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10th Edmonton International Tournament

Pentala Harikrishna7.5/9(+6 -0 =3)[games]
Vassily Ivanchuk6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Wang Hao6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Surya Shekhar Ganguly6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Samuel Shankland6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Aman Hambleton4/9(+3 -4 =2)[games]
Vladimir Pechenkin3/9(+2 -5 =2)[games]
Dale R Haessel2/9(+2 -7 =0)[games]
Agnieszka Matras-Clement2/9(+2 -7 =0)[games]
Robert Gardner1/9(+0 -7 =2)[games] Chess Event Description
10th Edmonton International (2015)

Pentala Harikrishna won at Edmonton, held between June 20th - 28th. The 9th Edmonton International (2014) and 11th Edmonton International (2016) were their previous and next tournaments.

Websites: (which also included games from the 2016 edition), (Canadian Federation crosstable), (FIDE crosstable), (tournament advertisement).

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Hambleton vs Wang Hao  ½-½38201510th Edmonton InternationalD02 Queen's Pawn Game
2. D Haessel vs V Pechenkin 0-133201510th Edmonton InternationalA40 Queen's Pawn Game
3. Harikrishna vs S Shankland 1-045201510th Edmonton InternationalA14 English
4. A Matras-Clement vs R Gardner  1-030201510th Edmonton InternationalB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
5. Ivanchuk vs Ganguly  ½-½45201510th Edmonton InternationalD97 Grunfeld, Russian
6. R Gardner vs Ganguly  ½-½31201510th Edmonton InternationalD85 Grunfeld
7. S Shankland vs A Hambleton  1-058201510th Edmonton InternationalA30 English, Symmetrical
8. A Matras-Clement vs Harikrishna 0-142201510th Edmonton InternationalC03 French, Tarrasch
9. V Pechenkin vs Ivanchuk  0-133201510th Edmonton InternationalA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
10. Wang Hao vs D Haessel  1-025201510th Edmonton InternationalE60 King's Indian Defense
11. A Hambleton vs A Matras-Clement  1-046201510th Edmonton InternationalD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
12. Harikrishna vs R Gardner  1-024201510th Edmonton InternationalE14 Queen's Indian
13. D Haessel vs S Shankland  0-143201510th Edmonton InternationalD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
14. Ganguly vs V Pechenkin  1-044201510th Edmonton InternationalC11 French
15. Ivanchuk vs Wang Hao  ½-½23201510th Edmonton InternationalD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
16. A Matras-Clement vs D Haessel  1-026201510th Edmonton InternationalC24 Bishop's Opening
17. R Gardner vs V Pechenkin  ½-½32201510th Edmonton InternationalA80 Dutch
18. Wang Hao vs Ganguly  ½-½22201510th Edmonton InternationalA22 English
19. S Shankland vs Ivanchuk  ½-½30201510th Edmonton InternationalA80 Dutch
20. Harikrishna vs A Hambleton  1-032201510th Edmonton InternationalA15 English
21. A Hambleton vs R Gardner 1-012201510th Edmonton InternationalB07 Pirc
22. Ganguly vs S Shankland  ½-½69201510th Edmonton InternationalE10 Queen's Pawn Game
23. V Pechenkin vs Wang Hao ½-½34201510th Edmonton InternationalA15 English
24. Ivanchuk vs A Matras-Clement 1-037201510th Edmonton InternationalC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
25. D Haessel vs Harikrishna 0-138201510th Edmonton InternationalE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
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Jun-28-15  Edmontonchessclub: <Hemateme> Basically, Chucky takes care of Chucky. I'll help if he asks, but he doesn't really appreciate offers of help. He waits until hr really needs something, then asks.
Jun-28-15  Edmontonchessclub: <Hemateme> Also, he's here with his wife. So maybe Mrs. Chucky secures his luggage.
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  HeMateMe: He was robbed in Brazil. Thugs swiped his luggage right out in front of a hotel. I figure it's too cold to run in Edmonton (hypothermia), so the players are probably safe. Carry on.
Jun-28-15  siggemannen: all the favourites won today, no changes in the top
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  PhilFeeley: <HeMateMe> Too cold in Edmonton? In June (soon July)?? Are you serious? Basic geography would tell you Edmonton would enjoy warm weather this time of year, sometimes even hitting 30C+.
Jun-28-15  epistle: Wesley should have played here instead. So his mothers could have tea together.
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  perfidious: With all the invocations of that person in recent weeks, one would think that on seeing the word 'mother', we have seen half the vocabulary of these stalkers, as was once said of baseball player Alex Johnson.
Jun-28-15  kia0708: Thank you for the link.

<Lots of photos from the tournament are here:

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  HeMateMe: <PhilFeeley: > relax, dude. You're too literal.
Jun-28-15  Edmontonchessclub: In the final round, Wang can tie for 1st if he can beat Harikrishna. Wang has white.

The final round starts one hour earlier than other rounds: 23:00 GMT, 7 PM Eastern, 5 PM local time.

Jun-28-15  Edmontonchessclub: Local Edmonton player FM Vladimir Pechenkin can get an IM norm if he can win his final round game. He has white against IM Aman Hambleton.
Jun-28-15  Edmontonchessclub: The final round is live:

Also on chess24, chessdom and chessbomb.

Jun-28-15  dumbgai: Gardner sure has guts, going for such complicated tactics against Ivanchuk. Looks like he's getting the worst of it, though.
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: The three mismatches this round have turned out according to expectations.
Jun-28-15  dumbgai: Wang is pressing Harikrishna. His d- and e-pawns are advanced and looking very dangerous.
Jun-29-15  Edmontonchessclub: GM Harikrishna Pentala drew his long last round game, and won the tournament. Ivanchuk, Wang and Ganguly tied for 2nd.
All five GMs, Haessel, Gardner, Matras-Clement and a bunch of other regular Edmonton Chess Club players went to a restaurant, Boston Pizza, 17 people in all. The chess club bought beer and pizza, (and sangria for Ganguly, cranberry juice for Ivanchuk, water for Pentala) and the five GMs sat in the middle of the long table and analysed Shankland's last round game, with Shankland's opponent, WIM Matras-Clement, occasionally jumping in.

Now the tournament is over, I'm back at home, enjoying the fact that it went off without a problem, and most people seemed to enjoy it. My wife is expecting our first baby any day now, so I'll concentrate on her now. See you next year!

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  HeMateMe: Nice reporting, ECC! You seem to have a lot of driving experience, so I imagine you'll have no trouble getting your wife to the hospital safely when the big moment arrives!
Jun-29-15  epistle: Sometimes it is the husband who panics when the time arrives and is driven to the hospital by the wife
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  Penguincw: Just a (pointless) observation I see: assuming <cg>'s standings table is correct, I see that there's no "1" in any of the W-L-D columns. For example, at Norway Chess (2015), Topalov has one loss, MVL, Caruana and others have one win, etc. Here, none of that. So apparently, if you win a game, you're going to win at least one more. ;)

P.S. Good fighting spirit by Dale R Haessel and Agnieszka Matras-Clement (no draws)!

Jun-29-15  rookpawn101: Well done ECC and thanks for your regular updates about the tournament. It wish more tournament organizers follow your lead and give us insights of what goes on behind the curtains. Wishing all the best to you and your precious little one.
Jun-29-15  boz: <HeMateMe: Nice reporting, ECC! You seem to have a lot of driving experience, so I imagine you'll have no trouble getting your wife to the hospital safely when the big moment arrives!>

I am reminded of the time I drove my wife to the hospital with our first and only child. The road was riddled with pot holes and I hit every one.

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  FSR: Not a single Sicilian in the whole tournament. How often do you see that? White played 1.e4 12 times, but Black never responded with 1...c5.
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  PhilFeeley: I assume from the results that no one got their IM or GM norm?
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  FSR: <PhilFeeley> I believe that is right. Pechenkin would have gotten an IM norm if he had beaten Hambleton in the last round, but he lost.
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  Check It Out: <Edmontonchessclub> Thanks for the reporting and congrats on your child to come!
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