Category Archives: Chess history

Kasparov – Karpov World Championship Match 1985

After the abrupt finish of the previous World Championship Match in February, 1985, a new match between Kasparov and Karpov was to begin in September 1985. The initial score was set to 0-0 and the number of games was limited to 24. Just like during the Botvinnik era, the champion was protected like a polar…
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Kasparov – Karpov World Championship Match 1984

After his successful title defence against Korchnoi in 1981, it appeared Karpov would have no equal for a long time. The old generation was fading slowly, but surely, and it seemed that it would take a while for the new generation to grow, develop and challenge the formidable champion. Alas, these forecasts were quickly overturned…
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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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