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Sunday, July 17, 2011

World chess title challenger Boris Gelfand inspired by Korchnoi

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World Chess Championship title challenger Boris Gelfand has said the legendary Viktor Korchnoi inspired him. Gelfand was speaking to The New York Times about how, at 43, he has surprised all by winning the Candidates Matches when it was expected that Viswanathan Anand, at 41, was going to be the older of the contenders in a world championship match!

Gelfand said he was encouraged by the example of Korchnoi who, now 80, had played for the world championship twice in his 40s. Gelfand said, "Korchnoi is kind of inspiration for me and for all of us and like Korchnoi says: If you have to improve, you have to learn new things all the time." Gelfand said he had overhauled his repertoire before the Candidates matches. You can read the full article at The New York TImes.

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