Edmonton: Shankland wins with 8.0/9

by Johannes Fischer
6/27/2016 – In the ninth and final round of the Edmonton International tournament that was part of the 11th Edmonton Chess Festival, US Grandmaster Samuel Shankland needed only a draw against Canadian Richard Wang to win the tournament on tie-break. With seven wins and two draws Shankland finished with 8.0/9 as did Indian Grandmaster Surya Shekhar Ganguly.

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Ganguly started the tournament with an impressive run of seven wins en suite but then suffered his first and only defeat against Samuel Shankland in round eight. Shankland began the tournament with 6.5/7 and took the lead after winning against Ganguly.

In the last round Ganguly won a fine game against top-seed Alexei Shirov to finish the tournament with 8.0/9, but this impressive result was not enough for tournament victory because Shankland needed only a draw against Canadian Richard Wang to win the tournament on tie-break.

 

All games

 

Final standings after 9 rounds

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Johannes Fischer 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".