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|Dec-31-15|| ||TheFocus: NN can.|
|Jan-12-16|| ||Petrosianic: One of the clearest signs of Korchnoi's career renaissance in the mid 70's was the complete turnaround in his results against Petrosian after 1973. Here's how their career results break down (essentially, Korchnoi was dominated before 1973, and did the dominating afterwards)
1946-1973: + 4- 9=29
1974-1980: + 8- 2=18
KORCHNOI IS WHITE
1946-1973: + 2- 3=15
1974-1980: + 7- 0= 8
Lifetime: + 9- 3=23
KORCHNOI IS BLACK
1946-1973: + 2- 6=14
1974-1980: + 1- 2=10
Lifetime: + 3- 8=24
|Feb-12-16|| ||diagonal: https://www.facebook.com/lladaphoto...|
El Gran Victor, Victor el Grande, today at the opening ceremony ZCC (Zurich Chess Challenge) 2016
<I'm very happy for the chance to take yet another portrait of one of my favourite players, Viktor Korchnoi> chess photographer David Llada
|Feb-12-16|| ||WannaBe: He looks like have lost weight, cheeks are a little sallow. Very different than when I saw him in Las Vegas.|
|Feb-12-16|| ||cunctatorg: It will be really sad when this man pass away...
No further comment.
|Feb-13-16|| ||Caissanist: I'm pretty sure that that's a record for GMs but, among lesser masters, the Argentine Francisco Benko had a career that spanned at least 80 years.|
|Feb-13-16|| ||alexmagnus: Korchnoi's 70 is not even a record among GMs. Not sure what the record is, but one counter example is enough: Taimanov has 73 years covered.|
|Feb-13-16|| ||Caissanist: I was responding to <Petrosianic> above, forgot to mention that. As he says Taimanov's 77 years is likely the current record.|
|Feb-14-16|| ||Domdaniel: Korchnoi, 85, is returning after a severe stroke. Taimanov, pushing 90, fathered twins at the age of 78. Both players, incidentally, survived the siege of Leningrad.|
These guys are something else.
|Feb-14-16|| ||Domdaniel: The recent book by Cyrus Lakdawala, <Korchnoi: Move by Move> is magnificent. The games, naturally, are awesome -- Korchnoi was the first player to really impress me, back when he was playing Karpov. I still regularly play the French as Black and the English/Reti as White.|
Lakdawala's annotations are also superb, an excellent counterpart to Korchnoi's brilliance.
|Mar-23-16|| ||offramp: He is 85 today. I met him once in London. I shook hands with the hand that shook the world.|
|Mar-23-16|| ||paavoh: <These guys are something else.>|
Indeed. Hats off.
|Mar-23-16|| ||Lech Kulejewski: I consider Victor Lvovich one of the greatest chess heroes of my lifetime ( I am 62). His life could be a good story or film scenario.
As far as the style of play is concerned, I think Korchnoi can be compared with Lasker, Larsen....and Carlsen, perhaps??? What do You think?|
|Mar-23-16|| ||rgr459: Did Korchnoi used to smoke cigarettes like so many of his colleagues?|
|Mar-23-16|| ||MissScarlett: Man gets old(er). People applaud. They'll be in hysterics when he dies. Give over!|
|Mar-23-16|| ||ketchuplover: Game over too !!!|
|Mar-23-16|| ||gars: Happy Birthday, Grandmaster Korchnoi! Congratulatios to an excellent player and a superb fighter!|
|Mar-23-16|| ||cunctatorg: Happy birthday, On (His) Great Predecessors V!!
Let's hope than some of the successors will be as devoted to the game and such a fighter as "Victor the Terrible" is ... though this scenario is not so much likely to become true... The bottom line is that it's not only the skill and the achievements that create a legend, a proper personality is also necessary for the creation of a legend ... and more for the creation of a living legend!!
|Mar-23-16|| ||RookFile: The guy smoked cigarettes and sat around playing chess for 60 years. He must have indestructible genes.|
|Mar-23-16|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, Viktor the Terrible!!|
|Mar-23-16|| ||et1: Happy Birthday Master !!!|
|Mar-23-16|| ||erniecohen: It must be tough when you're 85 and your rating drops all the way down to 2500. He must miss the good old days when he was only 80 and beat Caruana.|
|Mar-23-16|| ||erniecohen: 4425 games in the database. Who has the record?|
|Mar-23-16|| ||TheFocus: <erniecohen> Korchnoi does. See ChessGames.com Statistics Page.|
|Mar-23-16|| ||diagonal: Viktor Lvovich, a real man, Cheers for one of the all-time greatest die-hard 64-squares fighter!|
<Lech Kulejewski: As far as the style of play is concerned, I think Korchnoi can be compared with Lasker, Larsen.... and Carlsen, perhaps??? What do You think?>
Interesting point, Lasker and Larsen are often named with Korchnoi, .... but Carlsen? Well, a reigning number one of the world certainly would disagree to be compared with an old man - and Magnus says, he has no style (not untypical for young players who seem robots).
There are similarities between VK and MC: dislike of draws (meaning also facing comparativley more defeats than other top players), randomness of the opening, unbalanced positions - putting your opponents under pressure in rather unconventional manner, driving them into errors in the phase of the middlegame or endgame, a sense of timing for when to change the nature of the position, generating a fight out of nothing and brutal counter-attacking!, playing long battles with little material, too - plus energy, energy, energy :)))
MC with a huge natural talent, combined with a non-emotional, pragmatic approach to outsmart the rest, VK fighting and struggling, looking for the drama, searching the ultimate truth.
Both players successfully competing during their peak time also in Open tournaments with swiss system (Korchnoi at Lone Pine 1981 a few months before his World Championship title match or at U.S. Open Chess Championship 1983 and many more, Carlsen at Qatar Masters 2015 as reigning World Champion).
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