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Lionel Joyner
Number of games in database: 36
Years covered: 1951 to 1988
Overall record: +16 -10 =10 (58.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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C02 French, Advance (2 games)
A34 English, Symmetrical (2 games)
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E95 King's Indian, Orthodox, 7...Nbd7, 8.Re1 (2 games)
A10 English (2 games)

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(born Mar-28-1932, died 2001, 69 years old) Canada

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Lionel Berry Joyner was born on the 28th of March 1932 in Montreal, Canada. He was Canada's representative to the first World Junior Championship in 1951. He played on the Canadian team as alternate at the 1958 Chess Olympiad & accumulated 7 points in 13 team games. He was Canadian Closed Champion in 1961. He was Canadian Open Champion in 1955, 1957, 1959, and 1960. He won the Golden Knights Postal Tournament in 1961-62.


 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 36  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Larsen vs L Joyner 1-0321951Birmingham-jrC30 King's Gambit Declined
2. L Joyner vs Graf-Stevenson  1-0421952HollywoodA28 English
3. A Pomar Salamanca vs L Joyner  1-0441952HollywoodC05 French, Tarrasch
4. L Joyner vs V Pafnutieff  1-0511952HollywoodD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. L Joyner vs R Martin  ½-½471952HollywoodA12 English with b3
6. James Cross vs L Joyner  ½-½271952HollywoodD28 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
7. L Joyner vs Dake  1-0441952HollywoodE42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)
8. Gligoric vs L Joyner 1-0201952HollywoodE14 Queen's Indian
9. H Steiner vs L Joyner  1-0301952HollywoodD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
10. L Joyner vs Kashdan  1-0281952HollywoodE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
11. L Joyner vs H Matthai  1-0811955Canadian ChampionshipA21 English
12. L Joyner vs T Sakellaropoulos  ½-½42195813th olm qual. group 4A10 English
13. L Joyner vs J M Ribeiro  ½-½59195813th olm qual. group 4A21 English
14. Ivkov vs L Joyner  1-047195813th olm qual. group 4E60 King's Indian Defense
15. L Joyner vs J Rejfir  ½-½48195813th olm qual. group 4A34 English, Symmetrical
16. L Joyner vs K Ennigrou  1-039195813th olm qual. group 4E44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2
17. D Keller vs L Joyner  ½-½45195813th olm qual. group 4E95 King's Indian, Orthodox, 7...Nbd7, 8.Re1
18. L Joyner vs H van den Broeck  1-035195813th olm final BA34 English, Symmetrical
19. G Forintos vs L Joyner  1-039195813th olm final BE65 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav, 7.O-O
20. I Jonsson vs L Joyner  0-140195813th olm final BA07 King's Indian Attack
21. H Catozzi vs L Joyner  0-159195813th olm final BA16 English
22. L Joyner vs H Enevoldsen  ½-½59195813th olm final BA07 King's Indian Attack
23. Z Nilsson vs L Joyner 1-062195813th olm final BB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
24. B De Greiff vs L Joyner  ½-½12195813th olm final BE95 King's Indian, Orthodox, 7...Nbd7, 8.Re1
25. L Joyner vs Yanofsky 0-1381959Canadian ChampionshipE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
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Mar-28-08  Eastfrisian: It seems, that he had resigned very early. I have never heard about him before.
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  IMlday: In the 1964 Canadian Open at Scarborough Joyner shared third with Duncan Suttles and Denis Allan. Pal Benko won despite losing to 2nd-finisher Zvonko Vranesic. I made an even score. Joyner later moved to Alberta and eventually worked on the Vancouver stock market.
Mar-28-09  WhiteRook48: happy birthday!
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  GrahamClayton: Won the 1956 Montreal Championship with a "picket fence" score of 17-0.

The British Columbia Chess Federation holds a memorial tournament in his name each year.

Mar-28-11  theodor: dear Lionel, I'll drop some vodka on the floor(balkan custom), in case you're thirsty. cheers!
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  Penguincw: Congratulations on being Player of the Day.
Mar-28-11  DiscoJew: "Play the French defense!"
-Lionel Joyner

He loved the French and recommended it to everyone as a weapon vs. 1.e4

Mar-29-11  Everyone: I've never regretted playing it.
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  Domdaniel: Curious how many dedicated French players (Joyner, Vaganian, and, uh, me) play Reti/English/KIA systems with White.
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  perfidious: <Domdaniel> Korchnoi and Petrosian were two others who essayed this approach.

In my career at master level, I played mostly 1.d4/c4 and the French was a favourite, along with the Caro-Kann and 1....e5. As I used to average 150 games per year in much of the 1980s, it was boring playing the same old thing all the time. Here's to variety!

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  Domdaniel: I think it was largely Korchnoi's repertoire in his 1974 match with Karpov that influenced me to play the English with White and the French with Black. He drew every game with the French (having lost with a Dragon and a Petrov) - and he always got interesting games with White.
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  Tabanus: He ended 2nd in the Vancouver (1965) zonal after Daniel Abraham Yanofsky, with Duncan Suttles in 3rd place. But after Yanofsky withdrew, it was Suttles who went to the Sousse Interzonal (1967).
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