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My favorite games from WCC matches
Compiled by skytzo985
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In honor of Anand-Gelfand and the 126-year history of the World Chess Championship, I present my 126 favorite games from World Championship matches. The list took me about two weeks to compile. I had seen and recognized about 80% of the games. The others were a joy to find.

Steinitz vs Zukertort, 1886 
(C45) Scotch Game, 46 moves, 0-1

Steinitz vs Zukertort, 1886 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 44 moves, 1-0

Zukertort vs Steinitz, 1886  
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 29 moves, 0-1

Steinitz vs Chigorin, 1889 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 37 moves, 0-1

Steinitz vs Chigorin, 1889 
(D46) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 38 moves, 1-0

Steinitz vs Gunsberg, 1890 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 28 moves, 0-1

Steinitz vs Gunsberg, 1890 
(D26) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 28 moves, 1-0

Gunsberg vs Steinitz, 1891 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 24 moves, 1-0

Steinitz vs Chigorin, 1892 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 28 moves, 1-0

Steinitz vs Chigorin, 1892 
(A04) Reti Opening, 39 moves, 1-0

Steinitz vs Lasker, 1894 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 42 moves, 1-0

Steinitz vs Lasker, 1894 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 60 moves, 1-0

Lasker vs Steinitz, 1896 
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 41 moves, 1-0

Lasker vs Steinitz, 1896 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 58 moves, 1-0

Marshall vs Lasker, 1907 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 50 moves, 0-1

Marshall vs Lasker, 1907  
(D53) Queen's Gambit Declined, 43 moves, 0-1

Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1908 
(C98) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 44 moves, 0-1

Schlechter vs Lasker, 1910  
(B33) Sicilian, 65 moves, 1/2-1/2

Capablanca vs Lasker, 1921  
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 46 moves, 1-0

Capablanca vs Lasker, 1921  
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 48 moves, 1-0

Capablanca vs Alekhine, 1927 
(C01) French, Exchange, 43 moves, 0-1

Capablanca vs Alekhine, 1927 
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 66 moves, 0-1

Capablanca vs Alekhine, 1927 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 32 moves, 0-1

Alekhine vs Bogoljubov, 1929 
(D78) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6, 35 moves, 1-0

Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1929 
(A50) Queen's Pawn Game, 30 moves, 0-1

Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1929 
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 49 moves, 0-1

Alekhine vs Bogoljubov, 1929 
(D70) Neo-Grunfeld Defense, 34 moves, 1-0

Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1929 
(C11) French, 51 moves, 1-0

Alekhine vs Bogoljubov, 1934 
(D48) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran, 37 moves, 1-0

Alekhine vs Bogoljubov, 1934 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 39 moves, 0-1

Alekhine vs Euwe, 1935 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 30 moves, 1-0

Euwe vs Alekhine, 1935 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 41 moves, 1-0

Alekhine vs Euwe, 1935 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 61 moves, 1/2-1/2

Euwe vs Alekhine, 1935 
(A90) Dutch, 47 moves, 1-0

Alekhine vs Euwe, 1937 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 23 moves, 1-0

Euwe vs Alekhine, 1937 
(D18) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch, 34 moves, 0-1

Euwe vs Alekhine, 1937 
(E17) Queen's Indian, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

Botvinnik vs Bronstein, 1951 
(E17) Queen's Indian, 39 moves, 0-1

Bronstein vs Botvinnik, 1951 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

Bronstein vs Botvinnik, 1951 
(A91) Dutch Defense, 38 moves, 1-0

Smyslov vs Botvinnik, 1954 
(C18) French, Winawer, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Botvinnik vs Smyslov, 1954 
(D22) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 61 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik vs Smyslov, 1954 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

Smyslov vs Botvinnik, 1954 
(C18) French, Winawer, 25 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik vs Smyslov, 1954 
(D22) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 37 moves, 0-1

Botvinnik vs Smyslov, 1954 
(E67) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 33 moves, 0-1

Smyslov vs Botvinnik, 1957 
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 41 moves, 0-1

Smyslov vs Botvinnik, 1957 
(D98) Grunfeld, Russian, 28 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik vs Smyslov, 1957 
(E45) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation, 56 moves, 1/2-1/2

Botvinnik vs Smyslov, 1957 
(A15) English, 69 moves, 0-1

Smyslov vs Botvinnik, 1958 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 66 moves, 0-1

Botvinnik vs Smyslov, 1958 
(A16) English, 74 moves, 1-0

Tal vs Botvinnik, 1960 
(C18) French, Winawer, 32 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik vs Tal, 1960 
(E69) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line, 47 moves, 0-1

Tal vs Botvinnik, 1960 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 52 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik vs Tal, 1960 
(A70) Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3, 41 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik vs Tal, 1961 
(E24) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 33 moves, 1-0

Tal vs Botvinnik, 1961 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 29 moves, 1-0

Tal vs Botvinnik, 1961 
(C18) French, Winawer, 41 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik vs Tal, 1961 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 63 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik vs Tal, 1961 
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 83 moves, 0-1

Petrosian vs Botvinnik, 1963 
(A10) English, 52 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik vs Petrosian, 1963 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 61 moves, 0-1

Spassky vs Petrosian, 1966 
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 79 moves, 1/2-1/2

Spassky vs Petrosian, 1966 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 43 moves, 0-1

Petrosian vs Spassky, 1966 
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 30 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Spassky, 1966 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

Spassky vs Petrosian, 1969 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 30 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Petrosian, 1969 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 65 moves, 1/2-1/2

Petrosian vs Spassky, 1969 
(E47) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3, 38 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Petrosian, 1969 
(B94) Sicilian, Najdorf, 24 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Petrosian, 1969 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 53 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 27 moves, 0-1

Fischer vs Spassky, 1972 
(D59) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower, 41 moves, 1-0

Fischer vs Spassky, 1972 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 56 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 74 moves, 0-1

Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1978 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 28 moves, 1-0

Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1978 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 50 moves, 1-0

Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1978 
(C82) Ruy Lopez, Open, 50 moves, 1-0

Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1978 
(E47) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3, 39 moves, 0-1

Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1978 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 71 moves, 1-0

Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1981 
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 43 moves, 0-1

Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1981 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 46 moves, 1-0

Karpov vs Kasparov, 1984 
(B44) Sicilian, 31 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Karpov, 1984 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 70 moves, 0-1

Kasparov vs Karpov, 1985 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kasparov vs Karpov, 1985 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 67 moves, 1-0

Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 65 moves, 1/2-1/2

Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 63 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Karpov, 1985 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 25 moves, 1-0

Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 
(B44) Sicilian, 40 moves, 0-1

Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 42 moves, 0-1

Karpov vs Kasparov, 1986 
(D82) Grunfeld, 4.Bf4, 32 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Karpov, 1986 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 31 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Karpov, 1986 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 48 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Karpov, 1986 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 41 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Karpov, 1986 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 46 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Karpov, 1987 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 41 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Karpov, 1990 
(C45) Scotch Game, 102 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Karpov, 1990 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 57 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Karpov, 1990 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 41 moves, 1-0

Karpov vs Timman, 1993 
(D39) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation, 33 moves, 1-0

Timman vs Karpov, 1993 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 34 moves, 0-1

Short vs Kasparov, 1993 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kasparov vs Anand, 1995 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 38 moves, 1-0

Kamsky vs Karpov, 1996 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 59 moves, 1-0

Karpov vs Anand, 1998 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 108 moves, 1-0

Kramnik vs Kasparov, 2000 
(D85) Grunfeld, 40 moves, 1-0

Kramnik vs Kasparov, 2000 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 74 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kramnik vs Kasparov, 2000 
(E53) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 25 moves, 1-0

Leko vs Kramnik, 2004  
(C42) Petrov Defense, 65 moves, 0-1

Leko vs Kramnik, 2004  
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 69 moves, 1-0

Kramnik vs Leko, 2004  
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 32 moves, 0-1

Leko vs Kramnik, 2004  
(A61) Benoni, 65 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kramnik vs Leko, 2004  
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 41 moves, 1-0

Topalov vs Kramnik, 2006 
(D18) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch, 63 moves, 0-1

Kramnik vs Topalov, 2006  
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 52 moves, 0-1

Kramnik vs Topalov, 2006  
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 43 moves, 1-0

Topalov vs Kramnik, 2006 
(D12) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 50 moves, 1-0

Kramnik vs Anand, 2008 
(D49) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran, 41 moves, 0-1

Kramnik vs Anand, 2008 
(D49) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran, 35 moves, 0-1

Anand vs Kramnik, 2008 
(E34) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation, 47 moves, 1-0

Topalov vs Anand, 2010 
(D86) Grunfeld, Exchange, 30 moves, 1-0

Gelfand vs Anand, 2012 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 38 moves, 1-0

Gelfand vs Anand, 2012 
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

Anand vs Gelfand, 2012 
(B30) Sicilian, 77 moves, 1-0

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