Happy 80th birthday, Viktor!!
SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
Viktor Korchnoi (born March 23, 1931, Leningrad) turns 80 years old today! A legend, and then some. Viktor has carved out a place in modern chess history that no one will ever be able to rival , equal or better. A career spanning a period of time much longer than most of us have been alive, Korchnoi did battle with all of the world champions since the II World War: Botvinnik, Smyslov, Tal, Petrosian, Spassky, Karpov, Kasparov….Anand. Is there anyone who Viktor did not beat at some time or other?
Energetic and opinionated even at age 80, Korchnoi is the ideal competitor: tough as nails, stubborn and persistent; fearless; passionate; indomitable. I have known Viktor for more than 25 years, have met him numerous times over the board, and I can tell you one thing for certain about this gentleman: legends may come and go, but Korchnoi will never be replaced!