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Career's End For Viktor Korchnoi?

  • SonofPearl
  • on 31.12.12 12:33.

viktor_korchnoi2.jpgThe great Viktor Korchnoi is reported to be in such poor health after a recent stroke that he may have played his last competitive game of chess.

At 81 years of age the legendary Viktor Korchnoi is the oldest active Grandmaster on the chess circuit and still a fierce and successful competitor.  At the 2011 Gibraltar Festival he defeated the young star Fabiano Caruana, more than 60 years his junior!

Korchnoi was twice the challenger for the world chess championship, in 1978 and 1981, but missed out on the ultimate prize to bitter rival Anatoly Karpov.  The 1978 match was especially close, ending 6-5 after 32 thrilling games.

Chessbase reports that Korchnoi is now recovering at a Swiss clinic after suffering heart problems, and is unlikely to return to competitive chess.  If true, it is the end of an era and a memorable career.

Best wishes Viktor Lvovich for a strong recovery and better health in 2013!

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More great Korchnoi games here. Picture from the Tradewise Gibraltar Festival website.

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  • vor 3 Jahre

    P_G_M

    Nice game by Korchnoi.

    Caruana has improved a lot since that tournament, now he is #5 in the World.

    I hope Korchnoi health improves so he can continue his amazing chess career and prove that a human being can continue to play chess at a competitive level in his 80's.

  • vor 3 Jahre

    pagan_idol

    And so might Korchnoi because he isnt dead you know. Good luck to you Mr. Korchnoi, keep fighting.

  • vor 3 Jahre

    pagan_idol

    Hey spaghettio you will die in your 80's because you have put a timetable on your lifespan. I however will live longer as have all my relatives mostly because I dont think the way you do.

  • vor 3 Jahre

    dgmisal

    One of the best... 

  • vor 3 Jahre

    The_Tactic

    Respect

  • vor 3 Jahre

    Melvyn-G

    LEGEND

  • vor 3 Jahre

    Noreaster

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery and a happy 2013 Victor.

  • vor 3 Jahre

    SonofPearl

    @ Mattjchessum - Lvovich is Korchnoi's patronym.

  • vor 3 Jahre

    FM VPA

    Wishing you a speedy recovery & a Wonderful New Year 2013Kiss

  • vor 3 Jahre

    platolag

    Get well wishes Victor!

  • vor 3 Jahre

    WestofHollywood

    Very sad news. Always admired his phenomenal strength, will to win, and endgame ability. He had an unbelievable career.

  • vor 3 Jahre

    babako

    the article is an example of tact and good taste...

  • vor 3 Jahre

    rorschach1985

    One of the greatest players that never became World Champion.

  • vor 3 Jahre

    normanwells

    Was nice to see him in my birthplace of Montreal, Canada a few years back. Great style.

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