Viktor Korchnoi

1931 - 2016

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Viktor Lvovich Korchnoi (Russian: Ви́ктор Льво́вич Корчно́й, IPA: [vʲiktər lʲvovʲɪtɕ kɐrtɕˈnoj]; 23 March 1931 – 6 June 2016) was a Soviet (before 1976) and Swiss (after 1980) chess grandmaster and writer. He is considered one of the strongest players never to have become World Chess Champion.Born in Leningrad, Soviet Union, Korchnoi defected to the Netherlands in 1976, and resided in Switzerland from 1978, becoming a Swiss citizen. Korchnoi played four matches, three of which were official, against GM Anatoly Karpov. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Viktor Korchnoi has received more than 623,852 page views. His biography is available in 45 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 42 in 2019). Viktor Korchnoi is the 14th most popular chess player (up from 17th in 2019), the 211th most popular biography from Russia (up from 223rd in 2019) and the 5th most popular Russian Chess Player.

Viktor Korchnoi is most famous for being a chess grandmaster and a three-time world chess champion.

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Among chess players, Viktor Korchnoi ranks 14 out of 376Before him are Emanuel Lasker, Tigran Petrosian, Max Euwe, Anatoly Karpov, Garry Kasparov, and François-André Danican Philidor. After him are Vasily Smyslov, Adolf Anderssen, Samuel Reshevsky, Paul Morphy, Paul Keres, and Siegbert Tarrasch.

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Among people born in 1931, Viktor Korchnoi ranks 35Before him are Roger Penrose, John le Carré, William Shatner, Larry Hagman, Rupert Murdoch, and Anne Bancroft. After him are Annie Girardot, Aldo Rossi, Monica Vitti, Johannes Rau, James Earl Jones, and Khieu Samphan. Among people deceased in 2016, Viktor Korchnoi ranks 35Before him are Elie Wiesel, Prince, John Glenn, Bernardo Provenzano, Andrzej Żuławski, and Gene Wilder. After him are Hilary Putnam, George Kennedy, Robert Vaughn, George Martin, Zsa Zsa Gabor, and Carlo Azeglio Ciampi.

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Among people born in Russia, Viktor Korchnoi ranks 211 out of 2,688Before him are Alla Pugacheva (1949), Ivan Vladimirovich Michurin (1855), The French Angel (1903), Gherman Titov (1935), Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich of Russia (1857), and Vasily Stalin (1921). After him are Nikolay Chernyshevsky (1828), Nikolai Vatutin (1901), Gerhard Barkhorn (1919), Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia (1853), Vasily Smyslov (1921), and Vladimir Vernadsky (1863).


Among chess players born in Russia, Viktor Korchnoi ranks 5Before him are Boris Spassky (1937), Alexander Alekhine (1892), Mikhail Botvinnik (1911), and Anatoly Karpov (1951). After him are Vasily Smyslov (1921), Vera Menchik (1906), Mikhail Chigorin (1850), Savielly Tartakower (1887), Andor Lilienthal (1911), Olga Rubtsova (1909), and Yuri Averbakh (1922).