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John Harold Belson
Number of games in database: 15
Years covered: 1933 to 1936
Overall record: +5 -8 =2 (40.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Feb-23-1906, died Mar-13-1947, 41 years old) Finland (federation/nationality Canada)

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John Harold (Harry) Belson (Belczinsky) was born in Helsinki, Finland. After moving to Canada, George Eastman attracted him to the Toronto chess club in 1926 (1).

He became Canadian champion in 1934 (scored 10/12 at Toronto) and 1946 (he scored 10.5/13 for 2nd in one of the two preliminaries before scoring 3/3 for the lead score of 13.5/16 at Toronto). He won the Toronto championship 7 times. He passed away in Toronto in 1947.

References: (1) Toronto Telegram newspaper (includes a photograph in its April 2nd issue of 1932).

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Belson vs R E Martin 1-0201933TorontoC77 Ruy Lopez
2. J Belson vs Dake  0-140193435th Western Championship. FinalE61 King's Indian
3. J Belson vs Kashdan  ½-½731934Western Championship (Final)D52 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. J Belson vs Fine  0-1171934Western Championship (Final)E34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
5. J Belson vs Reshevsky 0-1231934Western ChampionshipC46 Three Knights
6. J Araiza Munoz vs J Belson  1-051193435th Western Championship. FinalE36 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
7. J Belson vs B F Winkelman  1-041193536th ACF Congress. Prelim BD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. J Belson vs Fritz Rathman  1-027193536th ACF Congress. Prelim BB01 Scandinavian
9. J Belson vs Santasiere 1-041193536th ACF Congress. Preliminary BA44 Old Benoni Defense
10. J Belson vs Fine  0-1291935ACF CongressA18 English, Mikenas-Carls
11. Dake vs J Belson  1-0511935ACF CongressA12 English with b3
12. J Belson vs F Chevalier  0-1191935ACF CongressE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
13. J Belson vs A Simonson  ½-½301935ACF CongressD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. Kashdan vs J Belson  1-0341935USA-36.Congress MastersA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
15. J Belson vs H Opsahl  1-0721936CAN-chB40 Sicilian
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  Benzol: John Harold Belson
Born 23rd February 1906 in Helsinki
Died 13th March 1947 in Toronto
He was Canadian champion in 1934 and 1946.
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  brankat: A Finnish Canadian. Canadian champion twice, and Toronto champion seven times!

R.I.P. Mr.Belson.

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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, John Belson.
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