Viktor Korchnoi hardly needs an introduction. This Methusaleh of chess, whose competitive longevity and endless love for the game even have. Viktor Lvovich Korchnoi was born March 23, , in Leningrad, USSR. He defected (the old word for escaping from the Soviets) to the. Chess is My Life by Victor Korchnoi, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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Chess is My Life

The following review is not about the latest product in the Chessbase stable, it is about my favorite: My Life in Chess by Viktor Korchnoi.

There are a number of games collections out there, and despite no shortage of grand names, the content and quality tends korrchnoi vary quite a bit.

The best ones are those that entertain, teach, and inspire, but such pearls are rare indeed. Viktor Korchnoi hardly needs cjess introduction. This Methusaleh of chess, whose sheer competitive longevity and endless love for the game have even Kasparov in awe, has competed head-to-head with every world champion since Cehss, and along with Bronstein is certainly the greatest player to never actually hold that title.

Usually, when one speaks of inspiration from a great player, it is in the form of a great game or move. While Korchnoi certainly has had more than his share of great korchboi, the nature of the inspiration he gives here is entirely unique to these DVDs: Truly it is impossible to explain, and is something you need to see and experience.

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Korchnoi is already well past 70 in his presentation, but the sheer buoyancy in his presentation is utterly infectious. However, the DVDs are more than a declaration of love to the game, they are a testament to his legacy and a wonderful source of insights when you least expect them.

Observe in lifr video his comments iw the consequences of the draw offer and its effect on the game thereafter. The first eleven minutes of his game against Smyslov in The sheer balance of his decision making is also the mark korchnoo a true virtuoso, as he explains it not only as a great player, but one who has spent a great deal of time contemplating all these aspects, and how they relate to each other. A few years ago, I was to play in a strong tournament after a long hiatus away from the game, and korcchnoi feeling a tad jittery.

Before each round, I would play a couple of games from these DVDs, and by the time it I left to go to the venue I not only felt uplifted, but grounded as well. Chess was easy, and the flow of the game was logical and fluid. I give all credit to Korchnoi for putting me in the frame of mind to allow my game to shine.

From a pure chess point of view, the games are all well-chosen, illustrating important moments in his career, with interesting introductions, and great battles, ranging from his early career to after he no longer challenged for the chdss title.

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You will see insights on chess, as well as on his greatest opponents. The first DVD begins with a half hour interview, conducted by Frederic Friedel, describing Viktor’s career in chess, and then proceeds korchoni the first of eight games, starting with Golenichev-Korchnoi to Filguth-Korchnoiincluding Smyslov, Tal, Geller, Huebner, and Karpov.

Viktor jumps up and down so often the camera cannot capture it all. My Life For Chess Vol. Still, beyond the technical excellence of the collection, if you are looking for something to leave you feeling positive about chess, and eager for battle, these DVDs are for you.

A review The following review is not about the latest product in the Chessbase stable, it is about my favorite: The first eleven minutes of his game against Smyslov in The sheer balance of his decision making is also mt mark of a true virtuoso, as he explains it not only as a great player, but one who has spent a great deal of time contemplating all these aspects, and how they relate to each other.

Viktor jumps up and down so often the camera cannot capture it all “He is simply lost!