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The Most Exciting World Chess Championship Ever?

Seville, 1987. The two greatest chess players in the world are nearing the end of a titanic struggle for supremacy.

Garry Kasparov, the champion, is determined to hold onto the crown that he fought so hard to gain in 1985/6.  The former champion that he deposed, Anatoly Karpov, is equally determined to claim the title back.

With the 24-game match all-square after 22 games (3 wins each up to that point) Anatoly Karpov pounces on a Kasparov error to win a thrilling game 23 to take the lead!

 

 

Karpov only needs to draw the 24th and final game to be the world chess champion again.  But Kasparov plays it cool in the final game, earning a fantastic victory to level the match and retain his title!

 

 



Comments


  • 21 months ago

    JoshuaChess960

    I liked Kasparov and Karpov battling out there. I mean, Fischer was also very good but, the former didnt last just for a year. They did it like 3-5 times! Splendid

  • 21 months ago

    pongopinga

    Capablanca, botvinnik and fischer. they were and still are the best chess players ever, nobody like them.

  • 21 months ago

    ClavierCavalier

    I've always felt that one of the amazing things about Fischer vs. Spassky is that Fischer won with such a large lead, despite losing the first two games.  I can understand what you mean by it wasn't as exciting in terms of a contest, though, since Spassky only beat Fischer twice, but Fischer beat Spassky 7 times, and beat himself in game 2.

  • 21 months ago

    novzki41

    Most unfortunate that Karpov won the title despite Fischer not losing the title. Fischer Karpov would have been exciting or Fischer Kasparov. 

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  • 21 months ago

    SonofPearl

    Fischer v Spassky was amazing of course, but it was pretty much over as a contest very quickly.  The Kasparov v Karpov matches were incredibly close and Kaspy winning on demand to retain his title in the last game in 1987 was incredibly exciting! Cool

  • 21 months ago

    chessninja77

    A couple of very exciting games.

  • 21 months ago

    Czechman

    Yea, when you factor in the political drama and Fischer's incredible journey to reach the championship match, nothing can come close. KvsK was exciting and hard fought, but there was nothing else at stake except the WCC and bragging rights.

  • 21 months ago

    DENVERHIGH

    The most exciting Championship was Fischer's.

    More people in the world followed it, talked about it even though they weren't chess players.

    Czechman

    I never even hear about K vs K and neither did the rest of the world like they did about FISCHER!

                                                

  • 21 months ago

    Luc_Dermul

    The whole clash between Kasparov and Karpov was the most exciting period in chess history in my opinion. I call it " The Clash of Chess Titans" Wink 

    Both are magicians with the wooden pieces on that 64 square field ,but in my humble opinion the "most creative" player won at the end.

  • 21 months ago

    MSC157

    Heheh, nice ;)

  • 21 months ago

    Balachandar

    I looked at the url of the page and found out Cool

  • 21 months ago

    SonofPearl

    @ balachandar - well spotted! Wink I had trouble embedding the YouTube videos at full size so I copied the blog into a news article called 'test' and then converted it into a blog entry (an admin tool).

  • 21 months ago

    Balachandar

    Was this blog originally titled 'test'? Wink

  • 21 months ago

    SonofPearl

    @ Czechman - good question. I suppose some of the more significant chess related memorabilia ends up in private collections.  I seem to remember the Spassky-Fischer 1972 board/desk was auctioned a while ago (?).

  • 21 months ago

    SonofPearl

    @ Derived - that would be great! Just a summary of the main points would be excellent! Cool

  • 21 months ago

    ChocolateTeapot

    Karpov never got the respect he deserved.

  • 21 months ago

    Czechman

    There's something I've always wondered about these great championship games... what ever becomes of the equipment they use? Are the clocks, boards and pieces in a museum or collection somewhere or are they just recycled for another day?

    You would think that stuff would be saved for chess history but I've never heard of that.

  • 21 months ago

    MSC157

    Thanks for sharing these two games SonofPearl! Kasparov and Karpov were just incredible at the time! I recently posted 20th game from 1990 championship. http://www.chess.com/forum/view/game-showcase/kasparov-vs-karpov-lyon-1990

    And yes, again, thank you very much! :)

  • 21 months ago

    Derived

    The commentary is in Dutch. I could translate it if you'd like.

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