray vs L Day, 1975 0-1
   L Day vs A Sundar, 2007 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Staunton Memorial (2005)
   77th Canadian Championship (2004)
   Lone Pine (1975)
   Lone Pine (1979)
   Canadian Open (2007)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   The Big Clamp by kenilworthian
   Caught My Fancy by tldr3
   The Big Clamp after 1.e4 e5 by kenilworthian
   US Open 1973, Chicago by Phony Benoni
   ...g6, ...Bg7, ...c5 by mak2
   The Living Day-Lights by chocobonbon

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(born Feb-01-1949, 66 years old) Canada

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Lawrence Alexander Day was born in Kitchener Ontario, Canada. An IM in 1972, he was Canadian champion in 1991. Day represented Canada at the 1967 World Junior Championship, and as high as 2nd board and captain at the Olympiads - a Canadian record attendance 13 times. User: IMlday accumulated 70.5 points in 131 team games during the Olympiads.

IM Lawrence Day registered a perfect 5/5 to top IM Jevgenyij Boguszlavszkij (visiting from Hungary) and the rest of the 16 player field Nov. 13 at the Bayview Games Club in Toronto to win the 2004 Canadian Senior Championship. He won the Ottawa RA club championships between 1966-8. He won the 1977, 1980 and 1983 Toronto Championships with 9/11, 8/11 and 10.5/11 respectively, and the year following, tied with Jozef Polacek and Robert Morrison for share of 1st-3rd.

He maintained the 2 (weekly) merged columns in the Toronto Star newspaper (previously, Toronto Chess Club president and Canadian Chess Federation President (1936) Charles Crompton edited a weekly studies column during 1940-75 and Walter Dobrich had been a previous columnist in the earlier 1970s for annotations of a game segment) from 1976 until 2013. Occasionally, his column writing also appeared in the Winnipeg Tribune and Ottawa Citizen.

He is a member of the Canadian Chess Hall of Fame and currently lives near Toronto.

References: Winnipeg Tribune, (Toronto Star), (Ottawa Citizen), (team chess archives), (Greater Toronto Chess League (GTCL) site), (Ontario Chess Association (OCA) site), (Canadian Chess Federation zone).

Wikipedia article: Lawrence Day

 page 1 of 45; games 1-25 of 1,106  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. L Day vs H O Payne 1-014 1962 CAN-opB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
2. L Day vs Ron Rodgers  0-127 1962 Canadian OpenD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. I Theodorovich vs L Day 1-030 1962 CAN-opA05 Reti Opening
4. L Day vs P Haley  ½-½18 1962 CAN-opA06 Reti Opening
5. G Danilov vs L Day  1-057 1962 Canadian OpenE43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
6. L Day vs D Grimshaw  ½-½42 1963 Ontario OpenE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
7. L Day vs Suttles 0-139 1964 CAN-OpB06 Robatsch
8. Z Sarosy vs L Day  1-048 1964 Canadian OpenE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
9. L Day vs I Zalys  ½-½52 1965 Montreal-Ontario matchB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
10. L Day vs V Pedersen  1-024 1965 RA CC-chD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. L Day vs R Draxl  0-146 1965 Ontario ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
12. I Theodorovich vs L Day  1-031 1965 ON-opA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
13. Ron Rodgers vs L Day  0-126 1965 RA Club ChampionshipB06 Robatsch
14. L Day vs D Grimshaw 1-015 1965 OntarioB10 Caro-Kann
15. L Day vs A Kalotay 0-137 1965 Ontario OpenE82 King's Indian, Samisch, double Fianchetto Variation
16. G Fuster vs L Day  ½-½55 1965 Ontario OpenA44 Old Benoni Defense
17. L Day vs B M Amos 0-150 1966 Canadian OpenC28 Vienna Game
18. L Day vs I Martin  ½-½60 1966 Ontario Team Final Ottawa-Hart HouseB23 Sicilian, Closed
19. L Day vs R C Simpson  1-036 1966 League Ottawa-CornwallC29 Vienna Gambit
20. Van Riel vs L Day  ½-½48 1966 Canadian OpenA44 Old Benoni Defense
21. L Day vs K Winterton  1-020 1966 Ottawa ChampionshipD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
22. J Matynia vs L Day 0-137 1966 OttawaA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
23. I Zalys vs L Day  ½-½58 1966 Ottawa OpenA04 Reti Opening
24. L Day vs C Coudari  1-042 1966 Canadian OpenB12 Caro-Kann Defense
25. L Day vs A Portigal 1-032 1966 Ottawa ChampionshipB25 Sicilian, Closed
 page 1 of 45; games 1-25 of 1,106  PGN Download
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  parisattack: I can read it fine, Full Screen Mode. Thanks <Lysgaard>,
May-15-12  Lysgaard: HI
Link to regular pdf:
It will be removed after 72 hours.

There has been no kind of proof

I use to have The Big Clamp, but it disappear during a relocation, I have searched for it for a long time, with no succeed, So I did try the internet with no more succeed, the only copy I could find were the pure copy at Scribd mention on the The Kenilworthian blog.

I decided to rework that copy (OCR text and make new diagrams) and make a Word document for myself. When I had finished page 26, I found my copy unexpected.

I continue the work with the hope of being allowed to "publish" it on the web.

After proof, It can be available as Word documents in letter and A4 formats.

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  IMlday: Yes that works, thanks. It's curious that a thirty year old opening book should still be interesting. Maybe it is because it was more about middle-game themes than specific opening moves.
May-25-12  LoveThatJoker: <IMlday> Do you teach?


May-25-12  Lysgaard: Hi
I have made a "THE BIG CLAMP" page on my website:
Is it ok that I make "THE BIG CLAMP" available? I canít ask "The Chess Player" I donít think they exist anymore. And a second question, has anyone one or more of the missing games that I mention the 15-may-12
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  IMlday: <LTJ> Not lately. btw liked that A Riazantsev vs V Nevostrujev, 2002 you recommended. <Lysgaard> its ok with me, (and better than readers payin teh pirates ;)
May-25-12  LoveThatJoker: <IMlday> I see. Thank you for your kind reply. I was asking because I'm from the Toronto area and I need help in building my repertoire.

I'm a good player - I'm a decent tactician and I've done a lot of work on improving my strategical/endgame knowledge. But even though this is true, I haven't really paid attention to the openings as much; and being a competitive blitz player, it affects my game sometimes.

So just wondering if you ever wish to make some money and help me build my repertoire that would be a great thing!


PS. I'm glad you liked A Riazantsev vs V Nevostrujev, 2002. It totally galvanized me when I first saw it!

Jun-01-12  efvaatn: happy birthday
Mar-02-13  arthurp: Lawrence,
No chess activity since June 12?You have a lot of chess in you yet! Curious,did Duncan record his games in descriptive or algebraic when he played OTB?
Aug-10-13  Lysgaard: I have finally completed proofreading off THE BIG CLAMP. Day can you help with any of the missing games that I mention the 15-may-12? Can anyone else help?
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  OhioChessFan: <Lysgaard> I would recommend dropping the link to your page at the Biographer's Bistro Biographer Bistro . That group of people is your best chance of finding the missing games.
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  Richard Taylor: Happy birthday when it was Lawrence! You have the honour of being one year younger than I am....
Feb-01-14  M.C.B.1: Hi Lawrence, you probably don't remember me from the old Toronto Chess club but I will always remember your kindness and professional, helpful attitude. A real gentleman who sets a great example of how to be fantastic at chess and still be humble. You played blitz against me one Saturday morning and gave me a 2 minute handicap to give me a chance - when I finally won a game after about thirty tries, you were more excited and happy than I was! God bless. - Michael Bennett
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  perfidious: <M.C.B.1> That positive attitude has shown up here at CG as well; and by no means have I read everything <IMlday> has posted on this site. Just enough to know.
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  waustad: Happy B'day.
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  Penguincw: Happy 65th birthday to Canadian IM Lawrence Day! :)
Feb-01-14  Francio: Happy birthday to Lawrence Day (sorry for the unintentional pun there)
Feb-01-14  Morttuus: Happy birthday,sir,and many happy days!
Feb-01-14  Eraser07: Happy Birthday ,Mr. Lawrence! I'm a brazilian amateur chess player and knew you through chess games site. I think it's a privilege to live at same time of so gifted player. I'm impressed with your domaine of tactical and strategical issues, well as the positional and combination games. Coincidentally I was born in 1949 too. Greetings, Ernani Frota
Feb-01-14  BohdanL: Best wishes for your birthday!
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  Domdaniel: Happy 65th, L.D.
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  parisattack: Yes, indeed, he has played some very interesting and creative chess. I hope you are having a beautiful day in the neighborhood <IM Day>.
Feb-01-15  falso contacto: hey, happy birthday and welcome back.
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  tpstar: <IMlday> Happy Birthday!!
Feb-01-15  Everyone: Many happy returns!
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