Vassily Ivanchuk wins World Rapid Championship in Doha, Qatar

Vassily Ivanchuk placed 1st on Wednesday in the World Rapid Championship that was held in Doha, Qatar. He ended up with the best tiebrack (avg rating of opponents) after he drew the game with Alexander Grischuk & Magnus Carlsen.

Vassily had the lead after 10 rounds were complete. His advantage slipped when he lost his first game of the day to Ian Nepomniachtchi. The Russian player quickly won a pawn and decided matters in an opposite-colored bishop endgame.

"I think he shouldn't have traded rooks," said Nepomniachtchi, but added that White would be better anyway. "It's a very solid structure for me with the bishop on b4."