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Vassily Ivanchuk

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Vassily Ivanchuk
Full nameVasyl Mykhaylovych Ivanchuk
Country Ukraine
Born18 March 1969
FIDE rating2753
(#16 in the April 2014 FIDE world rankings)
Peak rating2787 (October 2007)

Vassily Ivanchuk,[1] born 18 March 1969, is a Ukrainian chess grandmaster.

Chucky, as he is affectionately known, has been a leading player in the world since 1988, at times reaching the second spot on the FIDE list,[2] but has never won the World Chess Championship. Ivanchuk has often had erratic results. Since 2007 his world ranking has ranged from twelfth[3] to second,[4] before dropping to 30th in July 2009.

He was the 2007–2008 World Blitz Chess champion.[5] He won Amber blindfold and rapid chess championship in 1992 and 2010.

Character[change | change source]

GM Ivanchuk

Chucky has been described by Viswanathan Anand as the most eccentric player in the chess world. Anand gave his view on Ivanchuk like this:[6]

"He's someone who is very intelligent ... but you never know which mood he is going to be in. Some days he will treat you like his long-lost brother. The next day he ignores you completely.
The players have a word for him. They say he lives on 'Planet Ivanchuk'. (Laughs) ... I have seen him totally drunk and singing Ukrainian poetry and then the next day I have seen him give an impressive talk.
For a while he was trying to learn Turkish. Don’t ask me why ... Every day is a surprise with him".

When he plays, Ivanchuk rarely looks at the board. Instead he stares at the ceiling and at the walls with a blank stare (although this is not uncommon with top players who calculate without looking at the board). His playing style is unpredictable and highly original, making him a threat to any chess player, although it sometimes also leads to quick losses.

After a string of unsuccessful games culminated in his elimination at the early stages of the 2009 Chess World Cup, Ivanchuk announced, in a highly emotional interview, his retirement from professional chess.[7] However, he soon recanted this decision.[8]

References[change | change source]

  1. Ukrainian: Василь Михайлович Іванчук, Vasyl Mykhaylovych Ivanchuk
  2. All Time Rankings Archived 2009-11-26 at the Wayback Machine, includes FIDE top 10 1970-1997
  3. "Top 100 Players April 2007 FIDE Top players archive". ratings.fide.com.
  4. "Top 100 Players October 2007 FIDE Top players archive". ratings.fide.com.
  5. Ivanchuk wins World Blitz Championship, Anand second, ChessBase, 22 November 2007
  6. Anand interview in Indiaexpress.com, dead link in July 2008
  7. "ugra-chess.ru - Diese Website steht zum Verkauf! - Informationen zum Thema ugra-chess". www.ugra-chess.ru. Archived from the original on 2009-11-29. Retrieved 2010-09-13.
  8. "Ivanchuk: Sorry, I am not quitting chess". November 30, 2009. Retrieved November 30, 2009.