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Ivanchuk Wins Edmonton International With 8.0/9 Score

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 6/30/14, 8:47 AM.

On Sunday Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine won the Edmonton International in Canada with the excellent score of 8.0/9. The only other 2700 player in the field, Wesley So of the Philippines, came second with 7.5 points while Sam Shankland (USA) and Anton Kovalyov (Canada) finished shared third with 5.5 points.

In a tournament where there are only three other 2600+ GMs, and the lowest rated player has an Elo of 2168, it's not easy for a super GM to win rating points. Vassily Ivanchuk and Wesley So, the two top seeds in this year's Edmonton International, managed to do so anyway.

As we saw in the previous report, their mutual game ended in a draw, with Ivanchuk having the better chances as Black. In the other eight games, Ivanchuk drew one more game, with Irina Krush, and won the other seven. His excellent final score of 8.0/9 was good for a 2814 performance, and 9 Elo points.

Ivanchuk with arbiter Ali Razzaq

One of Ivanchuk's compatriots and team member next month in Tromsø tweeted:

So did only slightly worse, as he drew two more games: also with Krush, and with Vladimir Pechenkin. The Pinoy grandmaster, who is trying to change federations to the U.S., won a modest 3 Elo points. He posted on Facebook:

U.S. Women's Champion Irina Krush probably isn't too satisfied with her “minus one” score (and a loss of 5 rating points), but holding both Ivanchuk & So to a draw is nothing to be ashamed of! Here are both games - in the first she defended a slightly worse ending, and in the second she couldn't win a slightly better ending.

The start of round 8, with Krush-So

Back to Ivanchuk, who won his last three games. How does a 2700 win against a player with almost 600 rating points less, who tries his luck with the Petroff? Here's how:

The next day the Ukrainian played the Volga Gambit, and it looks like he kind of tricked his opponent with his move order. As so often in this opening it was more or less over as soon as Black won back the gambit pawn.

In the last round Ivanchuk's victim was Sam Shankland. White had some nice tactics thanks to that pawn on h6:

The final phase of Ivanchuk-Shankland

Edmonton International 2014 | Final Standings

# Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Pts SB
1 Ivanchuk,Vassily 2738 2814 phpfCo1l0.png ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 8.0/9
2 So,Wesley 2744 2733 ½ phpfCo1l0.png 1 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 7.5/9
3 Shankland,Sam 2632 2544 0 0 phpfCo1l0.png 1 1 ½ 0 1 1 1 5.5/9 18.00
4 Kovalyov,Anton 2636 2544 0 0 0 phpfCo1l0.png 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 5.5/9 16.50
5 Panjwani,Raja 2440 2486 0 0 0 0 phpfCo1l0.png 1 1 1 1 ½ 4.5/9
6 Krush,Irina 2484 2443 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ 0 1 4.0/9 18.00
7 Wang,Richard 2365 2455 0 0 1 0 0 ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ 1 1 4.0/9 11.75
8 Pechenkin,Vladimir 2311 2422 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png 1 1 3.5/9
9 Yam,Alex 2299 2223 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 phpfCo1l0.png ½ 1.5/9
10 Haessel,Dale 2168 2156 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ phpfCo1l0.png 1.0/9

The Edmonton International took place 21-29th June in Edmonton, Canada. All photos © Vlad Rekhson courtesy of the official website | Games via TWIC phpfCo1l0.png

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  • 6 days ago


    I hope so dude..

  • 6 days ago


    jarb_rafel, you have multiple accounts. i hope chess.com staff will ban you.

  • 7 days ago


    F*ck you! idiot! first of all, never act like a chief justice to say that way to me motherf*cker.. you make the wrong petard Dang!

  • 10 days ago


    And look who's talking parrot? Jarb_ Rafel before you speak for patriotism please wear down the flag you represent at ...jerk

  • 10 days ago


  • 4 weeks ago


    What about Irina- she needs good COACH ( like meWink ). Very talented girl , but she playes too directly.For example -vs So-15.b4?? too primitive- she needed to play with FIGURES (not with pawns).Very good AGGRESSIVE PLAY was 15 .Nc4 !! and if 15. ... Bf7-16.e4 !!- of course, if You are playing English opening - You must see such moves FIRSTLY ! (BIG BIG BIG diagonal).Of course - It's very simple (like babies smile).Good LUCK, Irina- lets play with Your figures in this opening- figures firstly, and pawns - after- like RETI).Remember- in HYPERMODERN CONSEPTION - 15 . e2-e4 is better than 1. e2-e4

  • 4 weeks ago


    Shankland played not very bad , but he must play  25. ..Ne5 - simple move,of course- he h2-h4-h5 - I must to play IN CENTER (first strategical RULEWink) .Domination by Ivan - CHUKCool.School. Lesson-DOMINATION and CENTRALIZATION and COUNTERPLAY.Good luck ! My little studentsEmbarassed

  • 4 weeks ago


    That little black bitch hates GM So so much, but they don't know that Topping the tournament is nothing to be proud of. Instead the top two GM's fight score defines the tough guy and the best among the two of them.

    I think that lucky chucky could not beat GM So, even just once. In Fact, the young lad defeated the Old GM once. HAHA.. thus, will define the best among them.

    GM So (1W/0L/3D)

    GM Ivanchuk (0W/1L/3D)

    ..if that lucky chucky could beat GM So one of these days. Well, I will decide to see my doctor and let him to circumcised my F**king Bird again.. hahaha lol..

  • 4 weeks ago


    Congrats Ivanchuk...!!!

  • 4 weeks ago


    Funny, on IChallengeYou, people thought So would win the tournament! http://www.ichallengeyou.net/ICU997280231

    Other chess challenges if you wanna play! http://www.ichallengeyou.net/Tags/chess

  • 4 weeks ago



  • 4 weeks ago


    He just keeps "chucking" along. The new chess dance craze. Catch it! Cool

  • 4 weeks ago


    Second place finish in chess tournaments...where's that located?

    Tongue OutSecond place is akin to last place.........chess guys and gals, don't let them fool you. Would you really like to come in second place or in first place? If you pick the former, you like losing, and will never amount to a good chess player.

  • 4 weeks ago


    Congrats Chucky maybe you won enough $ to get you're eyebrows trimmed. I must admit there's nothing noble, honorable, or impressive about picking on a bunch players w/ -100 elo rating points or more.

  • 4 weeks ago


    chucky is back!

  • 4 weeks ago


    that's the Chucky way,,,Surprised

  • 4 weeks ago


    Dont like So.

  • 4 weeks ago


    Congratz to my dreamboy Wesley So, hope to meet you in person.

  • 4 weeks ago


    LMAO when chucky wins tournament it's just BOSS style! Either all in or nothing lol

  • 4 weeks ago


    Chucky the Fashion Mogul.

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