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|Aug-16-11|| ||HeMateMe: He has also claimed that the KGB burned him with radiation. He has also said, about Karpov "He is losing 100 rating points a year. He would like to stay around [in grandmaster chess] but he cannot."|
I would say...take the Big Vic's comments with a grain of salt.
|Aug-16-11|| ||alexmagnus: < He has also said, about Karpov "He is losing 100 rating points a year. He would like to stay around [in grandmaster chess] but he cannot.">|
Well, Korchnoi at Karpov's current age was still a top player (though below the very elite. He was ranked 23rd in July 1991 - but his highest ranking at the age over 60 was 16th at 68 (!), with a rating of 2676). I cannot imagine Karpov being rated 2676, let alone ranked 16th, 8 years from now.
|Aug-16-11|| ||Petrosianic: He could stay around at the top level, but only if he was willing to put in the work to do it, which he's not, and which is understandable for someone who has done as much as he has. Korchnoi is different, he has unfulfilled ambitions.|
|Aug-17-11|| ||diagonal: Those were the days: Aleksander Nikitin (best known for his years as successful chief trainer / second of Kasparov), Igor Zaitsev (one of Karpov's main trainers / analysts and seconds in a number of World Championship matches against Korchnoi and Kasparov; well-known also for his contributions to opening theory, especially in the Ruy Lopez), Mark Taimanov (who has at least once beaten six world chess champions, Botvinnik, Smyslov, Tal, Petrosian, Spassky, Karpov, but reminds most famous for his notorious match loss against Fischer forty years ago), and as notable non-ex-soviets: Wolfgang Uhlmann (one of the leading French Defense experts; with Botvinnik and Korchnoi as Giants of the French), Lajos Portisch and Borislav Ivkov, the first ever Chess World Junior Champion sixty years ago... - and the indomitable Viktor Korchnoi: |
These legendary players from the Botvinnik era compete in a round robin rapid tournament with the time control of 25min + 10 sec/move. Chief arbiter is Yuri Averbakh, currently the world’s oldest living grandmaster. Averbakh turns ninety next year.
Unfortunately Boris Spassky, the world’s oldest living chess champion, who was also set to make an appearance, could not take part, eventually GM Oleg Chernikov took his place.
After six rounds of play Viktor Korchnoi took a convincing lead with five points, full point and a half ahead of the next follower group.
The Russian Chess Federation is organizing a number of events dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the 6th World Champion Mikhail Moiseyevich Botvinnik (17 August 1911 - 5 May 1995). The Patriarch celebrates <today> the 100th anniversary of his birth (cp. on his chessgames.com page).
Besides a super-strong SuperRapid event at the beginning of September with the World's top four players Carlsen, Anand, Aronian and Kramnik, and a strong open in Sankt Petersburg, the RCF is hosting a seniors' tournament from 15th to 19th August in Suzdal-Vladimir Oblast.
"Memorial Botvinnik": Seniors
Round 6 standings:
1. GM Viktor Korchnoi SUI 2553 - 5.0
2-4. GM Lajos Portisch HUN 2523, GM Evgeni Vasiukov RUS 2455 and IM Aleksander Nikitin RUS 2430 - 3.5
5-9. GM Oleg Chernikov RUS 2402, GM Wolfgang Uhlmann GER 2379, GM Borislav Ivkov SRB 2416, GM Igor Zaitsev RUS 2408 and IM Anatoly Bykhovsky RUS 2354 - 2.5
10. GM Mark Taimanov RUS 2386 - 2.0
|Aug-18-11|| ||Check It Out: Here is a neat quote from <Albertan>'s video:|
Viktor Korchnoi: <People played [chess] with more energy and temperament before the computer. The computer made chess more cool than before, and the computer is guilty.>
|Aug-19-11|| ||whiteshark: Quote of the Day
<I suppose that Capablanca was an ingenious chessplayer. To put it more precisely, his talent became apparent in childhood. While, in my opinion, neither Botvinnik, nor Alekhine and Lasker were genii. They were simply talented people, who toiled their way to the world top players by willpower and working ability.>
|Aug-22-11|| ||alexmagnus: Any "Korchnoi statistician" here? I already asked it on one game page, but I also ask it here...|
Who was the latest born player Korchnoi played so far? Also the same question for "beat", "drew" and "lost to" instead of "played". My candidate for played, beat and drew is Hou Yifan, for lost - Caruana. Correct?
What about the same with the earliest born player?
|Aug-23-11|| ||Dionysius1: Nice to see that of the 4 games where Korchnoi opened with the QP at the Botwinnik Memorial, two of his opponents replied with the King's Indian. They obviously hadn't heard that he assesses himself as one against whom people shouldn't play the KID. Or wouldn't it be fun if they were teasing him about it?|
|Aug-23-11|| ||beatgiant: <alexmagnus>
Earliest born player faced by Korchnoi? How about Levenfish (b. 1889), with one win and one loss in this database.
|Aug-23-11|| ||beatgiant: Earliest born player with a draw against Korchnoi? My guess is Pirc (b. 1907). Can anyone find an earlier one?|
|Aug-25-11|| ||polarmis: I've transcribed/translated a video interview with Korchnoi - and it's actually one of the best interviews I remember seeing with him:|
For example, he gives by far the most entertaining response to Kasimdzhanov's anti-draw proposal - a long rant ends:
<I’d take the “former World Champion” title away from that man. Even the “former”.>
|Aug-25-11|| ||Kolyas: <polarmis> Thank you for that wonderful interview.|
Korchnoi's like will not be seen again. He is like my grouchy old grandpa.
|Aug-27-11|| ||Everett: <Which book had the greatest influence on you?|
<Bronstein’s book on the International Tournament in Zurich. A beautiful and well-known book. It impressed me, as did my personal contacts with Bronstein, who taught me a lot about chess. First he wrote the book, then we studied a little together, and we also played chess. So he more or less taught me to play.>>
|Oct-02-11|| ||Psihadal: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g26e...
At 0:25 when Korchnoi sweeps all of his pieces, does anyone know where and when was this game against Karpov played?
I find that hilarious.
|Oct-02-11|| ||Shams: <Psihadal> But the title screen of your clip tells you: January '98, Lausanne, Switzerland.|
|Oct-02-11|| ||Psihadal: <Shams> You mean at the start of the video?
That relates to the Karpov-Anand 98 championship match, no?|
|Oct-02-11|| ||Shams: Yes, you're right. Sorry.|
|Oct-21-11|| ||whiteshark: Quote of the Day
< There are a number of top professionals (e.g. Morozevich & <Korchnoi>) who have expressed the view that White's supposed advantage in chess does not actually exist. >
-- Nigel Davies
|Oct-21-11|| ||The Rocket: <"Kortchnoi rarely declines any opportunity to gain material. - Anatoly Karpov">|
This is so funny! korchnoi lives and breaths in chess for material gain.
very little in understanding of chess. Terrible strategical player at times but calculates like crazy!
you can see some of his Kid games and he plays dubious moves like blocking his own queens side play in the KID as white and you wonder does he understand anything about chess besides calculation?
|Oct-21-11|| ||M.D. Wilson: The Rocket, your summary of Korchnoi is absurd. Sure, he's a materialist at heart, but he's one of the best endgame players of all time, and often demonstrated fine strategical play. Spassky's assessment of him is more to the point. You don't get to his level, and have a record against the best in the world by being a "terrible strategical player", either.|
|Oct-22-11|| ||The Rocket: Korchnoi vs Kasparov, 1989|
9 a4? nobody with a clear strategical understanding plays such a move.. after a5 white will never win. the queenside is blocked from any serious play and black simply takes his time to create a kingside attack
|Oct-22-11|| ||AnalyzeThis: Well, if you just take what happenned in the game, it's not hard to visualize white emerging with at least one rook on a7 or b7, and pressure piling up on c7. Korchnoi must have figured that after his g4 move that the knight would have to retreat, but Kasparov had a very fine answer with .... e4. So, with hindsight, maybe 9. a4 is not the greatest move in the world, but it wasn't the worst, either.|
|Oct-22-11|| ||The Rocket: In terms of squandering winninug chances for white- a4 is right up there.|
White can realistically only hope for a draw against a strong Kid player and thats rather bad given that the opening is supposed to be quite rich in at least practical chances for both sides
|Oct-22-11|| ||The Rocket: By the way korchnois way to play the system was correct he is certainly not weak positionally|
|Oct-22-11|| ||Blunderdome: Korchnoi is listed on team Switzerland's roster for the upcoming European Team Chess Championship.|
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