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This day in Chess History: Kasparov Defeats Nigel Short in 1993

  • Blunderprone
  • on 10/21/09, 6:07 PM.

Ok since not much action has occurred in this column for a while I thought I'd make a contribution:

By 1993, Garry Kasparov had been battling with FIDE and had taken a leadership role in the Grandmaster’s Association, an organization to represent professional chess players and give them more say in FIDE’s activities. But this created some tensions with their own World cup title matches outside the Candidates/World Championship matches.

Meanwhile, Nigel Short had qualified through the Candidates cycle for Kasparov’s next World Championship match. Nigel had defeated Anatoly Karpov in a qualifying match held earlier in the year.

FIDE had some financial shortcomings that year and Kasparov and Short decided to play the match outside of FIDE’s jurisdiction. The Professional Chess Association, created by Garry Kasparov, was an incarnation of the former GMA. The match was well sponsored and concluded on this day, October 21, 1993

 

The Kasparov–Short final was a best of 24, played in London, England between September and October 1993.

 

 

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Kasparov 2815 -87

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Short 2665 +63

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Kasparov was stripped of his previous World Championship  title and Karpov became the FIDE World Champion while Kasparov held the title of PCA champion. The title would remain split for 13 years.

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  • 5 years ago

    Naisortep

    A good post. Kasparov admits his break from FIDE was a major mistake. Short has no regrets. I think the Kasparov - Short match was among the most exciting in World Championship history if you look at each game individually. Short when all out against Kasparov in nearly every game. The match as a whole though was boring since Kasparov won so often.

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