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Viktor Korchnoi
Korchnoi in Amsterdam, 1972; photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.  
Number of games in database: 4,416
Years covered: 1945 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2499
Highest rating achieved in database: 2695

Overall record: +1688 -672 =1730 (62.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 326 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (266) 
    E99 E60 E81 E94 E80
 English (230) 
    A15 A13 A17 A14 A16
 Nimzo Indian (190) 
    E32 E42 E21 E50 E46
 English, 1 c4 c5 (144) 
    A30 A33 A34 A31 A35
 English, 1 c4 e5 (132) 
    A28 A29 A22 A25 A20
 Orthodox Defense (110) 
    D55 D50 D58 D51 D54
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (389) 
    C11 C07 C02 C09 C19
 Sicilian (279) 
    B44 B83 B32 B89 B45
 Queen's Indian (170) 
    E12 E16 E15 E17 E19
 Ruy Lopez (160) 
    C80 C83 C77 C82 C81
 Nimzo Indian (158) 
    E32 E46 E34 E21 E44
 Grunfeld (141) 
    D85 D94 D91 D97 D90
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Korchnoi vs Tal, 1962 1-0
   Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1994 0-1
   Korchnoi vs Udovcic, 1967 1-0
   Korchnoi vs Spassky, 1948 1-0
   Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1978 1-0
   Fischer vs Korchnoi, 1962 0-1
   Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1974 1-0
   Korchnoi vs Spassky, 1977 1-0
   Spassky vs Korchnoi, 1977 0-1
   S Tatai vs Korchnoi, 1978 0-1

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   Karpov - Korchnoi World Championship (1978)
   Karpov - Korchnoi World Championship Rematch (1981)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2001)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Bucharest (1954)
   Buenos Aires (1960)
   USSR Championship (1960)
   USSR Championship 1964/65 (1964)
   Palma de Mallorca (1968)
   USSR Championship (1962)
   Leningrad Interzonal (1973)
   USSR Championship (1970)
   Hastings 1971/72 (1971)
   USSR Championship 1961a (1961)
   Sousse Interzonal (1967)
   Buenos Aires (Konex) (1979)
   Palma de Mallorca (1972)
   Stockholm Interzonal (1962)
   USSR Championship (1952)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Match Korchnoi! (i) The Early Years (1956-1984) by amadeus
   Victor Korchnoi in Olympiads by JoseTigranTalFischer
   Victor Korchnoi in Olympiads by capybara
   Korchnoi's 400 best games by Wade & Blackstock by JoseTigranTalFischer
   Korchnoi's 400 best games by Wade & Blackstock by Gottschalk
   Challenger Korchnoy by Gottschalk
   Korch.noi by fredthebear
   My Best Games (Korchnoi) by Qindarka
   French Korchnoi II by AuDo
   Run for the Championship - Viktor Korchnoi by Fischer of Men
   JoseTigranTalFischer's favorite games by JoseTigranTalFischer
   French Korchnoi III by AuDo
   On My Great Predecessors 5 (Kasparov) by Qindarka
   On My Great Predecessors 5 (Kasparov) by Gutierrev

   🏆 Korchnoi-Uhlmann Rapid Match
   Korchnoi vs Uhlmann (Feb-16-15) 0-1, rapid
   Uhlmann vs Korchnoi (Feb-16-15) 0-1, rapid
   Uhlmann vs Korchnoi (Feb-15-15) 1-0, rapid
   Korchnoi vs Uhlmann (Feb-15-15) 1-0, rapid
   Uhlmann vs Korchnoi (2014) 0-1

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(born Mar-23-1931, died Jun-06-2016, 85 years old) Russia (federation/nationality Switzerland)
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Viktor Lvovich Korchnoi was born in Leningrad, USSR. His father taught him chess when he was seven years old. He won the Soviet Championship four times: USSR Championship (1960), USSR Championship (1962), USSR Championship (1964/65) and USSR Championship (1970). He made eight appearances in the world championship candidates cycle. He reached the Spassky - Korchnoi Candidates Final (1968), but failed to beat Spassky. In the next cycle he won his quarterfinal Korchnoi - Geller Candidates Quarterfinal (1971), but lost his semifinal match to Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian. He made it to the Karpov - Korchnoi Candidates Final (1974), but lost.

Korchnoi defected from the USSR in 1976, and two years later he finally managed to win the Candidates and qualify for the Karpov - Korchnoi World Championship Match (1978). Trailing late with just two victories to Karpov's five, Korchnoi staged a comeback, winning three games to level the score at 5-5. However, Karpov then won the final game, thereby taking the match and retaining the crown. Korchnoi qualified again for the Karpov - Korchnoi World Championship Rematch (1981), but was beaten 6-2. In the next Candidates cycle he was beaten by the rising young Soviet star Garry Kasparov. He continued to play at a very high level throughout the 1980s and 1990s, though he never contended for the world title again. He did, however, capture the 2006 World Seniors' Championship, scoring nine points out of eleven games. Though never World Champion himself, Korchnoi defeated nine players who at some time held the title: Petrosian, Spassky, Karpov, Mikhail Botvinnik, Vasily Smyslov, Mikhail Tal, Robert James Fischer, Kasparov and Magnus Carlsen.

After defecting, Korchnoi settled in Switzerland, which he represented at Olympiads and other international events. He was ranked in the top 100 on the FIDE world rating list as late as January 2007 (aged 75), the oldest player ever so ranked.

Korchnoi suffered a stroke in December 2012, but returned to competitive chess beginning in 2014. He died in Wohlen, Switzerland on June 6, 2016, aged 85.

Wikipedia article: Viktor Korchnoi

 page 1 of 177; games 1-25 of 4,416  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. D Rovner vs Korchnoi 1-0201945LeningradC47 Four Knights
2. Zikov vs Korchnoi 0-1201946LeningradB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
3. Petrosian vs Korchnoi 1-0231946LeningradA90 Dutch
4. Korchnoi vs Razov 1-0271946LeningradC50 Giuoco Piano
5. L Aronson vs Korchnoi 0-1431947LeningradD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
6. Y Vasilchuk vs Korchnoi 0-1601947LeningradB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
7. V Shiyanovsky vs Korchnoi 0-1351947LeningradD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
8. Korchnoi vs S Giterman 1-0361948TallinnC07 French, Tarrasch
9. Korchnoi vs Spassky 1-0121948LeningradB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
10. L Omelchenko vs Korchnoi 0-1321949LeningradC77 Ruy Lopez
11. Korchnoi vs Spassky 0-1511949LeningradB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
12. Korchnoi vs Shapkin 1-0181949MoscowD08 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit
13. V Golenishchev vs Korchnoi 0-1421949MoscowA90 Dutch
14. Korchnoi vs Y Sakharov  1-0301949URS-ch qfD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. Korchnoi vs N Levin 1-0311949URS-ch qfE03 Catalan, Open
16. Korchnoi vs G Borisenko 0-1381950URS-ch sfC34 King's Gambit Accepted
17. Korchnoi vs O Moiseev 0-1411950URS-ch sfB57 Sicilian
18. M Aizenshtadt vs Korchnoi 0-1341950URS-ch qfD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. Taimanov vs Korchnoi 0-1351950LeningradA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
20. Korchnoi vs G Goldberg 1-0411950URS-ch sfA02 Bird's Opening
21. Sikov vs Korchnoi 0-1441950LeningradA85 Dutch, with c4 & Nc3
22. Korchnoi vs E Polyak 1-0331950URS-ch sfC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
23. I Vistaneckis vs Korchnoi  0-1481950URS-ch sfA80 Dutch
24. Korchnoi vs S Zhukhovitsky 1-0551950LeningradB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
25. Korchnoi vs Kasparian 0-1381950URS-ch sfB10 Caro-Kann
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Jan-29-11  percyblakeney: Blackburne won against Chessmetrics #5 and drew #1 and #4 in his 73rd year, in S:t Petersburg 1914. He was ranked #21 in the world by Chessmetrics when he was 74 years old, but it's hard to compare 1910s and 2010s.
Jan-29-11  Caissanist: <alexmagnus> Thanks, I agree with your approach of using FIDE rankings. Just for grins, I downloaded the January 1985 FIDE list and opened it in Excel, it shows Reshevsky as tied for 126th.
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  alexmagnus: Korchnoi-Sandipan draw. First it was won, then it was lost, in the end Korchnoi got the perpetual.
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  alexmagnus: Another draw today, this time against Sasikiran.
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  diagonal: Korchnoi now played already three of the top-six-seeded players: Sasikiran (ELO 2690, no. 6 in the starting rank list of the Gibraltar festival 2011), Bologan (ELO 2693, no. 5) and Caruana (ELO 2721, no. 3), scoring against these elite players 2/3.

A few months ago, in cg. user were discussing, whether Korchnoi will / should play in a separate senior event...or even it would be time for him to roll up the board.

He got some serious health problems during the Swiss Championship last summer and doctors advised him not to go to the Olympiad as the trip can damage his health even stronger. Although nominated for the Swiss team, he missed the Olympiad 2010 for medical reasons and subsequently could not celebrate his fifty-year jubilee (first participation in the Soviet team 1960 at Leipzig). He therefore faced practically no strong opponents last year.

What a great come-back today! Once again, Korchnoi is a man who always bounce back.

Jan-30-11  crazybird: <“Sometimes I felt I had to stop,” Korchnoi admits. “They say: ‘You have done so much in this life. You can relax.’ Then I play a game, and I lose to somebody. And I look at him. I look at who he is, as a chess player. And I look at who he is, in general. And when I do this, I know why I will never stop.”>
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  Natalia Pogonina: Viktor Korchnoi is an amazing player, one of the greatest chess fighters out there. When I have the chance, I walk up to his board to see how he is doing.
Jan-30-11  talisman: does anyone have more games than Victor in the database?
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  whiteshark: <talisman: <does anyone have more games than Victor in the database?>> No, Sir! Check Statistics Page by scrolling down a bit to <What players have the most games in the database?> :D
Jan-30-11  talisman: thanks again <whiteshark>.
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  diagonal: <Pogonina> first: thanks for the challenge of the world, once again, this time on, you certainly are not satisfied with a draw; in such cases only a re-match can clarify ;-)

and watch out: there is another lady, always following closely Victor's games:

>> >>

Korchnoi's range is enormous: Great master of counter-attacking and double-edged positions; with a unique willingness to enter non-stereotyped, unbalanced positions, always creating chaos, fighting and struggling. You can feel his immortal love for chess.

His hunger for the battle is unstoppable.

He knows, 'how to Overcome Adversity', maybe the most important thing in life.

Jan-31-11  crazybird: Still undefeated after 7 rounds.

Draw against Gabriel Battaglini (2437)

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  alexmagnus: The was a marathon game, not so much in terms of number of moves (94) as in terms of time it took (almost 8 hours).
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  alexmagnus: In the 8th round he plays another IM, Drasko Boskovic (2418).
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  alexmagnus: Sixth draw in a row today.
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  Landman: Korchnoi's 4,300+ game total is indeed enormous - almost 1,000 games more than #2 Karpov. Some of the younger players may have a chance to catch him but not for decades. For example, by continuing his career pace, Anand could reach this total in 2032 at age 63. Carlsen has played many more recorded games at a young age. He could match Korchnoi around 2036 at age 45.
Feb-01-11  spawn2: Am glad GM Viktor is back. He missed the Khanty Olympiad because of some illness.

Hope he remains healthy and continues to play. The New Gen can learn a lot of things from GM Korchnoi.

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  alexmagnus: The draw streak finished today, with a win against IM Wohl (2409). In the tenth and final round Korchnoi plays Vallejo Pons.
Feb-03-11  M.D. Wilson: It's great that Korchnoi will remain + in any case in this event. The old dog still has life and a lot to teach the current generation of stars, that's for sure.
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  alexmagnus: Loss vs Vallejo, but Korchnoi missed a win on move 29.
Feb-03-11  M.D. Wilson: Korchnoi should rest a bit now that this event is over; he probably won't, though, given his form.
Feb-03-11  hellopolgar: i feel that the win that Korchnoi missed against Vallejo will definitely affect his mood, i just hope it doesn't put a dent on his health considering his old age. go Korchnoi!
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  kingfu: On your feet , peasants.

Let us raise a glass to Viktor Korchnoi.

The working man's Chess Player.

He went up against the Soviet Politboro.

He plays The French Defense.

He went up against Karpov.

He went up against EVERYONE!

And he still has his bow finger.

Spaseba, Viktor. You bring the Vodka and I will make the perogies.

Feb-03-11  theagenbiteofinwit: What do you all suppose the score would be if Karpov decided to sit down across from the old man for a match these days?
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  kingfu: The French cut off the bow finger of any Englishman suspected of being a long bowman in the middle ages.

Now, in modern times when someone cuts you off in traffic or your ex-wife shows up at the party in a little black dress, you show them THE FINGER.

And way back then it was your bow finger.

I wish I was rich.

I would fund a match between Korchnoi and Karpov.

Korchnoi would be the cranky old bastard he has always been and say NO!

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