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...

World Draughts Federation...



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Papko Papko 9/13/2016 01:49
Whenever I think of Ivanchuck , I think of the Linares tournament in 1991 (which he won) and off course famously beat the two K's, in the process.
his match against Kasparov in that tournament is one of my favourite games of all time.
BartoszPL BartoszPL 9/12/2016 05:22
Tournament page is en.polishopen.warcaby.pl not toernooibase.kndb.nl
Steven E DuCharm Steven E DuCharm 9/11/2016 11:39
Better draughts than droughts
naisortep naisortep 9/11/2016 05:13
What is his ranking in draughts?
jarreth22 jarreth22 9/10/2016 11:01
Nothing against draughts of course, however Ivanchuk is such a genius he should rather play go, which as all chess players surely know is much more subtle than chess :)
cptmajormajor cptmajormajor 9/10/2016 09:18
Enough talk about draughts, let's just close the door on this one. :P

Chucky doing what he does best which is - what he wants to do . Good luck to him and more of us should try it.
Chvsanchez Chvsanchez 9/10/2016 06:37
One move!? A video with only one move!?
KevinC KevinC 9/10/2016 03:47
@chesstarun, draughts is the British term for checkers.
tom_70 tom_70 9/10/2016 02:58
Good for him. He peaked long ago in chess and has been gradually declining for some years now. He has absolutely nothing to lose by picking up another game.
chesstarun chesstarun 9/10/2016 11:31
what is a draugt tounament
deasla deasla 9/10/2016 11:16
@geraldsky

How can there be no beauty in draught and a lot of beauty in pawn endgame in chess ?
Watch some pawn endgame studies and come back telling that there's no beauty in it ^^
Don't get me wrong I don't play draught but i've seen "pawn structure" "endgame strategy" explained there like in chess.
It's impossible that this is not beautiful.
Jarman Jarman 9/10/2016 10:44
I'm fine with anything that makes him happy.
fightingchess fightingchess 9/10/2016 10:25
so he skipped the olympiad to play draughts?
geraldsky geraldsky 9/10/2016 09:56
There is no beauty in that game.
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