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Thursday, November 26, 2009

GM Vassily Ivanchuk announces his retirement from chess!

Vassily Ivanchuk, one of the strongest chess players of all time, has announced his retirement from chess!! His announcement comes after the Ukrainian Grandmaster lost his second round match at the FIDE World Chess Cup to GM Wesley So. In an interview given to the media after his loss (which can be read at http://ugra-chess.ru/eng/interv_10.htm) GM Ivanchuk states: "To my mind I should leave the professional chess now. Chess becomes hobby for me from now on. As for the signed contracts, yes, I will play in all tournaments where I have to. Perhaps I will even participate in a tournament before the New Year. I should win SOMETHING! And that will be the end. No serious plans, no professional goals."


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:





It is well known – chess and Ivanchuk cannot exist separately.
•  This is right but in the past. And now chess is killing me. Chess is playing against me! Chess is destroying me! I would take it easy if my opponent would be much stronger than me, or he will be better prepared. But my loss was so stupid, it is a destiny sign, which screams: “Vasya, leave it, it is not your business”.


Ivanchuk throughout his career has had his ups and downs
. 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". 
As stated by Nadja Woisin at the Chessbase website:

"Instability and weak nerves have been playing tricks on Ivanchuk ever since his
 youth. If he were able to control himself, many experts would tip him as a world
 champion because of his brilliant insight into the game. Ivanchuk tried everything
 in his efforts to calm down. The first time I was in Linares, he used to relax during
 his meals by softly singing sweet Ukrainian folk songs. Dreamily humming, he used
 to sit there, turned in upon himself, withdrawn into a world of his own. At anothe
r time, he was in the small park next to the hotel around midnight, howling like a 
wolf in an attempt to get over a lost game. He took the first prize here three times."

Having had the privilege and honor of meeting GM Ivanchuk personally
 and talking with him, I certainly would state that he is one of the nicest person's
 I have ever been blessed to meet in my life. I hope that he might continue to 
play chess or at least find a way to write a book or two about his chess career
.He has played some incredible chess games in his career! Best wishes 
to you GM Ivanchuk in your life and in whatever you decide to do in 
your life after chess!



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