Jul 17



Grandmaster Var Akobian pays tribute to his countryman, former World Champion Tigran Petrosian. “Iron Tigran” didn’t attack often, but when he did, his opponents were in trouble. Akobian recommends re-watching the two games; see if you can recall the moves.

Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian vs Viktor Korchnoi, Curacao Candidates (1962): A31 English, symmetrical, Benoni formation
Petrosian vs. Rodriguez Vargas: D45 Queen’s Gambit Declined semi-Slav, Stoltz variation

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Jul 10

Fischer vs Kortchnoi at the Candidates in Curacao, 1962


Jun 2, 2015


Grandmaster Ben Finegold profiles arguably the strongest non-World Champion ever, Viktor Korchnoi. A game from every decade the Soviet defector played strongly is featured.

Viktor Korchnoi vs Vladimir Zak, Leningrad (1951): D00 Queen’s pawn, Chigorin variation
Vladimir Mikhailovich Liberzon vs Korchnoi, USSR Championship (1960): B43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
Korchnoi vs Arturo Pomar-Salamanca, EU-chT Kapfenberg (1970): A00 Benko’s opening
Korchnoi vs Karoly Honfi, Baden-Baden 32/127 (1981): A62 Benoni, fianchetto variation
Korchnoi vs Artur Yusupov, Cologne (1990): A18 English, Mikenas-Carls, Flohr variation
Korchnoi vs Pavel Kotsur, 34th Olympiad (2000): C02 French, advance, Wade variation


Anatoli Karpow and Viktor Kortschnoi in Meran, 1981

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