Viktor Korchnoi

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Birthday
23, 1931
Birthplace
Russia
Death Date
Jun 6, 2016 (85)
Birth Sign
Aries
Birthday
23, 1931
Birthplace
Russia
Death Date
Jun 6, 2016 (85)

About

Master of aggressive counter-attacks and considered one of the greatest players to never win a World Chess Championship.

Before Fame

He graduated from Leningrad State University in Saint Petersburg with a degree in history.

Trivia

While almost exclusively a counter-attacker early in his career, he became proficient at initiating attacks and developed a deadly endgame.

Family Life

He grew up in the USSR; his father was Jewish, and his mother was Catholic.

Associated With

His counter-attacking style was a natural foil to Grandmaster Mikhail Tal's all-out attack, giving Tal lots of trouble in their matches.