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Korchnoi earned his first international team selection for the Soviet student team in 1954 joined the full national team for the European Team Championship three years later and would represent the USSR through 1974. In late December 2012 it was reported that Korchnoi was recovering from a stroke and was unlikely to play competitive chess again. Then he played a training match against Anatoly Karpov with whom he was close at the time at Leningrad 1971; this wound up drawn in six games.
Viktor Lvovich Korchnoi (Russian: Ви́ктор Льво́вич Корчно́й; IPA: [kɐrt͡ɕˈnoj]; born March 23 1931) is a professional chess player author and currently the oldest active grandmaster on the tournament circuit. Korchnoi played three matches against Anatoly Karpov.