Thursday, April 12, 2007

GM Aveskulov confirmed to play in the 2007 Canadian Open.

Ukrainian Grandmaster Valeriy Aveskulov is confirmed to play in the 2007 Canadian Open Chess Championship, to be held at the Ottawa Marriott, July 7-15, 2007.

GM Aveskulov, 21, is rated 2539 and rising. His most recent victory was at the North American Winter Open in February in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Scoring 6-1, he finished ahead of three other GMs including Alexander Shabalov and Pascal Charbonneau and five IMs. He defeated Shabalov, a former U.S. champion, in just 22 moves.

[Event "OCF Winter NAO FIDE Open"]
[Site "Stillwater USA"]
[Date "2007.02.18"]
[EventDate "2007.02.17"]
[Round "5"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Valeriy Aveskulov"]
[Black "Alexander Shabalov"]
[ECO "B30"]
[WhiteElo "2517"]
[BlackElo "2602"]
[PlyCount "43"]
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 e6 4. Bxc6 bxc6 5. d3 Qc7 6. Qe2
Ne7 7. Nh4 g6 8. e5 Bg7 9. f4 O-O 10. Nf3 f6 11. Nbd2 fxe5 12. fxe5 Nf5 13. c3 Ba6 14. Ne4 Qa5 15. O-O Rab8 16. g4 Ne7 17. c4 Kh8 18. Be3 Ng8 19. Bxc5 d5 20. Bxf8 Rxf8 21. Nd6 dxc4 22. dxc4 1-0

GM Aveskulov is the eighth grandmaster to confirm his participation in the Canadian Open, to be held July 7-15 at the Ottawa Marriott. He joins GMs Nigel Short, Vadim Milov, Sergey Tiviakov, Suat Atalik, Abhijit Kunte, Mark Bluvshtein and Alex Yermolinsky. More GMs will be confirmed as the event nears.

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