Vasily Ivanchuk has had to resign. The Ukraine GM looked totally crushed after he resigned. 'A complete collapse', he said.
Wei Yi said immediately after the game: 'Instead of 22...h5 he could have tried 22...Nf6.'
Here Ivanchuk played 22...h5? after which his kingside was laid bare for the white bishop and queen. Instead, 22...Nf6! was possible: 23.Bxh6 Nxd7 24.exd7 Rf7 and if Tf1-f3-h3 then the king goes back to g8. 'This was an excellent chance. It's still very unclear', Ivanchuk sighed. 'I stopped calculating after 23.Bxh6. How could I miss this? White may be slightly better, but it's still playable.'
Wei Yi agreed that this line would still have been very unclear. 'Especially as I was in time-trouble', he added.
The match will now be decided with, in the first instance, two blitz games with a time control of 3 minutes and a 2-seconds increment. Of course the other game, Van Foreest-Adhiban, has to be finished first.
Wei Yi has taken a seat in the audience, awaiting his turn to play blitz!