Chuky, fire on the board in Monte Carlo

Vassily Ivanchuk is one of the strongest and most imaginative player in the chess world nowadays. Someone believe that "Chuky", as he is nicknamed, would become world champion, but his weak nerves and his tendency to blunder in critical positions are big obstacles to be on this target for him. "Wikipedia" reports that Ivanchuk has been described by Vishy Anand as the most eccentric player in the chess world: "He’s someone who is very intelligent, but you never know which mood he is going to be in", indian said. "Some days he will treat you like his long-lost brother. The next day he ignores you completely". Moreover: "Someone says he lives on 'Planet Ivanchuk'. I have seen him totally drunk and singing Ukrainian poetry and then, the next day, giving an impressive talk". That's why, perhaps, some Italian fans call him "Ivanciucco": "Ciucco" is an Italian word for "drunk"...
"Ciucco" or not, in the first double round of "Melody Amber" tournament, which started yesterday (March 17) in Monte Carlo, Vassily completely outplayed dutch GM Loek Van Wely, beating him 2-0. He now shares first place with armenian GM Levon Aronian. Full results and pairings on my italian site, www.messaggeroscacchi.it (the page of "Amber" tourney is www.messaggeroscacchi.it/mondo/amber07.html). Here are the above mentioned games won by Chuky.

Van Wely, L (2683)-Ivanchuk, V (2750) [A17], Melody Amber (Blindfold) 2007
1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 e6 3. Nf3 Bb4 4. Qc2 O-O 5. a3 Bxc3 6. Qxc3 b6 7. e3 Bb7 8. Be2 d6 9. O-O a5 10. b3 Nbd7 11. Bb2 Qe7 12. d4 Ne4 13. Qc2 f5 14. Ne1 Qg5 15. Qc1 Rf6 16. f3 Qh5 17. g4 fxg4 18. fxe4 Rh6 19. Rf2 Bxe4 20. Qd2 Qh4 21. Bd3 g3 22. Rg2 gxh2+ 23. Kh1 Rf8 24. Nc2 Rhf6 25. d5 e5 26. Qe1 Bxg2+ 27. Kxg2 h1=Q+ 0-1

Ivanchuk, V (2750)-Van Wely, L (2683) [D30], Melody Amber (Rapid) 2007
1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 e6 5. Bd3 Nbd7 6. O-O Bd6 7. Nbd2 O-O 8. e4 e5 9. cxd5 cxd5 10. exd5 exd4 11. Nc4 Nc5 12. Nxd6 Qxd6 13. Bc4 d3 14. b4 Na6 15. a3 Bf5 16. Bb2 Rfe8 17. Bxf6 Qxf6 18. Bxd3 Rad8 19. Bxf5 Qxf5 20. Qd4 Qxd5 21. Qxa7 Nc7 22. Rfe1 Nb5 23. Qa5 Qd3 24. Rxe8+ Rxe8 25. Re1 Rc8 26. a4 Nc3 27. Qc7 Qd8 28. Qxb7 Nxa4 29. Ng5 Qf8 30. g3 Rb8 31. Qe4 g6 32. Qc6 Nb6 33. b5 Qd8 34. h4 Rc8 35. Qb7 Qc7 36. Re8+ Kg7 37. Ne6+ 1-0


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