4th edition-2009

The fourth edition of the Edmonton Internationals was the only one held in winter.  Due to the Canadian Open being staged in Edmonton in the summer of 2009, we decided to move the International to December.  This was the first time that GM norms were offered in a Round-Robin format.  GMs Josh Friedel from the US and Victor Mikhalevski from Israel shared first with 7/9, but due to a better tie-break (win head to head) GM Friedel was crowned the official champion.  Third place went to American IM, Marc Esserman, who scored 6.5/9.  Originally the required score for a GM norm was supposed to be 6.5/9; however, due to a last minute withdrawal a replacement that was high rated enough could not be found, thus a GM norm requirement was a very difficult 7/9.  Marc's performance rating was only a few points shy of the required 2600, still this was a tremendous result by him.   FM Eric Hansen was the top scoring Albertan with 4/9.

GM Friedel,Josh (2551) - GM Mikhalevski,Victor (2607)

2009 Edmonton International (4.1), 19.12.2009

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