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Viktor Korchnoi vs Wolfgang Uhlmann
Korchnoi-Uhlmann Rapid Match (2015), Zurich SUI, rd 2, Feb-15
King's Indian Defense: Accelerated Averbakh Variation (E70)  ·  1-0


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  DarthStapler: Korchnoi is amazing. Is there any other player in history who could be argued to be as strong as him at 80+ years old?
Oct-01-15  Petrosianic: It depends. How strong do you think he is at 84? Uhlmann is in his 80's too, and wasn't able to break even with Korchnoi earlier in life, so isn't Wolfgang even more amazing?
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  sfm: Lovely simplification at 44. White returns the exchange, leaving Black with no more play.
Mar-23-16  RookFile: Yep. That's what Korchnoi knows - "no counterplay" is a sure way to win when you have a big advantage. I'm sure the computer finds another method, but for humans this is often the safest approach.
Mar-23-16  laskaesk: Actually Stockfish gives 44. Rd4 as the best move
Jun-07-16  Virgil A: A fitting last game by a legend GM Viktor Korchnoi with a win to win the rapid match. RIP.
Jun-07-16  Petrosianic: Um, he didn't win the match. 2-2 is usually regarded as a draw.
Jun-08-16  Virgil A: Declair it co-champions.
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  diagonal: <<Virgil A>: Declair it co-champions> :)

Btw., it was not Viktor Korchnoi's last game in public:

On 11th November and 12th November 2015, a four games rapid match (25 min. plus 10 sec. increment per move) between <Viktor Korchnoi> and <Mark Taimanov>, was played in the Swiss Chess Museum at Kriens near Lucerne:

Viktor Korchnoi won the first and the last game, Mark Taimanov the second game of the match. The third encounter ended in a draw (offered by Korchnoi who was a pawn up, but in a typical motif of opposite-colored bishops). All games were hard fought, seeking for complex and unbalanced positions, I witnessed.

This match had less publicity than the Uhlmann match which was a ZCC 2015 side event, the legends from Saint Petersburg met each other during a Chess Exposition of the Swiss Chess Museum (a non-profit organisation founded a few years ago by the Rupp brothers, chess enthusiasts from Lucerne), which of course has not the same finance power as the internationally acclaimed Zurich Chess Challenge (ZCC) and its main sponsor IGC International Gemological Laboratories & Oleg Skvortsov, who launched and made these series possible and growing.

Korchnoi played Uhlmann twice in a match, once in Leipzig at the University with Live Internet Video Coverage in 2014 (two games, 1 hour each with original clocks from the Chess Olympiad in 1960), and at the ZCC in February 2015 (rapid, four games).

At the ZCC 2016, there was no opportunity given for Korchnoi to play, he was disappointed, and followed only the opening ceremony.

I suggest to the Chess Museum to publish the notation of the four rapid games from Lucerne - it would also be an honour for Mark Taimanov, his first recorded game in the cg. database dates from a telephone match in 1938!

Jun-08-16  Virgil A: According to < diagonal > GM Viktor Korchnoi beat GM Mark Taimanov 2.5 - 1.5 points and declared the winner. From the link he provided, translates ...

Great was the interest in the match of the legends in the Chess Museum between Korchnoi and Taimanov. Had the match occurred 60 years ago, the world would probably have stopped. Viktor Korchnoi vs. Mark Taimanov, two chess players from the old Leningrad chess school (now St. Petersburg) met for a match play with two rapid games of 25 minutes' thinking in the context of the special exhibition: "Viktor Korchnoi - A life for chess", in the Museum where everything, really all about chess. Viktor Korchnoi (1931 born in St. Petersburg), this exhibition is dedicated to the present and Werner Roland Rupp in months of preparation and which will run until 30 March 2016th The two-time runners-up in 1978 requested asylum in Switzerland and is now not only at home, but also become an honorary citizen in Wohlen. Numerous titles with teams of Biel and Zurich, winner of the Swiss individual championships and countless tournament wins characterize the path of former Russians. Viktor Korchnoi is one with rough edges but also with a lot of character and charm. Mark Taimanov (1926) is one of the last great chess players of the older generation. His book "I was the victim Fischer" became world famous. He described in his crushing defeat (0: 6) against American Bobby Fischer, against Boris Spassky played a year later in 1972 at the World Cup and in Reykjavik the Russians snatched the world title. Mark Taimanov but had, in contrast to most chess players is a second, very popular hobby: He was a master at the piano. Aged 10, he played the lead role in Vladimir Schmidthofs film "Beethoven's Concert". On the question of journalists: how can both play chess and piano at this high level, he would say: "chess I recover from playing the piano, playing the piano from the chess!" Thus he has practically the entire life recovered by! In 1998, a CD was released with the recordings of the greatest pianists of the 20th century with recordings of the duo Bruk (his first wife) & Taimanov. Taimanov took 23 Chess Championships of the Soviet Union and was able in 1952, shared with Mikhail Botvinnik and 1956 (after Tie-Break) win the first place. In 1993 and 1994 he was at the end of his career twice Seniors champion. Great was the interest in the match of the legends in the Chess Museum between Korchnoi and Taimanov. Besides the transfer to a giant screen, visitors were able to follow the game live close. Marc Taimanov (89) in 2004, still the father of twins, who gave birth to his wife Nadja.

Jun-09-16  cunctatorg: Imho, the great Victor Korchnoi just desired to play this match (in Leipzig?) due to its importantly symbolic, political character ... and he found a worthy companion as the important German veteran GM Wolfgang Uhlmann.

My point is that Victor Korchnoi desired by means of this little rapid match and his enormous effort to go from Switzerland to Leipzig, being in a state of advanced deterioration of his physical condition to make his point, that it's better for the peoples of Russia and Germany to have a peaceful cooperation and competition than to live again the tragic experience of the years 1941-1945, when Victor Korchnoi himself, being at the age of ten, lost his father during the first year of the Siege of Leningrad.

I guess that Korchnoi was fully aware that he took a great risk by undertaking the trip to Leipzig, regarding the danger of a further, serious deterioration of his health due to the trip's fatigue and all; fortunately that wasn't the case and Victor Korchnoi was able to deliver (by means of this living example) one more message to us...

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  diagonal: many thanks for your translation of the report, <Virgil A>; and the further elaboration notes by <cunctatorg>
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