Reports | July 03, 2013 14:08

Bruzon finishes two points ahead of Short in Edmonton

Lazaron Bruzon Batista won the 8th Edmonton International most convincingly. The Cuban grandmaster scored 8/9 (a 2771 performance) and finished two full points ahead of Nigel Short. No norms were scored in the GM group this year.

All photos thanks to the organizers

The 8th Edmonton International Chess Festival was held at the Edmonton Chess Club from June 22-July 1st. Edmonton is the capital of the Canadian province of Alberta, located on the North Saskatchewan River. It is the centre of the Edmonton Capital Region, which is surrounded by Alberta's central region.

Held for the eighth time, the annual chess festival was an exciting week of chess for all levels ages and interests. The main event was the 8th Annual Edmonton International, a 10-player GM group intended to offer norm opportunities for aspiring players. The grandmaster norm was 6.5/9; the IM norm 4.5/9.

The tournament was held June 23-July 1st without a rest day, but at least the time control was somewhat fast: 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes to finish the game, with 30 seconds increment from move 1. There were some special rules: for the standings the "football score" (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss) was used and draws before move 30 were not allowed.

The top group was the strongest ever in Edmonton. The organizers managed to contract two 2600 players: English GM Nigel Short (2682), would was returning to defend his title, and Cuban GM Lazaro Bruzon, the top seed at 2687.

The tournament also featured Alberta's first grandmaster Eric Hansen (2577) from Calgary and Olympiad bronze medalist for Israel, GM Victor Mikhalevski (2551). The top Edmonton participant was IM Edward Porper (2424), the reigning Edmonton Champion. The 14 year old local star, IM Richard Wang (2371), was the second Edmontonian in the roster, while the list of local participants also included National Master Robert Gardner (2213), who scored an International Master norm in last year's edition of the tournament.

Besides this top group, the festival included many side events: a small open, a lecture by Short, a simul by Bruzon and a blitz tournament.

Nigel Short's lecture was attended by over 40 chess enthusiasts who gathered at the Edmonton Chess Club. The lecture was covering the recent game which Nigel played against Loek van Wely in Sweden.

Lazaro's simul was quite popular and some players had to be turned away in order to not overstep the limit of 21 participants as was originally arranged. The players were all rated under 2000, but at least two of them had previously been rated over 2000, with several others on the cusp of such a threshold.  Nevertheless, Lazaro was perfect as he defeated the crowd with 21-0! Junior Lenard Grossmann was the last player standing. (Photo credits by Vlad Rekhson,) 

After both won their games in the first round, Bruzon and Short faced each other in round 2. Somehow Short miscalculated already in the opening, and he game was a one-sided affair.

PGN string

Bruzon would eventually win seven games and beat his strongest rivals; the two draws were against Perez Garcia and Gardner! Here's his game against Mikhalevski, who played his favourite Open Spanish:

PGN string

Edmonton International 2013 | Final standings

 


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Author: Peter Doggers

Founder and editor-in-chief of ChessVibes.com, Peter is responsible for most of the chess news and tournament reports. Often visiting top events, he also provides photos and videos for the site. He's a 1.e4 player himself, likes Thai food and the Stones.

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Stephen's picture

The prize for the ladder tournament is in the background.

Anonymous's picture

:-)

RG13's picture

Too bad Ivanov wasn't there! ;-)

Anonymous's picture

Has anyone checked his games to match engine moves?

Chess Fan's picture

I found the young Canadian players quite friendly (IM Robert Wang and GM Erick Hansen) but found GM Short with quite an supercilious attitude. I had found Mickey also quite distant when I tried to speak to him, before. What is this with English GMs? Hope my favorites Dr. Nunn and Luke McShane are different and friendly towards their fans. The mighty Cubans seemed quiet and quite friendly. Congrats to Lorenzo Bruzon Batista.

Chess Fan's picture

"Larazo" Bruzon Batista. I stand corrected.

Alexei S.'s picture

It is spelled Lazaro. And IM Wang is named Richard. And GM Hansen's first name is spelled Eric.

Chess Fan's picture

Thank you Alexi.

Chess Fan's picture

Alexei S!
Sorry, I am having a bad day with spelling and typing.

Mike's picture

superlicious? are you sure it wasn't supercalifragilisticexpialidocious?

Chess Fan's picture

I spelled it correctly as SUPERCILIOUS, Mike.
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Adjective
Behaving or looking as though one thinks one is superior to others.
Synonyms
haughty - arrogant - proud - lofty - uppish - snooty.
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Don't wrongly pick on my few correct usages today! Besides, the work correct means what I intended!

Chess Fan's picture

correctLY..

Anonymous's picture

I think Mike was joking. :-)

Chess Fan's picture

Ok, I thought he was having a bad day with his first language like I was having yesterday.
Thanks !
:-)

AAR's picture

Don't take it personally. Britishers GMs or otherwise, are known to put such an attitude. They still think Queen rules the world. My worst flying experience is with British Airways.
Btw, Canadians are known to be most friendly lot.
Except for the weather, Canada is the best place to live.

Anonymous's picture

Don't Canadians also have allegiance to the Queen?

AAR's picture

Someone should teach you difference between Ruler and Subjects.

Anonymous's picture

Gotta love a good-ol'-fashioned rascist sweeping statement!

AAR's picture

As an Indian, travelled extensively in Europe, all my racist experience have been courtesy of Britishers.

Chess Fan's picture

A encouraging shout out to the organizers of the Edmonton chess tournaments. They do an excellent job with limited resources and try to make it as fan friendly as possible.

Chess Fan's picture

A(N) encouraging!

RS's picture

Does anyone know what was the prize money for the winner? Also was there any appearence fee for GMs in such tournaments? i sometimes wonder if the middle tier GMs make enough money to sustain a career......

RG13's picture

It depends upon the negotiating skills of their managers but I am quite confident that a famous player like GM Short receives a guaranteed appearance fee.

AAR's picture

Short is the tallest of all in the photo.

Chess Fan's picture

Ha Ha! He is the only man left standing (since the photographer is not seen).

RS's picture

Check out GM Lazaro's photo in his simul. He seems to have a big bulge in his pants. Hahahahahaah

Nigel Short's picture

I am very sorry you found me supercilious "Chess Fan". (Incidentally I would be much happier if you used your real name. It is always easier to bad-mouth people when no one knows your identity). If you will tell me the particular incident that prompted this thought, I will try and correct it next time. With regards. Nigel Short.

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