In regards to his match against GM So, Ivanchuk stated: "It was not just a match, it was a crucial match. I am sure, from now on I should forget about any serious aims in chess. I don't need anything from chess anymore. I start new life with new goals. Chess… I will become just a chess fan now. I will follow chess; will follow the games of my ex-colleagues."
In response to the following reaction by a journalist to Ivanchuk's announcement, Ivanchuk answered:
. As someone who has been diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety disorder,
I can understand GM Ivanchuk's frustration with his performance in this event.
Professional journalists have implied that Vassily Ivanchuk has "bad nerves".
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