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Korchnoi 
Korchnoi in Amsterdam, 1972; photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.  
Viktor Korchnoi
Number of games in database: 4,459
Years covered: 1945 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2499
Highest rating achieved in database: 2695
Overall record: +1715 -683 =1759 (62.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      302 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (276) 
    E81 E60 E99 E94 E62
 English (230) 
    A15 A13 A17 A14 A16
 Nimzo Indian (190) 
    E32 E21 E42 E54 E46
 English, 1 c4 c5 (145) 
    A30 A33 A34 A31 A35
 English, 1 c4 e5 (134) 
    A28 A29 A22 A25 A20
 Orthodox Defense (112) 
    D55 D50 D58 D51 D54
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (404) 
    C11 C07 C02 C19 C09
 Sicilian (279) 
    B44 B83 B32 B89 B45
 Queen's Indian (173) 
    E12 E15 E16 E17 E19
 Nimzo Indian (162) 
    E32 E46 E34 E21 E44
 Ruy Lopez (162) 
    C80 C83 C77 C82 C81
 French (144) 
    C11 C00 C10 C12 C13
Repertoire Explorer

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
   Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1974 1-0
   Fischer vs Korchnoi, 1962 0-1
   Averbakh vs Korchnoi, 1965 0-1
   Korchnoi vs Spassky, 1977 1-0
   Spassky vs Korchnoi, 1977 0-1

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

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship (1960)
   Bucharest (1954)
   USSR Championship (1962)
   USSR Championship 1964/65 (1964)
   USSR Championship (1970)
   Palma de Mallorca (1968)
   Buenos Aires (1960)
   USSR Championship 1961a (1961)
   Hastings 1971/72 (1971)
   Sousse Interzonal (1967)
   Leningrad Interzonal (1973)
   IBM Amsterdam (1972)
   Buenos Aires (Konex) (1979)
   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 capybara
   Guess-the-Move Chess: 1960-1979 (Part 2) by Anatoly21
   Challenger Korchnoy by Gottschalk
   French Korchnoi II by AuDo
   Guess-the-Move Chess: 1980-1989 (Part 2) by Anatoly21
   Run for the Championship - Viktor Korchnoi by Fischer of Men
   French Korchnoi III by AuDo
   OMGP V by keypusher
   Exchange sacs - 3 by obrit
   OMGP 5 - Korchnoi - Karpov by grellas
   Match Petrosian! by amadeus
   Victor Korchnoi : My best games : With White by Malacha
   Inspirational Games of Viktor Korchnoi by MadBishop

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VIKTOR KORCHNOI
(born Mar-23-1931, 83 years old) Russia (citizen of Switzerland)
PRONUNCIATION:
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Viktor Lvovich Korchnoi was born in Leningrad, USSR. His father taught him chess when he was seven years old. In the mid 1950s, Korchnoi began an international career that would eventually result in four Soviet Championship victories in 1960*, 1962*, 1964* and 1970* and eight appearances in the Candidates. He reached the Candidates final in 1968 before being defeated by Boris Spassky, thereby being seeded into the next candidates cycle, in which he defeated Efim Geller by the score of 5.5-2.5 (+4 -1 =3) before losing in the semifinal to Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian by (-1 =9). He earned the right to qualify towards the Karpov - Korchnoi Candidates Match (1974) final, but lost.

Korchnoi defected from the USSR in 1976, and two years later he finally managed to win the Candidates and qualify to play Karpov for the title. Trailing late in his first World Championship match 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 for another shot against Karpov in 1981, but was beaten again, 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 has defeated 11 players who at some time held the official title: three reigning champions (Petrosian, Spassky, and Karpov), six former or future champions (Botvinnik, Smyslov, Tal, Fischer, Kasparov, Carlsen) and two future FIDE champions (Topalov and Ponomariov).

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.

In December 2012 Korchnoi suffered a stroke, and it is uncertain if he will be able to return to competitive chess.

* [rusbase-1]; [rusbase-2]; [rusbase-3] and [rusbase-4]

Wikipedia article: Korchnoi


 page 1 of 179; games 1-25 of 4,459  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. D Rovner vs Korchnoi 1-020 1945 LeningradC47 Four Knights
2. Korchnoi vs Razov 1-027 1946 LeningradC50 Giuoco Piano
3. Zikov vs Korchnoi 0-120 1946 LeningradB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
4. Petrosian vs Korchnoi 1-023 1946 LeningradA90 Dutch
5. Y Vasilchuk vs Korchnoi 0-160 1947 LeningradB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
6. V Shiyanovsky vs Korchnoi  0-135 1947 LeningradD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
7. L Aronson vs Korchnoi 0-143 1947 LeningradD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
8. Korchnoi vs S Giterman 1-036 1948 TallinnC07 French, Tarrasch
9. Korchnoi vs Spassky 1-012 1948 LeningradB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
10. Korchnoi vs N Levin 1-031 1949 LvovE03 Catalan, Open
11. L Omelchenko vs Korchnoi 0-132 1949 LeningradC77 Ruy Lopez
12. Korchnoi vs Shapkin 1-018 1949 MoscowD08 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit
13. Korchnoi vs Spassky 0-151 1949 LeningradB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
14. V Golenishchev vs Korchnoi 0-142 1949 MoscowA90 Dutch
15. Korchnoi vs Y Sakharov  1-030 1949 Lvov Ch URSD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
16. Sikov vs Korchnoi 0-144 1950 LeningradA85 Dutch, with c4 & Nc3
17. Korchnoi vs Suetin  ½-½60 1950 TulaB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
18. M Aizenshtad vs Korchnoi  0-134 1950 LeningradD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. Korchnoi vs Kasparian 0-138 1950 TulaB10 Caro-Kann
20. Korchnoi vs S Zhukhovitsky  1-055 1950 LeningradB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
21. Korchnoi vs I Pogrebissky  ½-½43 1950 TulaB55 Sicilian, Prins Variation, Venice Attack
22. Averbakh vs Korchnoi 1-043 1950 TulaB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
23. A Khavsky vs Korchnoi 0-131 1950 LeningradB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
24. Korchnoi vs O Moiseev 0-141 1950 TulaB57 Sicilian
25. Korchnoi vs Cherepkov 1-068 1950 Leningrad ch-cityC58 Two Knights
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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
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  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.
Jan-29-11
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  alexmagnus: Korchnoi-Sandipan draw. First it was won, then it was lost, in the end Korchnoi got the perpetual.
Jan-30-11
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  alexmagnus: Another draw today, this time against Sasikiran.
Jan-30-11
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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.”>
Jan-30-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
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  talisman: does anyone have more games than Victor in the database?
Jan-30-11
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  whiteshark: <talisman: <does anyone have more games than Victor in the database?>> No, Sir! Check ChessGames.com Statistics Page by scrolling down a bit to <What players have the most games in the database?> :D
Jan-30-11
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  talisman: thanks again <whiteshark>.
Jan-31-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  diagonal: <Pogonina> first: thanks for the challenge of the world, once again, this time on chessgames.com, 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:

>> http://picasaweb.google.com/john.sa... >>

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)
http://www.monroi.com/wdc/ss/ss.php...


click for larger view

Jan-31-11
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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).
Jan-31-11
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  alexmagnus: In the 8th round he plays another IM, Drasko Boskovic (2418).
Feb-01-11
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  alexmagnus: Sixth draw in a row today.
Feb-01-11
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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.

Feb-02-11
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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.
Feb-03-11
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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!
Feb-03-11
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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?
Feb-03-11
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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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