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11th Edmonton International Tournament

Samuel Shankland8/9(+7 -0 =2)[games]
Surya Shekhar Ganguly8/9(+8 -1 =0)[games]
Alexey Shirov6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Sethuraman P Sethuraman5.5/9(+5 -3 =1)[games]
Bator Sambuev5/9(+4 -3 =2)[games]
Banerjee Bitan4.5/9(+2 -2 =5)[games]
Richard Wang3/9(+2 -5 =2)[games]
Dale R Haessel2/9(+1 -6 =2)[games]
Belsar Valencia2/9(+1 -6 =2)[games]
Ian Thomas Findlay1/9(+1 -8 =0)[games]
* Chess Event Description
11th Edmonton International (2016)

After 7 rounds, GM Surya Shekhar Ganguly had a perfect score of 7 (better than his 10th Edmonton International (2015) finish last year). However, Samuel Shankland defeated him in the eighth round, leaving Shankland half a point ahead. In the final round, Ganguly defeated Alexey Shirov while Shankland only drew, resulting in a tie between Shankland and Ganguly. Shankland captured first place on tiebreak by virtue of his head-to-head victory over Ganguly. (1)

-- Final (9th) round results -- Ganguly vs Shirov, 2016 1-0 R Wang vs S Shankland, 2016 - B Sambuev vs S P Sethuraman, 2016 1-0 D Haessel vs Banerjee Bitan, 2016 0-1 I Findlay vs Belsar Valencia, 2016 0-1

The 2016 edition took place from June 18-26. Bator Sambuev (former Canadian champion) and Richard Wang (Alberta's youngest champion) were playing, along with Canadians Dale R Haessel (who had played all ten installments) and Ian T Findlay, international player Sethuraman P Sethuraman, FIDE master-elect Belsar Valencia (Philippines), and Banerjee Bitan (India - not yet a FIDE master-elect because he did not apply for such a title).

Website: (1) (discusses tie-break system), (2)

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. I Findlay vs B Sambuev  0-139201611th Edmonton InternationalC07 French, Tarrasch
2. Shirov vs R Wang 1-024201611th Edmonton InternationalC02 French, Advance
3. Banerjee Bitan vs Ganguly 0-160201611th Edmonton InternationalD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. S P Sethuraman vs D Haessel  1-024201611th Edmonton InternationalA34 English, Symmetrical
5. S Shankland vs Belsar Valencia 1-037201611th Edmonton InternationalE99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
6. R Wang vs Banerjee Bitan  ½-½35201611th Edmonton InternationalE60 King's Indian Defense
7. Belsar Valencia vs B Sambuev  0-141201611th Edmonton InternationalD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
8. Ganguly vs S P Sethuraman 1-052201611th Edmonton InternationalB12 Caro-Kann Defense
9. S Shankland vs Shirov ½-½37201611th Edmonton InternationalB33 Sicilian
10. D Haessel vs I Findlay 1-024201611th Edmonton InternationalD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
11. B Sambuev vs D Haessel  ½-½80201611th Edmonton InternationalA48 King's Indian
12. Banerjee Bitan vs S Shankland 0-140201611th Edmonton InternationalB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
13. S P Sethuraman vs R Wang  1-039201611th Edmonton InternationalD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
14. I Findlay vs Ganguly 0-132201611th Edmonton InternationalB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
15. Shirov vs Belsar Valencia 1-033201611th Edmonton InternationalE91 King's Indian
16. Shirov vs Banerjee Bitan  ½-½47201611th Edmonton InternationalC02 French, Advance
17. Ganguly vs B Sambuev 1-044201611th Edmonton InternationalC18 French, Winawer
18. S Shankland vs S P Sethuraman  1-040201611th Edmonton InternationalE84 King's Indian, Samisch, Panno Main line
19. R Wang vs I Findlay  0-140201611th Edmonton InternationalD05 Queen's Pawn Game
20. Belsar Valencia vs D Haessel  ½-½41201611th Edmonton InternationalA07 King's Indian Attack
21. B Sambuev vs R Wang  1-063201611th Edmonton InternationalB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
22. Banerjee Bitan vs Belsar Valencia  ½-½31201611th Edmonton InternationalE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
23. I Findlay vs S Shankland  0-142201611th Edmonton InternationalC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
24. D Haessel vs Ganguly  0-137201611th Edmonton InternationalD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
25. S P Sethuraman vs Shirov 1-022201611th Edmonton InternationalD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Jun-23-16  Beholder: <perfidious: An old friend lives in High Level, which is equidistant from Edmonton and Yellowknife.>

You can call him 'my High Level friend'.

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  offramp: I was a witness to the incident that gave Yellowknife its name.

That <was> a cold day.

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  thegoodanarchist: <People regularly die on their feet at bus stops, some even dying in mid-hail as the bus arrives. >

See, that right there is the problem. Edmontoners (Edmonites?) have to hail the bus at scheduled stops. Here in America the bus stops at the bus stop even if the people waiting are mute.

America leads the world.

Jun-24-16  siggemannen: Ganguly doing quite well here
Jun-24-16  dumbgai: Edmontonians.
Jun-24-16  gauer: Or at their Coliseum station ( ), one might hear Eskimo cheers, presuming of course, that the average Canuck lives in igloos all year around. Such silly stereotypes of the locals are abound in many regions, but maybe there's still a chance for the locals to hit a norm chance.
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  eternaloptimist: Ganguly still hasn't played Shankland & Shirov yet so it's doubtful that he will run the table by defeating every player in the tournament. Although he plays Wang today w/ the white pieces so he should keep his winning streak intact at least until tomorrow.
Jun-24-16  ajile: <eternaloptimist: Ganguly still hasn't played Shankland & Shirov yet so it's doubtful that he will run the table by defeating every player in the tournament.>

I just noticed this also. He hasn't played his most serious competition yet.

Jun-24-16  brankat: Of course he has not. He's only 33 :-)
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  eternaloptimist: <ajile> Exactly...u r as observant as I am! 😎

<brankat> 😃

Jun-25-16  PhilFeeley: First table I've ever seen where there are no ties for any position.
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  perfidious: Valencia actually has two draws, not one, when his games are merged.
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  HeMateMe: we have 2 B. Valencias in the cross table.
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  perfidious: < sonia91: <no ties for any position.> Findlay and Valencia are tied for last on 1/7 :) >

As noted above.

Jun-25-16  sonia91: <no ties for any position.> Findlay and Valencia are tied for last on 1/7 ;) but, yes, it's a impressive table (and Ganguly did "a Caruana").
Jun-26-16  Keshav Murali: Shankland seems to have broken Ganguly's "caruana" run
Jun-26-16  Shams: Ganguly went in for a dubious opening and Shankland destroyed him.
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  thegoodanarchist: <dumbgai: Edmontonians.>

Edmund, Tony and I...

Jun-26-16  Jambow: Shankland looking stronger than ever. Could pull out a 3,000 +TPR after 9 rounds...
Jun-26-16  Shams: Shankland will play the struggling youngster Richard Wang in the final round whereas Ganguly is up against Shirov. Looks like Longshanks will be king once again!
Jun-26-16  Jambow: Actually if he wins the last round his TPR will be slightly under 3k but a magnificent tournament For Shankland.
Jun-27-16  Bruce Graham: Shankland draws- throwing another pigeon among the cats. Now what?
Jun-27-16  dumbgai: Good tournament for Banerjee, 4.5/9 and holding 3 GMs to draws. Also a nice final round win for Sambuev, beating the higher rated Sethuraman (who struggled, losing 3 games).
Jun-28-16  Bruce Graham: Shankland wins it! :
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  eternaloptimist: Congrats to Shankland for winning this tournament! This has to be a heartbreaker for Ganguly since he was in the lead for almost the entire tournament.
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