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Vassily Ivanchuk is new World Champion in Rapid Chess

The World Rapid Championships in Doha, Qatar, had a dramatic finish. Before the last round five players shared the lead. Three of these five players won in the last round: Magnus Carlsen, Alexander Grischuk, and Vassily Ivanchuk. The tie-break had to decide – in this case, the Elo-average of the opponents. And here Ivanchuk was best and became World Rapid Champion 2016. Vassily Ivanchuk, born March 18, 1969, is a Ukrainian chess Grandmaster and current World Rapid Chess Champion. A leading player since 1988, Ivanchuk was ranked No. 2 three times (July 1991, July 1992, October 2007). His erratic results have seen him drop as low as 30th in July 2009 before returning to the top ten in the next list. Ivanchuk has won Linares, Wijk Aan Zee, Tal Memorial, Gibraltar Masters and M-Tel Masters tournaments. Ivanchuk was the 2007 World Blitz Chess champion, won the Melody Amber Rapid in 1992 and shared the combined event in 2010.

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