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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Edmonton Chess: Short Wins Title; Nice Irina Krush Game

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Hi everyone,

GM Nigel Short delivering a lecture in Edmonton.

British Grandmaster Nigel Short has just added another chess trophy to his 'private collection'. Nigel Short won the 7th Edmonton International by 3 points (3 points for a win) from Viktor Mikhalevski (who beat Short in the first round).

Players of the main event: IM Leon Piasetski, GM Anton Kovalyov, FM Vladimir Pechenkin, GM Nigel Short, IM Irina Krush, GM Victor Mikhalevski, NM Robert Gardner, IM Edward Porper

The seventh edition of the Edmonton International Chess Festival is one of only two annual competitions in Western Canada that offers international norms opportunities. The competition took in the Edmonton Chess Club and consisted of round robin with ten players. You can check out the official website for lots of photos and details.

Meanwhile, here is a nice game from the event with Irina Krush going for the big battle in an endgame against a gritty defence!

Krush, Irina (2457) - Porper, Edward (2414)

Result: 1-0
Site: Edmonton CAN
Date: 2012.07.03
[...] 1.c4 ¤f6 2.¤c3 ¤c6 3.g3 e5 4.¥g2 ¥c5 5.e3 O-O 6.¤ge2 a6 7.O-O ¥a7 8.b3 d6 9.¥b2 ¥f5 10.h3 h5 11.f4 £d7 12.¢h2 ¥d3 13.¦f2 ¦fe8 14.¤c1 ¥g6 15.£f1 exf4 16.gxf4 ¥f5 17.¤d5 ¤xd5 18.cxd5 ¤b4 19.a3 ¤c2 20.¦a2 f6 21.¦e2 £f7 22.¥c3 ¥xe3 23.dxe3 ¤xe3 24.£g1 ¤xg2 25.£xg2 ¢h7 26.¦xe8 ¦xe8 27.¦e2 ¦e7 28.£f3 ¢h6 29.¥d2 £e8 30.¦xe7 £xe7 31.¤e2 £e4 32.£xe4 ¥xe4 33.¤c3 ¥c2 34.b4 ¢g6 35.¢g3 ¢f5 36.h4 c6 37.dxc6 bxc6 38.¢f3 ¥b3 39.¥e1 ¥c4 40.¥f2 ¥b3 41.¢e3 ¥c2 42.¤e2 c5 43.¤g3+ ¢g4 44.¤e4 cxb4 45.axb4 ¥a4 46.¤xd6 ¥c6 47.¤e4 ¥b5 48.¤c5 ¢f5 49.¢f3 ¥c6+ 50.¢g3 ¥b5 51.¤b3 ¥c4 52.¤d2 ¥e2 53.¤f3 ¢e4 54.¤g1 ¥g4 55.¥c5 ¢f5 56.¥e7 ¥d1 57.¤h3 ¥g4 58.¥f8 g6 59.¥e7 ¢e6 60.¥d8 ¢f5 61.¤g1 ¥d1 62.¤f3 ¢e4 63.¤e1 f5 64.¥b6 ¥g4 65.¤c2 ¥e2 66.¤d4 ¥c4 67.¤c6 ¥b5 68.¤e5 ¥e8 69.¥a7 ¥a4 70.¤xg6 ¢d3 71.¤e5+ ¢e2 72.¤f3 ¥d7 73.¤d4+ ¢d3 74.¥c5 ¥c8 75.¢f2 ¥d7 76.¤f3 ¥a4 77.¥d6 ¥d1 78.¤e5+ ¢d4 79.¢e1 ¥b3 80.¢d2 ¥e6 81.¤d3 ¥c4 82.¥e5+ ¢e4 83.¤e1 ¥f1 84.¤c2 ¥b5 85.¤d4 ¥d7 86.¢c3 ¢d5 87.¢d3 ¥e8 88.¤c2 ¥b5+ 89.¢c3 ¢e4 90.¤d4 ¥f1 91.¢b3 ¥d3 92.¢a4 ¢e3 93.¤e6 ¢f3 94.¥f6 ¥c4 95.¤g7 ¢xf4 96.¤xh5+ ¢g4 97.¤g7

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