Reports | November 23, 2007 8:08

[lang_nl]IJzersterke Ivanchuk ook wereldkampioen snelschaak[/lang_nl][lang_en]Ivanchuk also takes World Blitz Ch[/lang_en]

[lang_nl]Vassily Ivanchuk kan zijn fantastische jaar natuurlijk nog echt gaan bekronen als hij de World Cup in Khanty-Mansyisk (eerste ronde aanstaande zaterdag) weet te winnen, maar hij heeft alvast een heel lekker voorproefje genomen. Vandaag werd hij wereldkampioen snelschaken in Moskou, door een loeisterke dubbelrondige twintigkamp te winnen met 25,5 punt uit 38 partijen. Tweede werd Vishy Anand (24,5) die gisteren een offday had maar zich vandaag herstelde, derde was de titelhouder Alexander Grischuk (23,5).[/lang_nl][lang_en]Vassily Ivanchuk's last big goal in an already amazing year is of course winning the World Cup in Khanty-Mansyisk (first round next Saturday) but a nice foretaste is his title of world blitz champion, which he gained today in Moscow by winning an amazingly strong 20-player double round-robin tournament with 25.5 points out of 38 games. Second was Vishy Anand (24.5), who had an off-day yesterday but played like a world champ today, and third was last year's winner Alexander Grischuk (23.5).[/lang_en]

[lang_nl]Het evenement begon met 64 spelers in de voorrondes die streden om 6 plaatsen in het World Blitz Championship van gisteren en vandaag. Kasimdzhanov, Bacrot, Adams, Savchenko, Ponomariov, Dreev en Rublevsky wisten zich hiervoor te kwalificeren en zij werden aangevuld door Anand, Karpov, Morozevich, Grischuk, Svidler en alle deelnemers van het Tal Memorial. Verrassend genoeg prefereerden juist de jonge honden Jakovenko en Alekseev wat rust vanwege de World Cup. Op het laatste moment werd Svidler ziek en hij werd vervangen door Korotylev.

Na de eerste dag ging Ivanchuk al aan de leiding met 13,5 uit 19, gevolgd door Grischuk (13), Kamsky (12,5) en Leko (12). Vandaag was het werkelijk bloedstollend want na 37 rondes stonden Ivanchuk en de fantastisch teruggekomen Anand allebei op 24,5 punt. Het toernooi werd beslist door een gigablunder voor Vishy, voor wie het blijkbaar net allemaal te veel energie had kost om nog zover te komen. Hij liet een paardvork toe waarna het meteen uit was. Hier de beslissende partij, in de viewer en een video van Europe-Echecs:

Veel meer leuke videos zijn te vinden bij Europe-Echecs. Alle partijen zijn hier te downloaden.

De eindstand:

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En nog wat foto's (door Anna Burtasovoy):

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Vassily Ivanchuk (tegen Boris Gelfand)


Boris Gelfand met Vishy & Aruna Anand


Alexander Grischuk


Vladimir Kramnik - Peter Leko


Magnus Carlsen


Michael Adams


Alexander Morozevich - Vishy Anand (& Genna Sosonko in het publiek)

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Alexei Shirov wordt ge?ɬØnterviewd[/lang_nl][lang_en]The event had started with 64 players in the preliminaries on Tuesday and Wednesday, who fought for 6 places in the World Blitz Championship, which run yesterday and today. Kasimdzhanov, Bacrot, Adams, Savchenko, Ponomariov, Dreev and Rublevsky had qualified and together with Anand, Karpov, Morozevich, Grischuk, Svidler and all Tal Memorial participants they would play the final group. Surprisingly two of the younger players, Jakovenko and Alekseev, chose for some rest because of the World Cup, and at the very last moment Svidler got ill and was replaced by Korotylev.

After the first day Ivanchuk was leading the field with 13.5 out of 19, followed by Grischuk (13), Kamsky (12,5) and Leko (12). Today it was really nerve-racking, because after 37 rounds Ivanchuk and Anand (who made a fantastic come-back) were both on 24.5 points. The tournament was decided by a huge blunder by Vishy, who had apparently used all his energy to get this far on the second day. He allowed a knight fork and it was immediately over. Here the decisive game, in the game viewer and on a video by Europe-Echecs:

Many more videos can be found at Europe-Echecs. All games can be downloaded here in PGN.

Final standings:

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And here some photos (by Anna Burtasovoy):

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Vassily Ivanchuk (against Boris Gelfand)


Boris Gelfand with Vishy & Aruna Anand


Alexander Grischuk


Vladimir Kramnik - Peter Leko


Magnus Carlsen


Michael Adams


Alexander Morozevich - Vishy Anand

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Alexei Shirov being interviewed[/lang_en]

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Comments

Lajos Arpad's picture

Ivanchuk-Leko was a long and fighting game.

Glenn Bady's picture

Ivanchuk was busted!!!

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