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GM Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukraine, 2731)
46 years old.
One of the greatest chess players of the past 30 years.
GM Ivanchuk is currently ranked 23rd in the world but he has been ranked as high as number 2 on several occasions.
His tournament wins include winning the Linares Super-tournament 3 times, winning Wijk Aan Zee, Tal Memorial, M-Tel Masters, etc... Vassily won the 2007 Blitz World Championship and finished Runner-Up in the 2001 FIDE World Championship.
Vassily is the defending Edmonton International champion. He won last year's event with an impressive 7.5/9 score!
FM Vladimir Pechenkin (Edmonton, Canada, 2311)
37 years old.
Last year Vlad managed to accomplish one of the biggest upset results of the event as he drew the pre-tournament favourite, Grandmaster Wesley So. Vlad did not always have great results at the Edmonton International, but his strangest result occurred in the 2011 edition where he managed to score 8 draws that went along with one win!
If in good shape Vlad is capable of showing a good result, which he proved at the 2012 Calgary International where he earned an IM norm.
This will be Vlad's 7th appearance in the Edmonton International. His best result was a tie for fourth at the 2011 edition with 5/9.
GM Sam Shankland (USA, 2661)
23 years old.
Currently ranked fifth in the US. GM Shankland's major accomplishments include: winning the individual gold medal in the 2014 Tromso Olympiad, tying for first in the 2008 World Under 18 championship and taking 3rd in the 2011 US Championship. Last year GM Shankland was selected to be a member of the US National team for the first time as they played a match against China.
This will be GM Shankland's second Edmonton International appearance. He tied for 3rd last year with 5.5/9.
GM Surya Shekhar Ganguly (India, 2619)
31 years old.
GM Surya Shekhar is a member of the Indian National team. He has won the Indian National Championship in 6 consecutive years (2003-2008) after which he never played in this event again.
GM Ganguly was a member of Anand's team as he helped the World Champion in preparation for his matches against Kramnik, Topalov and Gelfand.
This will be GM Ganguly's second Edmonton International. He finished third with5.5/9 in 2008.
WIM/FM Agnieszka Matras-Clement (Poland, 2263)
32 years old.
WIM Matras-Clement recently moved to Alberta and already managed to make her mark on the local chess scene as she reached the semi-finals at the 2015 Edmonton Championship.
Some of Agnieszka's major accomplishments include: 2002 European U-20 Women's Active Chess Champion, a member of the World Champion U-20 team Poland (2001).
WIM Matras-Clement is also eligible for a FIDE Master title which she didn't officially receive yet.
This will be her first ever appearance in the Edmonton International.
GM Pentala Harikrishna (India, 2731)
29 years old.
GM Harikrishna is the second highest ranked player from India and he is only behind the legendary Viswanathan Anand. He is currenly ranked 25th in the world.
GM Harikrishna represented India in chess olympiads six times.
His major individual accomplishments include: Winning the World Under 20 Championship (2004), the Asian Championship (2011), and the Masters Open Biel Tournament (2013).
This will be GM Harikrishna's first Edmonton International .
IM Richard Wang (Edmonton, Canada 2368)
16 years old.
Richard has been participating in the Edmonton International since the age of 11 when he actually came relatively close to scoring his first IM norm. His list of accomplishments has broken many Alberta records and includes: winning the Alberta overall championship at the age of 13, becoming the first Albertan to win a bronze medal at the world Youth Championship an accomplishment which Richard reached twice (U-12 and U-14 sections). In 2015 Richard has already managed to win a hotly contested city championship.
This will be Richard's 6th Edmonton International. His best performance so far was the 2013 edition of the event when Richard scored 5.5/9 to tie for third place.
The last spot will go to the winner of the 10th Edmonton International Qualifier
GM Wang Hao (China, 2713)
25 years old.
GM Wang Hao is known for his aggressive style and interesting games. His biggest tournament victories include: Rekjavik, Iceland (2008), Bazna, Bosnia (2010), Biel, Switzerland (2012). The latter was ahead of the current world champion-Magnus Carlsen.
This will be GM Wang Hao's first ever Edmonton International.
FM Dale Haessel (Calgary, Canada 2180)
47 years old. FM Haessel is the only player to participate in all10 Edmonton Internationals.
A 3 time Alberta Champion, FM Haessel is very capable of upsetting some very high rated opponents. His best performance to date came in the 2011 Calgary International where he scored an IM norm.
Dale's best performance in his 9 previous appearances came in 2008 when he scored 4.5/9.