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Viktor Korchnoi (1931-2016)



9 June 2016

A legend during his lifetime, Viktor Korchnoi was a challenger to the world title from 1962 until 1991. A relentless workaholic and professional both on and off the board he managed to shape his style in order to reach the summit of the chess world only to succumb at the last hurdle - he stumbled three times, as in 1974 he would have become a World Champion by beating Karpov in the Candidates final. With a complicated character and even more complicated life he seemed to have a neverending supply of energy which drove him forward until the end. His passion for chess was boundless, his search for the truth on the 64 squares knew no compromise. Chess and chess lovers, as well as his rivals, will definitely miss him.

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