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 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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scoobeedo scoobeedo 6/28/2016 08:28
The 11th Edmonton GM 2016 was a very fine tournament.

Interesting is how good the fine tuned ELO ratings are working.

The flow of the ratings matches the results.
Every player was exact in the area where he could be predicted because of his rating.

This tells a lot about the logic behind the elo system. It works!
Martas Martas 6/28/2016 08:13
Interesting ELO math
Rating=2341, Performance=2355 and +/- being -2
Rating=2234, Performance=2270 and +/- being -1
Is this an effect of perfect score of 2600+ players in games against players under 2300?
cityofchampions cityofchampions 6/27/2016 08:11
I would recommend that everyone who sees this look at the Haessel-Bitan game, at the bottom of the list (0-1). It was quite something to watch. (And just FYI, his first name is Bitan, last name Banerjee.)
Sptfire Sptfire 6/27/2016 07:08
Nice games! Tremendous event for the locals to gather valuable experience playing top notch competition. Congrats to one and all.