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Edmonton International Tournament

Nigel Short20(+6 -1 =2)[games]
Victor Markovich Mikhalevski17(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Anton Kovalyov16(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Irina Krush14(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Robert Gardner13(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Edward Porper13(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Richard Wang8(+2 -5 =2)[games]
Vladimir Pechenkin7(+1 -4 =4)[games]
Dale R Haessel5(+1 -6 =2)[games]
Leon David Piasetski5(+0 -4 =5)[games] Chess Event Description
Edmonton International (2012)

Crosstables(3, 4) (a special 3-1-0 scoring system was employed for this tournament to award prizes):

# Player Old Perf New High Results Total Total (modified) 1 Nigel Short 2642 2676 2650 2689 X0==111111 7 20 2 Victor Mikhalevski 2625 2589 2619 2664 1X=01=1110 6 17 3 Anton Kovalyov 2651 2586 2641 2654 ==X=0=1111 6 16 4 Irina Krush 2493 2559 2515 2515 =1=X=1=0=1 5 14 5 Robert Gardner 2268 2540 2339 2387 001=X==1=1 5 13 6 Edward Porper 2481 2516 2487 2556 0==0=X11=1 5 13 7 Vladimir Pechenkin 2432 2344 2416 2452 000==0X==1 3 7 8 Richard Wang 2445 2342 2427 2454 000100=X1= 3 8 9 Leon David Piasetski 2410 2302 2390 2487 000====0X= 2 5 10 Dale R Haessel 2280 2272 2277 2332 0100000==X 2 5

The tournament was held at Edmonton in June and July. The 8th Edmonton International (2013) saw Short return to defend his title.

Websites: (1) (Organizers' history page), (2) (FIDE pgn source), (3) (Canadian federation crosstable - without incorporating special scoring system), (4) (FIDE crosstable), (5) (tournament advertisement).

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R Gardner vs R Wang 1-0462012Edmonton InternationalE41 Nimzo-Indian
2. L Piasetski vs R Gardner  ½-½502012Edmonton InternationalA13 English
3. V Pechenkin vs I Krush  ½-½442012Edmonton InternationalA20 English
4. V M Mikhalevski vs Short 1-0372012Edmonton InternationalA20 English
5. E Porper vs A Kovalyov  ½-½332012Edmonton InternationalE12 Queen's Indian
6. R Wang vs D Haessel  ½-½812012Edmonton InternationalD85 Grunfeld
7. V Pechenkin vs V M Mikhalevski  0-1332012Edmonton InternationalB20 Sicilian
8. R Wang vs A Kovalyov  0-1342012Edmonton InternationalE15 Queen's Indian
9. L Piasetski vs I Krush ½-½362012Edmonton InternationalA25 English
10. E Porper vs Short 0-1502012Edmonton InternationalA10 English
11. I Krush vs R Wang 0-1282012Edmonton InternationalA30 English, Symmetrical
12. A Kovalyov vs V Pechenkin 1-0342012Edmonton InternationalA04 Reti Opening
13. Short vs R Gardner 1-0252012Edmonton InternationalB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
14. V M Mikhalevski vs E Porper  ½-½312012Edmonton InternationalA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
15. R Gardner vs D Haessel 1-0382012Edmonton InternationalD91 Grunfeld, 5.Bg5
16. D Haessel vs L Piasetski  ½-½472012Edmonton InternationalE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
17. V M Mikhalevski vs R Wang 1-0612012Edmonton InternationalA37 English, Symmetrical
18. I Krush vs R Gardner ½-½432012Edmonton InternationalA13 English
19. A Kovalyov vs L Piasetski 1-0532012Edmonton InternationalA14 English
20. Short vs D Haessel 1-0232012Edmonton InternationalD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
21. E Porper vs V Pechenkin 1-0192012Edmonton InternationalA04 Reti Opening
22. E Porper vs L Piasetski  ½-½412012Edmonton InternationalD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
23. R Wang vs Short 0-1452012Edmonton InternationalA46 Queen's Pawn Game
24. A Kovalyov vs D Haessel  1-0352012Edmonton InternationalD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
25. I Krush vs A Kovalyov  ½-½712012Edmonton InternationalE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
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  OBIT: Krush and Kovalyov are stuck in a marathon game. Krush has an extra pawn, but there aren't many pawns left, along with a set of rooks and opposite-colored bishops. Their next round is only two hours away - and, wouldn't you know it, their opponents are the two guys tied for first. Krush plays Mikhalevski and Kovalyov plays Short.
Jul-01-12  Edmontonchessclub: The Krush-Kovalyov marathon ended in a draw.

Next round in 30 minutes (8 PM Eastern, midnight GMT).

Jul-01-12  Shams: GM Short should pick up Haessel's dinner tab tonight. Quite a bit of help from an unexpected source.
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  Nigel Short: I don't know about dinner but I will buy him a pair of trousers, if he promises to wear them...
Jul-02-12  PhilFeeley: <OBIT> "A Major Haessel" <CG> should use that for the headline on this game!
Jul-02-12  Shams: What is he wearing, a dirndl?
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  OBIT: Krush just defeated Mikhalevski. Her comeback from the brink of defeat was utterly astonishing!
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  Nigel Short: <shams> Shorts. He is dressed for the running track, not a chess tournament...
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  OBIT: So, Short finishes clear first if he wins his last game, while Kovalyov (two points back) and Mikhalevski (one point back) play each other. I presume Kovalyov, with the White pieces, throws caution to the wind, while Mikhalevski, who has had devastating losses the last two rounds, tries to calm his nerves.
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  wordfunph: heart-stopping 58-move victory by Krush against Mikhalevski, beautiful game!
Jul-02-12  Shams: <Nigel Short> Were the shorts at least tastefully oversized, with palm trees?

Good luck tomorrow. Are you staying on the continent afterwards?

Jul-02-12  Edmontonchessclub: Robert Gardner has just earned his first IM norm! Well done.
Jul-02-12  Edmontonchessclub: The final round starts in about 3 hours (1 PM eastern, 5 PM GMT)
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  HAPERSAUD: knowing dale, the shorts are probably ridiculously short
Jul-02-12  parmetd: Go Short!
Jul-02-12  achieve: Short's "going", alright...

Men wearing shorts during tournament play is quite not alright, good point, but women wearing them seems more than acceptible, in july.

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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.
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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  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  AgentRgent: And Irina does it! Way to go!
Jul-02-12  PhilFeeley: <Shams> I'm not sure it was such a simple ending. Black held on for a long time.
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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 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 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!

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