Fischer-Korchnoi, Curacao, 1962

Viktor Korchnoi – the living legend and the oldest active grandmaster on the chess tournament circuit – has one interesting distinction (from among a whole list of them really) – He has beaten the most number of world chess champions without ever being a world chess champion himself! Here is a game from the 1962 candidates chess tournament, the last held in a round-robin format for some years, at Curaçao. Korchnoi played this game against Fischer and it has his trademark style of going for the counter-attack amidst all the defense.

Fischer Robert J (USA) (2780) – Korchnoi Viktor (SUI) (2556)

Result: 0-1
Site: Curasao (Netherlands)
Date: 1962
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