Where is Vassily Ivanchuk?

by André Schulz
9/10/2016 – The Ukrainian team seems to be in good shape at the Olympiad in Baku. They beat Russia and China and only lost to the USA. After seven rounds they have 12 from 14 possible team points and share second to seventh place, and are only one point behind the leading US team. However, one prominent player is missing in the line-up of the Ukrainians: Vassily Ivanchuk. Where is the Ukrainian top player? Well, he is playing an open in Poland - a draughts tournament.

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Since 1988 Vassily played in every Chess Olympiad, in 14 altogether. 1988 and 1990 he was part of the Soviet team, 1988 as a reserve player, but two years later, in 1990, he played on first board. From 1992 to 2014 Ivanchuk played twelve Olympiads for Ukraine, in eleven of them on board one.

Vassily Ivanchuk

1988 and 1990 Vassily Ivanchuk won gold with the Soviet team, 2004 and 2010 he won gold with the Ukrainian team. In 2010 he scored 80% on board one, had an Elo-Performance of 2890, and not only won gold with the team but also gold for the best individual result on board one.

But at the last Chess Olympiad in Tromso, Norway, he scored only 4.0/9, a moderate result for the outstanding player. Now Ivanchuk decided that it is time for something different. Instead of travelling to Baku, Azerbaijan, to play in the Olympiad, he went to Karpacz, Poland, to take part in a draughts tournament.

It is an open draughts tournament with 104 participants. After eight rounds five players share the lead with 12/16. With three wins, one draw and four losses Ivanchuk (Elo 1956) is 65th with 7/16.

Table after eight rounds

Pl Name   Rating Ga Wi Dr Lo Pt Whl Wl
1  Alexander Getmanski  GMI  2376 8 4 4 0 12 63 75
2  Artem Ivanov  GMI  2378 8 5 2 1 12 59 71
3  Alexander Georgiev  GMI  2423 8 4 4 0 12 58 70
   Martijn van IJzendoorn  MI  2319 8 4 4 0 12 58 70
5  Jan Groenendijk  GMI  2363 8 4 4 0 12 57 68
6  Roel Boomstra  GMI  2422 8 3 5 0 11 65 77
7  Raimonds Vipulis  GMI  2284 8 4 3 1 11 62 74
8  Murodullo Amrillaev  GMI  2330 8 3 5 0 11 60 72
9  Mariusz Slezak     2107 8 5 1 2 11 59 71
10  Yuriy Anikeev  GMI  2345 8 3 5 0 11 58 70
11  Ron Heusdens  GMI  2285 8 3 5 0 11 56 67
12  Wouter Sipma  MI  2362 8 3 5 0 11 55 66
13  Rob Geurtsen     2191 8 4 3 1 11 52 62
14  Elena Cesnokova  MFF  2099 8 3 4 1 10 60 72
15  Wouter Wolff  MF  2213 8 3 4 1 10 57 69
16  Olga Fedorovich  GMIF  2217 8 3 4 1 10 56 67
17  Jakub Gazda     2044 8 3 4 1 10 54 66
   Danny Staal     2200 8 3 4 1 10 54 65
19  Darja Fedorovich  MIF  2198 8 3 4 1 10 53 65
   Vadim Virny  GMI  2365 8 2 6 0 10 53 64
21  Jitse Slump  MF  2232 8 3 4 1 10 51 63
   Elena Kychkina     1991 8 3 4 1 10 51 62

... 104 players

Vassily Ivanchuk, a strong draughts amateur (Photo: heerhugowaardopen.nl)

Ivanchuk has been playing in draughts tournaments before. Last year, the chess grandmaster took part in the Dutch Draughts Open, in May 2016 he started in the Salou Open.

Translation: Johannes Fischer

Tournament page...

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André Schulz started working for ChessBase in 1991 and is an editor of ChessBase News.

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