Grandmaster Profile: Vassily Ivanchuk
GM Alex Baburin interviews GM Vassily
Ivanchuk on 3 December 2000 in New Delhi. This
interview was original published in Chess
While in Delhi, I conducted a number of
interviews. Here would like to share with you what GM Vassily Ivanchuk had to
say about the tournament, the time control proposed by FIDE, etc.
This may be a difficult
question, but what
do you think of your play here? What
is the main reason for your defeat
in the match against Ehlvest?
Sometimes I do not play well at
the start of a tournament
and this could be one
reason, particularly as some games
of the match resulted in quick draws.
Maybe in those drawn games I
should have played a bit longer — not
just in order to win the game, but also
to warm up a bit.
In the game which you lost, you played way below
your usual level - why?
Indeed, I played that game
badly. It affected me a lot
that I was late for the
game. I was just a minute or so late,
but that made me very nervous. I don’t
think that it is normal that players
should wait when all other games
are finished (there was no fixed
time for starting the next round).
I wandered for about an hour waiting,
but then missed when the last
game finished and was late for my
Is it possible that the knockout system does
not suit you? (Ivanchuk was also knocked out
rather quickly in Las Vegas in 1999)
I would not say that — with
the same system I won The
President’s Cup in Elista
and played a few times in Tilburg,
reaching the final.
Many players have already
here, so now they can make predictions.
Whom do you think will win
Honestly I don’t care, so I
don’t think about it.
FIDE is proposing changes in
time control - what
do you think of that?
I think that what they suggest
is nonsense — all this
speeding up the game, etc.
Instead we should get more
time to think! There is rapid chess,
there is blitz, but the World Championship
should be played using a
longer time control. I think that
there should be more tournaments
with classical time control,
as it is better for the quality of
the games. This does not mean that I
am against rapid chess though.
What do you think of the future
It is hard to tell· One
worrying tendency is that
computers are allowed in
tournaments more and more
often. They affect the competition.
What are your plans for the
Next year I will play in Wijk
aan Zee and in Monaco.
Thank you for the interview,
Vassily, and good luck next year!