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Consolation Prize
Compiled by Penguincw


The World Chess Championship (WCC) has usually taken forms of a single match, between two players. Usually they are very hard and well fought battles, but someone has to be the loser. Losing sucks, but it can be nice to get revenge.

This collection showcases all games (in classical time controls), where the "reigning challenger" beats the reigning champion. In order for games to qualify, they must be in classical time controls, and the loser of the previous WCC match has to beat the winner of the previous WCC match in a game. The game can only take place during the time between the end of that match, to the start of the next WCC.

For now, any WCC which was not a match, will not count. However, any WCC which were not matches, will still be treated as matches, for purposes of determining cut offs for the time span in which games can be in this collection.

During the time when the title was split, both titles will be considered separately when determining which games are eligible to be in this collection.

All games are in chronological order. In the notes next to each game is the WCC match that these two faced. Out of 51 matches, such a game has only occurred 12 times (about 23.5% of the time), and to date, no player has ever done it more than once, though Anand has done it on 2 different occasions.

Lasker - Steinitz 1894
Steinitz vs Lasker, 1896 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 31 moves, 1-0

Alekhine - Bogoljubov 1929
Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1932 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 92 moves, 1-0

Euwe - Alekhine 1935
Alekhine vs Euwe, 1936 
(C02) French, Advance, 81 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik - Smyslov 1954
Smyslov vs Botvinnik, 1955 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 28 moves, 1-0

Petrosian - Botvinnik 1963
Botvinnik vs Petrosian, 1964 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 63 moves, 1-0

Petrosian - Spassky 1966
Spassky vs Petrosian, 1967 
(C11) French, 37 moves, 1-0

Spassky - Petrosian 1969
Petrosian vs Spassky, 1971 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 39 moves, 1-0

Kasparov - Karpov 1987
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1988 
(D87) Grunfeld, Exchange, 38 moves, 1-0

Kasparov - Anand 1995
Kasparov vs Anand, 1996 
(E92) King's Indian, 44 moves, 0-1

Kramnik - Kasparov 2000
Kasparov vs Kramnik, 2001 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 41 moves, 1-0

Ponomariov - Ivanchuk 2002
Ivanchuk vs Ponomariov, 2003 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 29 moves, 1-0

Carlsen - Anand 2014
Anand vs Carlsen, 2015 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 47 moves, 1-0

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