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Viktor Korchnoi, chess giant who drew Soviet ire, dies at 85

He won his first major tournaments in the 1940s, but never captured world championship in over 60 years as an elite player

Korchnoi (right) with Mexican chess master Gilberto Hernandez in 2006. Korchnoi often would capture his opponents' pieces even if it exposed his king to danger. When he lost, he could be condescending towards his opponents, who, he judged, had benefited from his mistakes rather than their own skill.

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VIKTOR Korchnoi, who was widely considered one of the greatest chess players in history but never captured the world championship in more than 60 years as an elite competitor, died on Monday in Switzerland, where he had lived for decades after defecting from the Soviet Union. He