2nd edition-2007

The second International edition took place over the Heritage long weekend in the beginning of August, 2007.  This event was quite a bit stronger then the first edition.  It consisted of GMs Melikset Khachiyan (GM Levon Aronian’s first coach) and Valeriy Aveskulov, as well as, GM elect Jesse Kraai who was waiting for the official ratification of his title and IM Axel Bachman, who already had enough GM norms and was just waiting for his rating to get over 2500 (something which he has done quite quickly after this tournament).  GM Melikset Khachiyan from the US, put together a very confident performance and won with 7.5/9.  Second went to GM Jesse Kraai (6.5/9) and third was taken by another American player-the legendary IM John Donaldson (6/9).  The best Albertans in this event were FM Greg Huber and Zhichao Li with 3.5/9 each.  FM Huber pulled off the biggest upset, as he defeated the pre-tournament favourite, GM Valeriy Aveskulov from Ukraine.

FM Huber,Gregory (2211) - GM Aveskulov,Valeriy (2539)
Edmonton International, 2007 Edmonton, Canada (2), 03.08.2007

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 a6 3.g3 b5 4.Bg2 Bb7 5.d3 e6 6.Nf3 d6 7.0-0 Be7 8.b3 Nf6 9.Bb2 Nbd7 10.Nd2 Qb6 11.h3 h5 12.a4 Rb8 13.axb5 axb5 14.Ne2 e5 15.c3 h4 16.d4 cxd4 17.cxd4 hxg3 18.Nxg3 g6 19.Re1 Nh5 20.Nxh5 Rxh5 21.Nf1 Bf6 22.d5 Bh4 23.Re2 f5 24.exf5 Nf6 25.Bd4 Qc7 26.f4 Kf8 27.fxe5 Nxd5 28.exd6 Qf7 29.Qd2 Bg5 30.fxg6 Qd7 31.Rf2+ Kg8 32.Qe2 Rh4 33.Qe5 Nf4 34.Rxf4 1-0





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