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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.|
|Jan-29-11|| ||alexmagnus: Korchnoi-Sandipan draw. First it was won, then it was lost, in the end Korchnoi got the perpetual.|
|Jan-30-11|| ||alexmagnus: Another draw today, this time against Sasikiran.|
|Jan-30-11|| ||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|| ||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?|
|Jan-30-11|| ||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|| ||talisman: thanks again <whiteshark>.|
|Jan-31-11|| ||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)
click for larger view
|Jan-31-11|| ||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|| ||alexmagnus: In the 8th round he plays another IM, Drasko Boskovic (2418).|
|Feb-01-11|| ||alexmagnus: Sixth draw in a row today.|
|Feb-01-11|| ||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|| ||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|| ||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|| ||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|| ||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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