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Marathon WC games
Compiled by rcs784

This is a collection of all classical and/or undisputed World Championship games of 90 moves or more and all decisive WC games of 75 moves or more (plus one 74-move game that was too famous and brilliant and beautiful not to include--scroll down to the bottom to see which game it was!).

Longest WC game of all time. Korchnoi fails to spot mate in 7.
Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1978 
(E42) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein), 124 moves, 1/2-1/2

2nd longest ever. Anand expertly defends R+4P vs RN+2P.
Carlsen vs Anand, 2014 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 122 moves, 1/2-1/2

3rd longest. Strategic R+P ending from their rematch.
Tal vs Botvinnik, 1961 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 121 moves, 1/2-1/2

4th longest. Lasker survives the dreaded R+B vs. R torture.
Tarrasch vs Lasker, 1908 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 119 moves, 1/2-1/2

Already 5th all time. Carlsen misses multiple wins.
Caruana vs Carlsen, 2018 
(B31) Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation, 115 moves, 1/2-1/2

6th place and longest decisive WC game ever.
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1990 
(C45) Scotch Game, 102 moves, 1-0

7th longest. Who ever said Janowski couldn't put up a fight?
Lasker vs Janowski, 1910 
(D60) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 101 moves, 1/2-1/2

8th place. From the Mexico City WC tournament.
Leko vs Gelfand, 2007 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 100 moves, 1/2-1/2

9th longest ever. Carlsen does not believe in fortresses.
Karjakin vs Carlsen, 2016 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 94 moves, 1/2-1/2

10th longest. Kasparov, down 4-0, just needed to keep drawing.
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1984 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 93 moves, 1/2-1/2

11th longest overall; 2nd longest decisive game.
Spassky vs Petrosian, 1966 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 91 moves, 1-0

Last draw I'm including. This match makes the list twice.
Tal vs Botvinnik, 1961 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 90 moves, 1/2-1/2

Longest ever victory by Black in WC.
Janowski vs Lasker, 1910 
(D04) Queen's Pawn Game, 87 moves, 0-1

From the inaugural WC match. Still 4th longest decisive game.
Zukertort vs Steinitz, 1886 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 86 moves, 1-0

Steinitz gets busted in his own variation of the Spanish.
Chigorin vs Steinitz, 1889 
(C62) Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense, 83 moves, 1-0

A famous game, featured in countless textbooks on R+P endings.
Alekhine vs Capablanca, 1927 
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 82 moves, 1-0

Who ever knew Bogoljubov was such a pro at rook endings?
Alekhine vs Bogoljubov, 1934 
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 81 moves, 0-1

Korchnoi desperately trying to stay alive late in the match.
Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1978 
(A19) English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation, 79 moves, 1-0

Steinitz has now been on the losing side of three of these...
Lasker vs Steinitz, 1896 
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 78 moves, 1-0

Um...forget what I said about Bogo being an endgame genius!
Alekhine vs Bogoljubov, 1929 
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 77 moves, 1-0

Anand uses Lucena's Position to win the rapid tiebreak.
Anand vs Gelfand, 2012 
(B30) Sicilian, 77 moves, 1-0

Modern GMs would never play on for so long in this endgame.
Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1908 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 76 moves, 1-0

The start of a hard-fought and infamous match.
Kramnik vs Topalov, 2006  
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 75 moves, 1-0

Saved Carlsen's title. Karjakin missed an easy forced draw.
Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 75 moves, 1-0

Honorable mention: One of my favorite Fischer games ever.
Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 74 moves, 0-1

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