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Highlights from World Championship Matches
Compiled by Bubo bubo
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Notable games throughout the history of the classical World Championship: at least one game of each match from Steinitz vs Zukertort (1886) to Carlsen vs Karjakin (2016) as well as some of the world championship tournament of 1948.

1st World Championship Match, Game 9
Zukertort vs Steinitz, 1886 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 38 moves, 0-1

1st World Championship Match, Game 19
Zukertort vs Steinitz, 1886  
(D53) Queen's Gambit Declined, 29 moves, 0-1

2nd World Championship Match, Game 17
Chigorin vs Steinitz, 1889 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 70 moves, 1/2-1/2

3rd World Championship Match, Game 7
Steinitz vs Gunsberg, 1890 
(D26) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 28 moves, 1-0

3rd World Championship Match, Game 12
Gunsberg vs Steinitz, 1891 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 24 moves, 1-0

4th World Championship Match, Game 1
Chigorin vs Steinitz, 1892 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 31 moves, 1-0

4th World Championship Match, Game 4
Steinitz vs Chigorin, 1892 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 28 moves, 1-0

5th World Championship Match, Game 2
Steinitz vs Lasker, 1894 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 42 moves, 1-0

5th World Championship Match, Game 7
Lasker vs Steinitz, 1894 
(C62) Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense, 46 moves, 1-0

6th World Championship Match, Game 2
Lasker vs Steinitz, 1896 
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 41 moves, 1-0

6th World Championship Match, Game 3
Steinitz vs Lasker, 1896 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 39 moves, 0-1

7th World Championship Match, Game 1
Marshall vs Lasker, 1907 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 50 moves, 0-1

7th World Championship Match, Game 3
Marshall vs Lasker, 1907 
(D53) Queen's Gambit Declined, 43 moves, 0-1

8th World Championship Match, Game 2
Tarrasch vs Lasker, 1908 
(C66) Ruy Lopez, 41 moves, 0-1

8th World Championship Match, Game 3
Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1908 
(C98) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 44 moves, 0-1

8th World Championship Match, Game 4
Tarrasch vs Lasker, 1908 
(C66) Ruy Lopez, 41 moves, 0-1

9th World Championship Match, Game 10
Lasker vs Schlechter, 1910  
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 71 moves, 1-0

10th World Championship Match, Game 5
Lasker vs Janowski, 1910 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 29 moves, 1-0

11th World Championship Match, Game 10
Lasker vs Capablanca, 1921  
(D61) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 68 moves, 0-1

11th World Championship Match, Game 11
Capablanca vs Lasker, 1921  
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 48 moves, 1-0

12th World Championship Match, Game 1
Capablanca vs Alekhine, 1927 
(C01) French, Exchange, 43 moves, 0-1

12th World Championship Match, Game 7
Capablanca vs Alekhine, 1927 
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 36 moves, 1-0

12th World Championship Match, Game 11
Capablanca vs Alekhine, 1927 
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 66 moves, 0-1

13th World Championship Match, Game 8
Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1929 
(A50) Queen's Pawn Game, 30 moves, 0-1

13th World Championship Match, Game 18
Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1929 
(C11) French, 51 moves, 1-0

14th World Championship Match, Game 2
Alekhine vs Bogoljubov, 1934 
(D48) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran, 37 moves, 1-0

15th World Championship Match, Game 4
Euwe vs Alekhine, 1935 
(D81) Grunfeld, Russian Variation, 44 moves, 0-1

15th World Championship Match, Game 26
Euwe vs Alekhine, 1935 
(A90) Dutch, 47 moves, 1-0

16th World Championship Match, Game 5
Alekhine vs Euwe, 1937 
(A09) Reti Opening, 62 moves, 1-0

16th World Championship Match, Game 6
Alekhine vs Euwe, 1937 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 23 moves, 1-0

16th World Championship Match, Game 22
Euwe vs Alekhine, 1937 
(D28) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 41 moves, 1-0

World Championship Tournament, Round 1
Euwe vs Keres, 1948 
(C75) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 56 moves, 0-1

World Championship Tournament, Round 5
Keres vs Botvinnik, 1948 
(A13) English, 58 moves, 0-1

World Championship Tournament, Round 10
Botvinnik vs Keres, 1948 
(E28) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation, 23 moves, 1-0

World Championship Tournament, Round 11
Smyslov vs Reshevsky, 1948 
(C75) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 52 moves, 1-0

World Championship Tournament, Round 12
Botvinnik vs Euwe, 1948  
(D49) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran, 36 moves, 1-0

17th World Championship Match, Game 22
Bronstein vs Botvinnik, 1951 
(A91) Dutch Defense, 38 moves, 1-0

17th World Championship Match, Game 23
Botvinnik vs Bronstein, 1951 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 57 moves, 1-0

18th World Championship Match, Game 4
Botvinnik vs Smyslov, 1954 
(D22) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 61 moves, 1-0

18th World Championship Match, Game 9
Smyslov vs Botvinnik, 1954 
(C18) French, Winawer, 25 moves, 1-0

18th World Championship Match, Game 14
Botvinnik vs Smyslov, 1954 
(E67) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 33 moves, 0-1

19th World Championship Match, Game 17
Botvinnik vs Smyslov, 1957 
(A15) English, 69 moves, 0-1

20th World Championship Match, Game 18
Botvinnik vs Smyslov, 1958 
(A16) English, 74 moves, 1-0

21st World Championship Match, Game 1
Tal vs Botvinnik, 1960 
(C18) French, Winawer, 32 moves, 1-0

21st World Championship Match, Game 6
Botvinnik vs Tal, 1960 
(E69) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line, 47 moves, 0-1

22nd World Championship Match, Game 7
Botvinnik vs Tal, 1961 
(E24) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 33 moves, 1-0

22nd World Championship Match, Game 8
Tal vs Botvinnik, 1961 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 29 moves, 1-0

22nd World Championship Match, Game 20
Tal vs Botvinnik, 1961 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 121 moves, 1/2-1/2

23rd World Championship Match, Game 5
Petrosian vs Botvinnik, 1963 
(D94) Grunfeld, 48 moves, 1-0

23rd World Championship Match, Game 18
Botvinnik vs Petrosian, 1963 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 61 moves, 0-1

24th World Championship Match, Game 7
Spassky vs Petrosian, 1966 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 43 moves, 0-1

24th World Championship Match, Game 10
Petrosian vs Spassky, 1966 
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 30 moves, 1-0

24th World Championship Match, Game 12
Petrosian vs Spassky, 1966 
(A04) Reti Opening, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

25th World Championship Match, Game 5
Spassky vs Petrosian, 1969 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 30 moves, 1-0

25th World Championship Match, Game 11
Spassky vs Petrosian, 1969 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 56 moves, 0-1

25th World Championship Match, Game 19
Spassky vs Petrosian, 1969 
(B94) Sicilian, Najdorf, 24 moves, 1-0

26th World Championship Match, Game 6
Fischer vs Spassky, 1972 
(D59) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower, 41 moves, 1-0

26th World Championship Match, Game 10
Fischer vs Spassky, 1972 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 56 moves, 1-0

26th World Championship Match, Game 13
Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 74 moves, 0-1

27th World Championship Match, Game 8
Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1978 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 28 moves, 1-0

27th World Championship Match, Game 17
Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1978 
(E47) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3, 39 moves, 0-1

27th World Championship Match, Game 31
Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1978 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 71 moves, 1-0

28th World Championship Match, Game 9
Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1981 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 43 moves, 0-1

29th World Championship Match, Game 6
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1984 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 70 moves, 0-1

29th World Championship Match, Game 9
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1984 
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 70 moves, 1-0

29th World Championship Match, Game 32
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1984 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 41 moves, 1-0

29th World Championship Match, Game 48
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1985 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 67 moves, 1-0

30th World Championship Match, Game 4
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 63 moves, 1-0

30th World Championship Match, Game 11
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1985 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 25 moves, 1-0

30th World Championship Match, Game 16
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 
(B44) Sicilian, 40 moves, 0-1

31st World Championship Match, Game 16
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1986 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 41 moves, 1-0

31st World Championship Match, Game 18
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1986 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 58 moves, 0-1

31th World Championship Match, Game 22
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1986 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 46 moves, 1-0

32nd World Championship Match, Game 2
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1987 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 32 moves, 0-1

32nd World Championship Match, Game 8
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1987 
(A21) English, 50 moves, 1-0

32nd World Championship Match, Game 24
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1987  
(A13) English, 64 moves, 1-0

33rd World Championship Match, Game 2
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1990 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 44 moves, 1-0

33rd World Championship Match, Game 17
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1990 
(D85) Grunfeld, 40 moves, 1-0

33rd World Championship Match, Game 20
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1990 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 41 moves, 1-0

34th World Championship Match, Game 4
Short vs Kasparov, 1993 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 40 moves, 0-1

34th World Championship Match, Game 8
Short vs Kasparov, 1993 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

35th World Championship Match, Game 9
Anand vs Kasparov, 1995 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 35 moves, 1-0

35th World Championship Match, Game 10
Kasparov vs Anand, 1995 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 38 moves, 1-0

36th World Championship Match, Game 2
Kramnik vs Kasparov, 2000 
(D85) Grunfeld, 40 moves, 1-0

36th World Championship Match, Game 10
Kramnik vs Kasparov, 2000 
(E53) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 25 moves, 1-0

37th World Championship Match, Game 1
Leko vs Kramnik, 2004  
(C42) Petrov Defense, 65 moves, 0-1

37th World Championship Match, Game 8
Kramnik vs Leko, 2004  
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 32 moves, 0-1

37th World Championship Match, Game 14
Kramnik vs Leko, 2004  
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 41 moves, 1-0

38th World Championship Match, Game 2
Topalov vs Kramnik, 2006 
(D19) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch, 63 moves, 0-1

38th World Championship Match, Game 8
Kramnik vs Topalov, 2006  
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 52 moves, 0-1

39th World Championship Match, Game 3
Kramnik vs Anand, 2008 
(D49) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran, 41 moves, 0-1

39th World Championship Match, Game 5
Kramnik vs Anand, 2008 
(D49) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran, 35 moves, 0-1

40th World Championship Match, Game 1
Topalov vs Anand, 2010 
(D86) Grunfeld, Exchange, 30 moves, 1-0

40th World Championship Match, Game 4
Anand vs Topalov, 2010 
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 32 moves, 1-0

41st World Championship Match, Game 8
Anand vs Gelfand, 2012 
(D70) Neo-Grunfeld Defense, 17 moves, 1-0

41st World Championship Match, Game 9
Gelfand vs Anand, 2012 
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

42nd World Championship Match, Game 9
Anand vs Carlsen, 2013 
(E25) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 28 moves, 0-1

42nd World Championship Match, Game 10
Carlsen vs Anand, 2013 
(B51) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 65 moves, 1/2-1/2

43rd World Championship Match, Game 7
Carlsen vs Anand, 2014 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 122 moves, 1/2-1/2

43rd World Championship Match, Game 11
Carlsen vs Anand, 2014 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 45 moves, 1-0

44th World Championship Match, Game 3
Karjakin vs Carlsen, 2016 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 94 moves, 1/2-1/2

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