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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
(SPECIAL SCORING IN EFFECT: 3 POINTS PER WIN; 1 POINT PER DRAW)
Edmonton International Tournament

Nigel Short20(+6 -1 =2)[view games]
Victor Mikhalevski17(+5 -2 =2)[view games]
Anton Kovalyov16(+4 -1 =4)[view games]
Irina Krush14(+3 -1 =5)[view games]
Robert Gardner13(+3 -2 =4)[view games]
Edward Porper13(+3 -2 =4)[view games]
Richard Wang8(+2 -5 =2)[view games]
Vladimir Pechenkin7(+1 -4 =4)[view games]
Dale R Haessel5(+1 -6 =2)[view games]
Leon David Piasetski5(+0 -4 =5)[view games]

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. R Gardner vs R Wang 1-046 2012 Edmonton InternationalE41 Nimzo-Indian
2. L Piasetski vs R Gardner  ½-½50 2012 Edmonton InternationalA13 English
3. V Pechenkin vs I Krush  ½-½44 2012 Edmonton InternationalA20 English
4. V Mikhalevski vs Short 1-037 2012 Edmonton InternationalA20 English
5. E Porper vs A Kovalyov  ½-½33 2012 Edmonton InternationalE12 Queen's Indian
6. R Wang vs D Haessel  ½-½81 2012 Edmonton InternationalD85 Grunfeld
7. V Pechenkin vs V Mikhalevski  0-133 2012 Edmonton InternationalB20 Sicilian
8. R Wang vs A Kovalyov  0-134 2012 Edmonton InternationalE15 Queen's Indian
9. L Piasetski vs I Krush ½-½36 2012 Edmonton InternationalA25 English
10. E Porper vs Short 0-150 2012 Edmonton InternationalA10 English
11. I Krush vs R Wang 0-128 2012 Edmonton InternationalA30 English, Symmetrical
12. A Kovalyov vs V Pechenkin 1-034 2012 Edmonton InternationalA04 Reti Opening
13. Short vs R Gardner 1-025 2012 Edmonton InternationalA00 Uncommon Opening
14. V Mikhalevski vs E Porper  ½-½31 2012 Edmonton InternationalA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
15. R Gardner vs D Haessel 1-038 2012 Edmonton InternationalD91 Grunfeld, 5.Bg5
16. D Haessel vs L Piasetski  ½-½47 2012 Edmonton InternationalE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
17. V Mikhalevski vs R Wang 1-061 2012 Edmonton InternationalA37 English, Symmetrical
18. I Krush vs R Gardner ½-½43 2012 Edmonton InternationalA13 English
19. A Kovalyov vs L Piasetski 1-053 2012 Edmonton InternationalA14 English
20. Short vs D Haessel 1-023 2012 Edmonton InternationalD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
21. E Porper vs V Pechenkin 1-019 2012 Edmonton InternationalA04 Reti Opening
22. E Porper vs L Piasetski  ½-½41 2012 Edmonton InternationalD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
23. R Wang vs Short 0-145 2012 Edmonton InternationalA46 Queen's Pawn Game
24. A Kovalyov vs D Haessel  1-035 2012 Edmonton InternationalD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
25. I Krush vs A Kovalyov  ½-½71 2012 Edmonton InternationalE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Jul-02-12
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  HeMateMe: All fashion policing aside, the fans weren't shorted out of a good chess game.
Jul-02-12  DanielBryant: I nearly always wear shorts to summer tournaments. Comfort is more important than showing off, and I imagine I would feel the same way if I were a GM.
Jul-02-12
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  Sneaky: I saw GM Boris Gulko at a tournament in Florida once and I was quite pleased to see him wearing Birkenstock sandals.

And what is this? V Mikhalevski vs I Krush, 2012. Doesn't Irina know that she's not supposed to beat a GM from the Black side of the board? The Chessbookie leg's just started, and there goes my money :D

Jul-02-12  MarkFinan: Under the normal points scoring system Kovalyov and Mikhalevski would be joint second right now! And that chessbookie stung me too, especially with Short drawing his last game..
Jul-02-12
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  Shams: Short has won. Krush is a piece up in a simple ending.

And Nigel walks away with the hardware, as is proper. Congratulations to Gardner for the IM norm!

Jul-02-12
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  AgentRgent: And Irina does it! Way to go!
Jul-02-12
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  PhilFeeley: <Shams> I'm not sure it was such a simple ending. Black held on for a long time.
Jul-02-12
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  HeMateMe: Funny how chess is. Irina Krush pumelled Mikhalevski, who finished second, but she couldn't beat some of the lesser players.
Jul-03-12  Edmontonchessclub: The tournament is over!

We had an after-party (drinks paid by the Edmonton Chess Club) attended by all the GMs, IMs Krush and Piasetski, some of the local players plus Organizers (ahem) and spectators.

GM Short, GM Mikhalevski, IMs Krush and Piasetski have all said that they want to come back next year for the 8th Edmonton International...so that's a good sign for a first-time Organizer of this tourney.

I had to leave the dinner early to catch a plane to Arkansas (of all places), but luckily my girlfriend packed the WRONG PASSPORT so I have time to write this comment in the back of a taxi, trying to get my passport and get back to the airport in time... I love her, but it was the wrong passport! :)

Anyway, the tournament went as well as I could have hoped. I'll definitely be back next year, here on Chessgames.com for the 8th edition of this tournament. In the meantime, I'm sure I'll be commenting/arguing about the major tournaments posted here. See you then!

Jul-03-12
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  HeMateMe: <I had to leave the dinner early to catch a plane to Arkansas (of all places), but luckily my girlfriend packed the WRONG PASSPORT >

You have more than one passport? Who are you, James Bond?

Jul-03-12  Edmontonchessclub: <Shams>
Nooo, but another family member's passport was in the same place. Not her fault, I should have packed it myself, but I was so busy with the International tournament... Anyway, now I'm ina taxi back to the airport with the RIGHT passport.

Short, Krush and the others fly out tomorrow morning. I'm feeling very satisfied with the tournament overall.

Jul-03-12
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  HeMateMe: Are you heading to Little Rock to play some blitz with Bill Clinton? Bill played on the chess team at Georgetown University, Washington D.C.

If you're going to be in politics, you have to plan ahead, be accurate, and be sneaky. Certainly Clinton makes the cut...

Jul-03-12
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  Shams: If I've learned anything from the dozen John le Carre novels I've read, it's this: never travel with more than one passport.
Jul-03-12
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  Eyal: With ratings taken into account, the most impressive performance here was by Gardner. Here are the TPRs (compared with the actual ratings in square brackets) according to the TWIC report (http://chess.co.uk/twic/chessnews/e...):

Short 2586 [2705]
Mikhalevski 2512 [2519]
Kovalyov 2501 [2619]
Krush 2474 [2457]
Gardner 2465 [2202]
Porper 2441 [2414]
Wang 2285 [2307]
Pechenkin 2285 [2312]
Piasetski 2245 [2304]
Haessel 2207 [2161]

Jul-03-12  goodevans: Krush's win over Haessel is missing and hence she was 4th rather than 6th (as shown at the top of the page).

CG.com would you oblige, please.

Jul-03-12
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  chessgames.com: <Nigel Short> Well done!

<goodevans> D Haessel vs I Krush, 2012 has been online since yesterday (and a fine game it is) but the one game missing from the official site seems to be Krush-Porper from the final round. We'll post it as soon as it becomes available.

Jul-03-12
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  Jim Bartle: Is that right, shams? When I've traveled to the US with my children, they've had to leave Peru with their Peruvian passports, and then enter the US with American passports.
Jul-03-12
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  Shams: <JB> You need a Peruvian passport to leave Peru? Wow.

I think Le Carre was talking about having multiple passports with different identities, like Jason Bourne.

Jul-03-12
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  Jim Bartle: No, no. Peruvians who live in Peru must enter and leave using Peruvian passports, even if they have a second one.

I see how passports with different identities could be a problem.

Jul-04-12  achieve: Sure, as July comes to us every year... And I have no problem adding June and August, if that's OK with you... ;)
Jul-04-12
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  OBIT: Curse you, Nigel Short. See what you started with your comment about Haessel's attire?

Who wears Short shorts?
Short wears Short shorts!

Jul-04-12
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  HeMateMe: Well, we do know that Haessel got the Short end of the stick.
Jul-04-12
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  chessgames.com: Let's keep things civil here folks.
Jul-04-12  Edmontonchessclub: Chessbase.com reported on the tournament:

http://chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp...

Jul-06-12
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  HeMateMe: Nice story from CB. Wouldn't it be cool if the chess lectures could be a virtual event? You know, log on, and either your computer monitor or flat screen TV gives you a view of the stage, with audio?

Even better would be if you can adjust the camera angle to zoom, or take a panaramic view of the whole room.

I guess we'll have to wait until robot P.A.s are doing our shopping for us, at the grocery store.

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