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The are three conclusions to be drawn from the tournament just finished at Wijk aan Zee in the Netherlands: Firstly, that Vassily Ivanchuk could be world champion if he learns to control his nerves in matches; second, that Viswanathan Anand has almost, but not quite, recovered from his match with Kasparov; and third, that Michael Adams would be as good as Ivanchuk if he played as well in the second halves of tournaments as he does in the first halves. The final scores were:

Ivanchuk 9; Anand 8; Topalov 71/2; Adams, Dreyev, Sokolov and Tiviakov 7; Shirov and Piket 61/2; Leko 6; Gelfand 51/2; Hubner and Van Wely 5; Timman 4.

Here is the game for which Ivanchuk refused to accept the spectators' game of the day prize. Whatever the quality of the rest of it, the finish is fun.

Sokolov-Ivanchuk: 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Bb4 4 Qc2 0-0 5 a3 Bxc3+ 6 Qxc3 b6 7 Bg5 Bb7 8 e3 d6 9 c5 Nc6 10 Nf3 h6 11 Bh4 g5 12 Bg3 bxc5 13 dxc5 Ne4 14 Qc2 f5 15 Bb5 Rc8 16 Nd2 Nxd2 17 Qxd2 Qf6 18 h4 f4 19 hxg5 hxg5 20 exf4 gxf4 21 Rh4 Qe5+ 22 Kf1 fxg3 23 Rg4+ Kf7 24 Re1 Qxc5 25 Qf4+ Ke8 26 Rxe6+ Kd7 27 Rg7+ Kxe6 28 Rg6+ Kd7 29 Rg7+ Ke6 30 Rg6+ Kd5 31 Qd2+ Qd4 32 Bxc6+ Kxc6! 33 Qxd4 Ba6+ White resigned.

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