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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]
Victor Markovich Mikhalevski11(+2 -2 =5)[games]
Rodney Oscar Perez Garcia11(+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. D Haessel vs L Bruzon Batista 0-14320138th Edmonton InternationalD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
2. E Porper vs Short 0-14120138th Edmonton InternationalA10 English
3. R Gardner vs R Wang 0-13420138th Edmonton InternationalD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
4. M Doroshenko vs R O Perez Garcia 0-13220138th Edmonton InternationalD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
5. V M Mikhalevski vs E Hansen ½-½3420138th Edmonton InternationalD72 Neo-Grunfeld,, Main line
6. Short vs L Bruzon Batista 0-12320138th Edmonton InternationalE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
7. R O Perez Garcia vs R Gardner  1-05320138th Edmonton InternationalB08 Pirc, Classical
8. R Wang vs D Haessel  1-02620138th Edmonton InternationalD05 Queen's Pawn Game
9. E Hansen vs M Doroshenko 0-13920138th Edmonton InternationalB12 Caro-Kann Defense
10. E Porper vs V M Mikhalevski  ½-½2420138th Edmonton InternationalD80 Grunfeld
11. M Doroshenko vs E Porper 0-14620138th Edmonton InternationalE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
12. R Gardner vs E Hansen 0-12720138th Edmonton InternationalE46 Nimzo-Indian
13. D Haessel vs R O Perez Garcia  ½-½2220138th Edmonton InternationalD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
14. V M Mikhalevski vs Short 1-06720138th Edmonton InternationalB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
15. L Bruzon Batista vs R Wang 1-03020138th Edmonton InternationalA04 Reti Opening
16. V M 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 L Bruzon Batista ½-½4220138th Edmonton InternationalC15 French, Winawer
21. R Gardner vs V M 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. R Wang vs R O Perez Garcia  ½-½3720138th Edmonton InternationalD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
25. L Bruzon Batista vs E Hansen 1-03320138th Edmonton InternationalE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Jun-24-13  Edmontonchessclub: Thanks to for covering this tournament again this year.

The scoring is actually 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw (as in Bilbao and the London Chess Classic).

Jun-24-13  parmetd: Field looks similar to last year. No Krush, but Bruzon.

sad to see the silly football scoring here.

Jun-24-13  Shams: <Edmontonchessclub> If I remember last year you guys took pains to make sure norms would be obtainable; is that the case this year?

Looks like a great lineup.

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  Big Pawn: I think it's interesting to give 3 points for a win and 1 for a draw. Otherwise top players play 13 move draws year after year.
Jun-24-13  Edmontonchessclub: Shams,

Yes. By traditional scoring, 6.5/9 will earn a GM norm. To get an IM norm, players will have to score 4.5/9. It sounds easy, but it's definitely not!

Jun-24-13  Shams: Doesn't sound easy at all, to me!
Jun-24-13  Edmontonchessclub: Round 2 starts in about 2 and a half hours. Short vs Bruzon tonight.

Live games here:

Jun-25-13  waustad: Bruzon had Short for dinner. Maybe it could be called something like "braised short ribs"?
Jun-25-13  PhilFeeley: It's good to see another Canadian tournament here. They are few and far between, and Spraggett recently reported that the Saskatchewan Chess Association (?) recently disbanded due to lack of membership and assistance from the Canadian Federation. He counted only 25 players in the whole province!

Chess in Canada is indeed in trouble, so it's very good to see this tournament year after year.

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  HeMateMe: They must love Nigel. This year he gets his own sled dog team for transport to and from the venue.
Jun-25-13  Octal: Good round for black.
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  Octavia: < The scoring is actually 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw (as in Bilbao and the London Chess Classic). FAVORITES-MODE: [ON] [OFF]> just because its used somewhere else,doesn't make it good.
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  LucB: <HeMateMe>

Sled dogs!... :D

Yesterday it was 31C, with a humidex factor of 40C in the Outaouais region where I live, near Ottawa (west of Montréal).. 40C is 105F roughly..

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  HeMateMe:'s an air-conditioned sled!
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  LucB: Oooohhh riiiggghhhhtt!


Jun-25-13  Edmontonchessclub: The Chief Arbiter's cellphone just went off in the middle of round 3...a bit embarrassing. Lots of jokes about how he should be forfeited. But nobody seems to have been disturbed.
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  HeMateMe: Is this top photo Kasparov and Short?


Jun-26-13  PhilFeeley: Someone needs to fix the table here: Rodney Perez Garcia and Rodney PPerez Garcia are the same.
Jun-26-13  Edmontonchessclub: Yes, I've sent an email to to try to get it fixed. Not sure how it happened.
Jun-26-13  Edmontonchessclub: The misspelling was on our end, and it screwed up the Chessgames crosstable, which is created with their automated software.

We're trying to get it corrected now.
IM Perez Garcia has 7 points (two wins, one draw) after three rounds.

Jun-26-13  Edmontonchessclub: Fixed now.
Jun-26-13  Edmontonchessclub: After three rounds and 15 games, we have yet to see 1.e4.

Meanwhile, Black has 8 wins, White only 4.

Jun-26-13  Edmontonchessclub: Nevermind, Garcia vs Gardner in round 2 was 1.e4.
Jun-26-13  Edmontonchessclub: Nigel Short, five minutes ago, holding a can.
"So...what is a **?"
Jun-27-13  Everett: < Big Pawn: I think it's interesting to give 3 points for a win and 1 for a draw. Otherwise top players play 13 move draws year after year.>

The Tal Memorial had regular scoring and no 13-move draws. Check out the other tournaments recently. The rules against early draws are working. There is no need to change the scoring system at all.

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