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Andrew Kayonde of Zambia draws against the great Vassily Ivanchuk in Batumi

by Tendai Mubayiwa
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Zambian National Chess champion and Board one player Andrew Kayonde drew against the great Vasilly Ivanchuk at the 2018 Chess Olympiad in Batumi Georgia. Here’s his personal account which was taken from Andrew Kayonde’s Facebook post.

By Andrew Kayonde


The draw result against Super GM Vassily Ivanchuk (2710) is perhaps the most significant result of my chess career thus far.


Ivanchuk is no ordinary GM. Putting it in simpler army perspective he is like a “fierce Commando” while ordinary GMs are simply “Soldiers” – it is believed in my country that the damage that 1 ordinary Commando can do is equivalent to the damage by 10 trained soldiers. Ivanchuk, in this sense, is the Super Commando – the strongest of 10,000 men.


Honestly, scared. Going through his games I could find very few errors that I could capitalise on. The man is impermeable! It felt like I was going into this game with my defeat almost eminent. For everybody else, losing would be the normal thing for me to do.

But I remembered the great battle of David against Goliath. Twice a day for 40 days Goliath would challenge the Israelites demanding a 1 on 1 battle. All the Israelite’s were as terrified as a Lions prey on the verge of death. But after David heard about the reward for defeating Goliath, he accepted the challenge as if it were nothing but a child’s game. When David confronted Goliath who had armor and a javelin, all David had was a staff, sling and 5 stones (no armor). Not to mention he was like a baby in size compared to Goliath. But did that stop him? No. Not long after the battle started, he pulled his sling back with a stone attached to it then he let it rip right into Goliath’s forehead! Killed him in the process.

This gave me courage and reminded me to be bigger than my fears. I remembered that I am the Zambian Champion – the best of the best where I come from. Even greater than this I am a Child of God and knew my God would make a way.


My concentration was at its peak. I calculated everything and only made a move if I could justify it. He sat there playing very quickly as though wanting the game to be over swiftly but I was determined to show him what opposition from the best of Zambia felt like. I paid attention to all the fine details of his plans and reacted accurately against all of them. The form I had in this particular game felt very much like the one I had during the African Individual of 2016 when I made my first big break on the international chess scene.

When no progress could be made, the game was agreed drawn. Chuck signed my scoresheet and quickly left the scene. The congratulations that poured in immediately thereafter are overwhelming.


I am very happy and thank God for having accorded me the opportunity to play and draw Ivanchuk. Its more than a decisive SIGN for me that I am on the correct path to becoming a strong GM.

And now here is the game


[Event “World Chess Olympiad 2018”]
[Site “Batumi”]
[Date “2018.09.24”]
[Round “1.1”]
[White “Kayonde Andrew”]
[Black “Ivanchuk Vassily”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[ECO “D31”]
[WhiteElo “2393”]
[BlackElo “2710”]
[PlyCount “86”]
[EventDate “2018.09.24”]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Be7 4. cxd5 exd5 5. Bf4 c6 6. e3 Bf5 7. g4 Be6 8. Bd3
Nd7 9. h3 h5 10. gxh5 Ndf6 11. Be2 Nh6 12. a3 Nf5 13. Bg4 Nd6 14. Bxe6 fxe6 15.
h6 gxh6 16. Nf3 Nf5 17. Qb3 Qb6 18. Qxb6 axb6 19. Ke2 Nd7 20. Rhg1 Kf7 21. Rg4
h5 22. Ng5+ Bxg5 23. Rxg5 Rag8 24. Rag1 Rxg5 25. Rxg5 Rg8 26. Rxh5 Nf6 27. Rg5
Rh8 28. Be5 Rxh3 29. Bxf6 Kxf6 30. Rg8 Rh1 31. Na4 Rb1 32. b4 Ra1 33. Nxb6 Ra2+
34. Kf3 Rxa3 35. Rb8 Nxd4+ 36. Kg4 Nb5 37. Rxb7 Ra7 38. Nd7+ Ke7 39. Rxa7 Nxa7
40. Nc5 Nb5 41. Kf4 Na3 42. Nd3 Kd6 43. e4 dxe4 1/2-1/2

You can watch video of interview thereafter here: https://www.facebook.com/chessbaseindia/videos/420069661853340/

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