2017 Calgary International: Results

GM Victor Mikhalevski won the 2017 Calgary International. He scored 7.5/9 to finish clear first in a field of 34, including five GMs. Mikhalevski won the Calgary International in 2010 and 2014.

GM Bator Sambuev was clear second with 7/9. He defeated Mikhalevski in round 5, but lost to Preotu in round 6 and was held to a draw -- or, miraculously escaped with a draw from a losing but very complex position -- against GM Julio Becerra in the final round.

2016 Calgary International winner GM Razvan Preotu led with 5/6, but lost to Mikhalevski in the 7th round and finished =3rd with GM Timur Gareyev with 6.5/9. Gareyev was one of only two players to go undefeated and was the only GM to play all four of the other GMs.

Canadian FM Dale Haessel lost on board 1 in the final round to finish with 5.5, tied with Canadian Juniors FM Olivier Kenta Chiku-Ratte and FM Jason Cao, and GM Julio Becerra and US Women's Champion WGM Sabina Francesca Foisor, who was held to a draw by her fiancee GM Elshan Moradiabadi in round 6.

10th Calgary International
Calgary Chess Club
August 2-7, 2017

9 Round Open Swiss with invited GMs
TC: 40/90 + G/30m + 30s


  • GM Razvan Preotu (CAN) Defending Calgary International Champion, 2017 Canadian Open Champion
  • GM Timur Gareyev (USA) the Blindfold Simul World Record holder (48 games!)
  • GM GM Julio Becerra Rivero (USA)
  • GM Elshan Moradiabadi (Iran/USA)
  • GM Bator Sambuev (CAN) 2017 Canadian Champion
  • GM Victor Mikhalevski (ISR) 2010 and 2014 Calgary International Champion
  • WGM Sabina-Francesca Foisor (USA) Reigning US Women's Champion
  • WIM Agnieszka Matras-Clement (CAN) 


Photos and Video

photo above: GM Victor Mikhalevski, in round 8 at the 2017 Calgary International. Photo from ACA facebook page.

# Name Rtng St Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Rd 8 Rd 9 Tot
1 GM Victor Mikhalevski 2533 ISR W21 W18 W6 D3 L2 W20 W4 W7 W9 7.5
2 GM Bator Sambuev 2522 QC W16 W12 D3 W25 W1 L4 W8 W6 D5 7
3 GM Timur Gareyev 2620 USA W19 W7 D2 D1 W18 D5 D10 D4 W11 6.5
4 GM Razvan Preotu 2501 ON W17 L25 W15 W11 W8 W2 L1 D3 W10 6.5
5 GM Julio Becerra 2539 USA W26 D8 D25 D12 W11 D3 D6 D10 D2 5.5
6 WGM Sabina Francesca Foisor 2358 USA W23 W9 L1 W21 D7 D10 D5 L2 W17 5.5
7 FM Olivier Kenta Chiku-Ratte 2332 QC W33 L3 W17 W9 D6 D8 D18 L1 W16 5.5
8 FM Jason Cao 2328 BC W27 D5 W20 W10 L4 D7 L2 W21 D12 5.5
9 FM Dale Haessel 2205 AB W34 L6 W31 L7 D16 W14 W23 W12 L1 5.5
10 GM Elshan Moradiabadi 2530 USA W15 D20 W14 L8 W12 D6 D3 D5 L4 5
11 WIM Agnieszka Matras-Clement 2230 AB D13 D14 W22 L4 L5 W24 W15 W20 L3 5
12 FM Hans Moke Niemann 2254 US W22 L2 W13 D5 L10 W32 W16 L9 D8 5
13 Brian Timmerman 1615 AB D11 D19 L12 D17 L32 W27 D14 W26 W21 5
14 FM Ian Findlay 2226 AB W30 D11 L10 L20 W33 L9 D13 D15 W26 4.5
15 Behrooz Ebrahim-Shirazi 2037 AB L10 W27 L4 L22 W30 W31 L11 D14 W28 4.5
16 Georgi Kostadinov 1997 AB L2 L22 W19 W27 D9 W26 L12 W18 L7 4.5
17 Bradley J. Willis 1991 AB L4 W30 L7 D13 D31 W22 D19 W23 L6 4.5
18 FM Yuanchen Zhang 2272 ON W24 L1 W33 W23 L3 D21 D7 L16 D19 4.5
19 Sean Perron 2080 AB L3 D13 L16 L29 W27 W33 D17 W24 D18 4.5
20 FM Diwen Shi 2261 AB W28 D10 L8 W14 W25 L1 D21 L11 U--- 4
21 Omid Malek 2090 AB L1 W24 W26 L6 W22 D18 D20 L8 L13 4
22 Anand Rishi Chandra 1682 AB L12 W16 L11 W15 L21 L17 L26 W34 W29 4
23 Itohan Gold 1988 AB L6 W34 W32 L18 W26 D25 L9 L17 U--- 3.5
24 Ian Zhao 1844 AB L18 L21 W30 L26 W29 L11 W31 L19 D27 3.5
25 Christopher Yoo 2242 USA W29 W4 D5 L2 L20 D23 U--- U--- U--- 3
26 Brad Booker 2114 AB L5 W28 L21 W24 L23 L16 W22 L13 L14 3
27 Rob Gashgarian 1679 ON L8 L15 W34 L16 L19 L13 D28 W30 D24 3
28 Bhavik Dave 1771 AB L20 L26 D29 L32 L34 W30 D27 W33 L15 3
29 Vishruth Sharma 1454 AB L25 L33 D28 W19 L24 L34 D30 W31 L22 3
30 Steve Sklenka 1533 AB L14 L17 L24 W34 L15 L28 D29 L27 W33 2.5
31 Binyamin Mikhalevski unr.   U--- W32 L9 D33 D17 L15 L24 L29 D34 2.5
32 Jim Daniluk 1909 AB H--- L31 L23 W28 W13 L12 U--- U--- U--- 2.5
33 Juan Carlos Garcia Franco 1842   L7 W29 L18 D31 L14 L19 W34 L28 L30 2.5
34 Reuben Miller unr. AB L9 L23 L27 L30 W28 W29 L33 L22 D31 2.5