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Korchnoi in Amsterdam, 1972; photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.  
Viktor Korchnoi
Number of games in database: 4,441
Years covered: 1945 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2499
Highest rating achieved in database: 2695
Overall record: +1706 -678 =1749 (62.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      308 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (270) 
    E99 E81 E60 E94 E80
 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 (133) 
    A28 A29 A22 A25 A20
 Orthodox Defense (112) 
    D55 D50 D58 D51 D54
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (397) 
    C11 C07 C02 C19 C09
 Sicilian (279) 
    B44 B83 B32 B89 B45
 Queen's Indian (170) 
    E12 E16 E15 E17 E19
 Ruy Lopez (162) 
    C80 C83 C77 C82 C81
 Nimzo Indian (160) 
    E32 E46 E34 E21 E44
 Grunfeld (144) 
    D85 D94 D91 D97 D87
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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 Karpov, 1974 1-0
   Averbakh vs Korchnoi, 1965 0-1
   Fischer vs Korchnoi, 1962 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?]
   Bucharest (1954)
   USSR Championship (1960)
   USSR Championship 1964/65 (1964)
   USSR Championship (1962)
   Palma de Mallorca (1968)
   USSR Championship (1970)
   Buenos Aires (1960)
   USSR Championship 1961a (1961)
   Sousse Interzonal (1967)
   Leningrad Interzonal (1973)
   Hastings 1971/72 (1971)
   Buenos Aires (Konex) (1979)
   Curacao Candidates (1962)
   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
   Korchnoi's 400 best games by Wade & Blackstock by Gottschalk
   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

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(born Mar-23-1931, 84 years old) Russia (citizen of 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.

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

Wikipedia article: Korchnoi

 page 1 of 178; games 1-25 of 4,441  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 Shapkin 1-018 1949 MoscowD08 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit
11. Korchnoi vs Spassky 0-151 1949 LeningradB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
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. Averbakh vs Korchnoi 1-043 1950 TulaB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
17. A Khavsky vs Korchnoi 0-131 1950 LeningradB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
18. Korchnoi vs O Moiseev 0-141 1950 TulaB57 Sicilian
19. Korchnoi vs Cherepkov 1-068 1950 Leningrad ch-cityC58 Two Knights
20. N Bakulin vs Korchnoi 0-139 1950 LeningradB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
21. Korchnoi vs G Borisenko 0-138 1950 TulaC34 King's Gambit Accepted
22. Korchnoi vs G Goldberg 1-041 1950 TulaA02 Bird's Opening
23. Taimanov vs Korchnoi 0-135 1950 LeningradA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
24. I Vistaneckis vs Korchnoi  0-148 1950 TulaA80 Dutch
25. M Aizenshtadt vs Korchnoi 0-134 1950 LeningradD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
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Feb-17-15  HeMateMe: It's a sketchy claim because Pono was not the real world champion; he was just the survivor of one of those giant two-game match tournaments.

That certainly isn't Chucky's fault. Kasparov split the title by walking away from FIDE. I think most chess fans would agree that Kasparov was world champion, and Ivanchuk would have had to play Kaspy to be considered a WC participant.

Great player, but like Keres, Bronstein, Korchnoi, Aronian and Goldsby, he just wasn't the right player at the right time.

Feb-17-15  john barleycorn: <HeMateMe: ...
Great player, but like Keres, Bronstein, Korchnoi, Aronian and Goldsby, he just wasn't the right player at the right time.>

Goldsby's time will come when the WC's will stop ducking him.

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  perfidious: <john b: Goldsby's time will come when the WC's will stop ducking him.>

You, or anyone else, has a better chance of winning the Powerball for US $10B than of <that> happening.

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  Eduardo Bermudez: I think that Bronstein had the keys about Korchnoi. If you read his book "Secrets notes", will found the true about the great Viktor.
Feb-18-15  Andrijadj: Olavi,

Are you absolutely sure? Perhaps I am wrong but I can definitely swear there was a game. I even remember the opening-poisoned pawn sicilian.

Feb-18-15  Sally Simpson: Hi Andrijadj,

An interesting detective story you have set before us.

Both Euwe and Korchnoi played a poisoned pawn variation in 1958.

Maybe you read about the Euwe game in the Russian notes. The Korhnoi game is v Tolush

Korchnoi vs Tolush, 1958

This took place in the Russian Championship. Don't know if Koblenz did a book about the event.

The Euwe game played in the same year :

A Dueckstein vs Euwe, 1958

Both games follow each other for the first 11 moves. Euwe notes up his game.

In the notes he does not mention Korchnoi but he does mention recent analysis by Spassky & Tolush.

Feb-18-15  Olavi: Good catch Sally, such things can easily cause false memories.

There's no tournament or match that they played together, but of course there may have been exhibition games that do not always find their way into the databases. For example, of the two Sosonko-Euwe 1975 match games only one is in this database.

Feb-20-15  Andrijadj: Well, I wasn't lazy-I went to my parents' house and managed to find the book in question, "Chess Mastery" by Alexander Koblencs and you are completely right-I made a oversight. The book consists of short study/instructions about middlegame, endgame and opening and in the section about openings Sicilian Poisoned Pawn is also analyzed (the book was written in late 50s). There are three games presented, in this order: Keres-Fuderer, Duckstein-Euwe and Korchnoi-Tolush. It seems I "blundered" Duckstein and Tolush (before yesterday last time I saw that book was some 10 years ago :)) and interpreted an analysis as a Korchnoi-Euwe game. My apologies for the mistake and imprecise information, of course!
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  Benzol: It seems that Max Euwe didn't play every player in the soviet elite. As well as missing Korchnoi he apparently didn't play Spassky and I've only seen one game against Tal.

Euwe vs Tal, 1961

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  lost in space: Happy birthday, Grandmaster Korchnoi. I met you once in Zürich in 1980 during a big chess tournament and you was not willing to give me an autograph because you though „The Russians" had done that already on my piece of paper with a lot of autographs of famous chess players.

I was lucky because there were only autographs from western players like Timmann, Hübner, Seirawan,...Haven’t had met "The Russians" so far.

Your wife (or girlfriend at that time?) Petra heart that I pinpointed this and called you back so that I got what I was aiming for: The auograph of the best player in world in my eyes at that time (I hated Karpov, such a boring fish; and Kasparov was just a rising star at that point in time)

Mar-23-15  NBAFan: Happy 84th B-Day GM Korchnoi :)
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  Karposian: Happy Birthday, Viktor Lvovich!

A true legend of our beautiful game.

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  lost in space: Upps, it was not 1980 in Zürich, it was 1982 in Luzern.
Mar-23-15  Pirandus: What about Korchnoi's style?
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  Karposian: <Pirandus: What about Korchnoi's style?>

Korchnoi's playing style is very pragmatic and versatile. He is kind of an all around player, I would say.

More positional than tactical, but he is strong in every aspect of the game. A great and tenacious defender combined with superb counter attacking skills. A terrific fighter.

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  Travis Bickle: Happy Birthday GM Korchnoi!

Victor, I think you vs Bobby Fischer in 1975 would have been a great Match! ; P

Mar-23-15  Harvestman: Happy Birthday to Viktor the Great.
Mar-23-15  gars: Long live Viktor, the Great!
Mar-23-15  cunctatorg: Happy birthday to a true citizen of the Chess Kingdom!
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  Alex Schindler: Happy 84th- amazing that GM Korchnoi has seven decades on this database.
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  paavoh: Happy Birthday GM Korchnoi - always a fighter and among the best ever in my eyes.

Long may you run...

Mar-23-15  TheFocus: Didn't he have a birthday about a year ago?
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  WannaBe: <TheFocus> Yeah, exactly a year ago, weird...
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  diagonal: <amazing that GM Korchnoi has seven decades on this database> in fact, <eight decades> of competitive chess!

He's playing and beating grandmasters of five generations, from Levenfisch (born 1889) and Lilienthal up to Carlsen and Caruana (born 1992), beating a non-surpassed <nine undisputed World Champions> (including all from Botvinnik to Kasparov):

Biography of professional chess achievements:

Happy birthday to Viktor Lvovich! Good health and a next match for GM Korchnoi.

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  juan31: el Maestro Korchnoi is a Super Star
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