Cap d’Agde Chess Rapid 2013: Vassily Ivanchuk – Anatoly Karpov 0-1

Former World chess Champion Anatoly Karpov is dominating the 2013 chess rapid in Cap d’Agde. Here’s how Vassily Ivanchuk falls to Karpov. Check out the game with Chess King – your partner in strong, affordable chess training. Read more…

Paris Chess Grand Prix 2013 Round 6: Fabiano Caruana – Vassily Ivanchuk 1-0

Boris Gelfand and Fabiano Caruana are in joint lead after six rounds at the Paris Chess Grand Prix. The only decisive game of the sixth round saw Caruana beat Vassily Ivanchuk. The latter resigned. Ivanchuk expressed his bewilderment in the press conference, saying he was calculating 16…f6 but then his “hands moved 16…Bd7″! He could not cope with the shock and quickly lost the game afterwards. Replay the game with Chess King and read the game notes by WGM Alina l’Ami at the official website. Read more…

Paris Chess Grand Prix R5: Vassily Ivanchuk – Alexander Grischuk 0-1

Vassily Ivanchuk went down to Alexander Grischuk in the fifth round of the Paris Chess Grand Prix on Friday. In a Grunfeld with 4.Bf4, Ivanchuk employed the rare move 7.c5 since, as Grischuk mentioned during the press conference: “otherwise it’s basically a forced draw”. The position doesn’t look that bad for White, were it not for 30…Bc4! 31.Nc3 Bf1! winning the g2-pawn and with it – the game. (Read WGM Alina l’Ami news reports at official website) Replay the game with Chess King. Read more…

Smart-Checkmate Chess Puzzle: Vassily Ivanchuk – Bozidar Ivanovic 1-0

Here’s a position from the game of a very talented yet, possibly, the most unpredictable (playing strength-wise) Grandmaster of our times – Vassily Ivanchuk. This game was played in New York in 1988 against Bozidar Ivanovic. White to play and win. Read more…

Thessaloniki Chess Grand Prix 2013 Round 6: Ruslan Ponomariov – Vassily Ivanchuk 1-0

The sixth round at the Thessaloniki Chess Grand Prix 2013 witnessed Vassily Ivanchuk self-destructing yet again before Ruslan Ponomariov. The match started as French defence and the commentators were hoping that this was a signal of Ivanchuk’s desire to play for a win. White responded with a Tarrasch setup. Ponomariov kept his options open, with possibility to play on either of the flanks. Ivanchuk underestimated white’s flexibility and carelessly castled long. Read more…

Thessaloniki Chess Grand Prix 2013 Round 4: Veselin Topalov – Vassily Ivanchuk 1-0

The Rosolimo Sicilian with Ivanchuk having prepared 8…Bh5 (instead of 8…Bf3 being the main line). 9.g4 was supposed to be better for white, according to GM Ioannis Papaioannou, but he quickly added “of course Topalov knows better”. The Bulgarian spent a lot of time in the opening, but it looks like he found a good way to put the black setup to test. White was slightly better until Ivanchuk decided not to recapture the pawn on e6. Immediately on the next move Topalov pushed e6-e7 and Black’s position collapsed. Read a report on the complete round at Chess Blog. Read more…

Thessaloniki Chess Grand Prix 2013 Round 2: Fabiano Caruana – Vassily Ivanchuk 1-0

Ivanchuk decided to defend with the deferred Ruy Lopez Steinitz to which Caruana responded by trading the pawns on e5 to clarify the structure in the center. 8.d5 instead of 8.h3 would lead to a totally different setup, reminiscent of the King’s Indian defence. Caruana exchanged the dark-squared Bishop for opponent’s Knight and after 19.Qa4 obtained a slight advantage. Read more…

Fide Chess Candidates 2013 R12 Drama: Magnus Carlsen-Vassily Ivanchuk 0-1

Round 12 at the 2013 Fide Chess Candidates 2013 witnessed World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen’s shock defeat (first in several months at that) at the hands of the “very unpredictable” Vassily Ivanchuk. Chucky beat the planet’s highest-rated human in a Taimanov Sicilian game. Carlsen, at the press conference, was very critical of his play. “First of all I think I played absolutely disgracefully, from move one.” Read a full Round 12 report on Chess Blog. Replay this game with Chess King. Read more…

Fide Chess Candidates 2013 R3: Vassily Ivanchuk-Levon Aronian 0-1

Levon Aronian notched up his second straight victory at the cost of Vassily Ivanchuk who went down fighting (plus bad luck on the clock) for the second time. This third-round win allowed Aronian to take lead in the Fide Chess Candidates 2013 being held in London. Read a full report on Chess Blog. You can replay the very nice game in the Chess King applet below. Read more…

Fide Chess Candidates 2013 R2: Teimour Radjabov-Vassily Ivanchuk 1-0

Fide Chess Candidates 2013 in London: Chess fans were delighted when two games ended decisive in the second round after four draws in the first round. Ukraine’s Vassily Ivanchuk lost on time a game that was in effect losing any way. Azeri GM Teimour Radjabov played a well-controlled game and was on the winning side despite giving a chance to Ivanchuk for bouncing back. Full report on Chess Blog. Replay the game with Chess King in the extended post. Read more…

Bucharest Chess Kings: Vassily Ivanchuk – Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu 1-0

The Chess Club Society “Elisabeta Polihroniade” of Bucharest organised a double round robin tournament with four top GMs: Italian Fabiano Caruana, Italy’s greatest player since the Renaissance, Ukrainian GM Vassily Ivanchuk, Veselin Topalov, former world champion and world number one, and Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, the best Romanian player, from November 7-13 in Bucharest, Romania. CCRL. For the report, read Chess Blog. Here is a nice Vassily Ivanchuk – Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu chess game. Read more…

Istanbul Chess Olympiad Round 10: Why Wang Hao Resigned Against Vassily Ivanchuk?

Black has just played 21. ...f6 How should White win this?

The 40th Chess Olympiad in Istanbul went right down to the wire. In the overall results, Ukraine’s victory over China in the last round was crucial. Here is the Vassily Ivanchuk-Wang Hao 1-0 chess game from the top board. Read the full report on Armenia and Russia winning the Chess Olympiad in the men and women’s section at Chess Blog. In the position on the left, Black has just played the blunder 21. …f6. How should White win this from here? Does White really need to save that Knight? Read more…

Chess King Game Showcase: Aronian Demolishes Ivanchuk in Round 5 at Istanbul Chess Olympaid 2012

What would you play here as White?

The fifth round at the Istanbul Chess Olympiad 2012 saw fireworks all around. Some of those were on board one at the top table between Armenia and Ukraine. Levon Aronian broke Vassily Ivanchuk’s defences in a nice Queen’s Indian. This leaves Armenia and Russia in joint lead at the end of Round 5. Sunday was a rest day. Read the full report at Chess Blog. Meanwhile, here’s Aronian firing on all cylinders. Read more…

Istanbul Chess Olympiad Day 2 Game Pick: Ivanchuk’s Sorrow vs Al-Modiahki

Such is the sorrow of chess: GM Vassily Ivanchuk lost this game to GM Al-Modiakhi and then sat looking at the pieces for half an hour says the official website. However, Ukraine did manage to beat Qatar 3-1. You can check a full Round 2 report from the Istanbul Chess Olympiad and videos at Chess Blog. Read more…

Unbelievable Chess Blitz Miss: Ivanchuk Lets Anand Escape from Mate-in-One, Loses on Time!

Dang! That was it – A missed mate-in-one. The game: Viswanathan Anand vs Vassily Ivanchuk. Yes, it did happen in reality. Whatever reasons save Ivanchuk from turning suicidal after this were blessed reasons indeed. Can you figure out the ‘Duh’ moment? Replay the chess game with the super Chess King applet slowly. Afterthought: Yes, Grandmasters are human. In fact, Ivanchuk had more than 55 seconds on his clock when ‘it’ happened. Read more…

Sunday Chess Smash: Carlsen Loses to Ivanchuk at Astana World Rapid Chess

'Twas Easy!

World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen began Sunday at the Astana World Rapid Chess Championship with a win and a loss! His first loss of the tournament came in the 12th round to Vassily Ivanchuk. The tournament is on right now and three more rounds are to be played in the next few hours. But, we have time to quickly go through the Chucky-Carlsen chess game. Read more…