Featured Players
  GM Elshan Moradiabadi
USA
FIDE: 2550
CFC: 2616

Currently living in Texas, Elshan was born and raised in Iran where he also learned chess. In 2001 at the age of 16 he won the Iranian Chess Championship with a score of 10/11. By 2005 he had gained the GM title and has represented Iran in 5 Olympiads. After winning or placing near the top in a variety of tournaments throughout the world, Elshan placed =2nd in the 2012 US Masters Championship. As well, he qualified for the 2011 World Cup. This will be his first visit to the Calgary International.
  GM Gil Popilski
Israel
FIDE: 2544
CFC: 2562

Gil returns to Calgary for the 2nd time. Last year he finished tied 2nd-4th. Gil was one of the strongest juniors in Israel winning an impressive number of events in his early years which includes 1st in Israel Under 10, Under 12, Under 14 and Under 18. By 2010, he had earned the IM title at just 17 and became a GM just three years later. A student of GM Boris Alterman, Gil won the Under 16 European Championship in 2009. Welcome back Gil!
  GM Bator Sambuev
Canada
FIDE: 2539
CFC: 2606

Bator won the 2011 Canadian Closed Championship where he tied with Calgary GM Eric Hansen. Bator won the 2 game playoff to capture the title. He participated in the 2013 World Cup and his first round opponent was no less than GM Morozevich. Bator surprised a number of people by taking his first round to tie-breaks, where the more experienced Morozevich won the hard fought battle. In 2012, Bator won the Canadian Closed with a score of 8.5/9. One of the most active players in the country, Bator is a welcome addition to the Calgary International.
  GM Victor Mikhalevski
Israel
FIDE: 2520
CFC: 2594

Victor is no stranger to Calgary. This will be his 7th appearance at the Calgary International Chess Classic, winning the tournament outright in 2010 and 2014. As the defending champion, Victor will be tough to beat. His list of tournament victories includes clear first at Calvia,Spain in 2007, scoring an undefeated 8/9 (winning his first 7 rounds!) and putting in a performance rating of 2876!
  GM Razvan Preotu
Canada
FIDE: 2496
CFC: 2633

Razvan earned the IM title at the early age of 15 years and was awarded the GM title at the 2016 FIDE congress at the age of 17. He is gaining rapidly in strength. Razvan currently resides in Ontario and has travelled around the world playing chess. Razvan won the 9th Calgary International with 7/9 and will be defending his victory here in 2017.He is currently one of the strongest players in the world for his age. You can expect great things from this promising young player.
  IM Prasanna Rao
India
FIDE: 2466
CFC:

Prasanna achieved his IM title at the young age of 16. His talent was never in question, earning a Gold medal in the World Youth Team Championship (Under 16 section) at only 14. He also has two Gold Medals in the Asian Youth Chess Championships as well. In 2003 he became the British Youth Champion and he also has one GM norm under his belt. The Calgary International will be a great opportunity for this rising star.
  WGM Sabina-Francesca Foisor
USA
FIDE: 2331
CFC: 2108

Sabina-Francesca was born in Romania where her talent began to show. While representing Romania, she won 3 medals in the European Youth Chess Championship, as well as 3 medals in the European Junior Team Championships. By the time she was 17, she earned the title of Women's Grand Master! Sabina also competed in the Womens World Chess Championship in 2008. She moved to the USA in 2008 and has played in 9 US Women's Chess Championships, as well as representing the USA in 4 Olympiads. Sabina will have the distinction of being the first titled woman to compete in the Calgary International.
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10th Calgary International Chess Classic
August 2, 2017 - August 7, 2017