Viktor Korchnoi

1931 - 2016

Viktor Korchnoi

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 363,519 page views. His biography is available in 42 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 17th most popular chess player.

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Among chess players, Viktor Korchnoi ranks 17 out of 256Before him are Anatoly Karpov, Garry Kasparov, François-André Danican Philidor, Adolf Anderssen, Paul Morphy, and Vasily Smyslov. After him are Frank Marshall, Paul Keres, Ruy López de Segura, Richard Réti, Samuel Reshevsky, and Vera Menchik.

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Among people born in 1931, Viktor Korchnoi ranks 40Before him are James Cronin, Ian Holm, Aldo Rossi, Burton Richter, Rupert Murdoch, and William Shatner. After him are Johannes Rau, James Earl Jones, Khieu Samphan, Anne Bancroft, D. B. Cooper, and Tomi Ungerer. Among people deceased in 2016, Viktor Korchnoi ranks 35Before him are Prince, George Martin, Harper Lee, James Cronin, George Gaynes, and Carrie Fisher. After him are Zsa Zsa Gabor, Bernardo Provenzano, Andrzej Żuławski, Michael Cimino, Gene Wilder, and Carlo Azeglio Ciampi.

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Among people born in Russia, Viktor Korchnoi ranks 223 out of 2,050Before him are Vasily Stalin (1921), Vitaly Ginzburg (1916), Gustav Bauer (1870), Leonid Kantorovich (1912), Bruno Taut (1880), and Anastasia Romanovna (1530). After him are Sophia Palaiologina (1455), Gottfried Semper (1803), Olga Constantinovna of Russia (1851), Alexander Oparin (1894), Dzhokhar Dudayev (1944), and Ivan Kramskoi (1837).


Among chess players born in Russia, Viktor Korchnoi ranks 6Before him are Boris Spassky (1937), Alexander Alekhine (1892), Mikhail Botvinnik (1911), Anatoly Karpov (1951), and Vasily Smyslov (1921). After him are Vera Menchik (1906), Savielly Tartakower (1887), Mikhail Chigorin (1850), Andor Lilienthal (1911), Olga Rubtsova (1909), and Elisaveta Bykova (1913).

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