Sunday, March 21, 2010
IVANCHUK VS CARLSEN
Magnus Carlsen has a better chance than Vassily Ivanchuk of becoming world champion. It's not just that Ivanchuk occasionally implodes, and you never know when, it's that chess is a "conventional" game where consistency counts.
Ivanchuk is not consistent except in one thing, he wins the Amber events to the extent he is called Mr. Amber!
And what is Amber? It is two games each against a variety of talented opponents. Each pair plays one game "blindfolded" and the other at "rapid" speed (game in 25). This is not regular chess although, amazingly, these games are included in databases of "conventional" chess such as 2010 Mega.
Ivanchuk is like Bronstein, and you know how that worked out in 1951? I might add, last year when Ivanchuk had a terrible result, he was "going to give up chess." He was serious! But he didn't. Mercurial? Emotional? Yes, and damn interesting.