Viktor Korchnoi & Wolfgang Uhlmann To Play Rapid Match in Zurich Along With Main Event

Время публикации: 28.01.2015 17:46 | Последнее обновление: 14.02.2015 19:13

Viktor Korchnoi hasn't played any rated games since 23rd September, 2012. He suffered a stroke later in 2012, which made most experts think that the chess legend wouldn't be able to return to competitive chess. In March 2013, however, Korchnoi played an exhibition match of 2 games in Leipzig vs Wolfgang Uhlmann, with the time control of 60 min/game for each. Korchnoi won 2-0.

Soon we are going to see Viktor the Terrible over the board again, against the same opponent. The match will be held on February 15th and 16th as part of the Zurich Chess Challenge and consist of 4 rapid games. In March 2015, Korchnoi and Uhlmann will celebrate their 84th and 80th birthdays respectively.

Let us remind you that the major event of the Zurich Chess Challenge will be a classical round-robin competition of 6 top GMs.

Besides, the participants will play a blitz round-robin on February 13th in order to determine the pairings for the classical part, and a rapid round-robin on the last day, February 19th. The classical tournament will take place on February 14th-18th, 2015.


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  • (Translated from Russian by Andrey Deviatkin)

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