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Yanofsky, Daniel Abraham

Daniel Abraham Yanofsky (1925-2000) was a Polish born Canadian lawyer and Grandmaster (1964) who was the first Grandmaster in the British Commonwealth.  He learned to play chess at 8 years old.  He came to Canada in 1926.  In 1939 he was selected to play for Canada as 2nd board at the Buenos Aires Olympiad when only 14 years old.  He won the Canadian championship 8 times (from 1941 to 1965), won the US Open in 1942, and the British Championship in 1953.  He took 1st at Hastings in 1953.  He had been the mayor of a suburb of Winnipeg.  He edited Canadian Chess Chat for several years.

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