Chess World Championship Matches

Year Champion Challenger Score Decisive Classical Game Percentage Comments    
1886 Steinitz Zukertort 10-5-5 75.00 first player to win 10 games. 9-9 tie    
1888 Steinitz Chogorin 10-6-1  94.11      
1890 Steinitz Gunsberg 6-4-9 52.63 first to win 10 or best score after 20    
1892 Steinitz Chigorin 10-8-5 78.26 first player to win 10 games    
1894 Steinitz Lasker 5-10-4 78.94      
1896 Lasker Steinitz 10-2-5 70.58      
1907 Lasker Marshall 8-0-7 53.33 first to win 8 games    
1908 Lasker Tarrasch 8-3-5 68.75      
1910 Lasker Schlechter 1-1-8 20.00 best out of 10 if equal Referee decides outcome    
1910 Lasker Janowski 8-0-3 72.72 first to win 8 games    
1921 Lasker Capablanca 0-4-7 36.36 first to win 8 or best out of 24. Lasker quit due to exhaustion    
1927 Capablanca Alekhine 6-3-25 26.47 first to win 6    
1929 Alekhine Bogoljubov 11-5-9 64.00 fist to reach 15.5 points with 6 wins max 30 games    
1934 Aleckhine Bogoljubov 8-3-15 42.30      
1935 Alekhine Euwe 8-9-13 56.66      
1937 Euwe Alekhine 4-10-11 56.00      
1951 Botvinnik Bronstein 5-5-14 41.66 best out of 24 champion has draw odds. champ has rematch    
1954 Botvinnik Smyslov 7-7-10 58.33      
1957 Botvinnik Smyslov 3-6-13 40.90      
1958 Smyslov Botvinnik 5-7-11 52.17      
1960 Botvinnik Tal 2-6-13 38.09      
1961 Tal Botvinnik 5-10-6 71.42      
1963 Botvinnik Petrosian 2-5-15 31.81      
1966 Petrosian Spassky 4-3-17 29.16      
1969 Petrosian Spassky 4-6-13 43.47      
1972 Spassky Fischer 3-7-11 47.61      
1978 Karpov Kortchnoi 6-5-21 34.37 first to win 6 games champion has rematch    
1981 Karpov Kortchnoi 6-2-10 44.44      
1984 Karpov Kasparov 5-3-40 16.66      
1985 Karpov Kasparoov 3-5-15 34.78 best of 24. champion has draw odds and rematch    
1986 Kasparov Karpov 5-4-15 37.50      
1987 Kasparoov Karpov 4-4-16 33.33 Kasparov had draw odds    
1990 Kasparov Karpov 4-3-17 29.16
1992 Fischer Spassky 10-5-15 50.00 first to win 10- games    
1993 Kasparov Short 6-1-13 40.90 best of 24.. champion draw odds    
1995 Kasparoov Anand 4-1-13 27.77 best of 20 champion draw odds    
2000 Kasparov Kramnik 0-2-13 13.33 best of 16. champion draw odds    
2004 Kramnik Leko 2-2-10 28.57 Best of 14. retained title due to draw odds.    
2006 Kramnik Topalov 3-3-6 50.00 best of 12, tie breaker 4 game rapid match    
2008 Kramnik Anand 1-3-7 36.36 best of 12, tie breaker rapid-blitz-Armageddon    
2010 Anand Topalov 3-2-7 41.66      
2012 Anand Gelfand 1-1-10 16.66 best of 12. Anand won tie breaker 2-0-2    
2013 Anand Carlsen 0-3-7 30.00      
2014 Carlsen Anand 3-1-7 36.36      
2016 Carlsen Karjakin 1-1-10 16.66 best of 12. Carlsen won tie breaker 2-0-2    
2018 Carlsen Caruana 0-0-10 0.00 Still in progress