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Short Wins 2012 Edmonton International

  • SonofPearl
  • on 7/3/12, 11:25 AM.

The 7th Edmonton International Chess Festival took place from 27 June - 2 July in Alberta, Canada.

The competition was a 10-player single round robin using the 3-1-0 scoring system.  The profile of the event was raised considerably by the participation of Nigel Short who was the strongest player by some distance.

However the English GM didn't have it all his own way, starting with a shock loss in the first round to Israeli GM Victor Mikhalevski, rated nearly 200 points lower.  Despite this setback Short went on to claim first place as expected, only giving up draws to GM Anton Kovalyov and IM Irina Krush.

The time control was 90 minutes for 40 moves, then 30 minutes to a finish with a 30 second increment from the start.

The final standings:

# Name Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Pts
1 Short, Nigel 2705 * 0 1 1 3 3 3 3 3 3 20
2 Mikhalevski, Victor 2519 3 * 1 0 3 1 3 3 3 0 17
3 Kovalyov, Anton 2619 1 1 * 1 0 1 3 3 3 3 16
4 Krush, Irina 2457 1 3 1 * 1 3 0 1 1 3 14
5 Gardner, Robert 2202 0 0 3 1 * 1 3 1 1 3 13
6 Porper, Edward 2414 0 1 1 0 1 * 3 3 1 3 13
7 Wang, Richard 2307 0 0 0 3 0 0 * 1 3 1 8
8 Pechenkin, Vladimir 2312 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 * 1 3 7
9 Piasetski, Leon 2304 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 * 1 5
10 Haessel, Dale 2161 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 * 5

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The big shock in the first round: Nigel Short (right) loses

2012 Edmonton Nigel Short Round 1 loss.jpg

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Competitors at the 2012 Edmonton International

2012 Edmonton line-up.JPG


Photos from the official website. Games via TWIC.

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  • 2 years ago

    WalangAlam

    lesson: never underestimate your opponent

  • 2 years ago

    SherlockHolmes94

    Great games Nigel :)

  • 2 years ago

    k1nderkakke

    nice games

  • 2 years ago

    dokter_nee

    Thank Bab3s, that is indeed a clear breakthrough.

  • 2 years ago

    stormcrown

    Wow, @sonofpearl, that is one fugly game.  It almost looks fake it's so weird.  I prefer to assume Mikhalevski was overconfident and Haessel played the game of his life.

  • 2 years ago

    SonofPearl

    @ stormcrown - here it is!



  • 2 years ago

    stormcrown

    What happened in Haessel v Mikhalevski?  That cost Mikhalevski his share of first, and maybe first on tie-breaks!

  • 2 years ago

    NM Bab3s

    @doktor_nee - Ng5+ Kh6 Bxf7 wins an exchange by force.

  • 2 years ago

    dokter_nee

    Also, instead of Qc6, there is also Kh7 to defend the g6 pawn, it looks dangerous, but I can't really find a clear breakthrough for white.

  • 2 years ago

    SonofPearl

    @ rnickel - sometimes directly from press releases, other times from tournament websites or other news sites. Smile

    There's also a lot of useful people to follow on Twitter for chess news.

  • 2 years ago

    rnickel

     Where does SonofPearl get all his chess news from?

  • 2 years ago

    dikrik

    he seems to he out-rating every other competitor by almost at least 200 lol

  • 2 years ago

    MaartenSmit

    If Qc6 probably Bxf7+ Rxf7 Rd8+ Rxd8 Qxc6 and black is dead lost. 

  • 2 years ago

    nexus6ca

    Knowing Dale Haessel he probably lost on time in that position too - he was a terrible time trouble adicit when I last saw him play years ago.

  • 2 years ago

    dcremisi

    Nice games from Short,  although this tournemant was his exit from the 2700 club.

  • 2 years ago

    zakaryah

    flashboy, I think after Qc6, Be6 is even better for white - no choice but to capture the bishop, and after that the g pawn falls, which is curtains.

  • 2 years ago

    zakaryah

    What do you mean, what happened?  In the final position, black is totally lost because his kingside is hosed.  The f pawn is pinned by the bishop, and the g pawn is impossible to defend.  If you mean why did black reach such a lousy position, maybe it has to do with the 550 point rating disparity?

  • 2 years ago

    NM flashboy2222

    looks like Qxg6 is a threat and if Qc6, then Re6 maybe. But Dale shouldn't of resigned so early

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