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 player is portrayed, too. More than forty 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.

31 Dec, 2017

Closed elite series, an overview

A selection of strong international invitation chess tournament *series*. By definition, the overview is focussed on series.

Note: Three countries, Spain, The Netherlands, and former Yugoslavia organised the most invitation tournament *series* in the modern era of chess since WWII. Tournament series held from there, are summarized under the corresponding chessdiagonals web sites.

Great Britain (international tournament tradition since 1851) and Belgium (the chess centre of the world in the mid- and late 1980s) are presented in full history in their section respectively.

Forthcoming

International Chess Festival of Biel / Bienne

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

Magnus Carlsen from Norway, the reigning World Chess Champion and the World's Number One, will play again at International Biel Festival in July / August this year. Bienvenue à Bienne!

In a double round robin, Carlsen will face Mamedyarov, Vachier-Lagrave, Svidler, Navara, and Nico Georgiadis from Switzerland.

The reigning World Chess Champion at Biel 2018

The current dominator of the Chess World: Magnus Carlsen, will play at Biel again this year, pictured in play during round seven at Tata Steel in Wijk aan Zee, 2013. Photo by Frans Peeters (Flikr)

The youngest living Chess Grandmaster at Biel 2018

Nordirbek Abdusattorov, Uzbek talent, and youngest living GM, at Sharjah Masters in March 2017. Photo: Maria Emelianova, Chess.com

Nordirbek Abdusattorov, born 18 September 2004, fulfilled all requirements for the chess grandmaster title by securing his third and final gm norm on 29 October 2017 in the Chigorin Memorial (Open) in St. Petersburg, at the age of 13 years, 1 month and 11 days.

He is currently the youngest living chess grandmaster on earth (and the second youngest grandmaster in chess history).

Abdusattorov will play for the first time at Biel Masters (Open) 2018, after playing already at Areoflot Open in Moscow, Reykjavik Open, and Sharjah Masters this year. Good luck!

 

Biel Masters Tournament MTO (Open)

Many strong grandmasters will participate in the parallel Masters Tournament, the traditional Open at Biel. Pavel Eljanov, Ukraine, is one of the top favourites. Photo: Twitter Eljanov