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Todd Southam
Number of games in database: 42
Years covered: 1985 to 1996
Overall record: +11 -24 =7 (34.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Jun-30-1969, died Dec-10-1996, 27 years old) Canada

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Todd Albert Southam was an FM who won the 1985 and 1990 Toronto Championships. He won the Canadian Cadet Championship in 1983 with 7.5/9 and repeated the following year with 8.5/9 (conceding a draw to Rehan Huda), then won the Canadian Junior Championship in 1988.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Nickoloff vs T Southam  0-1251985Toronto ClosedD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
2. T Southam vs R Huda  0-1511987CAN-ch U18A57 Benko Gambit
3. Fishbein vs T Southam  0-1351987PhiladelphiaC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
4. R Huda vs T Southam  ½-½461988Canadian Junior, Two Game Play-offA15 English
5. G Cooper vs T Southam  0-1351988Saint John op-2C30 King's Gambit Declined
6. G Johnstone vs T Southam  1-0321988St John Open (2)C58 Two Knights
7. G Basanta vs T Southam  0-1471988Canadian Junior, Two Game Play-offC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
8. Ivanchuk vs T Southam  1-0361988Wch U20C94 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer Defense
9. Jonathan Tan vs T Southam  ½-½321988Wch U20C55 Two Knights Defense
10. L Christiansen vs T Southam 1-044198917th World OpenD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. R Huda vs T Southam  1-0411989Canadian JuniorD02 Queen's Pawn Game
12. Fedorowicz vs T Southam  1-051198990th US OpenE75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
13. T Mazuchowski vs T Southam  1-0361990Chicago (USA)A07 King's Indian Attack
14. Judit Polgar vs T Southam  1-0341990DebrecenC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
15. T Southam vs Plaskett  0-1331990Luxembourg op 29thE16 Queen's Indian
16. T Southam vs Igor Ivanov  0-1401990USA MastersE91 King's Indian
17. T Southam vs Nunn  0-138199014th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenE97 King's Indian
18. T Southam vs L Day  ½-½331991CAND02 Queen's Pawn Game
19. T Southam vs D B Gurevich  1-0571991New York opE41 Nimzo-Indian
20. G McDonnell vs T Southam  ½-½151991New York OpenC55 Two Knights Defense
21. Dreev vs T Southam  1-0261991New York OpenD02 Queen's Pawn Game
22. T Southam vs Sherzer  0-126199119th World OpenE97 King's Indian
23. Joel Benjamin vs T Southam  0-126199119th World OpenC29 Vienna Gambit
24. M Dvoretsky vs T Southam  1-035199119th World OpenC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
25. Sherzer vs T Southam  0-1661992Philadelphia World opC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
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  Eggman: Former Canadian Junior Champion and Toronto Champion at the age of 15. He passed away in 1996 at the age of 27.
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  kingscrusher: Video RIP Tribute to Todd:

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  GrahamClayton: In 2009 the Southam family donated all of Todd's chess memorabilia to the "Chess in the Library" project:

Jan-11-13  Badmojo: Anyone know why he passed away so soon?
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  WannaBe: Quite sure if you search google, somtething will show up.
Jan-11-13  Badmojo: No, can't say that it does.
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  Eggman: <<Anyone know why he passed away so soon?>>

Todd succumbed to what was described at the time as a "brief flu-like illness" - the cause of death was reported to be a mystery to the local medical community in London, Ontario. That's what I heard / read in the months after his death, and I don't know if the exact cause was ever properly determined. Todd was a wonderful person, and his passing at such a young age left the Canadian chess community shocked and saddened.

Jan-12-13  Badmojo: That's weird. Flus don't usually kill 27 year olds.
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  perfidious: <Badmojo....Flus don't usually kill 27 year olds.>

The 1918 flu pandemic claimed more victims from such otherwise healthy people than the very young, elderly or those already weakened.

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