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Frank Ross Anderson
F R Anderson 
Number of games in database: 99
Years covered: 1948 to 1964
Overall record: +60 -14 =25 (73.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Jan-03-1928, died Sep-18-1980, 52 years old) Canada (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Frank Ross Anderson was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Awarded the IM title in 1955 (FIDE Congress at Gothenburg), he was Canadian Champion in 1953 (jointly) and 1955. He won gold medals for Canada playing second board at the Amsterdam 1954 (+13=2-2) and the Munich 1958 (+9=3-1) Olympiads, as well as representing 2nd Canadian board at the 1964 Olympiad. He moved to San Diego, California, USA in 1964 and retired from chess and passed away there in 1980. Paul Vaitonis wrote a chess column for the Hamilton Spectator until 1955, when Anderson became chess editor until 1964, and assisting Hamilton club secretary Myer Harris continued the column for a short period.

References: (team & Olympiad chess archives), (Canadian Chess Federation), (World Chess Federation), Hamilton Spectator (news organization), Canadian Chess Chat (Canadian chess publication).

Wikipedia article: Frank Anderson (chess player)

Last updated: 2020-11-24 05:44:22

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 99  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J G Sullivan vs F R Anderson  0-1461948USA (m/2)C28 Vienna Game
2. F R Anderson vs J N Williams  0-1601948Ontario ChampionshipB68 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 9...Be7
3. J N Williams vs F R Anderson 0-1281948Ontario Speed ChampionshipA17 English
4. E Hoehn vs F R Anderson  0-1471949Canadian ChampionshipC44 King's Pawn Game
5. F R Anderson vs P Brunet  ½-½671949Canadian ChampionshipC77 Ruy Lopez
6. J Rauch vs F R Anderson  1-0331949Canadian ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
7. R Drummond vs F R Anderson  0-1491949Canadian ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
8. J Therien vs F R Anderson  0-1541949Canadian ChampionshipE17 Queen's Indian
9. F R Anderson vs F Bohatirchuk  ½-½321949Canadian ChampionshipC71 Ruy Lopez
10. F R Anderson vs P Vaitonis  1-0351949Canadian ChampionshipB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
11. M Fox vs F R Anderson  ½-½301949Canadian ChampionshipC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
12. F R Anderson vs Yanofsky  ½-½291949Canadian ChampionshipC07 French, Tarrasch
13. M Fox vs F R Anderson  0-1351951Montreal v Toronto matchC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
14. Yanofsky vs F R Anderson  0-1361951Canadian ChampionshipC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
15. C F Millar vs F R Anderson  0-1301951Canadian ChampionshipE12 Queen's Indian
16. F R Anderson vs W Jursevskis  1-0141951Canadian ChampionshipC10 French
17. F Yerhoff vs F R Anderson  0-1381951Canadian ChampionshipC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
18. F Bohatirchuk vs F R Anderson  1-0411951Canadian ChampionshipA02 Bird's Opening
19. N Divinsky vs F R Anderson 0-1631951Canadian ChampionshipE46 Nimzo-Indian
20. W Holowach vs F R Anderson  0-1691951Canadian ChampionshipA28 English
21. F R Anderson vs M Fox  ½-½391951Canadian ChampionshipC77 Ruy Lopez
22. F R Anderson vs R Hayes  1-0201951Canadian ChampionshipC09 French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line
23. F R Anderson vs H Ridout  1-0391951Canadian ChampionshipB07 Pirc
24. F R Anderson vs J M Taylor  1-0301951Canadian ChampionshipC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
25. F R Anderson vs P Vaitonis  ½-½591951Canadian ChampionshipB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
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Nov-07-04  nikolaas: ♕ Anderson, Frank Ross

Anderson, Frank Ross, international chess master (born at Edmonton, Alta 3 Jan 1938; died at San Diego, Calif 18 Sept 1980). Bedridden for 5 years with arthritis, he discovered CHESS at age 15. His first steps outside led to the chess club. Anderson won the Canadian championship 1953 and 1958, but his greatest success was at the Chess Olympics. In 1954 at Amsterdam and again in 1958 at Munich he won the gold medal on 2nd board. He would have gained the grandmaster title in Munich, but reaction to an incorrect prescription prevented him from appearing for the final game. In the late 1960s he moved to San Diego, where he ran a tax consulting business.

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  Benzol: Awarded the IM title in 1954
As well as the Canadian titles noted above by <nikolaas> he was also Canadian Champion in 1955, 1967-68 and joint champion in 1968-69.
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  IMlday: He retired and moved to California late 1964, so those later stats are suspect. DA Yanofsky won the 1966 Canadian Closed and Duncan Suttles the 1969 title.
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  Benzol: <IMlday> Thanks for the update mate. My info is a little outdated in some cases and suspect in others so keep correcting if you spot an error. Cheers. :)
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  IMlday: Better to publish wrong info and get corrected, than no info at all!

Anderson, from youth, had polio; he was disabled his whole life. Just getting to the Toronto Chess Club, up three flights of stairs, was an accomplishment for his crutches. That behind-the-scenes Soviet shenanigans ruined his GM title at the Olymiads is fairly well understood now. He only played 3 international events, and had two olymipic board gold medals to show for it. Quite the career for a disabled competitor.

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  IMlday: There's a good article with lots of Anderson games in the current Chess Canada. gets a plug too as an "excellent site" :-)
Apr-25-05  aw1988: Hooray! :)
Jan-03-08  brankat: For a Canadian, a disabled one at that. to be awarded an IM title in 1954, at the age of only 26 (in those days it was young, chess-wise) must have been quite an accomplishment! Plus 2 times best Olympic score on his board, and a few Canadian Championships!

All this suggests a considerable talent.

I don't understand IM L.Day's remark about Soviets "ruining" Mr.Anderson's chance to obtain the GM title at the Olympics. What would have been in it for them?

Anyhow, Happy Birthday Frank Ross!

Jan-03-08  BIDMONFA: Frank Ross Anderson

ANDERSON, Frank Ross

Apr-11-08  Petrosianic: <That behind-the-scenes Soviet shenanigans ruined his GM title at the Olymiads is fairly well understood now.>

What behind-the-scenes shenanigans? The story I've always heard is that he had the GM norm clinched as long as he played his final game, regardless of whether he won, lost or drew. But he was taken ill and was unable to play the last game, due to taking the wrong prescription medicine and so came up one game short of the Norm requirements.

They should have given him the title anyway. It's silly that a loss should be better than a non-appearance. Later on they sometimes waived the requirement. Gaprindashvili and Edmar Mednis got the GM title in the 70's in similar situations (they had the norms but came up a game or two short of the 24 game requirement).

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  Eggman: Getting the GM title back in 1958 was quite an accomplishment, far more so than nowadays; I'm surprised I've never heard of this guy.
Jan-11-12  ketchuplover: Please visit for a review of a book about Mr.Anderson

Thank you

Jan-11-12  TheFocus: That is great to hear. From the review:

<Donaldson should be commended for helping to preserve this story and presenting it to the chess public.>

I agree. More great work from John Donaldson. I will ask him to sell me an autographed copy.

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  WTHarvey: Here are some critical position's from his games: What's the best move?
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  perfidious: < Petrosianic: <That behind-the-scenes Soviet shenanigans ruined his GM title at the Olymiads is fairly well understood now.> What behind-the-scenes shenanigans?...>

This is news to me also.

<....They should have given (Anderson) the title anyway....Later on they sometimes waived the requirement. Gaprindashvili and Edmar Mednis got the GM title in the 70's in similar situations (they had the norms but came up a game or two short of the 24 game requirement).>

Never knew this about either Mednis or Gaprindashvili, but remember Seirawan getting his GM title in such circumstances.

It was wrong indeed that Anderson failed to receive the title because of FIDE playing bureaucrat instead of being sensible.

Jan-03-16  TheFocus: Happy Birthday!!
Feb-17-22  jerseybob: <IMlday: ....Soviet shenanigans....> Just google in those two words and your screen will explode.

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