Viktor Korchnoi to Play in Christmas Open Tournament in Zurich

Saturday, 21.12.2013 20:27

Viktor Korchnoi is among the participants of the strong open tournament which will take place in Zurich from December 26 to 30. It is a 7-round Swiss competition, the rating favourites are Radoslaw Woijtaszek 2711, Evgeny Alekseev 2698, Andrei Istratescu 2670, Boris Grachev 2669 and others. 

Chess.com refers to German chess-international.de and quotes Christian Issler, the director of the chess club in Zurich and Korchnoi's good friend: 

"Ten days ago several Swiss veterans gathered in Wohlen and played a mini-tournament. Korchnoi has won it confidently." 

"Everyone who knows Viktor also is aware of how important is chess for him. So, it's not surprising that even at his age (83) and despite health issues, Viktor is ready to fight in a tournament." 

Last year Viktor Korchnoi had a stroke, few could imagine that he would be back to serious chess competitions afterwards. Nonetheless, he was an honoured guest at the Zurich Chess Challenge in February. 


  


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