Christmas Open In Zurich Starts Without Viktor Korchnoi

Время публикации: 26.12.2013 23:51 | Последнее обновление: 26.12.2013 23:51

The Christmas Open started today in Zurich. The rating favourites are Radoslaw Woijtaszek 2711, Evgeny Alekseev 2698, Andrei Istratescu 2670, Boris Grachev 2669. Earlier it was announced that Viktor Korchnoi will participate in the event, however, eventually GM declined invitation as according to the schedule participants will have to play two games a day and that would be too hard for the veteran.     


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  • Viktor Korchnoi is among the participants of the strong open tournament which will take place in Zurich from December 26 to 30. It is a 7-round Swiss competition, the rating favourites are Radoslaw Woijtaszek 2711, Evgeny Alekseev 2698, Andrei Istratescu 2670, Boris Grachev 2669 and others. 

  • This morning Victor Korchnoi, who lives in Switzerland and represents that country in competitions, has arrived to the Kramnik - Aronian match in Zurich for the remaining two days. As always, he is not alone but with his wife Petra Leeuwerik. The legendary grandmaster has just played two rapid games with the sponsor of the match Oleg Skvortsov and then hasn't declined to play blitz, although that wasn't planned. All the games ended in favour of the veteran player.

  • Viktor Korchnoi hasn't played any rated games since 23rd September, 2012. He suffered a stroke later in 2012, which made most experts think that the chess legend wouldn't be able to return to competitive chess. In March 2013, however, Korchnoi played an exhibition match of 2 games in Leipzig vs Wolfgang Uhlmann, with the time control of 60 min/game for each. Korchnoi won 2-0.

  • Chess-News finds out there's a friendly match scheduled from March 27 in Leipzig between Viktor Korchnoi and Boris Spassky. It will consist of four classical game.

  • We reported about the scheduled friendly match between Viktor Korchnoi and Boris Spassky over two weeks ago. It was planned to be held from March 27 in Leipzig, Germany. Let us emphesize, we got the mentioned information from Korchnoi himself.

    Now it turned out Spassky haven't heard of the event. He wrote an open letter to RCF president Andrey Filatov stating it: 

  • A half of the rapid match (2 games out of total 4) between Viktor Korchnoi and Wolfgang Uhlmann has been played today in Zurich, as a part of Zurich Chess Challenge. Both games were won by White. The German veteran outplayed Korchnoi in the first encounter, but found himself in a hopeless position already at the beginning of the second game. The realization by Korchnoi was quite convincing.

  • The participants played a blitz tournament for the draw (PHOTOS)

  • Viktor Korchnoi will not be able to participate in the Olympiad which will start in ten days and will not reinforce his team of Switzerland. The chess legend had to give up his trip to Turkey because of his poor health. So the leader of the team Yannik Pelletier will thus be accompanied by Joseph J. Gallagher, Oliver Kurmann, Richard Forster and Werner Hug.

  • The match with Korchnoi's participation started in Leipzig Germany. Korchnoi's opponent is not Spassky, as it was announced earlier, but Wolfgang Uhlmann. German GM turns 79 tomorrow, while Korchnoi will turn 83 on March 23.

    Match consists of four games, those are most likely not broadcasted online. Korchnoi beat his German colleague in the first match game. 

  • The rapid match between Viktor Korchnoi and Wolfgang Uhlmann has come to an end in Zurich as a part of the Zurich Chess Challenge. On the second playing day, the renowned veteran players exchanged victories again, with a difference that both today's games were won by Black. Thus, the final score is equal - 2-2.

    All the games of the match can be replayed below.