The anniversary addition of the event was the strongest to date. A total of 3 2700+ Grandmasters came to play in Edmonton which made it one of the strongest events in western Canadian history!
GM Vassily Ivanchuk made a second appearance in a row although this time his play was not quite as good as it was the first time around as he eventually finished tied for second place. The winner of the event was India's number two player Grandmaster Pentala Harikrishna. He finished with an impressive 7.5/9 a full point ahead of those tied for second. The third 2700+ club member in the tournament was GM Wang Hao from China. In the last round he was pushing with white against GM Harikrishna but wasn't able to convert in up a pawn endgame which would have allowed him to tie for first place.
With a rating of 2625, GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly was only ranked 5th in this year's event, yet he managed to tie for 2nd with 6.5 points. GM Samuel Shankland from the United-States was fifth with 6/9. The top Canadian player was IM Aman Hambleton who finished with 4/9 and a nice draw with black against GM Vassily Ivanchuk.
FM Vladimir Pechenkin from Edmonton had an IM norm chance had he won against Aman in the last round but it wasn't to be and he finished with 3 points. WIM Agnieszka Matras-Clement and FM Dale Haessel scored 2 points and while Robert Gardner only scored 1 point, he managed to achieve one of the biggest upsets of the event as he drew GM Ganguly.
Harikrishna,GM Pentala (2733) - Shankland,GM Samuel (2656) [A06]
10th Edmonton International Edmonton, Alberta (1.2), 20.06.2015
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