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Korchnoi 
Korchnoi in Amsterdam, 1972; photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.  
Viktor Korchnoi
Number of games in database: 4,416
Years covered: 1945 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2499
Highest rating achieved in database: 2695
Overall record: +1690 -677 =1731 (62.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      318 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (266) 
    E99 E81 E60 E80 E94
 English (229) 
    A15 A13 A17 A14 A16
 Nimzo Indian (190) 
    E32 E21 E42 E46 E41
 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 (390) 
    C11 C07 C02 C19 C09
 Sicilian (279) 
    B44 B83 B32 B45 B89
 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
   Korchnoi vs Spassky, 1977 1-0
   Fischer vs Korchnoi, 1962 0-1
   Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1974 1-0
   S Tatai vs Korchnoi, 1978 0-1
   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?]
   Bucharest (1954)
   Buenos Aires (1960)
   USSR Championship (1960)
   Palma de Mallorca (1968)
   USSR Championship 1964/65 (1964)
   USSR Championship (1962)
   Hastings 1971/72 (1971)
   USSR Championship (1970)
   Leningrad Interzonal (1973)
   USSR Championship 1961a (1961)
   Sousse Interzonal (1967)
   Buenos Aires (Konex) (1979)
   Stockholm Interzonal (1962)
   Curacao Candidates (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
   Korchnoi's 400 best games by Wade & Blackstock by Gottschalk
   Challenger Korchnoy by Gottschalk
   French Korchnoi II by AuDo
   Run for the Championship - Viktor Korchnoi by Fischer of Men
   French Korchnoi III by AuDo
   OMGP V by keypusher
   On My Great Predecessors 5 (Kasparov) by Qindarka
   Move by Move - Korchnoi (Lakdawala) by Qindarka
   Exchange sacs - 3 by obrit
   OMGP 5 - Korchnoi - Karpov by grellas
   number 6 by Frodo7
   K Players by fredthebear

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VIKTOR KORCHNOI
(born Mar-23-1931, died Jun-06-2016, 85 years old) Russia (federation/nationality 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. 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 Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. D Rovner vs Korchnoi 1-020 1945 LeningradC47 Four Knights
2. Zikov vs Korchnoi 0-120 1946 LeningradB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
3. Petrosian vs Korchnoi 1-023 1946 LeningradA90 Dutch
4. Korchnoi vs Razov 1-027 1946 LeningradC50 Giuoco Piano
5. L Aronson vs Korchnoi 0-143 1947 LeningradD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
6. Y Vasilchuk vs Korchnoi 0-160 1947 LeningradB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
7. V Shiyanovsky vs Korchnoi 0-135 1947 LeningradD47 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 Spassky 0-151 1949 LeningradB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
11. Korchnoi vs Shapkin 1-018 1949 MoscowD08 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit
12. V Golenishchev vs Korchnoi 0-142 1949 MoscowA90 Dutch
13. Korchnoi vs Y Sakharov  1-030 1949 Lvov Ch URSD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. Korchnoi vs N Levin 1-031 1949 LvovE03 Catalan, Open
15. L Omelchenko vs Korchnoi 0-132 1949 LeningradC77 Ruy Lopez
16. M Aizenshtadt vs Korchnoi 0-134 1950 LeningradD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. Taimanov vs Korchnoi 0-135 1950 LeningradA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
18. Korchnoi vs G Goldberg 1-041 1950 TulaA02 Bird's Opening
19. Sikov vs Korchnoi 0-144 1950 LeningradA85 Dutch, with c4 & Nc3
20. Korchnoi vs E Polyak 1-033 1950 TulaC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
21. I Vistaneckis vs Korchnoi  0-148 1950 TulaA80 Dutch
22. Korchnoi vs S Zhukhovitsky 1-055 1950 LeningradB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
23. Korchnoi vs Kasparian 0-138 1950 TulaB10 Caro-Kann
24. Korchnoi vs Suetin  ½-½60 1950 TulaB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
25. A Khavsky vs Korchnoi 0-131 1950 LeningradB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
 page 1 of 177; games 1-25 of 4,416  PGN Download
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Aug-07-16
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  perfidious: <Fusilli>, a futbol man to the core!
Aug-08-16
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  Fusilli: <perfidious: <Fusilli>, a <futbol> man to the core!>

There's the correct spelling!

Oct-01-16
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  Fusilli: The October issue of <Chess Life> has a "tribute" to Korchnoi written by GM Seirawan. The "tribute" to Korchnoi does not say a thing about Korchnoi as a chess player, and features no full game whatsoever of Korchnoi. Instead, it's an ego trip for the author.

The article is about Seirawan's experience as Korchnoi's second. To be fair, those who appreciate anecdotes will enjoy the piece, but the only game discussed (and only the 5 moves after the adjournment) is Korchnoi vs Petrosian, 1980, from the Korchnoi-Petrosian 1980 candidates match, where Seirawan narrates in detail how hard he worked on it and how creative he was, and how Korchnoi won the game playing his suggestion. As a by product, the article only mentions one game between the author and Korchnoi (won by the author), leaving the wrong impression that he had a plus score against him.

What a "tribute"! Get to know nothing about Korchnoi as the strongest player ever not to be world champion, but learn a lot about how brilliant Yasser Seirawan is! I regret I let my <New in Chess> subscription expire. I'll subscribe again and look for a real tribute to Viktor the Terrible.

Oct-01-16  Howard: Perhaps I'm wrong, but Yasser has never seemed like someone with an oversized ego. Having also just received the October issue of CL, I found the account reasonably well-done. Keep in mind that Seirawan also gives credit to Michael Stean as far as the analysis to Game 5.

Incidentally, it seems likely that Petrosian should have won that game rather than Korchnoi.

Oct-01-16
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  Fusilli: <Howard> That's what I thought about YS too, but it's not the impression I got from this article. If it had been an article about his experience being Korchnoi's second and in a different context (not a supposed tribute to the recently deceased VK), I'd be fine with it. We agree to disagree. :)

Oddly enough, Mr. biggest-ego-in-the-world wrote a quick obituary a day after VK's passing that I found much more interesting: https://www.chess.com/article/view/....

I am kibitzing a little comment on the game's page.

Nov-28-16
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  HeMateMe: Dylan McClain's korchnoi obituary

<http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/07/w...>

Nov-30-16
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  offramp: Question: Korchnoi has 4,416 games in this database. In what year did he play game 2,208? That is, when was he halfway through his career in terms of games played?
Nov-30-16
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  keypusher: <offramp: Question: Korchnoi has 4,416 games in this database. In what year did he play game 2,208? That is, when was he halfway through his career in terms of games played?>

I don't know, but the answer should be on page 23 of his games, right?

Nov-30-16  Nerwal: Many games of his youth have been lost anyway.
Nov-30-16
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  Caissanist: From the NYT obit:

<In 1978, after defeating many rivals, Mr. Korchnoi emerged as Mr. Karpovís first official challenger for the world championship.

[...]

His wife, Bella, and their son, Igor, were still in the Soviet Union and had not been allowed to leave. Just months before the match against Mr. Karpov, Igor was conscripted into the Soviet Army, though he refused to serve and became a fugitive. He was eventually caught and imprisoned for more than two years. >

Didn't this happen prior to the 1981 match, rather than 1978? I don't remember Korchnoi saying anything about the treatment of his wife and son during the 1978 match, but vigorously protested during the 1981 match, and attributed his loss partly to the stress of trying to play while they were still trapped in the USSR.

Nov-30-16
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  offramp: <keypusher: <offramp: Question: Korchnoi has 4,416 games in this database. In what year did he play game 2,208? That is, when was he halfway through his career in terms of games played?> I don't know, but the answer should be on page 23 of his games, right?>

For me VK has 177 pages of games. So 'twould be roughly page 88, I think.

I am not prepared to fast forward to that page myself...

Nov-30-16
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  WannaBe: I have long display (100 games per page), if you click on >> for last page, then change the URL's page=23 number.

You will reach game number 2208, VK v LP Lucerne 1985

Korchnoi vs Portisch, 1985

Nov-30-16
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  offramp: Thank you, <Wannabe>!
Nov-30-16  Muttley101: <HeMateMe: the previous poster was implying that state killings in the USA were somehow on the same scale as in the USSR, and it isn't even close. Stalin killed on a level matched only by Hitler. He was demonic, and he is/was the face of the USSR, for better or worse.

the USA misdeeds aren't in the same league as what occurred in the old USSR.>

Perhaps you forgot that America exported it's wars to other countries in the latter half of the twentieth century onwards?

Dec-01-16
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  HeMateMe: Really? I thought we were defending teenage girls from getting their noses cut off by the Taliban. Those cowards got a little taste of it themselves, right?

I thought we were preventing the slaughter of Kosovo Albanians.

I thought we were preventing a Russian backed takeover of the entire Korean peninsula.

I thought we were [trying] to prevent a Russian takeover of all of Vietnam.

I thought we were removing Sadam Hussein from power, so he couldn't kill few more hundred thousand people.

What is it that <you> think about?

Dec-01-16
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  offramp: < WannaBe: I have long display (100 games per page), if you click on >> for last page, then change the URL's page=23 number. You will reach game number 2208, VK v LP Lucerne 1985

Korchnoi vs Portisch, 1985.>

Hmm, I used that clever method, except I changed the url to 89, but I seem to have a different game 2208:

<2208. Korchnoi vs M Van der Linde 0-1 36 1985 NED E12 Queen's Indian>

in other words,

Korchnoi vs M Van der Linde, 1985

The reason I was interested is that after Korchnoi had finished his many challenges for the World Championship, he was not yet at the halfway point of his career.

Dec-01-16
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  WannaBe: <offramp> I changed my preference to 25 games, and followed your steps. I reached the same 'midway' point.

Same VK vs der Linde game as 2208.

Games from 1985 are not well dated, the PGNs have the year, but not the specific month/day.

Dec-01-16
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  keypusher: < WannaBe: <offramp> I changed my preference to 25 games, and followed your steps. I reached the same 'midway' point. Same VK vs der Linde game as 2208.

Games from 1985 are not well dated, the PGNs have the year, but not the specific month/day.>

That this database has the midpoint of Korchnoi's games played coming in 1985, after he'd been a top master for 30 years, makes me think there are a lot of missing games.

Dec-01-16  BUNA: Kochnoi, Taimanow and Tal appeared in the soviet movie "The Grandmaster" (1972). > https://vimeo.com/140157590
Dec-01-16
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  offramp: <keypusher> agreed... And from about 1980 computers were used to record games, so not very many are missing, top class ones I mean. And scores are less garbled.

But there is hope! When I bought Wade's book on Fischer it had about 450 games. But here at chessgames.com RJF has about a thousand. People keep finding them.

Dec-01-16
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  offramp: <keypusher> <That this database has the midpoint of Korchnoi's games played coming in 1985, after he'd been a top master for 30 years, makes me think there are a lot of missing games.>

Also, 1985 to 2015 is thirty years as well, so it's not so odd.

BUT if one had approached Korchnoi in 1985, as he lost to Van Der Linde, and said, Did you know that your career is exactly half over...? What would be have said?

Dec-01-16
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  keypusher: < offramp: <keypusher> <That this database has the midpoint of Korchnoi's games played coming in 1985, after he'd been a top master for 30 years, makes me think there are a lot of missing games.> Also, 1985 to 2015 is thirty years as well, so it's not so odd.

BUT if one had approached Korchnoi in 1985, as he lost to Van Der Linde, and said, Did you know that your career is exactly half over...? What would be have said?>

Presumably he would have been thrilled, since he was about 55 and would likely have thought his career was much more than half over.

But I like to think he would have decked the questioner anyway.

<BUNA> thanks for that wonderful link. How about the movie, any good? Is the blond guy the Grandmaster of the title? Seems to give off a little bit of a Karpov vibe.

Dec-02-16  BUNA: <keypusher> I'm glad you liked it. I've yet to watch the whole movie - fortunately it's freely available online like so many soviet movies. I've only come across it yesterday and peeped in here and there. > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upy...

The "blond guy" is the famous actor Andrey Myagkov who plays the fictional young grandmaster Sergey Khlebnikov. Myagkov maybe known in the west to some people as the actor who played Alyosha in the famous screen adaptation of "The Brothers Karamazov" (1969) that was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. But yes, Myagkov bears at least some visual resemblances of Karpov.

And you wouldn't bevieve it but the grumpy Korchnoi, the "archenemy and victim of the soviet system", played the trainer/second of Khlebnikov, so he appears quite a couple of times on the screen, can be seen in longer verbal exchanges.

One question that comes up in the movie verbatim: "Is it possible to beat Fischer?" ;-)

Dec-02-16
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  offramp: I believe Korchnoi had aspirations to be an actor but he had a speech impediment.
Dec-02-16
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  keypusher: <BUNA> <The "blond guy" is the famous actor Andrey Myagkov who plays the fictional young grandmaster Sergey Khlebnikov. Myagkov maybe known in the west to some people as the actor who played Alyosha in the famous screen adaptation of "The Brothers Karamazov" (1969) that was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.>

Forgive my ignorance. :-) I know almost nothing about Soviet movies. I saw <Moscow Marathon> in college, very good.

<One question that comes up in the movie verbatim: "Is it possible to beat Fischer?" ;-)>

I noticed that when the GM wins at the beginning of the clip one man congratulates him in English.

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