Edmonton: Shankland beats Ganguly

by Johannes Fischer
6/26/2016 – Indian Grandmaster Surya Shekhar Ganguly started the Edmonton tournament with 7.0/7, American Grandmaster Samuel Shankland began a bit less furiously but still scored 6.5/7. Their crucial encounter came in round eight and brought Shankland a smooth victory. With one round to go Shankland now leads with 7.5/8 and has good chances to win the tournament.

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Samuel Shankland at the US-Championship 2016 (Photo: Leonard Ootes)

In the crucial encounter against Ganguly Shankland kept his nerves and showed good positional judgement.


In the ninth and final round Shankland will play against Canadian Richard Wang who has more than 300 ratings points less than Shankland. Thus, Shankland is favorite to win the 11. Edmonton Tournament.

Games - Rounds 1 to 8



Standings after eight rounds


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Johannes was born in 1963 in Hamburg and studied English and German literature in Frankfurt. He now lives as a writer and translator in Nürnberg. He is a FIDE-Master and regularly writes for KARL, a German chess magazine focusing on the links between culture and chess. On his own blog he regularly publishes notes on "Film, Literature and Chess".
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KrushonIrina KrushonIrina 6/27/2016 12:47
Way to go, Sam!