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Master Class Vol. 15: Viktor Kortschnoi

+ My Life for Chess - bundle-offer (2 DVDs)

DVD-Box, ChessBase, 1. Auflage 2022

49,90 €
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Master Class Vol. 15: Viktor Kortschnoi

Viktor Korchnoi (born in 1931 in Leningrad) is one of the great players in chess history. He first qualified for a Candidates Tournament for the World Championship as early as 1962, and subsequently took part many times in further Candidates Matches. His final candidates match was against Kasparov in 1983. For decades Korchnoi belonged to the absolute world elite. In the late 1970s he was number two in the world rankings behind Anatoly Karpov.

After Korchnoi fled the USSR as a dissident in 1976, he engaged in two exciting and politically heated competitions for the world championship against Karpov, in 1978 and 1981. In 1978, Korchnoi lost by a narrow margin. He continued to play at a high level in many tournaments well into his later years. He cultivated a very combative, concrete style, and was a master of defence. He gladly accepted sacrifices, or won and then defended a material advantage until victory. Korchnoi had outstanding knowledge of the endgame, and was probably the world’s best expert on rook endgames. In this video course, experts including Yannick Pelletier, Mihail Marin, Karsten Müller and Oliver Reeh, examine the games of Viktor Korchnoi. Let them show you which openings Korchnoi chose to play, where his strength in middlegames were, or how he outplayed his opponents in the endgame. Finally, you’ll get a glimpse of his tactical abilities in the Tactics section. This edition features an additional video by Yannick Pelletier, who looks back on Korchnoi’s life, and shares the memory of his experiences with one of the greatest players of all time.

  • Video running time: 7 hours 53 minutes(English)

  • Interactive tactics test with video feedback

  • “Korchnoi Powerbooks”: Korchnoi’s opening repertoire as a variation tree

  • Tactical training with 24 games

  • Extra video by Yannick Pelletier

My life for chess

Viktor Korchnoi ( 1931 - 2016 ) was undoubtedly one of the most fascinating personalities in the chess world. The two-time World Championship finalist played successful and attractive chess, even into old age. In 2004 he visited ChessBase and recorded his video biography “My life for chess”. With these recordings Korchnoi created a living memorial to himself and his great chess career. This historical document is now available again: remastered by ChessBase, playable on many platforms (Windows, Mac) or as a stream and supplemented with a game database.

Korchnoi presents many of his most brilliant efforts from the years 1949-2005, among them, games against Smyslov, Geller, Tal, Huebner, Karpov, Kasparov, Spassky and Short. In each case Korchnoi describes in detail the story of the game, never beating around the bush, sometimes criticising his opponents harshly, but also lavishing praise on them when due. Embedded in the game commentaries are many details of Korchnoi’s biography; for instance, before commenting on his game against Spassky, the veteran speaks extensively about his personal relationship with the exworld champion. Throughout these lectures, you can feel Korchnoi’s enduring love for chess. Whenever the great master gets to the heart of an opening (King’s Indian, English and French) or shows an astonishing move, one can see the joy sparkling in his eyes. Little wonder - no other chess genius has lived chess as intensively as “Viktor the Terrible”. A must-have for every chess fan!

  • Video running time: 7 hours 36 minutes(English)

  • Database with more than 5,000 games by Viktor Korchnoi

Weitere Informationen
Gewicht 200 g
Hersteller ChessBase
Breite 13 cm
Höhe 19 cm
Medium DVD
Erscheinungsjahr 2022
Autor Viktor Kortschnoi
Sprache Englisch
Auflage 1
Einband DVD-Box

Master Class Vol. 15: Viktor Kortschnoi


Short biography

Viktor Korchnoi Spotlight



Leningrad Dutch

King's Indian Defence

Classical Openings

English Opening

Black vs 1.d4

Black vs 1.e4




Kortschnoj-Petrosian 1980

Korchnoi-Petrosian, Candidates 1980

Kortschnoj-Jussupov 1981

Korchnoi-Jussupow, Lone Pine 1981

Karpov-Kortschnoj 1978

Karpov-Korchnoi, World Championship Game 28 1978

Gruenfeld-Kortschnoj 1985

Gruenfeld-Korchnoi, Brussels 1985

Kortschnoj-Polugaevsky 1987

Korchnoi-Polugaevsky, Candidates 1977

Kortschnoj-Plakhetka 1969

Korchnoi-Plachetka, Luhacovice International 1969

Caruana-Kortschnoj 2011

Caruana-Korchnoi, Gibraltar 2011

Tactics 1-10

Korchnoi-Shapkin 1949

Korchnoi-Cherepkov 1953

Korchnoi-Gusev 1956

Fuchs-Korchnoi 1965

Byrne-Korchnoi 1967

Corral-Korchnoi 1968

Kozma-Korchnoi 1969

Korchnoi-Balashov 1971

Korchnoi-Ree 1972

Ivanov-Korchnoi 1973

Tactics 11-20

Korchnoi-Karpov 1974

Langeweg-Korchnoi 1976

Huss-Korchnoi 1979

Sigurjonsson-Korchnoi 1980

Korchnoi-Huebner 1981

Portisch-Korchnoi 1983

Korchnoi-Beliavsky 1990

Korchnoi-Timman 1991

Korchnoi-Wade 1992

Korchnoi-Romanishin 1992

Tactics 21-25

Ballmann-Korchnoi 1995

Fressinet-Korchnoi 1996

Korchnoi-Lepelletier 1996

Korchnoi-Bach 1997

Korchnoi-Solak 2002



Rook endings

The cut-off

Reaching the Lucena position

The rook belongs behind the passed-pawn

Kasparov's king advance

Kasparov's king retreat

Korchnoi's king

The power of the passed e-pawn

The power of connected passed pawns

Races with hurdles

The world championship match Karpov-Korchnoi Baguio City 1978

The will to win

Karpov's cut off

Deep problems

Korchnoi's initiative

Karpov's drawing zone

Rook vs bishop

The dangerous corner

A non-standard draw

Powerplay on the light squares

Powerplay on the dark squares

Rook and knight vs rook

Coordination problems

Queen endgame

Queen plus h- and f-pawn win against queen

Knight vs bishop endgame

Zugzwang is the sharpest endgame weapon

The knight strikes back


Training Questions

All Games

Korchnoi book with White

Korchnoi book with Black

My life for chess

Part 1: 1949 - 1979

Golenichev - Korchnoi 1949

Smyslov - Korchnoi 1952

Korchnoi - Geller 1954

Korchnoi - Tal 1962

Korchnoi - Udovcic 1967

Navara - Korchnoi 2004

Korchnoi - Huebner 1973

Korchnoi - Karpov 1978

Filguth - Korchnoi 1979

Part 2: 1986 - 2004

Kasparov - Korchnoi 1986

Korchnoi - Spassky 1989

Korchnoi - Piket 1992; Korchnoi - Gallagher 1998

Van der Wiel - Korchnoi 1991

Korchnoi - Short 1990

Korchnoi - Onischuk 1997

Felgaer - Kortchnoi 2002

Korchnoi - Moskalenko 2004



All Games

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