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3059 Performance For Ivanchuk at Latvian Railway Open

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 3/31/14, 7:49 AM.

Vassily Ivanchuk reigned supreme at the Latvian Railway Open, a strong rapid tournament held over the weekend in Latvia, Riga. The 45-year-old Ukrainian started with 9.0/9 (!) and won the tournament with 13.0/14 (two draws and twelve wins), three points more than runner-up Vladimir Malakhov of Russia. Ivanchuk scored a performance of, hold your seats: 3059. 

Photos © Matīss Sīlis

The Latvian Railway Open took place Friday 28 - Monday 30 March, 2014 at the Latvian Railway History Museum in Riga, Latvia. The museum, which will celebrate its 20-year anniversary this August, contains more than a thousand items, documents and photographs related to railway communications and signalling equipment, tools and instruments, uniforms and badges. It is located in the center of the Latvian capital.

The tournament was held over three groups A, B and C. Tournament A was a 14-round Swiss with the following time control: 15 minutes for each player plus 6 seconds increment per move. There were some big names playing: Vassily Ivanchuk, Alexei Shirov (who co-organized the event), Sergei Zhigalko, Vladimir Malakhov, Vladimir Fedoseev, Viktor Bologan, Loek van Wely, Igor Lysyj, Daniel Fridman and David Navara.

Alexei Shirov vs Normunds Miezis

Ivanchuk was in top shape, and started like a whirlwind that killed everyone and everything that got in his way! He won his first nine games, beating Vladimir Sveshnikov (the son of),Miezis, Gleizerov, Malakhov (the top seed), Navara, Fridman, Van Wely, Alekseev and Zhigalko.

Only then did he drop half a point, and then another one, drawing with Lysyj and Shirov. Three more wins, against Fedoseev, Al-Modiahki and Kovalenko, resulted in an incredible result and performance rating: 13.0 out of 14 / TPR 3059! 

Let's look at a few games. In round 2 Ivanchuk faced Miezis, who played the Budapest Gambit. It was a very intense fight which was finally decided in an opposite-colored bishop ending:

Malakhov was outplayed nicely from a Hedgehog. Black created a nice outpost on d3, got a 'octopus' there but the star move was 30...Nc1! and just leaving it there for a while!

Against Navara, Ivanchuk played an interesting gambit line. At some point the Czech number on gave up all his material for a perpetual, but the white king could escape:

Here's another one, where he grabs the initiative right from the opening and never lets to - as Black:

Let's finish with one of Shirov's games - fire on board! Well, especially in this one. Shirov + Dragon = the sharpest chess you can get!

Shirov against the tournament winner

The total prize fund was 11,150 Euros with 1400 Euros going to Ivanchuk. 

Ivanchuk at the closing ceremony

Latvian Railway Open 2014 | Final Standings (Top 40)

Rk. SNo Title Name FED Rtg Pts. TB1 TB2 TB3
1 3 GM Ivanchuk,Vassily UKR 2722 13 101,5 118,5 3059
2 1 GM Malakhov,Vladimir RUS 2777 10 100,5 120,5 2776
3 10 GM Fridman,Daniel GER 2649 9,5 97,5 116,5 2713
4 6 GM Bologan,Viktor MDA 2680 9 82,5 96,5 2499
5 2 GM Shirov,Alexei LAT 2742 8,5 100,5 120,5 2649
6 7 GM Van Wely,Loek NED 2679 8,5 99 118 2646
7 22 GM Fedorov,Alexei BLR 2547 8,5 97 112 2651
8 9 GM Kovalenko,Igor LAT 2653 8,5 96 115 2590
9 30 GM Kovalev,Vladislav BLR 2488 8,5 95,5 106,5 2637
10 4 GM Zhigalko,Sergei BLR 2704 8,5 94,5 113 2623
11 11 GM Navara,David CZE 2648 8,5 94 113,5 2590
12 13 GM Alekseev,Evgeny RUS 2635 8,5 93,5 113 2601
13 21 GM Al-Modiahki,Mohamad QAT 2547 8,5 90 108 2562
14 12 GM Azarov,Sergei BLR 2646 8,5 90 105 2519
15 16 GM Shimanov,Aleksandr RUS 2582 8,5 88,5 104 2550
16 14 GM Aleksandrov,Aleksej BLR 2616 8,5 88,5 103 2532
17 23 GM Gleizerov,Evgeny RUS 2545 8,5 87,5 102,5 2546
18 5 GM Fedoseev,Vladimir RUS 2681 8,5 84 101,5 2495
19 28 GM Kulaots,Kaido EST 2505 8 96 110,5 2630
20 8 GM Lysyj,Igor RUS 2675 8 95 114 2582
21 24 GM Oparin,Grigoriy RUS 2545 8 94,5 109,5 2585
22 39 IM Berzinsh,Roland LAT 2375 8 86,5 100,5 2504
23 18 GM Shariyazdanov,Andrey RUS 2570 8 85 99,5 2486
24 37 IM Sakalauskas,Vaidas LTU 2427 8 84,5 97,5 2470
25 25 GM Miezis,Normunds LAT 2544 7,5 95 113 2563
26 19 GM Sulskis,Sarunas LTU 2562 7,5 92,5 108 2544
27 38 FM Ladva,Ottomar EST 2385 7,5 92 108 2600
28 20 GM Sveshnikov,Evgeny LAT 2554 7,5 87 101,5 2456
29 35 GM Zhu,Chen QAT 2438 7,5 85,5 99,5 2508
30 32 GM Starostits,Ilmars LAT 2469 7,5 84 98 2442
31 17 GM Sumets,Andrey UKR 2577 7,5 79 92,5 2365
32 27 GM Ulibin,Mikhail RUS 2515 7 94 108 2505
33 34 FM Kantans,Toms LAT 2442 7 92,5 107,5 2481
34 36 IM Sveshnikov,Vladimir LAT 2433 7 89,5 107,5 2471
35 29 IM Krivonosov,Oleg LAT 2490 7 89,5 101 2459
36 15 GM Ehlvest,Jaan USA 2612 7 89 102,5 2421
37 47 NM Mustaps,Matiss LAT 2258 7 76,5 87,5 2378
38 46 NM Tokranovs,Dmitrijs LAT 2267 7 72,5 83,5 2276
39 42 GM Petkevich,Jusefs LAT 2328 7 71,5 84,5 2245
40 31 FM Meskovs,Nikita LAT 2484 6,5 90,5 103 2454

(Full final standings here)

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  • 4 months ago

    zgantzouri

    i have seen with my own eyes Chucky demolishing Anand in friendly blitz games 5-0.but when he lost one game from a won position he never recovered and lost the match 6-5!!! so he is not unpredictable at all.he just cant stand losin.if he wins straight games like this tournament he is unbeatable

  • 4 months ago

    melvinbluestone

    Good for Vassily! I always liked this guy: he's so unpredictable and, yes, uneven. But when he's good, he's great! Apparently, even at 45, it's way too soon to 'chuck' Chucky into the ash heap of history!

  • 4 months ago

    DaniBeltran

    by round 9 (9 wins) he was performing 3400... take that engines!

  • 4 months ago

    BWhited

    How about Ivanchuk v. Putin? Winner gets to keep Ukraine and as a bonus gets Russia too. It's about as fair as the the current situation.

  • 4 months ago

    trakoz

    Awesome ...!

  • 4 months ago

    cimzowitsch

    chucky's revenge...Laughing

  • 4 months ago

    dzindzifan

    Chuckie is on FIRE!! This is such an incredible result.  I was bummed to see my hero Miezis lose with his often played Budapest Gambit ... I think Chuckie swindled him or he blundered the ending getting forked like that; seems like he could have pushed his h-pawn.

  • 4 months ago

    Incredibletactic

    Ivanchuk was awesome.

  • 4 months ago

    gmdra

    Ivanchuk just needs the stars to align and he can be wc ;) the problem is always the astrology. but i think he is the best player around. after the candidates everyone is talking that he cannot manage his time? well, then he makes 13/14 in rapid.. what is left to say

  • 4 months ago

    jocelasi

    Nice performance of Chucky.  Congrats!

  • 4 months ago

    chessdoggblack

    OK! That's really not fair...but, 30 GM's, 4 IM's, 2 NM's, 3 FM's all pitted against, "Chucky" and he stills wins!? C'mon people...get real: did you really think that would stop him?  Chucky's picture translation: "What did you expect me to do; with so many gifts on my birthday: not have a chess party?" Cool

  • 4 months ago

    Apsd1109

    GG Chucky! Too STRONK!!!

  • 4 months ago

    zenomorphy

    Very well put selyek! Lol!

  • 4 months ago

    mapearson1990

    Ivanchuk is awesome. I was following his games during the Candidates and they are just remarkable. That final picture says to me, 'I don't know how I am winning here'. Well played!

  • 4 months ago

    Ricardoruben

    Chucky is loved by the people, Chucky for president!! GO CHUCKY GOOOOO!!!

  • 4 months ago

    Paulzzz

    Wow! Well done, Basil!

  • 4 months ago

    selyek

    Ivanchuk is definitely one of the greatest creative chess players of all time. However he can be very unpredictable like at the London Candidates 2013 his results were like a roller coaster (losing to poor time management but beating both Kramnik and Carlsen to decide who plays Anand in world championship) However to analyse, or being able to analyse his extraordinary games is beyond us mere minions.

  • 4 months ago

    Lawdoginator

    When he is in good form, Chucky is a monster! 

  • 4 months ago

    zenomorphy

    The Russian , Vladimir Malakhov, started the tourney top seeded, with a Rapid FIDE rating of 2777, a full 55 points above Ivanchuk. Ivanchuk defeated him in round 4, with Black. Malakhov, by comparison, finished with a TPR one point below his starting Rapid rating, at 2776. Compare that to 3059 TPR, cranked out by Vassili Ivanchuk! This is one of the most dominant performances in recent high-level chess tourney history. Unreal! Gettin' older & think in' faster! Man I admire that dude!

  • 4 months ago

    zenomorphy

    See below results link NM Petrosianic.

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