‘Chuky, you’re a genius.’ Leading grandmasters have been heard to whisper these words, impressed with yet another brilliancy of the Ukrainian wizard.
Vassily Ivanchuk is one of the greatest players of modern time. He has finished first in all major tournaments in the world, at times with astonishing supremacy and always with deeply creative chess. He is adored by chess lovers, admired (and feared!) by fellow grandmasters.
For this book, correspondence grandmaster and chess author Nikolay Kalinichenko has selected over 100 of Ivanchuk’s best and most instructive games, explaining his moves and plans for club players.
Ivanchuk is known for his unusually broad opening repertoire. He literally plays almost anything. Whenever a new opening appears in a game, Kalinichenko presents a brief introduction to this opening, thereby providing a panoramic view of modern opening theory.
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.