My Life with HHCC in the 70’s: A lecture by FM Stephen Boyd

HHCC is pleased to announce that FM and IA Stephen Boyd will be hosting a lecture in the evening of October 4th. Over the course of the talk, he will discuss some games from the Pan American Intercollegiate Chess Championship Tournaments where he participated in the 70’s. He will also talk about his experiences at the Hart House Chess Club and share some anecdotes about his life in chess.  We hope you will join us to hear Mr. Boyd comment on the evolution and history of our beloved chess club, offer some spectacular game analysis, and lead a Q&A session.


Event details
Date: 4 October 2019
Location: Hart House Debates Room
Time: 7:30 – 9:00 pm
This event is free for Hart House Chess Club members to attend; we hope to see you there! 

About the Speaker
Stephen Boyd started playing chess seriously at the age of 15. He passed his last high school and university years playing chess. He is well-known as an organiser, arbiter and committee member in Canada. He played on two Pan-Am Championship teams in 1973 and 1974. He became an International Arbiter in 1987 and FIDE Master in 1993. In 1991 he left Canada to live in France and he became a full-time chess professional as a technical person, teacher, trainer, arbiter and organiser. Every year he is one of the principal arbiters at the Gibraltar Chess Festival.

Stephen is also a French/Canadian International Arbiter (1989), FIDE Master (1993), ICCF IM (2009). He studied Philosophy and Mathematics at the University of Toronto and also studied printing. He worked as a typographer during the 1980-90s. He started directing tournaments at the age of 16 during the Fischer boom and was on the staff of Chess Canada. An active organizer in Canada until 1991 he then moved to France. He co-founded the Club d’Echecs International de Toulouse and later worked for the French Chess Federation. He was the rating officer of the French Chess Federation from 2005-2010. He is presently a member of the FIDE arbiters’ commission. He is also involved in the training of arbiters and chess teachers.

He was chief arbiter of the World Youth Championship (1997, Cannes), the World Cup of Rapid Chess (1998, Cap d’Agde and 2001, Cannes) and the European Blitz Championship (2006, Cannes). He regularly directs Open tournaments in the south of France (St. Affrique, Cannes, Toulouse, Cap d’Agde and Montpellier). Over-the-board, he represented Canada in the student Olympiads in Mexico City in 1980 and France in the Mitropa Cup in 1999 in Baden, Switzerland. In postal chess, he was two-time Canadian Champion and was 2nd in the North American Championship of 1989-1992 (World Chpt. ¼ final).

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