It's Been 111 Years Since U.S. vs. Europe World Championship Match

Mar 27, 2018, 3:10 PM |

Fabiano Caruana has just won the Candidates' Tournament. And so, the first Europe vs. United States clash in 111 years awaits us in the next world championship match - the last time it happened was 1907, when Emanuel Lasker faced Frank Marshall. Both times this pairing arose before, European champion (Lasker) easily thrashed both ex-champion Steinitz (+10-2=5) and challenger Marshall (+8-0=7). Let us hope that Caruana gives much more of a challenge. At least the last time an American player qualified for the World Championship match, in 1972, he won it.

Bobby Fischer, as everyone remembers, defeated Boris Spassky in 1972. Soviet Union, of course, was considered a part of Europe geographically, but chess-wise, it might as well be considered a whole region unto itself. So, the point still stands: for the first time in 111 years, the world championship will be contested by a European and an American.