Vassily Ivanchuck is an Ukrainian Grandmaster born in 1969. He won several super tournaments, including Linares, Tilburg and Corus. He was ranked as high as 2nd in the 90s and as late as 2007.He is known as eccentric and for his unpredictable temperament.
Alexander Morozevich is an Russian Grandmaster born in 1977. He is known for his highly unorthodox and aggressive play style, which leads to a lot of variance in his ratings. He was rated as high as #2 in the July 2008 list. He tied for first in the 2003 Russian Championship and has many top performances in many super tournaments.
Up to the point of the game the two played 35 times with Ivanchuck winning 18, losing 8 and 9 draws.
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