Viktor Korchnoi, chess grandmaster, 2011 in Porto Carras (Photo: Wikipedia by Andreas Kontokanis, Greece)

This is a tribute to Viktor Lvovich Korchnoi, the Inimitable and Infatiguable, the 'Lion from Leningrad'. Master of aggressive counter-attacking, full of fantasy, with a unique willingness to enter double-edged, unbalanced positions. The iron man of chess who played and beat grandmasters of five generations, from Levenfisch (born 1889) and Lilienthal to Carlsen and Caruana (born 1992), beating a non-surpassed nine undisputed World Champions (including all from Botvinnik to Kasparov), with a persistant search for new ideas and truth at the chess board, winner of more than 220 tournaments, matches and team events. His fresh style and competitive longevity should be an inspiration to us all. Viktor Korchnoi will be remembered for

a life dedicated to chess
6 Jun, 2016

The man who has spent his whole life in the game

A fighter and a survivor - Obituaries and Reminiscences

1 Jul, 2016

More than 220 tournament, match and team wins of Viktor Korchnoi (always chess contests of grandmaster strength)

Chronological summary of all First Prizes won in adult GM competitions (not counting club level, exhibitions, etc., without junior or senior events)

1 Aug, 2016

Compendium: International tournament series

A wrap-up of all past and present major recurring individual international chess tournament *serials* in classical chess (closed invitational round robin all-play-all and open swiss system)

More than eighty tournaments (past and present events) are presented in detail, among them the full story on the former supertournament series of Las Palmas and Palma de Mallorca. Exclusive in the Web: Banja Luka

1 Aug, 2016

Special: International tournament series in Switzerland

Major recurring international open or closed chess tournament series held in Switzerland - past and present, featuring Basel, Bern, Biel / Bienne, Geneva, Lausanne, Lucerne, Lugano, Zurich all incl. Horgen

1 Jan, 2017

Player biographies, a selection

Featuring uncrowned chess giants, and players who achieved a special cult character, who have become national heroes and / or worked with Viktor Korchnoi as a second (assistant). Sometimes a strong current or player is portrayed, too. More than fifty unique bios as pdf downloads

1 Jan, 2017

On a zero-sum ranking system and Elo rating inflation

In historical comparisons, ranking matters, not nominal rating, referring to top-level. A provocative essay and empirical research

4 Feb, 2017

The legendary film icon Arthur Cohn is 90 years young

La diagonale du fou, produced by Arthur Cohn won the Academy Award Best Foreign Language Film in 1985: The first Oscar for Switzerland :)

From Russia with Love - James Bond 007: A famous film scene!

31 Dec, 2017

Exclusive in the Web: Open Superseries, an overview

Register of about twenty recurring international Open Supertournament series (named "Superopen" in analogy to the closed "Supertournament") in classical chess, from past and present.

A Chess Superopen series is big and diverse (strength and largeness of the top participating grandmasters and the status of the tournament in continuation), mixed in gender and ages, with players representing not only various countries, but also different continents.

By definition, the overview is focussed on series.


International Chess Festival of Biel / Bienne

The 51st Festival edition will take place from July, 21 to August, 1, 2018