Well, it's happy news that Viktor Korchnoi is recovering from a stroke; the unhappy part is that he has to recover in the first place. Let's hope (and, to my fellow believers, pray) for a positive outcome.
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Viktor Korchnoi recently had a terrible performance in the Swiss Championship: he played poorly, behaved listlessly and his playing from a wheelchair all combined to look like the beginning of the end. Although he's still in the wheelchair and is unfortunately unlikely to get springy like a teenager, he played quite reasonably in a recent event. The Geneva Chess Club created a norm event for five aspirants in a double round-robin Scheveningen event against the "Legends" team comprised of five former Candidates ranging in age from 57 (Kevin Spraggett) to 81 (Korchnoi). All the Legends outscored their opponents, but all the CEGers made (generally slight) rating gains while all the Legends suffered (generally slight) rating losses. Korchnoi, Spraggett and Zoltan Ribli each went 7/10; Ulf Andersson scored 6.5 and Vlastimil Hort only managed to get 5.5 points. The big success for the CEG team was Lars Rindlisbacher, whose 4 point total was good for an IM norm.
Back to Korchnoi: his 2499 TPR was a little below his 2519 rating, but stopped the bleeding and suggests that he is again adapting and continuing the fight. Long may he live, long may he fight!
This isn't good. It looks like the hitherto seemingly ageless wonder, Viktor Korchnoi, is finally really slowing down (HT: Thomas Richter). His performance in the Swiss Championship was a disaster, and he was listless and playing in a wheelchair. He is 81, it's true, but even a year and half or two ago he was still vigorous and playing excellent chess, even managing to defeat Fabiano Caruana in last year's Gibraltar tournament.
We all slow down at some point, and must finally give up the ghost and meet our maker. But I for one am hoping Korchnoi can rally at least one more time and stick around the world chess scene a few years more.