World Chess Championship 1961

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The 1961 World Chess Championship was played between former champion Mikhail Botvinnik and champion Mikhail Tal in Moscow from March 15[1] to May 13, 1961. Tal had unseated Botvinnik in the 1960 match, thus Botvinnik was entitled to this rematch the next year. Botvinnik, a Russian, defeated Tal, a Latvian, to regain the world championship.[2][3]

Results[edit]

The match was played as best of 24 games. If it ended 12–12, Tal, the title holder, would retain the Championship.

World Chess Championship Match 1961
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Points
 Mikhail Botvinnik (Soviet Union) 1 0 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 ½ 1 ½ 0 1 0 ½ 1 13
 Mikhail Tal (Soviet Union) 0 1 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 0 1 ½ 0 8

Botvinnik regained his title.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tal Will Defend Crown in Chess; Latvian to Meet Botvinnik in Moscow on March 15 for World Championship", New York Times, March 5, 1961
  2. ^ "Botvinnik Wins Chess Title", New York Times, May 13, 1961
  3. ^ "Russian First to Regain World Chess Title", Montreal Gazette, June 1, 1961, p. 27

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