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1987 World Chess Championship
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★★★ INTRO ★★★

The 1987 World Chess Championship was between 24 year old defending champion Garry Kasparov of the Soviet Union and 36 year old challenger Anatoly Karpov also of the Soviet Union.

★★★ QUALIFICATIONS ★★★

After 3 consecutive Kasparov-Karpov matches, in order for it to continue, Karpov would need to win a qualifying match.

First, three interzonal tournaments were held with now the top 4 players advancing (two more than previously).

The first tournament was held in Tunis. The players advancing were Artur Yusupov (with 11.5/16), Alexander Beliavsky (with 11/16), Lajos Portisch (with 10.5/16) and Alexander Chernin (with 9.5/16, edging out Viktor Gavrikov on tiebreaks).

The second tournament was held in Taxco, Mexico (see Taxco Interzonal (1985) for games and more info). Advancing were Jan Timman (12/15), Jesus Nogueiras (10.5/15), Mikhail Tal (10/15) and Kevin Spraggett (9/15).

The third and last tournament was held in Biel (see Biel Interzonal (1985) for games and more info). Emerging victorious in Biel was Rafael Vaganian (12.5/17), Yasser Seirawan (11.5/17), Ivan Sokolov (11/17) and Nigel Short (10.5/17, edging out John van der Wiel and Eugenio Torre on tiebreaks).

The 12 players from the interzonal tournaments were joined by Vasily Smyslov, Viktor Korchnoi and Zoltan Ribli (#2-4 from the last candidates tournament) and Boris Spassky (wild card) to compete in a 16 player single round robin. The top four would advance to the knock-out phrase. The four finalists were Yusupov, Vaganian, Sokolov (all with 9/15) and Timman (8.5/15, edging out Tal on tiebreaks) (see Montpellier Candidates (1985) for games and more info).

The first round was a best of 10 (first to 5 1/2 wins). Sokolov beat Vaganian 6-2 (see Game Collection: WCC Index (Sokolov-Vaganian 1986) for games) while Yusupov downed Timman 6-3 (Game Collection: WCC Index (Yusupov-Timman 1986) for games). Sokolov met Yusupov in the final (see Game Collection: WCC Index (Sokolov-Yusupov 1986) for games and more info). It was a really close match, but Sokolov edged Yusupov 7 1/2-6 1/2. However, Sokolov had to face one more opponent before facing Kasparov; Karpov, due to rights from the 1984, 1985 and 1986 WCC. Karpov downed Sokolov 7 1/2-3 1/2 to be involved in the WCC for the 7th time in a row (see Karpov - Sokolov Candidates Final (1987) for games and more info).

★★★ CONDITIONS ★★★

The match took place in Seville, Spain. The match conditions were the same as last time, with a best of 24 (first player to 12 1/2 points wins). If the match ended 12-12, Kasparov (the defending champion) would retain his title. The first round was played on October 12th, 1987. The last round was played on December 19th, 1987.

★★★ FINAL ★★★

The last round (24) was played on December 19th, 1987. Entering the round, Kasparov was down 12-11 but had the white pieces. Kasparov managed to win a pawn in the endgame but the game eventually was adjourned, and it seemed like it would take forever. However, Karpov resigned before play, meaning Kasparov retained his title, with a 12-12 tie.

★★★ MINI TABLE ★★★

Kasparov 1/2 0 1/2 1 0 1/2 1/2 1 1/2 1/2 1 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 0 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 0 1 (4 wins, 16 draws, 4 losses) <50% score>

Karpov 1/2 1 1/2 0 1 1/2 1/2 0 1/2 1/2 0 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 1 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 1 0 (4 wins, 16 draws, 4 losses) <50% score>

★★★ OTHER LINKS ★★★

See also: Kasparov - Karpov World Championship Match (1987)

Head to Head Match up Prior to 1987: http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches... (13 wins, 74 losses and 13 losses for both players)

Previous World Championship: Game Collection: 1986 World Chess Championship

Next World Championship: Game Collection: 1990 World Chess Championship

Game 1, Match tied 1/2-1/2
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1987 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 2, Karpov leads 1 1/2-1/2
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1987 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 32 moves, 0-1

Game 3, Karpov leads 2-1
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1987 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 4, Match tied 2-2
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1987 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 41 moves, 1-0

Game 5, Karpov leads 3-2
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1987 
(D87) Grunfeld, Exchange, 38 moves, 1-0

Game 6, Karpov leads 3 1/2-2 1/2
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1987 
(A25) English, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 7, Karpov leads 4-3
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1987 
(D87) Grunfeld, Exchange, 79 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 8, Match tied 4-4
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1987 
(A21) English, 50 moves, 1-0

Game 9, Match tied 4 1/2-4 1/2
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1987 
(D87) Grunfeld, Exchange, 70 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 10, Match tied 5-5
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1987 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 11, Kasparov leads 6-5
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1987 
(D87) Grunfeld, Exchange, 50 moves, 0-1

Game 12, Kasparov leads 6 1/2-5 1/2
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1987 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 13, Kasparov leads 7-6
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1987 
(D85) Grunfeld, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 14, Kasparov leads 7 1/2-6 1/2
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1987 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 15, Kasparov leads 8-7
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1987 
(D97) Grunfeld, Russian, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 16, Match tied 8-8
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1987 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 41 moves, 0-1

Game 17, Match tied 8 1/2-8 1/2
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1987 
(E97) King's Indian, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 18, Match tied 9-9
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1987 
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 19, Match tied 9 1/2-9 1/2
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1987 
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 62 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 20, Match tied 10-10
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1987 
(D53) Queen's Gambit Declined, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 21, Match tied 10 1/2-10 1/2
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1987 
(D97) Grunfeld, Russian, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 22, Match tied 11-11
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1987 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 23, Karpov leads 12-11
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1987 
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 57 moves, 1-0

Game 24, Kasparov wins 12-12
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1987  
(A13) English, 64 moves, 1-0

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