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10th Edmonton International Tournament

Pentala Harikrishna7.5/9(+6 -0 =3)[games]
Wang Hao6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Surya Shekhar Ganguly6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Vassily Ivanchuk6.5/9(+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).

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Hambleton vs Wang Hao  ½-½38201510th Edmonton InternationalD02 Queen's Pawn Game
2. Ivanchuk vs Ganguly  ½-½45201510th Edmonton InternationalD97 Grunfeld, Russian
3. R Gardner vs Ganguly  ½-½31201510th Edmonton InternationalD85 Grunfeld
4. Ivanchuk vs Wang Hao  ½-½23201510th Edmonton InternationalD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
5. Wang Hao vs Ganguly  ½-½22201510th Edmonton InternationalA22 English
6. S Shankland vs Ivanchuk  ½-½30201510th Edmonton InternationalA80 Dutch
7. R Gardner vs V Pechenkin  ½-½32201510th Edmonton InternationalA80 Dutch
8. V Pechenkin vs Wang Hao ½-½34201510th Edmonton InternationalA15 English
9. Ganguly vs S Shankland  ½-½69201510th Edmonton InternationalE10 Queen's Pawn Game
10. Harikrishna vs Ivanchuk  ½-½41201510th Edmonton InternationalE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
11. Ivanchuk vs A Hambleton  ½-½37201510th Edmonton InternationalC07 French, Tarrasch
12. Ganguly vs Harikrishna  ½-½36201510th Edmonton InternationalE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
13. Wang Hao vs Harikrishna  ½-½67201510th Edmonton InternationalA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
  REFINE SEARCH:   White wins (1-0) | Black wins (0-1) | Draws (1/2-1/2)  

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Jun-22-15  Fish55: Haessel-Shankland 0-1. The rook ending was bad for Haessel, but trading into the king and pawn ending was much worse.
Jun-23-15  The Last Straw: Hambleton-Matras-Clement is really interesting.

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. ♘f3 ♘f6 4. e3 ♗f5 5. ♘c3 e6 6. ♘h4 ♗g6 7. ♘xg6 hxg6 8. ♗d3 dxc4 9. ♗xc4 ♘bd7 10. O-O ♗d6 11. h3 ♕e7 12. ♕c2 g5 13. e4 ♘h5 14. e5 ♗c7 15. ♘e4 ♘f4 16. a4 O-O-O 17. b3 f6 18. ♗a3 ♕f7 19. ♘d6+ ♗xd6 20. ♗xd6 fxe5 21. ♕e4 ♘f6 22. ♕xe5 ♘6d5 23. ♖ae1 ♖h6 24. ♗c5

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Here black played 24...♘xg2, which, according to Houdini, should be winning.

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The game continued 25. ♗xa7 ♘xe1 26. ♕b8+ ♔d7 27. ♕xb7+ ♔e8 28. ♕xc6+ ♔f8 29. ♗c5+ ♔g8 30. ♖xe1

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Here black played 30...♘f4.

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According to Houdini, this is a blunder that turned the win into a draw. The best move was 30...♕f3.

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Since then, the game has gone:

31. ♖e3 ♕f5 32. ♕c7 ♖e8 33. ♕d7 ♕f7 34. ♕xf7+ ♔xf7 35. ♗f1 ♖eh8 36. a5 g4 37. a6 gxh3 38. ♔h2 g5 39. a7 ♖f6 40. ♗d6 g4 41. ♗b8 ♘d5 42. a8=♕ *

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It looks like white is winning now.

Jun-23-15  Edmontonchessclub: After round 3, GM Hao Wang was just hanging around, watching the casual games being played in the skittles room. So I asked him if he would play blitz with me. Challenge accepted, and he beat me 2-0. Photos here:
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  Dionysius1: Thanks <Edmontonchessclub>.I always look forward to your fly-on-the-wall commentary on your annual event. Long may it flourish!
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  HeMateMe: are these authentic Brazilians, doing the barbecuing in Edmonton?
Jun-23-15  Edmontonchessclub: I've emailed three times now to try to get the crosstable fixed. There are only 10 players in this tournament, NOT 12. Ganguly and Matras-Clement have been listed twice. Very frustrating!
Jun-23-15  Edmontonchessclub: Go to the official website for the actual standings:
Jun-23-15  Edmontonchessclub: <Hemateme> I don't know. Maybe they just have Brazilian-style hair.

This is the place:

Jun-23-15  afabian: Live games of Edmonton here:
Jun-23-15  Edmontonchessclub: Harikrishna with a perfect score of 4/4.
Round 5 will be live Wednesday at 6 PM local time, 8 PM eastern, 00:00 GMT. Live games here:
Jun-24-15  cbpatzer: Harikrishna is just superb, replay his games they are brilliant this time
Jun-24-15  Shoukhath007: all the best to hari
and i have an interesting and hard chess puzzle .beginer can't solve this.
Jun-24-15  Edmontonchessclub: Thank you, Chessgames, for fixing the crosstable.
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  PhilFeeley: Wow. In 12 moves Gardner gets his queen trapped.
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  PhilFeeley: Haessel-Harikrishna is interesting today.
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  PhilFeeley: Dale's trying to get fancy. Should have taken the rook, maybe?
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  PhilFeeley: The computer evaluations on this game must be going crazy.
Jun-24-15  boz: Still waiting for the big upset.
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  PhilFeeley: Lots of tactics to look at. The Ivanchuk game too.
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  PhilFeeley: <Edmontonchessclub> Have you read Kevin Spraggett's criticism of this event?
Jun-25-15  Edmontonchessclub: Round 6 tonight, one hour later than usual (7 PM local time, 9 pm eastern, 01:00 GMT).

The regular Edmonton Chess Club meets at the same time, so I will be playing a game at the same time, with Ivanchuk, Harikrishna and Hao Wang in the same room. What an honor!...for them ;)

Jun-25-15  dumbgai: And games like A Hambleton vs R Gardner, 2015 are why I said I wish there were more stronger Canadian chess players.
Jun-25-15  dumbgai: <Have you read Kevin Spraggett's criticism of this event?>

Kevin Spraggett's site is a rambling mess. I tried going on there to see what he said, but mostly I see pictures of naked women. So I decided to load the page on my cellphone instead of my work computer, and had to scroll around a bit to find any comments about this tournament.

You'd think a veteran GM would have something worthwhile to say about a major tournament in his home country, but there's really just one sentence of criticism (lamenting the lack of any Canadian GMs) followed by a bunch of high school level jokes about the city of Edmonton being full of gays.

Seems like a mature fellow. And by mature I mean creepy and crazy.

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  Chessgames Bookie: Can Ivanchuk win against Hambleton? Place your bets:

Edmonton rd 7: Ivanchuk (2733) - Hambleton (2446)
Edmonton rd 7: Ivanchuk (2733) - Hambleton (2446): SHORT WHITE WIN?
Edmonton rd 7: Wang Hao (2704) - Shankland (2656)
Edmonton rd 7: DAILY DOUBLE

Good luck everybody, and have fun!

Jun-25-15  Edmontonchessclub: I'm in a taxi with Ivanchuk, Hao Wang, Harikrishna and Ganguly, on the way to the Edmonton Chess Club to play round 6. Ivanchuk is humming a Ukrainian song. Wang says he is jet lagged, and it usually takes 10 days to get over it. Ganguly and Harikrishna look happy and well rested, as always. Shankland is walking several miles to the tournament site. We just passed him in the taxi.
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