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My favorite game from each World Championship
Compiled by rcs784
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1st World Championship: Game 19
Zukertort vs Steinitz, 1886  
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 29 moves, 0-1

2nd World Championship: Game 8
Steinitz vs Chigorin, 1889 
(D46) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 38 moves, 1-0

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

4th World Championship: Game 5
Steinitz vs Chigorin, 1892 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 28 moves, 1-0

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

6th World Championship: Game 17
Steinitz vs Lasker, 1897 
(D60) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 63 moves, 0-1

7th World Championship: Game 7
Marshall vs Lasker, 1907 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

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

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

10th World Championship: Game 9
Lasker vs Janowski, 1910 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 43 moves, 1-0

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

12th World Championship: Game 34
Alekhine vs Capablanca, 1927 
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 82 moves, 1-0

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

14th World Championship: Game 21
Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1934 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 63 moves, 0-1

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

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

17th World Championship (tournament): Round 19
Reshevsky vs Botvinnik, 1948 
(C18) French, Winawer, 47 moves, 0-1

18th World Championship, Game 23
Botvinnik vs Bronstein, 1951 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 57 moves, 1-0

19th World Championship: Game 14
Botvinnik vs Smyslov, 1954 
(E67) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 33 moves, 0-1

20th World Championship, Game 17
Botvinnik vs Smyslov, 1957 
(A15) English, 69 moves, 0-1

21st World Championship, Game 19
Smyslov vs Botvinnik, 1958 
(B11) Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4, 35 moves, 1-0

22nd World Championship: Game 6
Botvinnik vs Tal, 1960 
(E69) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line, 47 moves, 0-1

23rd World Championship: Game 20
Tal vs Botvinnik, 1961 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 121 moves, 1/2-1/2

24th World Championship: Game 5
Petrosian vs Botvinnik, 1963 
(D94) Grunfeld, 48 moves, 1-0

25th World Championship: Game 10
Petrosian vs Spassky, 1966 
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 30 moves, 1-0

26th World Championship: Game 11
Spassky vs Petrosian, 1969 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 56 moves, 0-1

27th World Championship: Game 13
Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 74 moves, 0-1

28th World Championship (candidates final): Game 2
Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1974 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 27 moves, 1-0

29th World Championship: Game 8
Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1978 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 28 moves, 1-0

30th World Championship: Game 6
Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1981 
(C82) Ruy Lopez, Open, 41 moves, 0-1

31st World Championship: Game 9
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1984 
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 70 moves, 1-0

32nd World Championship: Game 16
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 
(B44) Sicilian, 40 moves, 0-1

33rd World Championship: Game 22
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1986 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 46 moves, 1-0

34th World Championship: Game 24
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1987  
(A13) English, 64 moves, 1-0

35th World Championship: Game 16
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1990 
(C45) Scotch Game, 102 moves, 1-0

36th World Championship: Game 8
Short vs Kasparov, 1993 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

37th World Championship: Game 10
Kasparov vs Anand, 1995 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 38 moves, 1-0

38th World Championship: Game 4
Kramnik vs Kasparov, 2000 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 74 moves, 1/2-1/2

39th World Championship: Game 8
Kramnik vs Leko, 2004  
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 32 moves, 0-1

40th World Championship: Game 2
Topalov vs Kramnik, 2006 
(D18) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch, 63 moves, 0-1

41st World Championship (tournament): Round 2
Kramnik vs Morozevich, 2007 
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 27 moves, 1-0

42nd World Championship: Game 10
Kramnik vs Anand, 2008 
(E20) Nimzo-Indian, 29 moves, 1-0

43rd World Championship: Game 4
Anand vs Topalov, 2010 
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 32 moves, 1-0

44th World Championship: Game 8
Anand vs Gelfand, 2012 
(D70) Neo-Grunfeld Defense, 17 moves, 1-0

45th World Championship: Game 9
Anand vs Carlsen, 2013 
(E25) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 28 moves, 0-1

46th World Championship: Game 3
Anand vs Carlsen, 2014 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 34 moves, 1-0

47th World Championship: Game 16 (rapid)
Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016 
(B54) Sicilian, 50 moves, 1-0

48th World Championship: Game 6
Carlsen vs Caruana, 2018 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 80 moves, 1/2-1/2

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