Tuesday, November 20, 2007

World Chess Championship records

Shortest world championship win

In 1872, Steinitz defeated Zukertort in 19 moves.

Most world championship games

Botvinnik played 157 world championship games. He won 36, lost 39, and drew 82.

Most world championship career wins

Lasker had 52 career wins in world championship play.

The longest world championship match

The longest world championship match was the 1984-85 Karpov-Kasparov match. It lasted 48 games and 159 days.

Best world championship record

Vera Menchik-Stevenson (1906-1944) was World Women’s Chess Champion from 1927 to 1944. She defended her title 6 times. In world championship play, she won 78 games, drew 4 games, and only lost once.

Youngest world chess champion

Ruslan Ponomariov, born October 11, 1983, became the youngest world chess champion on January 23, 2002 at the age of 18 years, 104 days. Maya Chiburdanidze, born January 17, 1961, became the youngest women’s world chess champion in 1978 at the age of 17.