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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Leon Chess 2013: Vassily Ivanchuk versus Anish Giri

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We first heard Ukraine Chess GM Vassily Ivanchuk declaring a "possible retirement" and then we heard about the Ukrainian GM beating Dutch talent Anish Giri in Leon. Leonxta Garcia's press report states: Ivanchuk beats Anish Giri with 7.5-2.5 in blitz games (five minutes per player). However, the 18-year-old Dutch GM took overall victory as he beat Ivanchuk in the Classical (1.5-0.5) and Rapid chess (3.5-0.5) sections.

Ivanchuk, completely focused, even backstage before the round, reached the venue with his trainer Viktor Moskalenko, wearing a baseball cap and unshaven.
The crowd was still talking about his declarations from Saturday: “After a disappointment in a love affair, the solution is to look for other woman, but nothing can replace chess, and I’m not interested in it anymore; thus, my problem has no solution”.

However, Giri realised quickly that this was a different Ivanchuk, maybe because the playing speed did not give him anytime to feel depressed. The Ukrainian genius won the first game in spectacular fashion, drew the second one without much trouble and won the next two. The Dutchman did not give up: after drawing the fifth game, he got a full point on the sixth, however, he was defeated on the next two to leave the blitz match decided.

At the post-games press conference, Ivanchuk was very enthusiastic, he recognised that life was already better and apologized for his depressing statements. When asked about his transformation, he answered: “I drank a very tasty beer at noon, and that relaxed me a lot. Given that the overall score left me four points behind, I decided to win the blitz match with a five points difference, and I did it”.

After praising the local cuisine, Giri was very explicit about his feelings regarding Leon: “Here, I won the Spanish Team Championship with Sestao in 2012, and also got my first Ciudad de Leon in 2013. If I ever have to play a World Championship Match, I will propose Leon as the host city”.

The young Dutchman, first rated at the under-20 lists, just finished high school, and will be working in chess full-time for two years: “I want to check how is it like to be an authentic professional player. However, I do not dismiss the possibility of combining my chess career with college education. I would like to study psychology. Anyway, my next goal is to become world champion, but there are other young candidates, such as Carlsen and Caruana, who want the same and, for now, are stronger”.

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  • At June 12, 2013 at 2:04 PM , Anonymous Jason Bourne said...

    Maybe Ivanchuk's erratic chess has been because he is not sure if he wants to continue playing


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