9th edition-2014

The tournament reached a new height this year as the invited players were soe of the most famous players in the world.  The incomperable Grandmaster Vassily Ivanchuk made his Edmonton International debut.  His biggest challenger was the Philippino (now American) Grandmaster Wesley So, who at the time of the tournament surpassed the legendary Ukrainian on the rating list.

The two super-stars battled it out until the end for tournament supremacy, but despite taking the early lead, Wesley was not able to keep the momentum as he was stopped by Edmonton FM Vladimir Pechenkin.  In the end Vassily took 1st with 8/9 ahead of Wesley So.  Third place was shared by top Canadian GM, Anton Kovalyov and a member of the US Olympic team-GM Samuel Shankland

Albertans were over-matched in this event, but IM Richard Wang finished with a respectable 4/9.
Despite some tough competition, other Albertans managed to score some important points, as Alex Yam gained his first GM scalp over the US Women's Champion, GM Irina Krush, while FM Vladimir Pechenkin earned a very deserved halp point against GM Wesley So.

[Event "Edmonton International 2014"]
[Site "Edmonton, Canada"]
[Date "2014.06.21"]
[White "Panjwani, Raja"] [WhiteElo "2440"]
[Black "Ivanchuk, Vassily"] [BlackElo "2738"]

1. Nf3 c5 2. c4 Nf6 3. Nc3 e6 4. g3 b6 5. Bg2 Bb7 6. O-O Be7 7. b3 O-O 8. Bb2
d6 9. e3 Nbd7 10. d4 Ne4 11. Qe2 f5 12. Nxe4 Bxe4 13. Rfd1 Qe8 14. Ne1 Nf6 15.
f3 Bb7 16. Nd3 Rc8 17. e4 cxd4 18. e5 Nd7 19. Bxd4 dxe5 20. Nxe5 Nxe5 21. Bxe5
Rf7 22. f4 Bc5+ 23. Kh1 Bxg2+ 24. Qxg2 Rd7 25. Rxd7 Qxd7 26. Qf3 Rd8 27. Bc3 a5
28. Kg2 h6 29. Rc1 g5 30. h3 Qd3 31. Qh5 Qe4+ 32. Kh2 gxf4 33. Qg6+ Kf8 34.
Qg7+ Ke8 35. Qg8+ Kd7 36. Rd1+ Kc6 37. Qxd8 Qe2+ 0-1

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