Ivanchuk top fighter in Zagreb's "Peace Tournament"

by Klaus Besenthal
12/6/2019 – The winner of the "Peace Tournament" in the Croatian capital Zagreb was Ukrainian grandmaster Vassily Ivanchuk, who finished with a half-point more than his rivals Marin Bosiocic (Croatia), Etienne Bacrot (France) and Hrant Melkumyan (Armenia) with 7½ points. | Photos: Tournament page

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"Peace Tournament" Zagreb

From November 19th to 30th, Ukrainian GM Vassily Ivanchuk won four games and drew seven, to finish with 7½/11, and in sole first in the "Tournament of Peace" which returned last year after a decades-long break. Ivanchuk's result gained him 11 Elo points which, combined with his recent rise reflected already in the December rating list, puts him back over 2700 for the first time since January.

Ivanchuk's win over Croatian grandmaster Mladen Palac was the subject of IM Merijn van Delft's recent Game of the Week:

 

In the third round against Nisipeanu's Triangle Slav, Ivanchuk opted for the quieter 4.f3. For Nisipeanu the game was already difficult in the opening phase:

 

Ivanchuk and Nisipeanu

Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu won only one of the eleven games — in round six with White, also against Palac. There you could see how fast a really solid position can sometimes fall to pieces:

 

Nisipeanu and Palac

Final standings

Rk.   Name FED 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pts.
1 GM Ivanchuk Vassily UKR * ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 7,5
2 GM Bosiocic Marin CRO ½ * ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 0 1 1 ½ ½ 7,0
3 GM Bacrot Etienne FRA ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 7,0
4 GM Melkumyan Hrant ARM 0 ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 7,0
5 GM Ragger Markus AUT ½ 0 ½ ½ * 1 ½ 1 0 ½ 1 ½ 6,0
6 GM Cheparinov Ivan GEO ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 * ½ 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 6,0
7 GM Nisipeanu Liviu-Dieter GER 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 5,0
8 GM Kozul Zdenko CRO ½ 1 0 0 0 0 ½ * 1 ½ ½ ½ 4,5
9 GM Zelcic Robert CRO 0 0 ½ 0 1 0 1 0 * 1 ½ ½ 4,5
10 GM Dreev Aleksey RUS ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 * ½ ½ 4,0
11 GM Stevic Hrvoje CRO ½ ½ ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ 4,0
12 GM Palac Mladen CRO 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ * 3,5

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Klaus Besenthal is computer scientist, has followed and still follows the chess scene avidly since 1972 and since then has also regularly played in tournaments.

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