Vassily Ivanchuk: 100 Selected Games

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“Chuky, you’re a genius.” Leading grandmasters have been heard to whisper these words, impressed with yet another brilliancy of Vassily Ivanchuk. The Ukrainian wizard, immensely popular with pros and amateurs alike, has been a member of the world elite for more than twenty years and is one of the most active players on the international circuit.
Ivanchuk has finished first in all major tournaments in the world, at times with astonishing supremacy and always with deeply creative chess. He has won the Junior World Championship, the Blitz World Championship and reached the number two spot in the world rankings. Four times he was a member of the team that won the Chess Olympiad, once also claiming the individual gold medal on first board.

The question why Ivanchuk, with his phenomenal talent and uncompromising passion for the game, has never become World Champion is something of a mystery. The inability to handle stress has been suggested and he himself has pointed at periods of ‘black moods’ or ‘psychological crises’. Still, despite occasional erratic results, he has always maintained his position among the very best.
For this book Correspondence Grandmaster and chess author Nikolay Kalinichenko has selected 100 of Vassily Ivanchuk’s best and most instructive games, explaining his moves and plans for club players. The result is a fascinating and rewarding journey to ‘Planet Ivanchuk’, the extraterrestrial location where the sphinx from Lvov is said to receive his best brainwaves.

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Ivanchuk continues the line of great players who never became world champion, such as Keres and Korchnoi. However, in some respects, he has even surpassed them: Ivanchuk has finished ahead of myself and Karpov in tournaments, whereas his great predecessors practically never achieved such a success, where they finished in front of the entire elite of their day. (Garry Kasparov)

An eye-opening measure of Ivanchuk's greatness. (David R. Sands The Washington Times)

The games are annotated in a very entertaining way, always understandable for the beginner as well. (Uwe Bekemann, German Correspondence Chess Federation German Correspondence Chess Federation)

Ivanchuk's style is quite technical, he is always trying to find the truth at the board. That is why his games are so instructive for beginners as well as professionals. This book presents his best games with extensive annotations and shines light on his creations from different angles. (Martin Rieger Schachwelt)

The games and analysis are of extraordinary quality and will reward those who wish to improve their chess or simply relish great games. (Raymond Keene The Sunday Times)

Ivanchuk's best games are exceptional and distinctive, and this book will give you a good taste of his greatness as a player. There are wins over Kasparov, Kramnik, Anand, Carlsen, Aronian, Topalov, Caruana, Karjakin and pretty much every other great player of the past 20 years—generally multiple wins. Kalinichenko's analysis is competent and instructive. (Dennis Monokroussos The Chess Mind)

The book begins with a portrait of Ivanchuk which not only throws light on the beginning of his career, but also deals, in an interesting way that was new to me, with his well-known form swings. Kalinichenko's work is an homage to the greatest lover of our game which is long overdue. (Mario Ziegler Rochade Europa Magazine)

The games are fascinating and very well analyzed. Ivanchuk has the ability to tie up the greatest players in knots. (Marshtower Chess Reviews)

Almost all the games selected are little jewels. Do you see yourself as a real lover of the game? Then you cannot afford to miss this book. (Vedder Schakers.info)

The first major work on this most enigmatic of champions.
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