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Review: Vassily Ivanchuk: 100 Selected Games
Monday, August 05, 2013 15:38
Vassily Ivanchuk is without doubt one of the strongest players who never became World Champion, but he has beaten all of his strongest contemporaries. In almost all the top tournaments he emerged victoriously, often accompanied with brilliant play. Correspondence grandmaster Nikolay Kalinichenko has picked one hundred games of his fellow...
Beijing GP: Grischuk, Karjakin, Topalov win in first round
Thursday, July 04, 2013 17:19
Alexander Grischuk, Sergey Karjakin and Veselin Topalov all won their games with black in the first round of the FIDE Grand Prix in Beijing, China. Grischuk beat Kamsky in a Rossolimo Sicilian that ended in a time scrable. Giri had prepared a deep line in the Berlin Ending, but Karjakin played well and refuted his opponent's material sacrifices....
Beijing Grand Prix starts tomorrow, Wang Yue replaces Radjabov
Wednesday, July 03, 2013 10:57
Today is the opening ceremony and tomorrow it starts: the fifth Grand Prix in the 2012-2013 series, in Beijing, China. The participants are Boris Gelfand, Anish Giri, Alexander Grischuk, Vassily Ivanchuk, Gata Kamsky, Sergey Karjakin, Peter Leko, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Alexander Morozevich, Veselin Topalov, Wang Hao and Wang Yue. The latter...
Review: The Perfect Pirc-Modern
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 13:35
The Perfect Pirc-Modern is Viktor Moskalenko's latest book on one of the openings he has been playing throughout his career. It is Moskalenko's fifth book, and recommended for players who want to try out this opening complex as well as players who already have it on their repertoire. Viktor Moskalenko (1960) is a Ukrainian grandmaster who has been...
Giri beats Ivanchuk in León's roller coaster ride
Monday, June 10, 2013 7:58
Anish Giri won his match against Vassily Ivanchuk, the 26th Ciudad de León, in a weekend that must have felt like a roller coaster ride, especially for Ivanchuk. After losing the classical games 0.5-1.5 and the rapid games 0.5-3.5, the Ukrainian even hinted at quitting chess at Saturday's press conference. Luckily for him and his fans, he managed...
Saturday, June 08, 2013 1:53
Anish Giri has taken an early lead in his multi-format match against Vassily Ivanchuk in León, Spain. The first game ended in a draw, while the second was won by the Dutch grandmaster after his opponent blundered a full piece. On Saturday four rapid games will be played, and on Sunday ten blitz games. By Leontxo García A genius somtimes makes a...
26th Ciudad de León: Giri-Ivanchuk in triple format
Thursday, June 06, 2013 16:36
Creativity and good management against the financial crisis. That is the motto for the Ciudad de Leon organizers. Its 26th edition will be a clash of generations, a very attractive match: Vassily Ivanchuk (44 years old) and Anish Giri (18). The format is a new one: “Total Chess”, with two classical games (although somewhat accelerated) on Friday (...
Round 4 Thessaloniki GP
Saturday, May 25, 2013 19:42
Clearly still affected by his dramatic game the other day, Vassily Ivanchuk lost his third game in a row in round 4 of the Grand Prix in Thessaloniki. Against Veselin Topalov, who played a 3.Bb5 Sicilian, the Ukrainian played fast, missed some tactics and had to resign after a bit more than hour of play. Leinier Dominguez defeated Peter Svidler in...
Thessaloniki GP R3: Another timetrouble drama for Ivanchuk
Friday, May 24, 2013 20:07
The third round of the FIDE Grand Prix in Thessaloniki was marked by another dramatic time trouble loss for Vassily Ivanchuk, similar to the many examples at the London Candidates tournament in March. In a completely winning position, with less than a minute on the clock the Ukrainian couldn't find his way in the complications and even lost, on...
Candidates: Predictions by Caruana, Ponomariov, Jones and l'Ami
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 12:55
Now that the first round of the FIDE Candidates tournament is just two days away, it's high time for some predictions! Will it be a walk in the park for Magnus? Can we expect surprises from outsiders like Svidler or Gelfand? Will Ivanchuk be the decisive factor in the end? GMs Fabiano Caruana, Ruslan Ponomariov, Gawain Jones and Erwin l'Ami look...