Viktor Korchnoi: Legacy of a chess legend

Viktor Korchnoi: Legacy of a chess legend

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On Monday 6 June the chess world lost one of its most iconic figures, Viktor Korchnoi.

His famous quote “chess is my life” is one many will connect to. Viktor, however, backed it up, dedicating all his days to the game we love.

Here we remember him by admiring the fruit of his work, his legacy: the chess he played. Take a look at these positions and see if you can find Viktor Korchnoi’s ideas.

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KorchnoiUdovicWhite to play

Black’s King was on f8 but he cunningly played …g5 tempting Nxg5 before moving his King.

Now White’s Knight is pinned against his Queen. Exchanging Bishops and playing Nf3 would escape, of course, but Korchnoi had seen something better. Can you?

2bqk2r/pp2bp2/1n2p2p/3pP1N1/1B5Q/3B4/PP3PPP/2R3K1 w – – 0 25

 

 

 

KorchnoiKarpovWhite to play

In 1974 Korchnoi played Karpov in the Candidates Final. Both had beaten former World Champions to get there (Petrosian and Spassky). Karpov won by the narrowest of margins but Korchnoi destroyed him in this game.

White to play.

1r1q1rk1/pb1pbp1p/1pn3p1/2pB2N1/2P5/6P1/PP1QPP1P/R1B1K2R w KQ – 0 13

 

 

 

 

 

AverbakhKorchnoiBlack to play

(Board shown from Black’s perspective)

White is endgame expert Yuri Averbakh who has an extra pawn and might be able to go 2 pawns up soon.

What did the great Viktor Korchnoi play?

8/5pk1/p3p3/3n4/2r3P1/3N2Pp/PR1KPP2/8 b – – 0 39

13 comments on “Viktor Korchnoi: Legacy of a chess legend

  1. ichess says:

    Exactly, thanks for your explanation

  2. ALFREDO V. CHAY, National Arbiter from the Philippines says:

    This is not a way of recording moves but rather a system of recording a position from a chess board thru letters and numerals. It’s called Forsyth Notation. The numerals represent the vacant squares, lower case letters stand for black pieces/pawns while capital letters are for white pieces/pawns. Thus 2bqk2r stands for:
    We start at the last or eight rank, thus: 2 means two vacant squares from leftmost last rank, b=black bishop, q=black queen, k=black king, 2=two vacant squares, r=black rook. Then we go down to the 7th rank: pp2bp2p. I believe you may now decipher it up to the first rank. Keep on enjoying caissa!

  3. Richard says:

    Rook to f8 is the answer in Diagram 3.

    1. ichess says:

      I think that you mean Rc1… Yes, now the h-pawn is going to promote.

  4. Richard says:

    Looks like Knight x H7 leads to cutains!

    1. Richard says:

      This is for diagram 2.

    2. ichess says:

      Exactly, This is the best move here. Korchnoi won after few moves.

  5. Richard says:

    Looks like in diagram 1 Knight takes f7, Leads to the win!

    1. ichess says:

      No, there’s a better move.

  6. tony says:

    sorry, what annotation is this ?? 2bqk2r/pp2bp2/1n2p2p/3pP1N1/1B5Q/3B4/PP3PPP/2R3K1
    e2 e4 I understand
    P-K4 no prob but…..

    1. Paul says:

      The “2bqk2r/pp2bp2/1n2p2p/3pP1N1/1B5Q/3B4/PP3PPP/2R3K1” notation is a description of the position in Forsythe-Edwards Notation or FEN. The lower case letters are black pieces, upper case letters aare white & numbers refer to the number of blank spaces.

  7. Akeem Cummings says:

    thanks.Akeem Cummings from Maryland

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13 comments on “Viktor Korchnoi: Legacy of a chess legend

  1. ichess says:

    Exactly, thanks for your explanation

  2. ALFREDO V. CHAY, National Arbiter from the Philippines says:

    This is not a way of recording moves but rather a system of recording a position from a chess board thru letters and numerals. It’s called Forsyth Notation. The numerals represent the vacant squares, lower case letters stand for black pieces/pawns while capital letters are for white pieces/pawns. Thus 2bqk2r stands for:
    We start at the last or eight rank, thus: 2 means two vacant squares from leftmost last rank, b=black bishop, q=black queen, k=black king, 2=two vacant squares, r=black rook. Then we go down to the 7th rank: pp2bp2p. I believe you may now decipher it up to the first rank. Keep on enjoying caissa!

  3. Richard says:

    Rook to f8 is the answer in Diagram 3.

    1. ichess says:

      I think that you mean Rc1… Yes, now the h-pawn is going to promote.

  4. Richard says:

    Looks like Knight x H7 leads to cutains!

    1. Richard says:

      This is for diagram 2.

    2. ichess says:

      Exactly, This is the best move here. Korchnoi won after few moves.

  5. Richard says:

    Looks like in diagram 1 Knight takes f7, Leads to the win!

    1. ichess says:

      No, there’s a better move.

  6. tony says:

    sorry, what annotation is this ?? 2bqk2r/pp2bp2/1n2p2p/3pP1N1/1B5Q/3B4/PP3PPP/2R3K1
    e2 e4 I understand
    P-K4 no prob but…..

    1. Paul says:

      The “2bqk2r/pp2bp2/1n2p2p/3pP1N1/1B5Q/3B4/PP3PPP/2R3K1” notation is a description of the position in Forsythe-Edwards Notation or FEN. The lower case letters are black pieces, upper case letters aare white & numbers refer to the number of blank spaces.

  7. Akeem Cummings says:

    thanks.Akeem Cummings from Maryland

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