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Vassily Ivanchuk Wins Kings Tournament

  • SonofPearl
  • on 11/13/12, 11:47 AM.

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Vassily Ivanchuk was victorious in the Kings Tournament in Bucharest after winning a tie-break playoff with Veselin Topalov.

The pair had finished level on 3½/6 after they drew their final round game with each other.  Fabiano Caruana was unable to win his game with black against Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu and had to settle for third place after drawing all his games in the tournament.

The rapid playoff games were played at a time control of 15 minutes plus 3 second increment.

Despite the time increment, Topalov somehow lost on time in the first game in a superior position. Ivanchuk then achieved the draw he needed in the second game to take victory 1½-½.

The final results cross-table

Topalov, Veselin  BUL 2769 * * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1
Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR 2763 ½ ½ * * ½ ½ 1 ½
Caruana, Fabiano  ITA 2786 ½ ½ ½ ½ * * ½ ½ 3
Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter  ROU 2668 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ * * 2

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Caruana was unable to beat Nisipeanu in the final round

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Topalov drew with black against Ivanchuk in the final round, but lost the playoff

Kings 2012 Round 6 VeselinTopalov v Vassily Ivanchuk.jpg

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Photos from the official website. Games via TWIC.

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  • 22 months ago

    wik8

    1000000 draws and the tournament decided by a win on time.  hmmm....

  • 22 months ago

    ashrffawzy

    السلام  عليكم  انا مش عارف  يا  لجدماع  بيتاع  يوم الجمعة دا لية هو  فى جازة  ولى  تعارف

  • 22 months ago

    mobidi

    Yes!-Karpov was GOOD COACH for Ivanchuk !Wink

  • 22 months ago

    P_G_M

    valentin: it was a quick draw (30 moves) and it was simple because Ivanchuk was never in any danger of losing the game, he had complete control of the initiative and he commanded the play on the game, therefore, it was easy draw for Ivanchuk. It was a quick simple but fancy draw for Ivanchuk Laughing

  • 22 months ago

    trakoz

    Ivanchuk, Vassily. Good work with clock speed.

  • 22 months ago

    nyLsel

    Congrats Ivanchuk!

  • 22 months ago

    _valentin_

    ptrckmackay:  Saying that Ivanchuk "played for a simple and quick draw" is as far from the truth as to be irreconcilable with the actual game moves.  Did you look at the game?! 

    He first sacrificed a pawn (offering it repeatedly), then offered an exchange sacrifice to develop an attack on the black king.  Only when black held the position securely through the complications and when there were no light pieces (bishops) left on the board to enable a direct attack on the black king did it become obvious that the attack wouldn't materialize, so Ivanchuk forced a draw (by rook sacrifice nonetheless), because otherwise he would have been down on material and risking to lose the game.  That is very enterprising play from Ivanchuk in the classical game, far from a simple and quick draw!

  • 22 months ago

    euwe2011

    congrats to Chucky

  • 22 months ago

    Henry_Chen

    That game was a draw

     

    Ivanchuck didn't captilise on Topalov's mistakes

  • 22 months ago

    Andre_Harding

    Using tiebreaks to decide classical tournaments is stupid. End of story.

    Tiebreaks should only be used for knockouts and when qualification spots for something are on the line.

  • 22 months ago

    P_G_M

    Grand Masters nowdays to win tournaments, including the World Chess Championship, also need to be great rapid and blitz chess players. The 2012 WCC was decided in a rapid (15/10) chess game. 

    In today's classical game Ivanchuk with white pieces played for a simple and quick draw because he knows he is a better rapid chess player than Topalov as he proved today. It was all part of his winning plan for this tournament.

  • 22 months ago

    TheMagicianPaul

    Lost on time, really? I wanted Topa to win this, but oh well, Chucky earned it, Topa better learn to look at the clock :)Congratulations Chuck!

  • 22 months ago

    rana2000

    Topalov deserve to win. Lost on time?

  • 22 months ago

    Maleo

    Congrats Chuky....!

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