"Ivanchuk is a first class chess player. For instance, Gelfand and Topalov aren't such. Aronian is close to that but yet he hasn't entered that caste. Ivanchuk continues the tradition of the outstanding players who didn't become world champions, such were Keres, Korchnoi. Moreover, he even surpasses them in certain components as he for instance, overtook me and Karpov in the tournaments, while those mentioned before haven't outstripped the star players of those times.". Garry Kasparov
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Chess is considered to be not suitable for TV format. Ivanchuk refutes this postulate. His true love for chess is touching audience, his emotions are inimitable, and beauty of his games is incredible. Vasilly Ivanchuk presents lecture in English, besides he knows Spanish, German, Polish, Turkish, he also started to learn Portuguese. Ivanchuk still has youth desire to learn everything around and seek answers for most challenging question. Perhaps, that is the main lesson we can take from him!
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Here you can find cross results of GMs and IMs tournaments of the Vasylyshyn Memorial - 2012. In this tournament will participate players from Armenia, Moldova, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine. updated final results, games, video
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Apart from team prizes there are also many other awards on Chess Olympiad. There are prizes for best result on each board and all team are divided on 5 equal subgroups A,B,C,D,E depending on average team rating. This gives chance for each team to fight with nearly same opponents in its subgroup and in case of success gain a cup, what is definitely important for local sponsors.
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Dear chess friends! We are happy to inform you the strongest traditional chess festival "9th Vasylyshyn Memorial" will take place on 20-28 of November. Festival will consist of 2 international round robin tournaments: 1) with GM norm 2) with IM norm.
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I was much surprises, observing how Ivanchuk when analyzing was able to spot most difficult moves immidiately, but he spent time on seemingly obvious moves, like recapture, reptreat with queen from attack, etc. Only after I realized, that it was this habit to question obvious moves instead of playing mechanically with hand, helps Vassily to find unexpected inbetween moves. For those who want to practice finding such moves, Vladimir Meleshko prepared this interesting lecture.
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Any beginner knows that he shouldn't waste time in opening, but sometimes even experienced grandmasters break this rule. As a result the permanent advantage of better pawn structure vanished, and temporary advantage in development transformed into strong pair of bishops in the endgame and a point in table.
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Before the start of Football Europe Championship, there will be held International Chess Festival "Euro Open" in Lviv (28.05 - 02.06.2012), which will include 2 open tournaments with total prize fund about 3000 USD. While participating in this tournament you can enjoy ancient Lviv and feel the atmosphere of Euro 2012!
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On open tournament in Brno (Czech Republic) Vitaliy scored 8,5 out of 9. That’s why it’s interesting that who chose the only draw game for commentaries instead of any of his victories.
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Vasylyshyn Memorial : Best games : Two games of Yildiz, Betul Cemre with comments of Lviv grandmaster Adrian Mikhalchishin
Yildiz, Betul Cemre (Turkey) became winner of 8th Vasylyshyn Memorial - IM. This brought for her norm of WGM and IM. Her coach Lviv grandmaster Adrian Mikhalchishin commented 2 games of this winning tournament.
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Yaroslav Zherebukh : Blog : "My favourite player is Akiba Rubinstein because of his perfect technique and very rich understanding of chess'.
Yaroslav Zherebukh (FIDE 2594) is a 17 year old Grandmaster from the Ukraine who earned the GM title when he was only 15 years old! He is in the top 10 highest rated U18 players in the world and shows tons of potential to become a top 2700+ super GM within the next few years with many convincing wins against many super GMs such as Pavel Elijanov and David Navara.
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