Edmonton: Ganguly leads with 7.0/7

by André Schulz
6/25/2016 – Part of the 11th Edmonton Chess Festival in Canada is an international round-robin tournament with ten players, in which Canadian talents have the chance to play against strong grandmasters such as Alexei Shirov, Shekhar Ganguky, S.P. Sethuraman or Samuel Shankland. Shirov started as favorite but Ganguly decided to win all his games and leads with 7.0/7.

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Alexei Shirov began the tournament in style by winning a fine attacking game with White against Richard Wang. The Canadian was well prepared but not well enough.

The beginning of a theoretical battle

 

In round five Shirov played with Black against Sethuraman and again was willing to enter a sharp theoretical duel in a topical line. But this time Shirov's opponent had the better of it. 

 

Thus, it is not Elo-favorite Shirov who dominates the tournament but Indian Grandmaster Surya Shekhar Ganguly who still enjoys a 100%-score. In the following game he showed good preparation and tactical skills.

 

The only player who could keep the pace of Ganguly is US-American Grandmaster Samuel Shankland who has an impressive score of 6.5/7 but is half-a-point behind the leader.

Games - Rounds 1 to 7

 

 

Standings after seven rounds

 

Photos: Vladimir Pechenkin (Organiser)

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André Schulz started working for ChessBase in 1991 and is an editor of ChessBase News.