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Korchnoi in Amsterdam, 1972; photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.  
Viktor Korchnoi
Number of games in database: 4,438
Years covered: 1945 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2499
Highest rating achieved in database: 2695
Overall record: +1706 -677 =1747 (62.5%)*
   * 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 (228) 
    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 (160) 
    C80 C83 C77 C82 C81
 Nimzo Indian (159) 
    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)
   Palma de Mallorca (1968)
   USSR Championship 1964/65 (1964)
   USSR Championship (1962)
   USSR Championship (1970)
   Korchnoi - Spassky Candidates Final (1977)
   Buenos Aires (1960)
   USSR Championship 1961a (1961)
   Sousse Interzonal (1967)
   Hastings 1971/72 (1971)
   Leningrad Interzonal (1973)
   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
   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.

Korchnoi suffered a stroke in December 2012, but returned to competitive chess beginning in 2014.

Wikipedia article: Korchnoi

 page 1 of 178; games 1-25 of 4,438  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. V Shiyanovsky vs Korchnoi 0-135 1947 LeningradD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
6. L Aronson vs Korchnoi 0-143 1947 LeningradD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
7. Y Vasilchuk vs Korchnoi 0-160 1947 LeningradB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
8. Korchnoi vs S Giterman 1-036 1948 TallinnC07 French, Tarrasch
9. Korchnoi vs Spassky 1-012 1948 LeningradB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
10. L Omelchenko vs Korchnoi 0-132 1949 LeningradC77 Ruy Lopez
11. Korchnoi vs Shapkin 1-018 1949 MoscowD08 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit
12. Korchnoi vs Spassky 0-151 1949 LeningradB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
13. V Golenishchev vs Korchnoi 0-142 1949 MoscowA90 Dutch
14. Korchnoi vs Y Sakharov  1-030 1949 Lvov Ch URSD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. Korchnoi vs N Levin 1-031 1949 LvovE03 Catalan, Open
16. M Aizenshtad vs Korchnoi  0-134 1950 LeningradD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. Korchnoi vs Kasparian 0-138 1950 TulaB10 Caro-Kann
18. Korchnoi vs S Zhukhovitsky  1-055 1950 LeningradB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
19. Korchnoi vs I Pogrebissky  ½-½43 1950 TulaB55 Sicilian, Prins Variation, Venice Attack
20. Averbakh vs Korchnoi 1-043 1950 TulaB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
21. A Khavsky vs Korchnoi 0-131 1950 LeningradB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
22. Korchnoi vs O Moiseev 0-141 1950 TulaB57 Sicilian
23. Korchnoi vs Cherepkov 1-068 1950 Leningrad ch-cityC58 Two Knights
24. N Bakulin vs Korchnoi 0-139 1950 LeningradB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
25. Korchnoi vs G Goldberg 1-041 1950 TulaA02 Bird's Opening
 page 1 of 178; games 1-25 of 4,438  PGN Download
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May-10-15  TheFocus: <No Chess Grandmaster is normal; they only differ in the extent of their madness> - Victor Kortchnoi.
May-10-15  zanzibar: Maybe my favorite Korchnoi photograph:

May-10-15  Retireborn: <z> Looks like a Bond villain there.

"Do you expect me to move?"

"No, Mr Bond, I expect you to die!"

May-12-15  TheFocus: <The aim was simple: to deprive Karpov of his favourite occupation - standing at the board, staring straight at his opponent. While I was wearing these glasses, all he could admire was his own reflection> - Viktor Kortchnoi.
May-12-15  TheFocus: <Sometimes I even say that I have surpassed Lasker in using psychology. How? Well, sometimes I use psychology with a portion of risk. That is something else, something that Lasker wouldn`t allow> - Viktor Kortchnoi.
May-16-15  TheFocus: <There came a time when I realized that the ability to defend was - for a good chess player - insufficient. You can't be dependent upon your opponent's will, but must try to impose your will on him> - Viktor Korchnoi.
May-16-15  TheFocus: <Those who think that it is easy to play chess are mistaken. During a game a player lives on his nerves, and at the same time he must be perfectly composed> - Viktor Korchnoi.
May-17-15  TheFocus: <Korchnoi's heritage is many-faceted - over the decades he has several times corrected and changed his style. But the main thing has invariably remained his search for chess truth> - Garry Kasparov.
May-18-15  TheFocus: <As a rule, the more mistakes there are in a game, the more memorable it remains, because you have suffered and worried over each mistake at the board> - Viktor Korchnoi.
May-18-15  TheFocus: <It is unpleasant for the players, when the organizers arrange for play to take place in the morning. The games from such last rounds, in view of the large number of mistakes, are not fit for publication! > - Viktor Korchnoi.
May-18-15  TheFocus: <There came a time when I realized that the ability to defend was - for a good chess player - insufficient. You can't be dependent upon your opponent's will, but must try to impose your will on him> - Viktor Korchnoi.
May-18-15  TheFocus: <In a way, Kortchnoi may count himself lucky that he never became World Champion; even now, at the age of 80, he is still playing with the greatest possible enjoyment. It seems that to me that in order to stay active your primary motive should be enjoyment> - Jan Timman.
May-18-15  TheFocus: <Kortchnoi's heritage is many-faceted - over the decades he has several times corrected and changed his style. But the main thing has invariably remained his search for chess truth> - Garry Kasparov.
May-18-15  TheFocus: <As far as Kortchnoi the chess player is concerned, he fulfilled himself as much as his strength and talent allowed> - Anatoly Karpov.
May-18-15  TheFocus: <My association with Kortchnoi is linked with many difficult moments, dark thoughts, disappointments, and despair, but I have nothing against Kortchnoi> - Anatoly Karpov.
May-18-15  TheFocus: <I have heard so many times that Kortchnoi had the great misfortune of meeting me when his best playing was already behind him. Nothing of the sort! Kortchnoi's best years arrived exactly at the time he battled me> - Anatoly Karpov.
May-18-15  TheFocus: <With all his outward aplomb, ostentatious strength, and demonstrative assurance, Kortchnoi was always a rather unstable and doubting person> - Anatoly Karpov.
May-18-15  TheFocus: <Kortchnoi has a stable opening repertoire, with which he aims to lure his opponents into schemes where he is well versed> - Anatoly Karpov.
May-18-15  TheFocus: <When playing against Kortchnoi you have to think not only about the current moves, but also about what the opponent may take the liberty of doing, and this is not the best atmosphere for creativity> - Anatoly Karpov.
May-18-15  TheFocus: <Kortchnoi rarely declines any opportunity to gain material> - Anatoly Karpov.
May-18-15  TheFocus: <Kortchnoi has maintained his drive by refusing to look back at what would be the glory days for just about anyone else. He is still driven by the game of chess and by an earnest desire to beat his opponent, not merely to do his best> - Garry Kasparov.
May-20-15  Mr 1100: They should get Korchnoi to play some games against the latest generation of GM's - like Sam Sevian...

I mean, there are many players who can say they've played against three "generations" of players, but Korchnoi can then claim to be perhaps the only player to have played against players from three different centuries!!! And Sevian's generation can say they played againt a guy who played against Levenfish...

May-23-15  TheFocus: <Viktor Kortchnoi was always saying: if you want to make progress, you have to learn new openings all the time. If such a person gives you such an advice, you should listen to it> - Boris Gelfand.
May-25-15  TheFocus: <Chessplayers are of varying character. Some, in order to be confident of success, have to see their opponents as a friend, while others must, without fail, feel enmity towards the opponent... There are many more of the second type, and it must be admitted that the author belongs to this group> - Viktor Kortchnoi.
May-27-15  TheFocus: <I like to coax my opponents into attacking, to let them taste the joy of the initiative, so that they may get carried away, become careless, and sacrifice material> - Viktor Kortchnoi.
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