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Jonathan Berry
Number of games in database: 102
Years covered: 1969 to 2009
Last FIDE rating: 2269
Highest rating achieved in database: 2325

Overall record: +34 -35 =33 (49.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 King's Gambit Accepted (12) 
    C36 C34 C39
 Sicilian (9) 
    B20 B21 B42 B40 B23
 King's Gambit Declined (4) 
    C30 C32
 King's Indian Attack (4) 
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (5) 
    B39 B33 B91 B93 B84
 Ruy Lopez (5) 
    C60 C71 C76
 Robatsch (5) 
 Modern Defense (4) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   J Berry vs N Bjel, 1977 1-0
   R Patterson vs J Berry, 1975 0-1
   L Day vs J Berry, 1984 1/2-1/2
   J Berry vs E Frumkin, 1981 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Lone Pine (1974)

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(born Sep-11-1953, 63 years old) Canada

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Currently living in Nanaimo, British Columbia, he has written a chess column for the Globe & Mail newspaper since 1981. He also edited a chess column for the Ottawa Journal from 1975 until August 1980 and briefly contributed to the CFC Bulletin. He is a GMC (1985), a FIDE master (1984), an International Arbiter (1975) and was president of the British Columbia Chess Federation.

Jonathan accumulated 1 point in Olympiad team play for Canada in 2 games at the 1982 Olympiad and also took on the role of captain. He won the Mexican Open in 1974. During 1994 and 2008, he won the British Columbia championship and again tied in 2000 (1st-2nd) and 2006 (1st-3rd). In the USA, he tied a record of 12 boards, blind simul, 2004 for persons aged over 50 years.

References:,,,, The Globe & Mail, Ottawa Journal.

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 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 102  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. J Berry vs Suttles  0-161 1969 Vancouver 30/30B06 Robatsch
2. J Berry vs R Kerr  ½-½17 1969 British Columbia-chE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
3. Suttles vs J Berry 1-029 1970 New Westminster chBCA00 Uncommon Opening
4. J Berry vs Suttles 0-123 1970 Victoria 30/30A00 Uncommon Opening
5. Larsen vs J Berry  1-041 1970 CAN opA07 King's Indian Attack
6. R Swartz vs J Berry  1-032 1970 71st US OpenB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
7. J Berry vs Suttles ½-½47 1971 Portland Summer oA10 English
8. J Berry vs K Spraggett 0-141 1972 Ch. junior, LondonB23 Sicilian, Closed
9. J Berry vs L Day  ½-½35 1972 CAN-ch / ZonalA22 English
10. J Berry vs Suttles 0-141 1973 Vancouver op-BCB06 Robatsch
11. Nickoloff vs J Berry  1-037 1974 Vancouver Congress AB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
12. J Berry vs E Formanek  1-035 1974 Lone PineB06 Robatsch
13. Bisguier vs J Berry  1-038 1974 Lone PineA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
14. E Celorio vs J Berry  0-154 1974 Lone PineA00 Uncommon Opening
15. J Berry vs Saidy  0-142 1974 Lone PineA07 King's Indian Attack
16. D Waterman vs J Berry  1-046 1974 Lone PineC71 Ruy Lopez
17. R J Gross vs J Berry  ½-½17 1974 Lone PineD25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
18. R Patterson vs J Berry 0-111 1975 crC02 French, Advance
19. L Day vs J Berry 1-020 1975 CAN-ch / ZonalC34 King's Gambit Accepted
20. J Berry vs W Dobrich  1-044 1975 CAN-ch / ZonalC34 King's Gambit Accepted
21. J Berry vs K Spraggett 0-133 1975 CAN-ch / ZonalB40 Sicilian
22. J Berry vs J Mann 1-041 1976 OttawaC34 King's Gambit Accepted
23. J Berry vs S Dubuc  1-033 1976 corres USAC36 King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense
24. J Berry vs R Patterson  1-022 1976 corres EURC30 King's Gambit Declined
25. J Berry vs D O'Hearn  ½-½29 1976 corr ch-Canada sfA00 Uncommon Opening
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-06-06  Jonathan Berry: Welcome to this section. Hard to believe that there is one which deals with ... me!

I am Jonathan Berry of Canada. Games 9 and 10 in the list (as it shows on 6 Feb 2006) vs. Robatsch and Schmid are not mine. Probably David Berry of Los Angeles. Chess Informant gives a game of David's against Gheorghiu as mine. But I did play the one in Informant 20 against Denis Allan.

I was active in Correspondence Chess, especially from 1976-1995. My name sometimes appears in CC as F.J. Berry. I am an ICCF GM of Correspondence Chess. Also an International Arbiter since 1975.

Feb-06-06  mack: All right there John. You're probably the fastest entry into Game Collection: members in action
Feb-06-06  Resignation Trap: <Jonathan Berry> Glad to see you here! I really enjoyed what you did as editor of Chess Canada Echecs, although it sometimes showed up late in the mail where I lived (Michigan), and I missed some good tournaments!
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  Jim Bartle: I think Jonathan Berry was also an editor of the marvelous magazine Inside Chess, which started in 1988 as a bi-weekly and succumbed a few years as a monthly. The Internet is great and all, but I miss not getting my printed magazine every two weeks.
Mar-04-06  Jonathan Berry: Concerning Inside Chess, I had several titles, my favourite of which was Technical Editor. I edited (no "Technical" modifier) a couple of issues, but after I came up with headlines such as "Two Kays Quaff" and "Peaches do Bloom on Io", Michael Franett was loath to take so much time off. The late and much missed Michael Franett was the editor of Inside Chess from the beginning in 1987 (first issue was in January 1988) to the end in 2000 (last issue was January 2000).
Apr-09-06  Jonathan Berry: Game 11 versus L.Day is also not mine and probably David Berry. I have played about a dozen games against Lawrence, but none in Lone Pine!
Jun-08-06  lentil: hello, 'jon berry'! perhaps you remember me as derek lactin
Apr-01-07  gauer: Did you set an April Fool's Trap in your 1/4/7 column?

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is 22 white on move, with the purported diagram position of the Ivanchuk vs Anand, Amber Blind, 2007.

I checked last week's column (I finally got many of your 200+ columns from the past 6 years paraphrased in a personal chessbase database, with annotations and variations - we can correspond in private if copyright issues between you and the Globe & Mail would allow you to possibly share some of them or not...), and didn't see it appear recently at the purported 22nd move. Is there a source of the diagram, and I'd also be interested in seeing the outflanking portion of the hint to the As-Suli puzzle of Shatranj, posted on my user page (I had suggested it for a puzzle of the day, but chessgames passed on it...).

Cheers, and keep up the nice work in the column.

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  Joshka: Jonathon is Watson's guest on "" for 4-29-08. Listening to the replay right now!
Jul-26-08  Jonathan Berry: Hi, Derek

Sorry for the delay; I hadn't logged into this wonderful site for so long that my account got deactivated!

Anyway, Chess in greater Vancouver in the years 1970-1974. Heady stuff. Thanks for the blast from the past!

Jul-26-08  Jonathan Berry: Kai Gauer:
Thanks for the message. My column of 31 March 2007 was not intended to be an April Fools joke. The paper mistakenly put in the diagram from the previous week, 24 March.

The position is from the game Harikrishna-Short, Bled Olympiad 2002, Black to play. As you'd expect from a diagram, Black makes a surprising move (see end of this message).

I didn't record the outflanking portion of the solution to the As-Suli puzzle. And it is not easily found in google. It is from the column of 8 Feb 2003. I suppose I'll have to work it out ... l8r.

Spoiler follows:


Jan-01-09  lentil: Hello again, F. Jonathan. I'd just like you to know that your column in the Globe and Mail was the only reason I subscribed to the rag.
Jul-09-09  myschkin: . . .


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  whiteshark: Wiki-Bio
Feb-08-12  JeffMieler: Hi Jonathan, do you have any opinions about correspondence chess today with computers so strong?
Jul-06-15  ljfyffe: <11th ICCF Olympiad 1992>on board 1 for Canada, Jean Herbert scored 50% for the tournament. Jonathan Berry was 42 %; John Wright, 50%;
Kurt Widmann, 54%; Denis Pineault, 67%;
and David MacLeod, 71%.> History of Correspondence Chess In Canada, Zehr and J.K. MacDonald, 2006.> Canada gained its first ever Olympiad medal (bronze with Scotland behind Czechs and Gernans.
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