Played Canadian Championship 1959
Played speed chess every night, all night, in Toronto at the chess tables on Gould Street, corner Yonge Street, from about 1977 through 1985 for $0.50/game (later $1/game)
Famous opening: Smash-Crash Gambit (Greco Counter-Gambit/Latvian Gambit); adopted by IM David Levy in his loss against Chess 4.7, match, Toronto, 1978 after Smolij and Levy played blitz chess the night before
Famous claims: World's fastest chess player; 50,000 chess games played
Famous quotes: "I'm poor in the pocketbook but rich in the mind."; "Kill as you go!"; "Show no mercy!"
Character in Canadian edition of 'Kicking Tomorrow' by Daniel Richler based on Smolij as a tribute
Sources: Montreal Gazette, 1978.1.28 Sat.,p.12-13;
Toronto Star, 1982.10.10 Sun.,p.A3; 1983.11.14 Mon.,p.B11; 1984.05.12 Sat.,p.A4; 1985.03.13 Wed.,p.A6; 1985.09.14 Sat.,p.A6.
'Chess 4.7 versus David Levy - The Computer Beats a Chess Master', by J.R. Douglas, BYTE, 1978.12, p.84-90
Frances Sendbuehler, Master's thesis, University of Montreal, 1995