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Bryon Nickoloff
Photograph courtesy of Mark Dutton.  
Number of games in database: 178
Years covered: 1974 to 2004
Highest rating achieved in database: 2470

Overall record: +81 -41 =53 (61.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 3 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (16) 
    E92 E91 E95 E73 E94
 Nimzo Indian (10) 
    E42 E21 E45 E20 E38
 Sicilian (9) 
    B84 B38 B92 B83 B40
 Queen's Pawn Game (6) 
    A41 A40 A46
 Queen's Gambit Declined (6) 
    D30 D35 D38
 Old Indian (5) 
    A53 A54
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (15) 
    B25 B33 B96 B83 B21
 Ruy Lopez (12) 
    C78 C67 C92 C69 C77
 Queen's Pawn Game (10) 
    A45 D02 D05 E00 A46
 English, 1 c4 c5 (5) 
    A30 A33 A34
 Modern Benoni (4) 
    A71 A62 A56 A57
 Orthodox Defense (4) 
    D50 D55 D60
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   E Raaste vs Nickoloff, 1986 0-1
   Nickoloff vs D Ross, 1993 1-0
   L Day vs Nickoloff, 1978 1/2-1/2
   Nickoloff vs L Day, 1987 1-0

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

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(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 178  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Nickoloff vs J Berry  1-0371974Vancouver Congress AB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
2. Nickoloff vs K Spraggett 1-0501974Ch. junior du CanadaE73 King's Indian
3. L Day vs Nickoloff  1-0301974Toronto LeagueD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
4. Nickoloff vs G Morin  1-0201974CAN-ch U18D24 Queen's Gambit Accepted
5. Nickoloff vs R Stewart  1-0491974CAN-ch U18B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
6. Nickoloff vs P Nurmi 0-1291974CAN-ch U18B89 Sicilian
7. Nickoloff vs M Campbell  ½-½401974CAN-ch U18B84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
8. R Wachtel vs Nickoloff  0-1411975Toronto chC78 Ruy Lopez
9. L Day vs Nickoloff  ½-½441976Toronto ClosedA00 Uncommon Opening
10. P Nurmi vs Nickoloff  0-1561976Toronto chC67 Ruy Lopez
11. L Day vs Nickoloff  1-0271977Christmas OpenA71 Benoni, Classical, 8.Bg5
12. L Day vs Nickoloff  1-0521977Toronto OpenA30 English, Symmetrical
13. L Day vs Nickoloff  1-0541977Labour Day OpenA56 Benoni Defense
14. L Day vs Nickoloff  ½-½221977Winter OpenA14 English
15. L Day vs Nickoloff 0-1291977Toronto chB25 Sicilian, Closed
16. Nickoloff vs Z Vranesic  1-0281977Toronto chB40 Sicilian
17. J Peters vs Nickoloff  1-0421977Lone PineB33 Sicilian
18. D J Strauss vs Nickoloff 0-1381977Lone PineB25 Sicilian, Closed
19. Nickoloff vs Bisguier  0-1331977Lone PineD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
20. Nickoloff vs Browne 0-1571977Lone PineE12 Queen's Indian
21. Fedorowicz vs Nickoloff  ½-½731977Lone PineB40 Sicilian
22. Nickoloff vs D Goodman  ½-½481977Lone PineB08 Pirc, Classical
23. Dake vs Nickoloff  ½-½581977Lone PineE44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2
24. Nickoloff vs V McCambridge  ½-½321977Lone PineA56 Benoni Defense
25. J D Tisdall vs Nickoloff  1-0361977Lone PineA57 Benko Gambit
 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 178  PGN Download
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  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

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  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.
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  tamar: <EmperorAtahualpa> You can read some biography, and some tributes at Nickoloff vs J Benjamin, 1988

Sounds like quite a character.

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  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

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  GrahamClayton: A tribute site here:
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