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FIDE Events 1948-1990

From 1948 until recently, the World Chess Championship was organized to run on a three year cycle. The cycle started when the world's best chess players were seeded into one or more interzonal tournaments. The players who finished with the highest scores in the interzonal tournaments qualified into a series of elimination matches. These matches were known as the candidates tournament. The player who emerged successfully from the candidates matches met the reigning World Chess Champion in a match for the title of World Chess Champion.

Cycle Zonals O Interzonal O Candidates O World Championship
1988-90 C14 O Subotica O Matches ! Kasparov - Karpov
O Szirak
O Zagreb
1985-87 C13 Biel O Montpellier ! Kasparov - Karpov
Taxco Matches
1982-84 C12 Las Palmas O Matches ! Karpov - Kasparov (I)
Moscow ! Kasparov - Karpov (II)
Toluca ! Kasparov - Karpov (III)
1979-81 C11 O Riga Matches O Karpov - Korchnoi
Rio de Janeiro
1976-78 C10 O Biel O Matches ! Karpov - Korchnoi
O Manila
1973-75 C09 O Leningrad O Matches Karpov-Fischer (by forfeit)
O Petropolis
1970-72 C08 O Palma de Mallorca O Matches ! Fischer - Spassky
1967-69 C07 O Sousse O Matches O Spassky - Petrosian
1964-66 C06 O Amsterdam O Matches O Petrosian - Spassky
1961-63 C05 O Stockholm O Curacao O Petrosian - Botvinnik
1958-60 C04 O Portoroz O Yugoslavia O Tal - Botvinnik
O Botvinnik - Tal
1955-57 C03 O Goteborg O Amsterdam O Smyslov - Botvinnik
O Botvinnik - Smyslov
1952-54 C02 O Saltsjobaden O Zurich O Botvinnik - Smyslov
1949-51 C01 O Saltsjobaden O Budapest O Botvinnik - Bronstein
1946-48 C00 O The Hague/Moscow

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