Ivanchuk Wins In Bazna

Ivanchuk Wins In Bazna

15 | Chess Event Coverage

Vassily Ivanchuk (pictured) has won the strong Bazna King's Tournament in Romania with a score of 7/10, a clear point ahead of his nearest rival, Boris Gelfand.

Three consecutive wins in rounds 5,6 and 7 propelled Chucky to the top of the standings where he remained until the finish.

His victim in round 5 was Gata Kamky who blundered in a tricky position.  While Ivanchuk was on his winning streak, Kamsky was doing just the opposite, losing three in a row to finish the event joint last with Nisipeanu.

It seems certain that Hikaru Nakamura will now surpass Gamsky as the top ranked US player in the next official FIDE rating list published on 1 July.

The final standings were:

Ivanchuk, Vassily   UKR   2746 7
Gelfand, Boris  ISR  2733 6
Radjabov, Teimour  AZE  2756  
Shirov, Alexei  ESP  2745  
Kamsky, Gata  USA  2720 3
Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter  ROU  2675 3


Kamsky and Ivanchuk at the start of their fifth round game (pic from official site)

The official site has lots of great photos of the event, but unfortunately none of them have captions.  This is a shame, since I am not familiar with the lady on the left below, who deserves mention for her excellent T-Shirt!  Cool  Would our mystery woman like to reveal herself, or can anyone identify her?   {Mystery Solved - It is Romana Chisu, a journalist and strong player in her own right.  Her blog with more photos is here.  Great choice of clothing, Romana!}


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