Viktor Korchnoi, Dead at 85


#1

RIP


#2

I didn’t know him, but it sounds like he was a big deal. RIP.


#3

Who?


#4

I’m sad to hear that a chess icon died. RIP; 2016 is no joke.


#5

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#6

We already have a stupid thread for 2016 deaths.

You made it.

Please stop


#7

Also checkmate, Korchnoi B)


#8

Checkmate.

I almost made the first post “Checkmate.”

But good taste prevailed.

Does being a Ginger and thus at least tangentially related to 'Murika’s first slaves give you a pass, on that?

I’m too lazy to Google the protocols.


#9

We haven’t fully explored our Crimson privileges yet. I think I get to say the n-word like Hispanics, though.


#10

Nooooo!! Poor Viktor Kunoichi :frowning:


#11

Pretty sure the ginger Soviet player you guys are thinking of was Smyslov, not Korchnoi.


#12

Probably the greatest player never to become World Champion.

Also, a guy with the greatest longevity in chess history. He hit his prime and was the world #2 in his 40s, was the world #3 at times during his 50s, was still a top 40 player in his freaking 60s, and STILL a top 100 player throughout most of his 70s.

At 80 he won a tournament game from Fabiano Caruana, currently the world #3 and a possible future World Champion.

That level of longevity, especially in the modern chess world, where 40 is completely over-the-hill, is utterly unprecedented.


#13

Yup. @SlayerofBodom will Carlsen retain?


#14

Don’t we already have computers that made these guys irrelevant?


#15

Nope. Computers nowadays are just tools. Kinda like netdecking in Magic the Gathering or training modes in fightIng games, etc.


#16

Korchnoi predated that era. Back in the 70s, for instance, even an ordinary master that didn’t crack the world’s top 1,000 could defeat the strongest chess engine.