Games of Viktor Korchnoi to replay

Mister Evergreen: Viktor Korchnoi, no other player on earth has seen and won so many major chess tournaments, individual matches and team events, no other player on this planet has faced and beaten that much fellow Chess Grandmasters

About 4'500 chess games since 1946 to 2014 of International Grandmaster Viktor Korchnoi to replay,

offers you outstanding (online chess database and community, the respected reference forum in chess), lots of the games are compiled and commentated by kibitzers:

Victor Korchnoi with White
Games taken from Korchnoi's book Vol. 1: My Best Games With White

Victor Korchnoi with Black
Games taken from Korchnoi's book,Vol.2: My Best Games With Black

Another anthology with again 4'500 competitive chess games of Viktor Korchnoi (no additional comments but you can sort them out easily):

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Viktor Korchnoi, the timeless
Korchnoi versus Tal (Yerevan, 1962 URS-ch30)

Prof. Robert M. Cuadros presenting a famous game of Viktor Korchnoi against Mikhail Tal.

This game was played in Yerevan, in 1962 (30th championship of the Soviet-Union). Read Robert Cuadros' personal tribute and annotations. A game, dedicated to Viktor Korchnoi, the timeless:

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Every move explained
Kovacs versus Korchnoi (1969)

This game was played in 1969 between Viktor Korchnoi and Laszlo Kovacs during the international tournament at Sarajevo (then Yugoslavia, now Bosnia and Herzegovina). Hungarian IM Laszlo Kovacs had the White pieces, Viktor Korchnoi the Black.

After a symmetrical beginning, black demonstrates in desperado style an attack stemming from a lead in initiative and development versus an opponent who tries to simplify, spotting for drawish lines with white. The conclusion to the game is that even as a reasonable good player (Kovacs) you don't get a draw in chess against a top player (Korchnoi) without earning it.

The game is chosen from the series "Chess for all Ages" by Mark Weeks, showing how to learn and play chess, every single move has his graphics and is deeply annotated: 

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Chess mastery at 75
Korchnoi versus Tiviakov (Banyoles Open, Catalonia, 2006)

Viktor Korchnoi is outplaying his younger and higher-rated rival Sergei Tiviakov in the penultimate round of the Banyoles International Festival, Catalonia, Spain 2006.

The Open was won by Korchnoi at age of 75, unbeaten above top-seeded Sergei Tiviakov (second on tie-break), Yury Laphsun, and Tiger Hillarp Persson (see video footage under globetrotting agenda - - Viktor Korchnoi).

Tiviakov, the Traveller: Sergei somehow manages to (i) travel to the most exotic places in the world, (ii) win or co-win the tournaments staged there, and (iii) send the chess community a huge batch of photos he has taken during his stay. His illustrated reports and pictorial impressions, are always a highlight. Although he has considered himself a professional chess player since 1989, Tiviakov also finished his degree in agricultural economics.

Before studying the game, please have a look at his lively chess career. Tiviakov is certainly one of the strongest sub-2700 ELO players just one step beyond the very best, quite regular top hundred player since the early 1990s, his peak ranking is no. 14/15 of the world in July - December 1995; a decade later, in October - December 2005, ranked as no. 20, he has been one ELO point away from reaching the (today) notorious 2700 milestone.

Sergei Tiviakov, born in Krasnador in 1973, settled to Groningen in 1997.
Member of the Smyslov school. IM since 1990. GM since 1991.

Tournament wins of Sergei Tiviakov (selection):

1. World Youth Chess Championship Under-16 in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, 1989
World Youth Chess Championship Under-18 in Singapore, Singapore, 1990
1.=Clichy, Open 1991, shared first together with amongst others Conquest, Oll, A. Sokolov
1. Gausdal Peer Gynt, Open 1992, clear first

1. Moscow, Alekhine Open 1992, Alekhine Festival (100th anniversary), there was an international invitation tournament, won by Anand and Gelfand, and an additional Alekhine Memorial Open, won as clear first by Sergei Tiviakov, ahead of Aseev, followed in a field with – among others – Ehlvest, Malaniuk, Epishin, Serper, Yudasin, Kramnik, Dolmatov, Oll, Sveshnikov, Sakeev, Smirin, Psakhis, Dreev, Sveshnikov, M. Gurevich, Kuzmin, Smyslov, Tseshkovsky, Xie Jun, Svidler, Akopian, Bagirov, Savon, Gipslis, Geller, Kholmov, etc.
1. Rostov-on-Don, Russia (Bondarevksy Memorial) 1993, ahead of 2./3. Epishin, Psakhis, Dolmatov, Smirin, Vaganian, Tukmakov, Razuvaev, Oll, Smyslov (!), Lputian, Pushkov, closed round robin tournament, 12 players, parallel there was an Open (children and widow of Igor Bondarevsky (1913-1979) were invited guests of honour at the Memorial)
1. Gausdal Arnold Cup, Open 1993, shared first with Skembris
In 1993, Tiviakov qualified in Groningen for the PCA World Championship, Candidate's matches
In 1994, Tiviakov lost after extra-time rapid the quarter-final in New York to Michael Adams
1. Kolkata (Calcutta), (5th) Goodricke Open 1994 (8/9!), one full point ahead of shared second Miles, Giorgadze, Hickl, Norwood
1. New York (Rapid Chess), Qualification PCA / Intel Grand Prix 1994, clear first ahead of Kamsky, Nikolic, Adams, Smirin, Vaisser, Oll, Ehlvest, Speelman, Khalifman, and others
1. Wijk aan Zee Open 1995, including a 105 moves win versus Adams, 12 rounds, 30 players at the end, the Hoogovens then was played in a knock-out modus, all eliminated players with the exception of the two finalists (Dreev won vs. Bareev) joined then stage-by-stage a backup Open, a highly sophisticated additional pointing system sort them in, Tiviakov was clear first, above Ivan Sokolov, 3.-9. Adams, Almasi, Hulak, Khalifman, Seirawan, Short, followed by Leko, Nikolic, Piket, Timman, amongst others
1.=Buenos Aires, Najdorf Tournament (7th) 1996, joint win with Jordi Magem Badals
(Miguel Najdorf alive, and organizer)
1. Beijng, Tan Chin Nam Cup (3rd) 1997, clear first ahead of Oll (Invitation Tournament)
1.=Beijng, Lee Cup (4th) 1997, shared with Altermann, ahead of Pigusov (Open)
1. Jakarta, Gunadarma Open 1997, outright
1. Linares, Anibal Open (5th) 1998 (clear first in a strong field including Miles, Korchnoi, Spraggett, Lobron, Luther, Marin, Lalic, Xu Jun, Kuzmin, Epishin, Kasimdzhanov, Movsesian, Minasian, Asrian, Aronian; many players from the former Soviet Union, 186 participants)
1.=Groningen GM tournament (37th Festival) 1998, joint with Milov, ahead of Almasi, Piket
1. Groningen Open (38th Festival) 1999, clear first, ahead of Kasimdzhanov (Open with 100 players, including 15 GMs, there was no longer an Invitation GM Tournament at Groningen)
1.=Hoogeveen VAM, Open 1999 (not to mix with the closed event, won in 2009)
1. Bunratty, Ireland, Masters Open (5th) 1999, clear first for the “Tipperary Crystal Trophy”
1. Gausdal Eikrem Memorial, Open 2000, above Westerinen and mostly local players
1.=Wijk aan Zee - B (Corus) 2000, joint win with Alexander Onischuk
1.=Saint Vincent, Valle d'Aosta Open (10th) 2000, Novikov winner on tie-break, Razuvaev, Komarov, Hamdouchi, Tiviakov, Dorfman, Nevednichy (sevens gms shared first place)
1.=Copenhagen, Politiken Cup (24th) 2002, winner on tie-break, joint with Alexander Beliavsky and Rubén Felgaer
1.=Saint Vincent, Valle d'Aosta Open (10th) 2002, Malakhov winner on tie-break, Epishin, Volokitin, and Tiviakov as equal first to fourth
1. Cairo Golden Cleopatra, Open 2002, outright
1. Malaga
, Spain, (6th) Open 2003, outright
1. Dieren, Netherlands, Open Nederlands Kampioenschap Schaken, Open 2004, outright
1. Izmir, Turkey, Open 2004 (8.5/9), outright ahead of Mikhail Gurevich (7/9)
1.=Vlissingen Hogeschool Zeeland (8th) Open 2004, Sasikiran winner on tie-break
1.=Solsona, Spain (3rd) Open 2005 (7/9), winner on tie-break
1. Neiva, Columbia, Huila Centenary Open 2005 (8/9), outright
1. Gausdal Classics (April) 2005 (8.5/9!), ahead of Kulaots, amongst others Lie, GM Carlsen, Korneev, Williams (round robin, 10 players). Bottom line: Magnus Carlsen went on to win the Gausdal Byggern Masters, Open in October 2005
1.=Banyoles Open 2006, Viktor Korchnoi (75 years) winner on tie-break, Tiviakov runner-up, equal on third Yuri Lapshun, equal on fourth Tiger Hillarp Persson
1. Saint Vincent, Valle d'Aosta Open (14th) 2006 (8.5/9), ahead of Epishin, Godena, a.o.
1. Dutch Chess Championship in Hilversum 2006
1. Dutch Chess Championship in Hilversum 2007

1.=Vlissingen Hogeschool Zeeland (11th) Open 2007, Caruana winner on tie-break
1.=Trieste, International Festival of Trieste (9th) 2007, first on tie-break with Baklan, 3. Caruana
1.=Trieste, International Festival of Trieste (10th) 2008, first on tie-break with Bosiocic
1. Mangalia, Romania, “Neptun” Open Chess Festival (2nd) 2008, clear first
1. European Individual Chess Championship, in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, 2008 coming in clear first
1.=Bratto, Italy, Open (28th) 2008, first on tie-break, with Matamoros Franco, Burmakin
1.=Copenhagen, Politiken Cup (30th) 2008, winner on tie-break, joint with Władimir Małakhov, Juri Kuzubov, Peter Heine Nielsen, Boris Savchenko, Jonny Hector
1. Hoogeveen Univé Schaaktoernooi Hoogeveen (13th) 2009, Tiviakov clear first ahead of 2./3. Ivanchuk, Giri, and 4. Judit Polgar (Kroongroep: Mini tournament, 11 out of 12 games drawn!)
1.=Breslau Open (4th) 2009, first on tie-break, with Malakhatko, Baklan
1. Leiden, Netherlands (4th) Open 2010, Nikolic winner on tie-break, Tiviakov runner-up with equal first to third IM Eelke Wiersma
1.=Bogotá Open (1st) 2010, JAHV McGregor de Ajedrez ITT, first on tie-break, with Cordova, Zapata
1. Leiden, Netherlands (5th) Open 2011, clear first ahead of Nikolic, Howell, Van der Wiel
1.=Bogotá Open (2nd) 2011, JAHV McGregor de Ajedrez ITT, Bruzon winner on tie-break number of wins, Tiviakov runner-up, with equal first to third Macieja
1. Panama Open (1st) 2011, outright
1.=Hoogeveen Univé, Open 2011 (not to mix with the closed event, won in 2009)
1.=Mashhad, Iran, Fajr Open (19th) 2011, first on tie-break in a crowd of eight players
1. Fagernes Open
(1st) 2011 (also 40th Open Norwegian Championship), Norsk Sjakkfestival, Norway, outright
1.=Roosendaal, Netherlands (1st) LBV Open 2012, co-win with Kravtsiv (both with same tie-break)
1.=Commonwealth Championship, Chennai 2012, first on tie-break, with Babu MR Lalith, India (455 players)
1.=DYTM Raja Dr. Nazrin Shah Kuala Lumpur Open 2012, first on tie-break, with Barbosa
1. DYTM Raja Dr. Nazrin Shah Kuala Lumpur Masters 2013 (9/10, 11 players round robin)
1. Guernsey International Festival, Open (39th) 2013, perfect score 7/7, above Mark Hebden
1. DYTM Raja Dr. Nazrin Shah Kuala Lumpur Open 2014, outright // three times in a row winner at Kuala Lumpur
1.=Beirut, Lebanon, Open 2014, Azer Mirzoev (AZE) first on tie-break, equal with GM Kirill Stupak (BLR), Tiviakov on third tie-break spot
1. Jakarta, Japfa Chess Festival (9th) 2014, round robin tournament (five foreign guest and five local players), clear first ahead of Huỳnh Minh Huy Nguyễn (Vietnam, achieving a GM norm), Suat Atalik settled for third
1. Canadian Open, Montreal (51st) 2014, after Armageddon, edging out Robin Van Kampen and Ehsan Ghaem Maghami
1. Etna Open, Mount Etna, Sicily, Italy (1st) 2014, outright
1. Dutch Chess Championship in Amsterdam 2018

Team Gold medal with Russia, Chess Olympiad, in Moscow, 1994
Team Gold medal with Netherlands, European Team Championships, in Leon, 2001
Team Gold medal with Netherlands, European Team Championships, in Gothenburg, 2005
Individual Gold medal, Board first prize, European Team Championship, in Leon, 2001

Team winner (16th) Russian Chess Premier League with ShK Tomsk-400, in Sochi, 2009
(plus some further team caps, including 4NCL and the Arab Chess Club Championship)

Profound annotation by A. J. Goldsby, Life Master by the United States Chess Federation (USCF):

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Chess at the University
Korchnoi versus Uhlmann (Leipzig, 2014)

<Schach-Event der Extraklasse in Leipzig 2014: Veranstaltung auf Initiative von Dr. Gerhard Köhler, ORWO Net AG, Wolfen, Deutscher Schachbund DSB, Emanuel-Lasker-Gesellschaft und der Universität Leipzig>

Dr. Gerhard Köhler is the man who took the initiative to bring together two of the all time greatest chess living legends: Wolfgang Uhlmann and Viktor Korchnoi.

In summer 2012, Korchnoi visited the City of Leipzig, invited by the University and Dr. Gerhard Köhler, a student chess player in the 1970s for East Germany, Amateur World Chess Champion ACO 2016, promoter of Youth Chess in Germany (founder and president of the corresponding society „Kinderschach in Deutschland“) and entrepreneur as chairman of a mid-cap company in fotofinishing:

Viktor Korchnoi then visited with his wife Petra the new Paulinum and gave a simultan exhibition at the University of Leipzig:

For Viktor Korchnoi, the city of Leipzig creates also reminiscences of his first Chess Olympiads for the USSR in 1960 on board 4, whith Tal, Botvinnik, Keres, Korchnoi and Smyslov, Petrosian as reserve - what an incredible line-up! Even a formation of the then not nominated Bronstein, Spassky, Geller, Stein, Polugaevsky, Taimanov would be most certainly better that time than every other nation on this planet.

A survey of Leipzig 1960 with pictures of Bobby Fischer, the wizard Tal, Korchnoi, elder statesman Max Euwe, sixteen years young Vlastimil Hort or Manuel Aaron, the first indian International Master who did much for the popularization of the game in India:

In spring 2014, Viktor and Petra Korchnoi were invited to Leipzig again, at the University of Leipzig, Viktor Korchnoi  played a match (active chess, 1h each) against Dresden legend Wolfgang Uhlman. It was the first public game of Viktor Lvovich after he suffered a stroke. 

Korchnoi vs. Uhlmann, Leipzig 2014: (Internet live broadcast game 1) (Internet live broadcast game 2) (game 1 to replay) (game 2 to replay) (Analyse der beiden Partien von FIDE-Meister Manfred Schöneberg, früherer Landesmeister der DDR, in der Leipziger Volkszeitung LVZ) (Korchnoi simul with Juniors) (SCHACH-TICKER, Franz Jittenmeier)

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