8th edition-2013

In the 8th edition for the first time the defending champion made a return, as Grandmaster Nigel Short came back to defend his title.  Unfortunately, early on it became evident that his title defense wasn't going to be simple as he scored only one win with two defeats and a draw in his first four rounds.  While Nigel recovered enough to finish second, the slow start meant that the title wasn't going to be his this time around.
The award went in an undisputed fashion to Grandmaster Lazaro Bruzon who finished the tournament with seven wins and two draws.
Third place was shared by two Albertans as IM Richard Wang and GM Eric Hansen both scored 14 points in the three point system. 

(34) Bruzon,Lazaro (2687) - Mikhalevski,Victor (2551) [C83]
8th Edmonton International Edmonton - Canada (7), 29.06.2013
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0–0 Nxe4 6.d4 b5 7.Bb3 d5 8.dxe5 Be6 9.Nbd2 Nc5 10.c3 Be7 11.Bc2 d4 12.Nb3 d3 13.Bb1 Nxb3 14.axb3 Bf5 15.Re1 0–0 16.Be3 Bg6 17.Bd4 Nxd4 18.cxd4 Bb4 19.Re3 d2 20.Bxg6 fxg6 21.Rd3 Rf4 22.d5 Re4 23.Rxd2 Bxd2 24.Qxd2 Qc8 25.d6 Qb7 26.dxc7 h6 27.Rc1 Kh7 28.Qd7 Rc8 29.h4 Rf4 30.e6 Rff8 31.Rc6 Rf4 32.h5 Rf6 33.hxg6+ Rxg6 34.Ne5 Rf6 35.e7 Rxc6 36.Nxc6 Qa8 37.Qf5+ 1–0

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