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|Mar-23-13|| ||diagonal: Happy Birthday, Viktor Lvovich!
A life devoted to chess:
Korchnoi was a ten-time Candidate for the World Championship (world record), ranging in the years from 1962 Curaçao to 1991 Brussels. He beat all the eight undisputed consecutive Chess World Champions from Botvinnik, Smyslov, Tal, Petrosian, Spassky, Fischer, Karpov to Kasparov.
Including simuls, Viktor Korchnoi played opponents from three centuries and beat grandmasters of five generations, from Levenfisch (born 1889) and Lilienthal to Carlsen and Caruana (born 1992).
Good health to the man who spends his whole energy for the game.
|May-07-13|| ||Wyatt Gwyon: Any updates on Korchnoi's recovery?|
|Jul-08-13|| ||whiteshark: Quote of the Day
"When I was a child, I had three main passions. I wanted to play the piano, but I couldn't afford to buy one. I also wanted to be an actor, but my pronunciation was not pure enough. So I settled for chess."
|Aug-27-13|| ||PawnSac: Korchnoi and Gelfand have a lot in common. Never grabbed the top title, were always contenders, never easy to beat, and could topple the best on their good days. Both continued to be strong in later years. Both amazing players, capable of resilient play. They remind me of Nimzovich, who, in his own right was one of the great players of history, tho because they happened to be around at the same time as some prodigies, were deprived of the title that was just within reach. So much can be learned from their play.|
|Aug-28-13|| ||AsosLight: LOL Korchnoi and Gelfand have nothing in common. Unlike Korchnoi, Gelfand was never a top player, not even remotely. Being in the top 20 for a long time reaching a final purely by statistical coincidence out of many fruitless attempts doesn't register, I' m sorry. Trying compare Gelfand with someone like Unziger or Hubner would have been much more appropriate IMO.|
|Sep-16-13|| ||Karpova: Michael Stean: <The terrible thing was that Viktor had always been betrayed and let down. That was why he defected. He needed people around him he could trust. I could not forgive what Ray did and I have not really spoken to him since.> (1990 to 'Sunday Times' journalist Nick Pratt)|
From <Raymundo contra Mundum> ('Kingpin' 32, 2000): http://www.kingpinchess.net/2013/09...
Though, to be fair, we should not forget that Mondo proved of invaluable help when he came up with the <Yoghurt Counter Gambit>.
|Sep-16-13|| ||Lambda: We don't yet know whether Gelfand is like Korchnoi. Korchnoi didn't unleash his true potential until his mid-40s. If Gelfand can take his play to a new level very soon, then he can be like Korchnoi.|
|Sep-16-13|| ||alexmagnus: <Unlike Korchnoi, Gelfand was never a top player, not even remotely>|
Gelfand was #3 at one point. Gelfand was actually the fifth player in history to cross 2700.
|Sep-16-13|| ||perfidious: <alex: Gelfand was #3 at one point. Gelfand was actually the fifth player in history to cross 2700.>|
True, but Korchnoi remained at number two for several years, behind a man acknowledged as an all-time great-he did not simply attain the second spot and fall from grace.
|Sep-17-13|| ||Domdaniel: < Korchnoi and Gelfand have a lot in common>
Yes, Gelfand may have matched Korchnoi's career up to about 1974. He's got some distance to go ...|
|Sep-17-13|| ||Eggman: <<True, but Korchnoi remained at number two for several years>>|
Yes, Korchnoi was what you might call a dominant number two: he was well ahead of whomever happened to be number three, and not far behind #1 Karpov. Gelfand has done nothing like that. Plus Korchnoi won two consecutive Candidates series. Gelfand surely has a ways to go to be considered as Korchnoi's equal.
|Sep-17-13|| ||perfidious: <Eggman>: There will doubtless be those who point out that after Tal's fine results in 1979, up to Riga where he scored an undefeated 14-3, thereby qualifying for the Candidates, he briefly overtook Korchnoi for the second spot, but order was restored by the combination of Tal's poor result in that year's Soviet championship (-2) and his decisive defeat at the hands of his bugbear Polugaevsky in the Candidates match shortly afterwards.|
|Sep-17-13|| ||Everett: A favorite, relatively unknown, game from Korchnoi. Korchnoi vs Romanishin, 1992|
|Sep-23-13|| ||visayanbraindoctor: Game Collection: Korchnoi vs World Champions Decisive Games|
Korchnoi's decisive games against world champions.
|Oct-01-13|| ||Wyatt Gwyon: Crazy to think his first recorded games were played when Alekhine was still world champion. Any news on how Korchnoi is doing?|
|Oct-03-13|| ||HeMateMe: Is there a "Korchnoi Variation" for any openings? surely the man's contribution must be recognized with a pet system?|
|Oct-03-13|| ||whiteshark: <H#M> I googled that for you: https://www.google.com/search?q=%22...|
<pet system> iirc Kortchnoi once said that someone counted some 70 opening systems that he had used throughout his career.
|Oct-03-13|| ||HeMateMe: Goodness, that's a huge list for one player.
but...are any of them actually named for him say, when this site puts up a GOD?
|Oct-03-13|| ||docbenway: HeMateMe: "Goodness, that's a huge list for one player.
but...are any of them actually named for him say, when this site puts up a GOD?"
Yesterday I played the Bobotsov Korchnoi Petrosian Samiesh Variation King's Indian Defense. The game lasted only slightly longer than it took to type it.|
|Oct-03-13|| ||HeMateMe: I think only one name should be used. Whichever player was most dominant with an opening gets to pee on it and get published with it.|
No "Fischer/Sozin attack". Make mine Fischer.
|Oct-03-13|| ||docbenway: HMM-Off hand I can't think of another opening that shares 3 names like the one I mentioned.|
|Oct-22-13|| ||Domdaniel: The Korchnoi Gambit against the Dutch: 1.d4 f5 2.h3 Nf6 3.g4 ...|
|Nov-02-13|| ||tjipa: I am currently reading the memoirs of Alexander Koblenz (or Koblencs, or Koblents), the coach of Mikhail Tal. The book was published in 1986, USSR, and it is so morbidly fascinating to read of the 1960 USSR Olympiad team: "The honour of our country was defended by Tal, Botvinnik, Keres, Smyslov, Petrosian, etc." The sixth, missing member of the Soviet team (etc!) was of course Korchnoi. I was 17 in 1986, and I remember the atmosphere of fear and omnipresent lies and compromises that started to lift off gradually in 1988, yet I guess, many people of the following generations can have only a general idea and theoretical knowledge of what it was like. Viktor Korchnoi remains one of my heroes.|
|Dec-03-13|| ||Maatalkko: What was Viktor's last competitive game to date?|
|Dec-04-13|| ||Chessdreamer: <Maatalkko> methinks this was Viktor's last competitive game to date... |
[Event "Ch Switzerland (team) 2012"]
[White "Godena, Michele"]
[Black "Korchnoi, Viktor"]
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 c5 4.Ngf3 Nf6 5.exd5 exd5 6.Bb5+ Bd7 7.Bxd7+ Nbxd7 8.O-O Be7 9.dxc5 Nxc5 10.Nb3 Nce4 11.Nfd4 Qd7 12.f3 Nd6 13.Nc5 Qc8 14.Nd3 O-O 15.Bf4 Re8 16.Re1 Qd8 17.c3 Nc4 18.Qb3 Na5 19.Qc2 Qb6 20.Kh1 Bf8 21.Be3 Nc4 22.Bf2 Qc7 23.Rxe8 Rxe8 24.Re1 Rxe1+ 25.Bxe1 a6 26.Bf2 g6 27.g3 Bd6 28.Qc1 Qd7 29.Kg2 Nh5 30.b3 Ne5 31.Nxe5 Bxe5 32.Qe3 Bf6 33.Ne2 Ng7 34.Qf4 Qd8 35.Qb4 Qd7 36.Qf4 Qd8 37.Qb4 b5 38.Qa3 Qe8 39.Qxa6 Qxe2 40.Qxf6 Nf5 41.Qg5 h6 42.Qf4 Qxa2 43.Qb8+ Kh7 44.Qe8 Qxb3 45.Qxf7+ Ng7 46.Qf6 Qb2 47.Qc6 d4 48.cxd4 b4 49.d5 Nf5 50.Qb7+ Kg8 51.Qb8+ Kf7 52.Qa7+ Kf8 53.Qc5+ Kf7 54.Qc7+ Kg8 55.Qd8+ Kf7 56.Qd7+ Kf8 57.Qc8+ Kg7 58.Qc7+ Kg8 59.Qc8+ Kg7 60.g4 Nd6 61.Qd7+ Nf7 62.Qb7 g5 63.d6 Qd2 64.d7 Kf6 65.Kf1 Qd3+ 1/2-1/2
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