With roots in Halifax, Nova Scotia, GM Hambleton became an Internet chess commentator (1) and played for Western University in team leagues. His uncle Ian Hambleton helped introduce him to chess, by age 5 was playing, and was coached by Michael McArthur the next year. In 2010, he won the Canadian U-18 Youth chess championship (3). In 2012, he tied for 1st-2nd with Tomas Krnan (with 4½/6) at the Toronto Labor Day Classic and together with IM norms from Panama and St. Louis, also won an IM norm at the World Junior Championship (2012) with a score of 7/13. He scored 6/9 for share of 8th-13th before tiebreaks at the Panama open in 2012 (2). In 2013, he won the championship of Labrador and Newfoundland in Canada, and the Sunningdale Open in Great Britain. He tied for 1st-2nd (2nd to Danyyil Dvirnyy after tie-breaks) at Italy's Forni do Sopra tournament in 2013.
He tied with fellow Canadian Eric Hansen for share of 3rd-7th in the Chess Festival Ortisei with 6½/9 (behind Sergey Volkov and Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu who finished with 7/9) (4). He and Eric drew their game at the final 9th round of the 2013 Canadian open as a result and at Sault Ste Marie in 2017, he and Razvan Preotu both finished in a tie for share of 1st-2nd(11) at the Canadian open tournament. He scored 5/11 at the 2004 World U-12 youth chess championship.
At Biel in 2017, he scored 6/7 to secure 2nd place (after tiebreaks) in the chess 960 tournament and scored 10/13 (for shared 2nd-4th; 3rd after tiebreaks) in their blitz chess event(12).
Teams / Coaching experience
Hambleton played with the Guildford 1 team that won the 2013-14 4NCL(6). Before the Canadian youth chess championship started in Windsor, Lefong Hua, Romain Edouard, he and Eric Hansen provided lessons at a summer chess camp(3, 9) for juniors between June 29th and July 3rd, 2015.
His debut on the Canadian team at the Chess Olympiad (2014) saw him score +2-2=3 at the reserve board after he had been playing extensively throughout southwestern Europe, having temporarily resided at Valencia since August of 2013.
He joined Fabiano Caruana, Eric Hansen, Alexandre Lesiege, Michael Kleinman, Lefong Hua, Elias Oussedik and Robin van Kampen on the Montreal Chessbrahs(10) team.
Videos: Lazaro Bruzon Batista and Aman can be seen playing at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fknI..., Edward Porper is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?featur... and earlier against Alexandra Botez in the 2013 Canadian open: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKy8... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJ3...
References / Sources
(10) http://chessbrah.tv/about-chessbrah/ (joined Montreal's Chessbrahs team to compete in the PRO Chess League),
(11) http://www.ssmchess.ca/en/index.html (tournament ended 16 July, 2017),
(12) http://beta.bielchessfestival.ch/To... and http://beta.bielchessfestival.ch/To... (Biel 2017 chess festival).