Category Archives: Chess history

Karpov – Korchnoi World Championship Match 1981

(Cover photo credit: Douglas Griffin Twitter) After the nail-biting defeat at Karpov's hands in the controversial 1978 World Championship match in Baguio City, Viktor Korchnoi was seeded directly in the quarter-final phase of the Candidates Matches of the 1979-1981 World Chess Championship Cycle. He was joined by Boris Spassky (the loser of the Candidates Final…
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Mikhail Botvinnik Best Games

The patriarch Mikhail Botvinnik, the sixth world champion, is widely regarded as the "most instructive chess player ever" (you heard it here first). And indeed, in a number of his games, he exerted his plans with rigorous discipline and very often crushed his opponents with the iron logic. Not without reason did Paul Keres, his greatest…
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Karpov – Korchnoi 1978 World Championship Match

Starting from the early 60s, Viktor Korchnoi has always been one of the top Soviet Grandmasters. As a four times Soviet Champion and a regular participant in the Candidates tournament, he actively participated in the battle for the chess crown, yet he was always overshadowed by a fellow countryman. In the 60s, both Petrosian and…
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Fischer – Karpov 1975 World Championship Match

THE MATCH THAT NEVER HAPPENED Upon his return to America after his triumph in the Match of the Century, Fischer was treated like a celebrity. He got invited to talk shows, his face appeared in almost every newspaper and magazine and numerous companies hurried to offer him lucrative sponsorship contracts. However, when everyone expected him…
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Fischer – Spassky World Championship Match 1972

THE MATCH OF THE CENTURY Ever since he qualified for the 1959 Candidates tournament at the age of 15, everybody realized there is something special about Robert James Fischer. By devouring chess books on a daily basis, Fischer single-handedly developed into the youngest grandmaster ever (at a time) and a world-class player. Already back then…
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