GM Vassily Ivanchuk

Full name
Vassily Ivanchuk
Born
Mar 18, 1969 (age 50)
Place of birth
Kopychyntsi, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Federation
Ukraine
Profiles

“Chucky”, as Vassily Ivanchuk has been nicknamed, has one of the most original, unpredictable styles of play in the recent generation. His play reminds many of Bent Larsen who was also extremely creative on the chessboard as well. As an eccentric and unique player, Ivanchuk has many tournament successes and played for the World Championship, but he’s also had a number of failures as well. This makes him an extremely interesting player to watch in chess.

Vassily Ivanchuk was born in Ukraine. He won the 1987 European Junior Chess Championship at a young age. He then won the 1988 New York Open ahead of many top players and this gained him recognition from the world. Shortly after this tournament, Ivanchuk was given the Grandmaster title and also became one of the top 10 players in the world too. After placing high in numerous tournaments, Ivanchuk played for the World Championship title in 2002. He lost this match though, and has been known to play poorly in match-play ever since then. Despite not being a strong player in matches, he has countless tournament victories to his name and continues to be a top 30 player in the world to this day.

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Most Played Openings

White Pieces
Reti Opening (25) : A06 A04 A09 A05
Trompowsky Attack (8) : A45
Bogo-Indian Defense (15) : E11
London System (7) : A48
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense with 3...d5 (1) : D73
Scotch Game (22) : C45
Four Knights Game (14) : C48 C49 C47
Queen's Pawn Opening (16) : D02 A40 A41
Benko Gambit Half-Accepted (2) : A57
King's Gambit Accepted (7) : C33
Petrov's Defense (61) : C42 C43
King's Pawn Opening (4) : C20 B00
Queen's Indian Defense (70) : E15 E17 E19 E12 E18 E16 E14
King's Indian Attack (9) : A07
Modern Defense with 1.e4 (3) : B06
Scandinavian Defense (11) : B01
Modern Defense with 1.d4 (4) : A40
Torre Attack (2) : A46 A48
Bishop's Opening (4) : C28 C24
Semi-Slav Defense (36) : D43 D45 D47 D48
Pirc Defense (35) : B07 B09 B08
Modern Defense (5) : B06 A42
Polish Opening (3) : A00
King's Gambit Declined (2) : C32 C30
Giuoco Piano Game (14) : C53 C50 C54
Hungarian Opening (6) : A00
Budapest Defense (5) : A52
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack (2) : A01
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (11) : D71 D78 D73 D79
Bird's Opening (1) : A02
Philidor Defense (8) : C41
Vienna Game (5) : C25 C29 C26
Semi-Slav Defense Accepted (6) : D44
Undefined (3) : A00
Italian Game (5) : C55 C59
Old Indian Defense (4) : A53
Blumenfeld Countergambit (2) : E10
Alekhine Defense (3) : B03 B04
Tarrasch Defense (6) : D32 D34
Old Benoni Defense (1) : A43
Van Geet Opening (1) : A00
Benko Gambit Fully-Accepted (2) : A58
Benko Gambit Declined (1) : A57
Black Pieces
Four Knights Game (10) : C49 C46 C48 C47
King's Indian Attack (20) : A07 A08
Catalan Opening (30) : E00 E01 E05
Van't Kruijs Opening (1) : A00
Queen's Indian Defense (101) : E15 E18 E17 E14 E12 E16 E19
Reti Opening (30) : A04 A06 A05
Pirc Defense (29) : B09 B07 B08
Hungarian Opening (2) : A00
Italian Game (13) : C55 C50 C59
Petrov's Defense (56) : C42 C43
Trompowsky Attack (9) : A45
Scandinavian Defense (14) : B01
Queen's Pawn Opening (45) : A41 D02 A40 D00 D03
Giuoco Piano Game (7) : C53 C50
Bishop's Opening (8) : C24 C26
Torre Attack (6) : A48 A46
Semi-Slav Defense (43) : D45 D43 D47 D46 D49 D48
Alekhine Defense (17) : B04 B02 B03 B05
Bogo-Indian Defense (15) : E11
Budapest Defense (4) : A51 A52
Vienna Game (8) : C25 C27 C26
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack (4) : A01
Scotch Game (15) : C45 C44
Old Indian Defense (3) : A54 A53
Benoni Defense (19) : A70 A61 A77 A60 A67
Benko Gambit Half-Accepted (4) : A57
Benko Gambit Declined (4) : A57
Philidor Defense (2) : C41
Modern Defense (7) : B06 A42
Tarrasch Defense (8) : D32 D34
Anderssen Opening (1) : A00
King's Gambit Accepted (2) : C38 C39
Benko Gambit (1) : A57
Ponziani Opening (1) : C44
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (9) : D79 D73 D78
Undefined (3) : A00
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense with 3...d5 (2) : D70
Benko Gambit Fully-Accepted (3) : A58
London System (3) : A48
Semi-Slav Defense Accepted (12) : D44
Modern Defense with 1.d4 (2) : A40
Richter-Veresov Attack (1) : D01
Nimzowitsch Defense Declined (2) : B00

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