Members · Prefs · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

Photograph courtesy of Mark Dutton.  
Bryon Nickoloff
Number of games in database: 177
Years covered: 1974 to 2004
Highest rating achieved in database: 2470
Overall record: +81 -40 =53 (61.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      3 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (16) 
    E92 E91 E98 E95 E94
 Nimzo Indian (10) 
    E42 E21 E45 E20 E38
 Sicilian (9) 
    B84 B40 B92 B89 B47
 Queen's Pawn Game (6) 
    A41 A40 A46
 Queen's Gambit Declined (6) 
    D30 D35 D38
 Queen's Indian (5) 
    E15 E12 E16
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (15) 
    B25 B96 B33 B21 B52
 Ruy Lopez (12) 
    C78 C67 C92 C69 C77
 Queen's Pawn Game (10) 
    A45 D02 D05 A46 E00
 English, 1 c4 c5 (5) 
    A30 A34 A33
 Modern Benoni (4) 
    A71 A57 A56 A62
 English (4) 
    A13 A14 A10
Repertoire Explorer

NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   E Raaste vs Nickoloff, 1986 0-1
   Shirov vs Nickoloff, 1994 1/2-1/2
   L Day vs Nickoloff, 1987 1/2-1/2
   L Day vs Nickoloff, 1978 1/2-1/2

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   1978 Canadian championship by gauer
   1984 Canadian championship by gauer
   1974 Canadian (open) U-18 championship by gauer

Search Sacrifice Explorer for Bryon Nickoloff
Search Google for Bryon Nickoloff

(born Jun-23-1956, died Aug-03-2004, 48 years old) Canada

[what is this?]
Bryon Robert Nickoloff was born in 1956 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada & tied 1st-2nd in its city championship with Igor Zugic in 1997, winning it outright the year following & in 1978. He was awarded the IM title in 1981. He represented Canada on 6 Olympiad occasions between 1978-98, including once as team captain, & other times playing as high as 2nd board, accumulating 29.5 points in 57 team games.

In 1995 at Ottawa, Robert Joel Kiviaho woke him up after Nickoloff fell asleep during one of his games of the Canadian Championship. Since Ron Livshits was also leading in the latter rounds, a number of arguments and appeals were submitted in the final rounds before a winner of that tournament could be determined.

References:,,,, Wikipedia article: Bryon Nickoloff

 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 177  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Nickoloff vs M Campbell  ½-½40 1974 CAN-ch U18B84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
2. Nickoloff vs G Morin  1-020 1974 CAN-ch U18D24 Queen's Gambit Accepted
3. L Day vs Nickoloff  1-030 1974 Toronto LeagueD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
4. Nickoloff vs J Berry  1-037 1974 Vancouver Congress AB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
5. Nickoloff vs R Stewart  1-049 1974 CAN-ch U18B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
6. Nickoloff vs K Spraggett 1-050 1974 Ch. junior du CanadaE73 King's Indian
7. Nickoloff vs P Nurmi 0-129 1974 CAN-ch U18B89 Sicilian
8. R Wachtel vs Nickoloff  0-141 1975 Toronto chC78 Ruy Lopez
9. P Nurmi vs Nickoloff  0-156 1976 Toronto chC67 Ruy Lopez
10. L Day vs Nickoloff  ½-½44 1976 Toronto ClosedA00 Uncommon Opening
11. Nickoloff vs V McCambridge  ½-½32 1977 Lone PineA56 Benoni Defense
12. L Day vs Nickoloff  ½-½22 1977 Winter OpenA14 English
13. J Peters vs Nickoloff  1-042 1977 Lone PineB33 Sicilian
14. Nickoloff vs Bisguier  0-133 1977 Lone PineD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
15. Nickoloff vs D Goodman  ½-½48 1977 Lone PineB08 Pirc, Classical
16. Fedorowicz vs Nickoloff  ½-½73 1977 Lone PineB40 Sicilian
17. J D Tisdall vs Nickoloff  1-036 1977 Lone PineA57 Benko Gambit
18. L Day vs Nickoloff  1-027 1977 Christmas OpenA71 Benoni, Classical, 8.Bg5
19. L Day vs Nickoloff  1-054 1977 Labour Day OpenA56 Benoni Defense
20. Dake vs Nickoloff  ½-½58 1977 Lone PineE44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2
21. Nickoloff vs Browne 0-157 1977 Lone PineE12 Queen's Indian
22. L Day vs Nickoloff  1-052 1977 Toronto OpenA30 English, Symmetrical
23. L Day vs Nickoloff 0-129 1977 Toronto chB25 Sicilian, Closed
24. D J Strauss vs Nickoloff  0-138 1977 Lone PineB25 Sicilian, Closed
25. Nickoloff vs Z Vranesic  1-028 1977 Toronto chB40 Sicilian
 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 177  PGN Download
  REFINE SEARCH:   White wins (1-0) | Black wins (0-1) | Draws (1/2-1/2) | Nickoloff wins | Nickoloff loses  

Kibitzer's Corner
Premium Chessgames Member
  Chessical: Date of birth: 1956-06-23

Represented Canada at World Youth Team Championship 1978, and became an IM. Canadian Champion 1995
Canadian Open Champion (1992, 1995)
Represented Canada at six Olympiads (1978, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1994, 1998) Pan-Am Open Champion 1999

Premium Chessgames Member
  IMlday: Bryon died early this morning, peacefully, in his sleep. A heart attack followed successful treatment of Hodgkin's Disease. Sad..
Aug-04-04  Lawrence: <IMlday>, thank you for all that info on the Nickoloff vs Joel Benjamin, 1988 page. How sad and unfair that he died so young.
Aug-07-04  Lawrence: There's a tribute to <Bryon Nikoloff> today at

Aug-07-04  ruylopez900: Yes, thanks to chessbase for putting the tribute to Byron up, with several favourite/good games of his including:

<Molchanov-Nickoloff>, 2004 Canadian Open (Last game played) <Nickoloff-Spraggett>, 1974 Canadian Junior <Wachtel-Nickoloff>, 1975 Toronto Closed <Watson-Nickoloff>, 1988 Saint John International Open <Nickoloff-Hulak>, 1989 New York Open <Nickoloff-LeSiege>, 1994 (twice) <Shirov-Nickoloff>, 1994 North Bay International Open

Thanks for the games.

Mar-09-06  EmperorAtahualpa: Nice haircut. :)
Mar-09-06  Fan of Leko: I played Nickoloff once, back in the 80's, and lucked into a draw (which upset him somewhat). I had no idea he was dead, or had even been ill. I know people who have recovered from Hodgkin's, but have long term effects from the chemo and radiation treatments.
Mar-09-06  EmperorAtahualpa: Oops, only now I notice that he has passed away already. I didn't mean any disrespect in my above kibitz.
Premium Chessgames Member
  tamar: <EmperorAtahualpa> You can read some biography, and some tributes at Nickoloff vs J Benjamin, 1988

Sounds like quite a character.

Premium Chessgames Member
  refutor: Finished IM Lawrence Day's labour of love "Nick's Best" and I highly recommend it. The games are interesting, the annotations enjoyable and the stories are fabulous! It's a nice biography
Aug-25-08  myschkin: . . .

"Bryon Nickoloff Memorial Page"
(last updated 10 days after he passed away!)

The tribite <Lawrence> mentioned is well done - have a look.

"In 1999 doctors told Bryon Nickoloff that he had cancer and less than six months to live. But the well-known Canadian IM survived for five years, playing strong chess tournaments to the very end. His last game was at the Canadian Open in July, where he defeated his opponent with the black pieces."


Aug-25-08  myschkin: . . .

"NICK'S BEST: Selected Games of Bryon Nickoloff"

(Author Lawrence Day, review Jeremy Silman at

Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: A tribute site here:
NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, totally anonymous, and 100% free--plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, or duplicating posts.
  3. No personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No posting personal information of members.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform an administrator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific player and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, you might try the Kibitzer's Café.
Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
Spot an error? Please suggest your correction and help us eliminate database mistakes!

home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | advertising | contact us
Copyright 2001-2016, Chessgames Services LLC
Web design & database development by 20/20 Technologies