Vassily Ivanchuk is leading the Bilbao Masters tournament with a strong performance and was in good spirits after the first half of the tournament. However, his experience in Brazil took a turn for the worse when assailants robbed them at gunpoint 20 meters from the hotel while they waited for a taxi to go to the airport.
In the process, his wife lost her passport. Fortunately, an incident in São Paulo did not result in an injury or tragedy, but of course what occurred may have damaging effect on Ivanchuk’s play. Ivanchuk has stated that he will not continue unless his wife is able to attend on Thursday. According to reports, the situation may have been resolved.
The tournament was scheduled to resume on October 6th, but with Ivanchuk passport status, he will be delayed at least one business day. The tournament organizers in Bilbao may have to consider postponing the event until Ivanchuk’s wife can get a new passport issued.