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Vassily Ivanchuk
Number of games in database: 3,378
Years covered: 1983 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2726 (2835 rapid, 2789 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2787
Overall record: +784 -271 =1200 (61.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      1123 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (318) 
    B90 B33 B32 B30 B84
 Ruy Lopez (161) 
    C92 C78 C65 C67 C89
 King's Indian (90) 
    E92 E97 E62 E81 E94
 Slav (84) 
    D11 D15 D12 D19 D17
 French Defense (83) 
    C11 C07 C10 C05 C03
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (75) 
    C92 C89 C88 C84 C99
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (299) 
    B90 B43 B32 B42 B33
 Ruy Lopez (164) 
    C67 C92 C77 C80 C65
 French Defense (96) 
    C11 C18 C07 C05 C01
 Grunfeld (95) 
    D85 D97 D73 D76 D80
 Queen's Indian (89) 
    E15 E12 E17 E14 E19
 Slav (72) 
    D10 D11 D12 D15 D19
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Ivanchuk vs Shirov, 1996 1-0
   Ivanchuk vs Kasparov, 1991 1-0
   Kasparov vs Ivanchuk, 1995 0-1
   Ivanchuk vs Jobava, 2010 1-0
   Ivanchuk vs Karjakin, 2008 1-0
   Topalov vs Ivanchuk, 1999 0-1
   Ivanchuk vs Morozevich, 1996 1-0
   Ivanchuk vs Topalov, 1996 1-0
   Ivanchuk vs Topalov, 2007 1-0
   Ivanchuk vs Kasparov, 1994 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2001)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   5th Individual European Chess Championship (2004)
   42nd Capablanca Memorial (2007)
   Capablanca Memorial: Elite (2005)
   XVII Torre Memorial Knockout (2004)
   M-Tel Masters (2008)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2011)
   World Cup (2011)
   9th Edmonton International (2014)
   Magistral Ciutat de Barcelona - Casino (2006)
   Trophee Anatoly Karpov (2012)
   Canadian Open (2005)
   Cap d'Agde (2008)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2014)
   36th Olympiad (2004)
   Chess Olympiad (2010)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Match Ivanchuk! by amadeus
   Vassily Ivanchuk: Selected Games by wanabe2000
   Ivanchuk at the Olympics by amadeus
   Guess-the-Move Chess: 1990-1999 (Part 2) by Anatoly21
   Ivanchuk 100 selected games-Kalinichenko's book by Gottschalk
   Ivanchuk is IN by amadeus
   Guess-the-Move Chess: 2000-2010 (Part 2) by Anatoly21
   Hilarity with Ivan C. by ughaibu
   English: Vassily Ivanchuk Collection by chess.master
   Art of War's favorite games by Art of War
   Ivanchuk! by larrewl
   Radjabov vs. Ivanchuk by percyblakeney
   Vassily Ivanchuk's Best Games by KingG
   Melody Amber 1995 by amadeus

   Ivanchuk vs A Graf, 1988

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(born Mar-18-1969, 46 years old) Ukraine
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IM (1987); GM (1988); European Junior Champion (1987); Candidate (1991 & 2013); vice-World Champion (FIDE) (2001-02); European Champion (2004).

Preamble and summary

Vassily Mykhaylovych Ivanchuk was born in Kopychyntsi in Ukraine and has been amongst the world elite players for the last two decades. He has long been a world title aspirant, having twice been a Candidate (in 1990 and 2013), and has won many major tournaments including the annual Capablanca Memorial Tournament (6 times), Linares (4 times) and the Tal Memorial (twice).


Ivanchuk was the European Junior Champion in 1987, the same year he received his IM title. His first major international result was in 1988 when he won the New York Open with 7.5/9. Also in 1988, he came equal first at the World Junior Chess Championship in Adelaide, although Joel Lautier won the title on tiebreak. 1988 also saw him win his GM title. He followed these early breakthroughs with numerous successes in a glittering career, including first place at Biel 1989, Yerevan 1989, Linares in 1989, 1991, 1995 and 2009 (shared with Alexander Grischuk), equal first (with Gata Kamsky) at the Tilburg super-tournament in 1990, then first in Munich 1994, Horgen 1995, Corus at Wijk aan Zee 1996, Belgrade 1997, Tallinn 2000, Montecatini Terme 2000 and Malmö 2003.

From 2004, he won: the 5th Individual European Chess Championship (2004), the Capablanca Memorial: Elite (2005), the Capablanca Memorial (2006) and the 42nd Capablanca Memorial (2007); the XVII Torre Memorial Knockout (2004) in Mexico, Barcelone 2005, joint first in the Canadian Open (2005), and first at the Casino de Barcelona Masters (2005), Tallin 2006, and Mérida 2006. He was runner up at the 7th European Individual Championship (2006), and subsequently won at the Pivdenny Bank Chess Cup (2007), Aerosvit (2007) in Foros, the Montreal International (2007), the M-Tel Masters (2008) with a dominant 8/10 score and a 2959 performance rating, the Tal Memorial (2008) with 6/9, a point ahead of the field, the XXI Magistral Ciudad de Leon (2008) ahead of Viswanathan Anand, and the Bazna Tournament (2009).

His most notable achievement in 2009 was winning the FIDE Jermuk Grand Prix (2009) outright with 8.5/13. In 2010, Ivanchuk won the Capablanca Memorial (2010) ahead of Ian Nepomniachtchi with 7/10 and a 2839 performance and in July, he produced a rating performance of 2911 when he scored 6/7 in the 38th Greek Team Championship A Division. In the category 18 Reggio Emilia (2010) that finished on 6 January 2011, Ivanchuk scored 5/9 (+3 -2 =4) to come =3rd (5th on countback) behind Vugar Gashimov and Francisco Vallejo Pons; TPR was 2729. Ivanchuk returned to his full majestic form during the Tradewise Gibraltar (2011) event, which he won outright with 9/10 (+8 -0 =2) and a 2964 performance rating, ahead of a field that included 55 grandmasters; 9 of his opponents were grandmasters, the other an IM. He followed this up by taking out the 46th Capablanca Memorial (2011), his fifth win in this tournament, with 6.5/10, winning on tiebreak ahead of Le Quang Liem by defeating him in the final round. In October, he came =1st (2nd on blitz tiebreaker) with Magnus Carlsen at the 4th Bilbao Masters (2011), both scoring 15 points under the points system used at Bilbao (3 for the win, 1 for the draw) with 4 wins 3 losses and 3 draws and a TPR of 2818. Then in November, Ivanchuk came 3rd in the Tal Memorial (2011) with 5/9 (+2 -1 =6 and a TPR of 2815) behind Carlsen and Levon Aronian respectively. He started 2012 at the Tata Steel (2012) tournament, placing =5th with 7.5/13 (+3 -1 =9; TPR 2807) and then followed up with a couple of wins - his 6th at the annual Capablanca Memorial - at the Capablanca Memorial (2012) and a clear first with 5/6 in the inaugural (and unrated) ACP Golden Classic (2012) which showcased longer classical time limits and adjournments. He won the quadrangular double round robin Kings' Tournament (2012) held in Bucharest in a tiebreaker with Topalov to round out his 2012 campaign.

Ivanchuk started 2013 with his final warm-up before the World Championship Candidates (2013) at the Tradewise Gibraltar (2013), scoring 7.5/10 to share 5th place, a half point behind the four co-leaders. He led for most of the Tradewise Gibraltar (2014) and was first on normal tiebreak, however, as first place at Gibraltar is decided by blitz when there is more than one leader on points, Ivanchuk came in third behind the winner Ivan Cheparinov and runner up Nikita Vitiugov. His traditional happy hunting ground in Cuba was disastrous at the 49th Capablanca Memorial (2014) when he came in last with 4/10. He bounced back at the 9th Edmonton International (2014) where he won decisively with 8/9, a half point ahead of Filipino wunderkind Wesley So with whom he drew in their individual encounter. In January 2015, he participated in the Tata Steel (2015), and finished a ratings-boosting 6th with a score of 7.5/13 after leading the event in its early stages. In June, he played in the 10th Edmonton International (2015) in Canada, and placed =2nd behind Pentala Harikrishna and alongside Surya Shekhar Ganguly and Wang Hao.


In match play he won the Ivanchuk - Leko Match (2009) by 3.5-2.5 (+1 =5). Ivanchuk played a combined rapid/blitz match against Anish Giri at the 26th Leon Masters 2013; he lost both the 45 minute (G45) 2-game match with 1 loss and 1 draw and the 4-game G20 rapid match with 3 losses and 1 draw. However, he decisively won the blitz (G5) portion of the match by 7.5-2.5 (+6 -1 =3). Giri was declared the winner of the match as the slower games were given greater weighting than the blitz games.

Rapid tournaments

One of the foremost rapid players of the age, Ivanchuk has won the World Blitz Cup (2007), the Tal Memorial (Blitz) (2008), the Amber Tournament (Rapid) (2010) (with Carlsen) – also joint 1st with Carlsen overall in Amber 2010; a 3 way tie for first at Keres Memorial Rapid (2006) with Rustam Kasimdzhanov and Anatoly Karpov. In rapid match play he defeated David Navara by 5.5-2.5 (+4 -1 =3) in the Cez Trophy (2009) and Peter Leko in Ivanchuk - Leko Rapid Match (2007) by 7.5-6.5 (+3 -2 =9). Ivanchuk immediately followed up his Olympiad triumph in 2010 by winning the final of the 9th Cap d'Agde in France when he defeated Hikaru Nakamura in the final. At the Bazna King's Tournament (2011), he scored 4/10 but won the Latvian Railway Rapid (2014), spreadeagling the field with an amazing 13/14, 3 points clear of runner-up Vladimir Malakhov. He played in the Mind Games staged in Beijing in December 2014, and scored a strong 17/30 to place =5th and boost his blitz rating by nearly 70 points.

National Teams

Ivanchuk has played in fourteen Olympiads up to and including Chess Olympiad (2014), and won four team gold medals: in 1988 and 1990 playing for the Soviet Union, and in 2004 and 2010, playing for Ukraine. In the 2010 event, he also won individual gold for the top board, scoring 8/10 with a 2890 rating performance, while in 2012 he helped his team to a bronze medal. He has played in eight World Team Championships starting in 1989 and most recently in the FIDE World Team Championship (2015), when he scored team and individual silver for board 2. In total, he has scored 3 individual golds, 2 individual silver and 1 individual bronze, as well as helping his team to 2 golds, 2 silvers and 2 bronzes. His first effort in the World Team Championships was as part of the Soviet team in 1989, but subsequently he has played for Ukraine.

World Championships

Ivanchuk's entry to the World Championship cycle began in grand style when he came equal first with Boris Gelfand, scoring 9/13 at the 1990 Manila Interzonal, a half point ahead of equal third placed Anand and Nigel Short, and qualified for the Candidates cycle. He decisively won the first match, a best-of-eight, against Leonid Yudasin by 4.5-0.5, but lost the second match to Artur Yusupov in the tiebreaker games, 1.5-0.5, after drawing the main match 4-4. Then came the split between FIDE and the Kasparov-led PCA. His next attempt was at the Biel Interzonal (he did not compete in the PCA cycle) where he scored 8/13 to place =10th with five others; unfortunately for him, the only player from this group to qualify for the Candidates was Anand, who came 10th on count back, Ivanchuk coming 14th.

Ivanchuk’s next opportunity came with the 1998 World Championship knockout matches held in Groningen to choose a challenger for Karpov. Ivanchuk was seeded into the second round but lost that match to the US’s Yasser Seirawan. Seeded into the second round of the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (1999), he made a clean sweep of his games against Matthias Wahls and Sergei Shipov but then lost his match against Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu in the fourth round rapid game tiebreaker. He fared even worse the following year at the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2000) in New Delhi and Tehran, where, again seeded into the second round, he lost to Jaan Ehlvest. Then at the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2001), he defeated Baatr Shovunov, Bartlomiej Macieja, Emil Sutovsky, Ye Jiangchuan, Joel Lautier and Viswanathan Anand in the preliminary rounds to reach the final against Ruslan Ponomariov; Ivanchuk lost the first game of this match, drew the next three, before losing the 5th game and drawing the 6th and 7th games to go down by 4.5-2.5. Following this close miss, Ivanchuk competed in the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004), winning in the first two rounds against Adlane Arab and Pentala Harikrishna before losing to the eventual winner Rustam Kasimdzhanov.

The breakdown of unification talks, and FIDE’s reorganization of the World Championship cycle saw the cessation of the World Knockout Championships. Ivanchuk was not invited to the first stage in this process, namely the FIDE World Championship Tournament (2005) won by Veselin Topalov, but participated in the FIDE World Cup (2005) where he crashed out in the second round to Ivan Cheparinov after beating Alexander Sibriaev in the first round. He fared only slightly better in the World Chess Cup (2007) where he again lost to Nisipeanu, this time in the third round after winning his earlier rounds against Pedro Aderito and Alexander Galkin. At the World Cup (2009), he easily won his first round game against Alexei Bezgodov, before again crashing and burning in the second round to Filipino prodigy Wesley So. Ivanchuk was beside himself after this loss, and announced his retirement from chess, however he recanted this soon afterwards. The World Cup (2011) has seen his most successful effort since the 2002 event, defeating South African FM Henry Robert Steel, Russian GM Evgeny Alekseev, Israeli GM Emil Sutovsky, Chinese GM Bu Xiangzhi in the first four rounds, Azeri GM Teimour Radjabov in the quarter final 25+10 rapid-game tiebreaker, and then losing to Grischuk in the semi-final 10+10 rapid game tiebreaker. He then met compatriot Ruslan Ponomariov in the playoff for third, defeating him by 2.5-1.5 to win a spot in the World Championship Candidates (2013), the first time he has won a place in the Candidates since his =1st result in the Manila Interzonal of 1990. He proved to be extremely erratic at the Candidates, finishing 7th out of 8 with 6/14 (+3 -5 =6), losing a string of game in zeitnot, and yet defeating both the eventual winner Carlsen and runner-up Kramnik.

His 2014 World championship campaign started sluggishly with a mediocre 5/11 at the first event in the 2012-2013 Grand Prix series, namely the FIDE Grand Prix London (2012), where his 7th placement earned him only 55 GP points. His 2nd event in the series, the FIDE Grand Prix Thessaloniki (2013), was disastrous, placing last with 3.5/11 and only earning the minimum 10 points. His 3rd event in the series, the FIDE Grand Prix Beijing (2013), was also disappointing, as his =9th knocked him out of contention for the top 2 Grand Prix qualifiers to the Candidates Tournament in 2014. (1)

He was, however, still eligible to play in the World Cup (2013) in August where he defeated Jan-Krzysztof Duda in the first round, US teenager, GM Ray Robson, in the second round and compatriot, GM Yuriy Kryvoruchko, in the third round. He lost to former World Champion, Russian GM Vladimir Kramnik in the Round of 16 (fourth round). Ivanchuk qualified by rating to play in the World Cup (2015) and he defeated Egyptian GM Ahmed Adly in the first round and Maxim Rodshtein in the second round before bowing out of the event in round three following his loss to Dmitry Jakovenko.

The main obstacle to Ivanchuk winning the World Championship has been considered to be his erratic temperament and the occasional tendency to lose critical games. This can be seen from his results against the super elite: although he has defeated all the World Classical and FIDE champions after Robert James Fischer, his only positive career score against this elite group has been against Alexander Khalifman.

Ratings and rankings

Ivanchuk has been rated as high as second in the world - in July 1991 when he reached 2735 behind Garry Kasparov, in July 1992 at 2720 again behind Kasparov, and in October 2007 when he reached 2787 behind Anand. His ratings card graphically demonstrates the roller coaster ride that has been his game over the last few years:

Sources and references

(1) Wikipedia article: FIDE Grand Prix 2012%E2%80%932013; live rating:; Part 1 of an interview held on 27 April 2011 with Chess in translation:; Part 2 of the interview is at; Wikipedia article: Vassily Ivanchuk

Latest update 18 September 2015

 page 1 of 136; games 1-25 of 3,378  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Ivanchuk vs M Golubev  1-033 1983 Armiansk ch-Ukr jrE98 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1
2. Dreev vs Ivanchuk  ½-½52 1984 Champigny sur Marne opA07 King's Indian Attack
3. F Hellers vs Ivanchuk ½-½30 1984 ChampignyB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
4. Y Kruppa vs Ivanchuk 0-130 1985 USSR 40/604E04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
5. Serper vs Ivanchuk 0-124 1985 LeningradB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
6. Anand vs Ivanchuk ½-½50 1985 Wch U20C78 Ruy Lopez
7. Ivanchuk vs B Moran 1-047 1985 Wch U20D44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
8. N Murshed vs Ivanchuk  0-133 1985 Wch U20D44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
9. Serper vs Ivanchuk ½-½25 1985 URSC05 French, Tarrasch
10. Ivanchuk vs Blatny 0-142 1985 SharjahC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
11. Ivanchuk vs T Tabatadze 1-036 1985 LeningradB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
12. C Michel Yunis vs Ivanchuk 0-133 1985 Wch U20C15 French, Winawer
13. Ivanchuk vs Smirin 1-033 1985 URSB64 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
14. Ivanchuk vs J Borges Mateos  ½-½43 1985 Wch U20C11 French
15. Oll vs Ivanchuk 0-138 1985 KlaipedaD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
16. Ivanchuk vs N K Mishra 1-042 1985 Wch U20B86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
17. C Horvath vs Ivanchuk 0-120 1985 Sharjah (United Arab Emirates)C05 French, Tarrasch
18. R Kuczynski vs Ivanchuk  ½-½29 1985 Wch U20C05 French, Tarrasch
19. Ivanchuk vs Dlugy  0-145 1985 Wch U20B17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
20. Ivanchuk vs Shakhvorostov 1-031 1985 YurmalaB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
21. Gelfand vs Ivanchuk ½-½19 1985 USSRC05 French, Tarrasch
22. Ivanchuk vs Dreev 1-032 1985 Leningrad (Russia)D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. Ivanchuk vs N Dobrev ½-½47 1985 SharjahD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. M Golubev vs Ivanchuk  ½-½21 1985 Klaipeda jr SU-qualC19 French, Winawer, Advance
25. R Zysk vs Ivanchuk  ½-½40 1985 Wch U20D13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
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Jan-29-15  fisayo123: Fascinating article on Ivanchuk from chess24.

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  Penguincw: Congrats to Ivanchuk for winning the Petrov Memorial (rapid) with a score of 9/11, half a point ahead of Karjakin, Gelfand and Rapport.

His efforts helped him gain 25.6 blitz points (2809 -> 2834.6) and rise to #4 (2 spots), behind only Carlsen, Nakamura and Grischuk.

Mar-08-15  et1: A great victory in Riga !! Congratulations !! 2900 performance ! A true genious, a true champion.
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  notyetagm: Mamedyarov vs Ivanchuk (7.1)

17 h2-h4?

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17 ... ♘g5xf3!

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18 ♔e2x♘f3 e5-e4+ 19 ♗d3x♘e4 ♘f6x♗e4 <Stockfish: -1.95>

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and now White cannot capture the Black e4-knight with 20 Qc2xNe4?? because then the <UNPROTECTED> White a1-rook will fall to the <QUEEN FORK> 20 ... Qe7-f6+.

Notice how 17 ... Ng5xf3! 18 Ke2xNf3 is a <DECOY> of the White e2-king to the f3-sq for two different reasons:

1) <ALIGNMENT>: dragging the king into the <PAWN FORK> 18 ... e5-e4+

2) <EXPOSURE>: dragging the king out into the open for the <QUEEN FORK> 20 ... Qe7-f6+

Notice also the important role played by the <UNPROTECTED> White a1-rook exposed along the open a1-h8 diagonal.

A superb <PETITE COMBINAISON> by Ivanchuk.

Mar-12-15  Whitehat1963: With his win at the Petrov Memorial, Ivanchuk continues to show he can still play at high levels. Inconsistently one of the world's best players for the past 25 years. Along with Anand, Kramnik, Topalov, and Gelfand.
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  TheFocus: <Sometimes it happens that the computer's assessment is very abstract. It's correct, but it's not useful for a practical game. You have to prove the assessment with very strong moves and if you don't find all of these strong moves you may lose very quickly. For a computer this is not a problem, but for humans it is not so easy (2012) > - Vassily Ivanchuk.
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  TheFocus: <It's a very special generation, because during our careers the computer entered chess. So we know how to play without computers, which is also important. We can analyse without computers. I am not saying that younger players cannot do this, but we are more in the habit of doing this. That's important to improve your chess understanding> - Vassily Ivanchuk, born 1969 (2012).
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  offramp: There is an inexplicable comment at Obviously it is a comment about W So vs Akobian, 2015.

Here it is in its totality:

<saguni 3 hours ago
Regardless of what I think, I saw Ivanchuck repeatedly tweeting "Justice is done! F**k Wesley and his notes," with similar f-bombs. I thought Chucky is a gentleman. Wesley must have rubbed him the wrong way and this seems like a coordinated attempt by some of the top players to get Wesley to stop taking "notes." Maybe they were jealous of his meteoric rise and looking for an excuse?>

I have a Twitter account which I almost never use. But I used it to search for Ivanchuk. I could see no chess-playing Ivanchuk at all. Is <saguni> making it up?

Apr-11-15  disasterion: <offramp> I'd guess that's being made up. Doesn't sound like the kind of thing Ivanchuk would say or do, and he doesn't seem to be on twitter anyway.
May-03-15  hpavlo: Ran into Vasyl Ivanchuk today. Fanboyed all over everything inwardly. Got an autograph.
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  TheFocus: <It's a very special generation, because during our careers the computer entered chess. So we know how to play without computers, which is also important. We can analyse without computers. I am not saying that younger players cannot do this, but we are more in the habit of doing this. That's important to improve your chess understanding> - (2012) Vassily Ivanchuk.
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  TheFocus: <Vasily Mikhailovich is one of the most interesting chess players of the last 20 years, and a model for all of us to imitate - you can't help but admire his love for chess and his readiness to play anyone, anywhere. You could spend a long time talking about his encyclopedic knowledge of all the openings without exception, but that's already a commonplace. He's also an extremely unusual and interesting person to talk to, with a very unique outlook on the widest range of topics> - Peter Svidler on fellow world class player Vassily Ivanchuk.
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  PhilFeeley: He played in the Team Championships in China this week:

[Date "2015.06.04"]
[Round "5.1"]
[White "Liu Qingnan"]
[Black "Ivanchuk,V"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteTitle "IM"]
[BlackTitle "GM"]
[WhiteElo "2510"]
[BlackElo "2733"]
[ECO "C08"]
[Opening "French"]
[Variation "Tarrasch, open, 4.ed ed"]
[WhiteTeam "Shandong"]
[BlackTeam "Qingdao"]
[WhiteFideId "8603294"]
[BlackFideId "14100010"]
[EventDate "2015.04.10"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 c5 4. exd5 exd5 5. Ngf3 a6 6. dxc5 Bxc5 7. Nb3 Bb6 8. Bg5 Ne7 9. Bd3 h6 10. Bh4 Nbc6 11. O-O O-O 12. Re1 Bg4 13. h3 Bh5 14. g4 Bg6 15. Nbd4 Qd7 16. Bxe7 Nxe7 17. Ne5 Qc7 18. c3 Nc6 19. Nexc6 bxc6 20. Qd2 c5 21. Nf5 c4 22. Bf1 Bxf5 23. gxf5 Rad8 24. Bg2 Qg3 25. Qe2 Rd6 26. Rad1 Rfd8 27. Qf3 Qh4 28. Re2 d4 29. Re4 Qg5 30. cxd4 Bxd4 31. Rde1 Kh7 32. Rg4 Qf6 33. Bf1 Rc8 34. Rc1 Rdc6 35. Qe4 h5 36. Rg2 a5 37. b3 c3 38. Bc4 Rd6 39. h4 Bb6 40. Qf3 Rd2 41. Qxh5+ Kg8 42. Rxc3 Re8 43. Rc1 Rxa2 44. Qg6 Kf8 45. Qxf6 gxf6 46. Rd1 Re4 47. h5 Rh4 48. Rh2 Rxh2 49. Kxh2 Rxf2+ 50. Kg3 Rxf5 51. Rd7 Rc5 52. Rxf7+ Ke8 53. Rxf6 Bc7+ 54. Kf3 Re5 55. Rf7 Rc5 56. Rh7 a4 57. Bf7+ Kf8 58. bxa4 Rf5+ 59. Ke4 Rxf7 60. Rxf7+ Kxf7 61. a5 Bxa5 1/2-1/2

[Event "TCh-CHN 2015"]
[Site "China CHN"]
[Date "2015.06.05"]
[Round "6.1"]
[White "Ivanchuk,V"]
[Black "Ma Qun"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteTitle "GM"]
[BlackTitle "GM"]
[WhiteElo "2733"]
[BlackElo "2609"]
[ECO "A20"]
[Opening "English opening"]
[WhiteTeam "Qingdao"]
[BlackTeam "Tianjing"]
[WhiteFideId "14100010"]
[BlackFideId "8603154"]
[EventDate "2015.04.10"]

1. c4 e5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 Nc6 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. Nd5 Bc5 6. e3 Nxd5 7. cxd5 Nb4 8. d4 exd4 9. exd4 Be7 10. Ne2 c6 11. Nc3 O-O 12. O-O Nxd5 13. Nxd5 cxd5 14. Bxd5 Bf6 15. Be3 d6 16. Qb3 a5 17. a4 Rb8 18. Rfe1 b5 19. axb5 Bd7 20. Bc4 Bxb5 21. Bxb5 Qb6 22. Qd5 Qxb5 23. Rxa5 Qxb2 24. Ra6 Rfd8 25. Rc1 Qb5 26. Qa2 Qf5 27. Ra5 d5 28. Bf4 Rbc8 29. Rxc8 Qxc8 30. Rxd5 Bxd4 31. Qc4 Bf6 32. Rxd8+ Qxd8 33. Be3 Qe8 34. Qd5 g6 35. g4 Qd8 36. Qe4 Bg5 37. Bc5 Bf6 38. Kg2 Kg7 39. h3 Qc8 40. Be3 Qd8 41. Qf3 Bg5 42. Bc5 Be7 43. Ba7 Bf6 44. Qe4 Qe7 45. Qxe7 Bxe7 1/2-1/2

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  PhilFeeley: [Event "TCh-CHN 2015"]
[Site "China CHN"]
[Date "2015.06.06"]
[Round "7.1"]
[White "Ni Hua"]
[Black "Ivanchuk,V"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteTitle "GM"]
[BlackTitle "GM"]
[WhiteElo "2704"]
[BlackElo "2733"]
[ECO "D85"]
[Opening "Gruenfeld"]
[Variation "exchange variation"]
[WhiteTeam "Shanghai"]
[BlackTeam "Qingdao"]
[WhiteFideId "8601160"]
[BlackFideId "14100010"]
[EventDate "2015.04.10"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. g3 Bg7 6. Bg2 Nxc3 7. bxc3 c5 8. Nf3 Nc6 9. Be3 O-O 10. O-O Qc7 11. dxc5 Bxc3 12. Rc1 Bg7 13. Qa4 Bd7 14. Qh4 Rad8 15. Ng5 h6 16. Nf3 g5 17. Qe4 Bc8 18. h3 Qa5 19. Rc2 Be6 20. Bd2 Qa3 21. h4 Bd5 22. Qe3 Qa4 23. Rcc1 g4 24. Ne1 Qxa2 25. Bc3 e5 26. Nd3 Bxg2 27. Kxg2 Rd7 28. Kh2 Qe6 29. Nb4 Ne7 30. Qe4 f5 31. Qc2 Rc8 32. Nd3 Nc6 33. Rb1 Rcd8 34. Rb3 f4 35. gxf4 Qf5 36. Qa2 Kh7 37. fxe5 g3+ 38. Kg2 gxf2 39. Rxf2 Qe4+ 40. Rf3 Rxd3 41. exd3 Rxd3 42. Qf2 Rxf3 43. Qxf3 Qc2+ 44. Bd2 Qxd2+ 45. Kh3 Qd7+ 46. Qg4 Nxe5 47. Qxd7 Nxd7 48. Rxb7 Nxc5 49. Rxa7 Ne4 50. Kg4 Kg6 51. h5+ Kh7 52. Ra6 Ng5 53. Kf5 Bh8 54. Ra7+ Bg7 55. Rd7 Nf3 56. Ke4 Ng5+ 57. Kf5 Nf3 58. Kg4 Ng5 59. Kf5 Nf3 60. Ke4 Ng5+ 61. Kf5 1/2-1/2

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  wordfunph: "Marriage is like taking a pawn on b2 in the Sicilian Najdorf."

- Vassily Ivanchuk

Source: New In Chess Magazine 2014 #8

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  perfidious: On seeing the quote above, wondered whether Ivanchuk had ever snatched that poisonous object. It turns out that he has apparently never done so (at least in the 6.Bg5 Najdorf), with all six of his games in the Poisoned Pawn in this DB featuring him on the White side.

Jul-14-15  zanzibar: I looked into Ivanchuk Najdorf play on <MillBase>:

As Black against 7.f4

<....Move.. ECO...... Frequency....Score..AvElo Perf AvYear %Draws

1: Nbd7.. B96i........3: 37.5%.. 50.0%..2748........2009.. 33%

2: Qc7....B96f........2: 25.0%.. 25.0%..2762........2011.. 50%

3: Nc6....B96c........1: 12.5%..100.0%..2660........1989....0%

4: b5.... B96n........1: 12.5%..100.0%..2717........2001....0%

5: Be7....B98a........1: 12.5%.. 50.0%..2731........2006..100% ____________________________________________

TOTAL:................ 8:100.0%.. 56.2%..............2006.. 38% >

So, no Poisoned Pawn for him, mostly 7...Nbd7 and 7...Qc7 and good play for Black.

On the other hand, as White, I found three games where Ivanchuk faced the Poisoned Pawn as White, and he won all three (all during 2010):

<Ivanchuk--Magnus 1-0 (49) 2010.03.13 Nice FRA: Amber Rapid (R1)>

<Ivanchuk--Grischuk 1-0 (37) 2010.04.08 Dagomys RUS: TCh-RUS Premier (R7)>

<Ivanchuk--Grischuk 1-0 (44) 2010.03.20 Nice FRA: Amber Rapid (R7)>

Do these simple stats contain some deeper reflection on marriage?

Jul-18-15  sonia91: He's playing in a draughts tournament:

Sep-27-15  The Kings Domain: One of the best masters of his time and one of the game's most amusing individuals. A real character. Too bad he didn't become world champion, he would have added humor and color to the sport.
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  offramp: One thing that must baffle Ivanchuk is that his friend Anand is just 8 months younger than him.

When it comes to talent and chess strength I'd say that these chessic brothers were almost identical... But when it comes to achievements the quiet Indian has far outperformed his Ukrainian pal.

Nov-02-15  Chessinfinite: Ivanchuk can claim to have a super tournament with the reigning WC playing in the tournament, and can atleast claim to have crossed 2775 - somethings very few Grandmasters ever managed to do.
Nov-03-15  Fishy: the greatest nose picker (up to the elbows) and subsequent swallower/choker of all time...maybe they are related :) losing to Pono LMAO that was a DISGRACE
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  moronovich: <Fishy>

At least he doesn´t spend his time writing nonsense here on CG.

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  Caissanist: Jim Kulbacki (aka User: Resignation Trap) has an amusing Facebook album, "The Many Moods of Ivanchuk": .
Nov-17-15  galdur: For those who haven´t seen it; a nice Chessbase article from 2003

...He had hardly been seated at the Ciudad Feliz when Yuri Vasilyev, a Russian reporter who covers every tournament with Kasparov among the competitors, came in after him with a prying look on his face. He wanted to know what Ivanchuk was having for lunch. Ivanchuk told him that he had ordered mushroom soup – a dish of which the Russian name sounds like the French ‘champignon.’ It seemed the right choice, he said, because within a few hours he would be playing against the champion – which in Russian is pronounced as ‘shampion.’ These ‘champignons,’ Ivanchuk went on, were after all the only mushrooms that could be cultivated. The same went for world champions. That was why, he explained to the baffled Vasilyev, he was having ‘champignon’ soup now. The ‘shampion’ himself he would have for dessert. Rarely did a prediction prove to be more correct. Kasparov won the tournament that year, but that afternoon he suffered his only defeat....

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