GM Viktor Korchnoi

Full name
Viktor Korchnoi
Life
Mar 23, 1931 - Jun 6, 2016 (age 85)
Place of birth
Leningrad, Soviet Union
Federation
Switzerland

Following in the footsteps of other strong players, Grandmaster Viktor Korchnoi went through Botvinnik’s Soviet Chess School and rose to be ranked among the world’s elite for close to 50 years throughout his life. He played in two different World Championship matches and has defeated a record nine(!) different World Champions in his career. Known for his strong counterattacking style, Korchnoi continues to be a very tough opponent, even now when he is more than 80 years old!

Viktor Korchnoi learned to play chess at the age of 5 but didn’t start playing seriously until a few years later. In 1943, he began to receive his first training from different strong local players and won the USSR Junior Championship in 1947 and 1948. After a series of high placings in strong tournaments he was awarded the International Master title in 1954 and later became a Grandmaster in 1956. Korchnoi was another player who followed in the footsteps of other strong players by going through Botvinnik’s Soviet Chess School, facing off against stars including Mikhail Tal, Tigran Petrosian and Boris Spassky. His playing style was one based on counterattacking. He would let his opponents start an attack then come out of nowhere with a strong rebuttal. Later in his life he twice played for the World Championship title against Anatoly Karpov in back-to-back challenges in 1978 and 1981, losing both matches. Along with Paul Keres, they have both defeated nine (!) different World Champions in their lifetime. In 2006, Korchnoi won the World Senior Championship. Korchnoi continues to be a strong opponent even now, despite being older than 80 years.

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White Pieces
Bogo-Indian Defense (21) : E11
Pirc Defense (17) : B07 B09
Queen's Gambit Accepted (43) : D20 D26 D28 D21 D22 D25 D27
Old Indian Defense (23) : A53 A54
Blumenfeld Countergambit Accepted (2) : E10
King's Indian Attack (42) : A07 A08
Reti Opening (56) : A04 A05 A06 A09
Benko Gambit Declined (14) : A57
Queen's Indian Defense (95) : E15 E12 E14 E19 E17 E18 E16
Modern Defense (21) : A42 A40 B06
Tarrasch Defense (19) : D32 D34 D33
Queen's Pawn Opening (25) : D02 A40 A41 E00 D00
Benko Gambit Half-Accepted (5) : A57
Semi-Slav Defense (88) : D45 D46 D47 D43 D44 D48
Polish Opening (4) : A00
Richter-Veresov Attack (2) : D01
King's Pawn Opening (3) : B00 C40
Old Benoni Defense (3) : A44 A43
Caro-Kann Defense (23) : B13 B10 B18 B17 B11 B12
Semi-Slav Defense Accepted (6) : D44
Petrov's Defense (4) : C42 C43
Scandinavian Defense (3) : B01
Blumenfeld Countergambit (1) : E10
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (13) : D78 D73 D79 D71
Modern Defense with 1.e4 (3) : B06
Benko Gambit Fully-Accepted (8) : A58
Four Knights Game (4) : C46 C48 C47
Modern Defense with 1.d4 (9) : A40
Alekhine Defense (3) : B04 B03
Budapest Defense (5) : A52
Trompowsky Attack (2) : A45
Torre Attack (7) : A46 A48
London System (1) : A48
King's Gambit Declined (1) : C30
Nimzowitsch Defense (1) : B00
Hungarian Opening (12) : A00
King's Gambit Accepted (2) : C34
Philidor Defense (1) : C41
Italian Game (5) : C58 C50
Lion Defense (1) : B07
Giuoco Piano Game (1) : C50
Bird's Opening (1) : A02
Scotch Game (1) : C44
Black Pieces
Queen's Indian Defense (184) : E12 E14 E15 E16 E17 E18 E19
Colle System (1) : D05
Giuoco Piano Game (20) : C50 C53 C51
Catalan Opening (43) : E00 E01 E04 E05 E02
Bogo-Indian Defense (76) : E11
Reti Opening (34) : A04 A09 A05
Scotch Game (16) : C45 C44
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack (1) : A01
King's Pawn Opening (1) : C40
Four Knights Game (12) : C47 C49 C48 C46
Queen's Pawn Opening (20) : A40 A43 A41 D03 D02
King's Indian Attack (40) : A08 A07
Italian Game (4) : C55 C50
Torre Attack (12) : A48 A46
Bird's Opening (2) : A03 A02
Petrov's Defense (6) : C42 C43
Budapest Defense (2) : A52
Trompowsky Attack (6) : A45
Richter-Veresov Attack (6) : D01
Hungarian Opening (7) : A00
Tarrasch Defense (15) : D34 D33 D32
Polish Opening (2) : A00
Pirc Defense (10) : B09 B08 B07
Old Benoni Defense (3) : A56 A43
King's Gambit Accepted (3) : C33 C39 C35
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (18) : D78 D73 D79 D71 D77
Scandinavian Defense (3) : B01
London System (7) : A48
Benko Gambit Half-Accepted (2) : A57
Alekhine Defense (14) : B02 B05 B03 B04
Ponziani Opening (1) : C44
Vienna Game (3) : C26 C29
Saragossa Opening (1) : A00
Bishop's Opening (2) : C24 C20
Benoni Defense (15) : A56 A77 A61 A70 A57
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense with 3...d5 (1) : D70
Old Indian Defense (5) : A53 A54
Modern Defense (4) : B06
Nimzowitsch Defense (2) : B00
Semi-Slav Defense Accepted (1) : D44
Nimzowitsch Defense Declined (1) : B00

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