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FIDE World Chess Championship 1948-1990

By Mark Weeks, About.com

Introduction: The FIDE World Championship from 1948 through 1990 was largely a closed contest among the best Soviet players. They dominated the Candidate events and played each other in title matches, often held at Moscow. The Soviet record was interrupted only by the American Fischer in 1970-72 and by the Soviet refugee Korchnoi in 1976-83. • See also Birth of the FIDE World Chess Championship. For