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8th Edmonton International Tournament

Lazaro Bruzon Batista23(+7 -0 =2)[games]
Nigel Short17(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Richard Wang14(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Eric Hansen14(+4 -3 =2)[games]
Rodney Oscar Perez Garcia11(+2 -2 =5)[games]
Victor Mikhalevski11(+2 -2 =5)[games]
Edward Porper10(+2 -3 =4)[games]
Maxim Doroshenko8(+2 -5 =2)[games]
Dale R Haessel6(+1 -5 =3)[games]
Robert Gardner4(+0 -5 =4)[games] Chess Event Description
8th Edmonton International (2013)

Crosstables(1, 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 Lazaro Bruzon Batista 2734 2789 2758 2758 X111=1111= 8 23 2 Nigel Short 2650 2621 2646 2689 0X=11011=1 6 17 3 Richard Wang 2450 2599 2484 2484 0=X====111 5½ 14 4 Eric Hansen 2598 2538 2587 2612 00=X1=1011 5 14 5 Rodney Perez Garcia 2442 2511 2464 2464 =0=0X==1=1 4½ 11 6 Victor Mikhalevski 2602 2493 2583 2664 01===X=01= 4½ 11 7 Edward Porper 2502 2460 2494 2556 00=0==X11= 4 10 8 Maxim Doroshenko 2482 2373 2462 2462 0001010X== 3 8 9 Dale R Haessel 2283 2351 2292 2332 0=00=00=X1 2½ 6 10 Robert Gardner 2295 2305 2294 2387 =0000===0X 2 4

For the 1st time in this tournament history's series, Nigel Short returned to defend his Edmonton International (2012) championship title. The tournament took place at Alberta from June through July.

Next: 9th Edmonton International (2014) (Cuban GM Lazaro Bruzon Bautista instead chose to compete at the 49th Capablanca Memorial (2014) next summer, rather than defending his title here).

Websites: (1) (FIDE crosstable), (2) (tournament advertisement), (3) (FIDE news article), (4) (Canadian Federation crosstable), (4)

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E Porper vs Short 0-14120138th Edmonton InternationalA10 English
2. D Haessel vs Bruzon Batista 0-14320138th Edmonton InternationalD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
3. Mikhalevski vs E Hansen ½-½3420138th Edmonton InternationalD72 Neo-Grunfeld,, Main line
4. R Gardner vs R Wang 0-13420138th Edmonton InternationalD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
5. M Doroshenko vs R O Perez Garcia 0-13220138th Edmonton InternationalD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
6. E Porper vs Mikhalevski  ½-½2420138th Edmonton InternationalD80 Grunfeld
7. E Hansen vs M Doroshenko 0-13920138th Edmonton InternationalB12 Caro-Kann Defense
8. R Wang vs D Haessel  1-02620138th Edmonton InternationalD05 Queen's Pawn Game
9. R O Perez Garcia vs R Gardner  1-05320138th Edmonton InternationalB08 Pirc, Classical
10. Short vs Bruzon Batista 0-12320138th Edmonton InternationalE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
11. R Gardner vs E Hansen 0-12720138th Edmonton InternationalE46 Nimzo-Indian
12. M Doroshenko vs E Porper 0-14620138th Edmonton InternationalE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
13. D Haessel vs R O Perez Garcia  ½-½2220138th Edmonton InternationalD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
14. Mikhalevski vs Short 1-06720138th Edmonton InternationalB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
15. Bruzon Batista vs R Wang 1-03020138th Edmonton InternationalA04 Reti Opening
16. Mikhalevski vs M Doroshenko 0-13520138th Edmonton InternationalA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
17. Short vs R Wang ½-½4520138th Edmonton InternationalB25 Sicilian, Closed
18. E Porper vs R Gardner  ½-½3120138th Edmonton InternationalE17 Queen's Indian
19. E Hansen vs D Haessel 1-02720138th Edmonton InternationalD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
20. R O Perez Garcia vs Bruzon Batista ½-½4220138th Edmonton InternationalC15 French, Winawer
21. R Gardner vs Mikhalevski  ½-½6420138th Edmonton InternationalD91 Grunfeld, 5.Bg5
22. D Haessel vs E Porper  0-14520138th Edmonton InternationalD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
23. M Doroshenko vs Short 0-17220138th Edmonton InternationalD02 Queen's Pawn Game
24. Bruzon Batista vs E Hansen 1-03320138th Edmonton InternationalE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
25. R Wang vs R O Perez Garcia  ½-½3720138th Edmonton InternationalD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Jun-29-13  Edmontonchessclub: Bruzon won yet again. 5 wins and one draw so far.
Jun-29-13  twinlark: <Edmontonchessclub: Bruzon's live rating should be over 2700 again, with his win last night over GM Hansen.>

Not quite.

That win didn't fully recover the points lost because of his draw against Garcia. His subsequent win against Porper brought him up to 2699.8.

Bruzon has to defeat all 3 of his remaining opponents to reach 2700 and stay there as any draws will drag him back below 2700.

Jun-29-13  Edmontonchessclub: <Twinlark> Thanks.
Jun-30-13  Edmontonchessclub: Bruzon won again in round 7. So did Short.
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  HeMateMe: Who was the first winner of this event, eight years ago?
Jun-30-13  Doniez: Here you'll find the table with all the winners of previous editions http://www.edmonton-international.c.... By the way, congrats to GM Bruzon, he is now in the 2700 club again after his great performance!
Jun-30-13  Octavia: to draw a game seems to be a great achievement. If I could do that any time, I'd play in strong comps all the time & my grade would go up & up & up.

For a GM to draw against lower rated opposition is bad of course. Therefore in a comp such as this, no top player would draw if s/he could help it. Therefore the 3 - 1 system is unnecessary & insulting on top. Why tell the players how to play?

Jun-30-13  Edmontonchessclub: So the winner of the 1st Edmonton International, in 2006, was IM Peter Vavrak of Slovakia. He is now a GM.
Jun-30-13  Nicocobas: <twinlark> and <Doniez> Is Bruzón back at 2700 or not? Doesn't FIDE (or whatever the proper organization is) consider 2699.8=2700? You've got to be kidding.
Jun-30-13  evlozare: <nicocobas> fide rounds off decimals but edmonton tour is still ongoing hence its results are not yet included in fide july'13 ratings.
Jun-30-13  Edmontonchessclub: Right.
This tournament won't get rated by FIDE until August 1st.
Jun-30-13  Edmontonchessclub: Bruzon's official rating, on the new FIDE rating list, is 2689.
Jul-01-13  twinlark: <Edmontonchessclub>

There were some complications with the ratings in the Zonal that Bruzon won, and this is reflected in his live rating being 2 points less than previously thought. That's why his rating has apparently gone down after his victory against Doroshenko.

The other facts in my previous post are correct and unaffected by this adjustment.

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  HeMateMe: <Edmontonchessclub> Fine reporting, sir. If I may ask, what do you do when not assisting the ECC? I'm assuming Edmonton chess is not a full time gig.
Jul-01-13  Edmontonchessclub: Bruzon won again in round 8, and clinched 1st place with a round to spare. Short also won.

<Hehateme> Yes, I've got a full time job, nothing to do with chess. But I took vacation time to organize the Edmonton International as a volunteer (with the help of some friends at the Edmonton Chess Club). So I've got plenty of time to report here. I've been a member since before I started organizing tournaments. It's been my favourite chess website for a long time.

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  parmetd: In round 9, Bruzon the tournament winner has to face the guy in last place... (-5 no less).
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  Peligroso Patzer: <parmetd: In round 9, Bruzon the tournament winner has to face the guy in last place... (-5 no less).>

... but just to make it fair, Bruzon gets the White pieces.

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  Check It Out: I smell the makings of a revenge game.
Jul-02-13  Edmontonchessclub: According to Bruzon, Gardner missed a win, too!

Bruzon won the tournament with 7 wins, two draws, zero losses. Certainly the best performance we've had in 8 years of the the Edmonton International.

I want to invite him back next year.

Jul-02-13  twinlark: Seems almost like an honorary Canadian citizen! Won't he be playing in the Canadian Open in a couple of weeks?
Jul-02-13  Edmontonchessclub: Hmmm, Chessgames, please put the last round games up. The pgn is available in the usual place: http://www.edmonton-international.c...
Jul-03-13  Edmontonchessclub: Bruzon also tied for 1st in the blitz tournament (scoring +8).

He gave a simul before the tournament, scoring a perfect 21 wins out of 21 games.

Dec-07-13  Edmontonchessclub: GM Bruzon has just now accepted his invitation to the 9th Edmonton International. He will be back to defend his title June 21-29th, 2014.
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  Shams: <Edmontonchessclub> Nice. Anyone else yet?
Jan-01-14  Edmontonchessclub: Yes. GM Vasil Ivanchuk, GM Wesley So, GM Lazaro Bruzon, GM Sergei Tiviakov and GM Irina Krush are the top players for the 2014 edition of this tournament (June 21-29).
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