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Korchnoi v Nesbitt

posted 18 Dec 2011, 06:47 by knight moves   [ updated 20 Dec 2011, 12:33 ]

During the recent London Chess Classic at the Kensington Olympia, guest of honour, the great Viktor Korchnoi gave two simultaneous displays.  Our very own Denis Nesbitt was fortunate enough to secure a place in the simul that was held on 9th December. 

Denis, who actually spent several days at the event said the whole weekend was extremely interesting, so much so, that he's already looking forward to next year’s event, where all the GM’s in the premier event indicated that they would like to return – and so would he.   I may very well be joining you Denis! 

As a memento of the weekend, Denis managed to get his score sheet signed by Vishy Anand, Gary Kasparov, Nigel Short, Luke McShane and of course Victor Korchnoi himself.

This is what Denis had to say about his game against Korchnoi: 

"Well I’m happy to report that my good form for the season continues as I managed to get a draw!! It was a fantastic experience all weekend, especially when Victor congratulated me on my style of defence and extended his hand and offered me a draw – I don’t mind telling you that he almost went home with one arm! as I nearly snatched his arm off! His overall performance for the night was 18 wins, 3 draws and 1 defeat – not bad for a guy 80 years old – he can still play chess!" 

Viktor Korchnoi played Anatoly Karpov twice for the World Chess Championship. In all, he was a candidate for the World Championship on ten occasions (1962, 1968, 1971, 1974, 1977, 1980, 1983, 1985, 1988 and 1991). He was also a four-time USSR chess champion, a five-time member of Soviet teams that won the European championship, and a six-time member of Soviet teams that won the Chess Olympiad. In September 2006, he won the World Senior Chess Championship.

This is what he had to say about his game with Denis: 

"... You remind me of the game I played against Petrosian in 1962 - he was very difficult to beat!" 

This is the final position, but you can play through the whole game (with further comments) by clicking on the board below.