Introduction

The 9th edition of the Edmonton International Chess Festival promises to be the most exciting to date, as there will be several world class players in attendance.

The festival will take place at the Edmonton Chess Club (#204, 10840 124 St. Edmonton, AB) between June 20 and June 29, 2014

We will be honoured to have one of the top players of the past 25 years in attendance.  Grandmaster Vassily Ivanchuk from Ukraine has been one of a very small group of players who has constantly battled and often defeated the top players in the world.  His list of accomplishments is long and ever expanding.  It includes: Four time winner of the Linares super tournament,  second place in the 2002 FIDE World Championship, winner of the 2008 Blitz World Championship, winner of the 2011 Bilbao Grand Slam (ahead of Magnus Carlsen).  This will be Ivanchuk's second appearance in Edmonton as he previously won the 2005 Canadian Open which was held here. 

Another exciting participant will be: Grandmaster Wesley So.  GM So is the top player from the Philippines and at the age of 20 he is ranked 19th in the world.  Besides playing in the event GM So will conduct a simul against 20 players ranked 2000 and under.

Unfortunately, defending champion Grandmaster Lazaro Bruzon had to withdraw due to a family emergency, but we are happy to announce that he will be replaced by one of the top young American Grandmasters-Sam ShanklandGM Anton Kovalyov is currently the highest rated Canadian and he will be making his second ever appearance at the Edmonton International.  GM Irina Krush has played in several Edmonton events in the past, but this will be her first ever tournament as a GM.  Irina will also conduct a lecture for all comers.
The Canadian contingent will include: IM Raja Panjwani from Kitchener, Ontario, IM Richard Wang from Edmonton, FM Vladimir Pechenkin from Edmonton, FM Dale Haessel from Calgary and the winner of the qualifying tournament; FM Elect Alex Yam from Calgary. 
Visit the participants page to see more information about the tournament players.

The side events will include Open  Reserves 5 round Swiss on June 28-29 (20 player maximum capacity), lecture by GM Krush on June 20th, as well as, simul by GM So which willl follow the lecture.  The Edmonton International Blitz tournament will take place on June 21st and two Grandmasters already agreed to play in the event.

The games will be broadcast live and everyone is welcome to come and visit the competition at the Edmonton Chess Club.
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