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1981 World Championship Match

1981 World Chess Championship
Anatoly Karpov (USSR) vs. Viktor Korchnoi (Switzerland)
Merano, Italy
October 1 - November 19, 1981

Conditions:  First to Win 6 Games



Italy, 1981 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Score
Karpov 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 6 (w/10 draws)
Korchnoi 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 2 (w/10 draws)
Result:  Anatoly Karpov retains the World Title.

See the Games of the Match!

  • Karpov's FIDE rating going in was 2700. Korchnoi's was 2695.

  • Match Breakdown
     #    White - Black     Locale   Date        ECO  Result
     1    Korchnoi - Karpov  Merano  10-01-1981  D58  0-1 
     2    Karpov - Korchnoi  Merano  10-03-1981  C67  1-0 
     3    Korchnoi - Karpov  Merano  10-05-1981  D58  ½-½ 
     4    Karpov - Korchnoi  Merano  10-08-1981  C42  1-0 
     5    Korchnoi - Karpov  Merano  10-12-1981  D53  ½-½ 
     6    Karpov - Korchnoi  Merano  10-15-1981  C82  0-1 
     7    Korchnoi - Karpov  Merano  10-17-1981  D53  ½-½ 
     8    Karpov - Korchnoi  Merano  10-22-1981  C54  ½-½ 
     9    Korchnoi - Karpov  Merano  10-24-1981  D53  0-1 
    10    Karpov - Korchnoi  Merano  10-29-1981  C54  ½-½ 
    11    Korchnoi - Karpov  Merano  10-31-1981  D37  ½-½ 
    12    Karpov - Korchnoi  Merano  11-02-1981  A16  ½-½ 
    13    Korchnoi - Karpov  Merano  11-05-1981  D31  1-0 
    14    Karpov - Korchnoi  Merano  11-09-1981  C80  1-0 
    15    Korchnoi - Karpov  Merano  11-12-1981  A29  ½-½ 
    16    Karpov - Korchnoi  Merano  11-14-1981  C80  ½-½ 
    17    Korchnoi - Karpov  Merano  11-16-1981  D53  ½-½ 
    18    Karpov - Korchnoi  Merano  11-18-1981  C80  1-0 
    


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