Dear chess friends! We are happy to inform you the strongest traditional chess festival "11 Vasylyshyn Memorial" will take place on 18-26 of November 2014. Festival will consist of 2 international round robin tournaments: 1) with GM norm 2) with IM norm.
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Vovk Yuri said: "Why I really love this game it's a nice educative example how even a low number of well-coordinated pieces can launch a powerful attack on opponent's king". This game confirms Yuri Vovk to be a strong attacking player.
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I want to share with you my last game from Czech Open 2013 against Viktor Laznicka. Before the last round we were in totally different psychological states. I had 6.5 out of 8 winning 5 last games in a row and my opponent won his first 4 games and then played all the draws. So I was more than sure that he would play for a win, because 6.5 points do not promise much in this huge open. On the other hand I wouldn't mind against a draw though to be honest I wanted to take revenge for my loss against Viktor in European Championship, where he had beaten me quite badly with black.
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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 - 2013. In this tournament will participate players from India, Moldova, France, Slovakia, Turkey, Hungary, Ukraine.
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Winning the championship of Ukraine in 2013 was the biggest success in the career of Yuriy Kryvoruchko. He managed to score 7.5 out of 11 in the round robin with an average rating 2653. Yuri commented his best game against Martyn Kravtsiv from the memorable championship.
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Grandmaster lost decisive game in 19 moves! What happened? Read here about plans of play with isolated pawn, psychology of decisive game, review of the tournament in Dresden in analysis game by Oleksienko.
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Interview with legendary Ukrainian grandmaster Oleg Romanishin by Angelmann, courtesy of www.Scacchierando.net. I hope that a few relevant pictures and games I added, will enrich the original. Highly recommended!
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"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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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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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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