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Sklenka, Steve

Edmonton International GM

The 14th Edmonton International took place from June 18-23, 2019. Rafael Arruebarrena did a commendable job running the tournament, including the live broadcast of games on chess24.com.

American GM Steven Zierk won the tournament with 6.5/9 followed by Philippine GM Mark Paragua and Canadian IM Nikolay Noritsyn with 6/9 each. Top Albertan was IM Edward Porper with 5.5/9, while FM Ian Findlay was the top finisher representing the Calgary Chess Club. Ian notably scored the top upset of the event by defeating GM Alexander Shabalov. Shabalov, who has won or tied for first no less than seven times in the USA Open, was off form this time and had to settle for 4.5/9 and a tie for 5th through 8th.

Calgarian Bhavik Dave was out-rated by several hundred rating points in every game, but nevertheless put up valiant struggles in several encounters. Edmonton's IM Banerjee Bitan finished in the middle of the pack with 4.5/9, while the remaining players from the USA, IM Praveen Balakrishnan and FM Balaji Daggupati, both scored 4.5/9 and finished in that same tie for 5th through 8th with GM Alexander Shabalov.

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