1974 Candidates Matches

CYCLE 9: 8-Man Knockout

Six qualifiers from two Interzonal tournaments, plus two seeds play knockout matches, with the winner playing a World Championship match against Fischer in 1975.

(Black background indicates black in the first game)

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Spassky       浇111  3
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Korchnoi      浇浇11浇浇01  3
Mecking       浇浇00浇浇1  1
    
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Petrosian     浇浇1浇1001  3
Portisch      浇浇0浇0110  2
    
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Spassky   10浇0浇00  1
    
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Korchnoi  1101  3
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THE PLAYERS

# Player Country Status
1 Anatoly Karpov USSR Qualified from Interzonal
2 Viktor Lvovich Korchnoi USSR Qualified from Interzonal
3 Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian USSR Seeded; lost last Candidates Final
4 Boris Spassky USSR Seeded; Lost last Championship Match
5 Lajos Portisch Hungary Qualified from Interzonal
6 Henrique Mecking Brazil Qualified from Interzonal
7 Lev Polugaevsky USSR Qualified from Interzonal
8 Robert Byrne USA Qualified from Interzonal


THE QUARTERFINALS (3 Wins or Best of 16)

Moscow, Jan 16 - Feb 4 '74 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Karpov 1 1 1 3 (w/5 draws)
Polugaevsky 0 0 0 0 (w/5 draws)

San Juan, Jan 14-29 '74 1 2 3 4 5 6
Spassky 1 1 1 3 (w/3 draws)
Byrne 0 0 0 0 (w/3 draws)

Augusta, Jan 16 - Feb 13 '74 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Korchnoi 1 1 0 1 3 (w/9 draws)
Mecking 0 0 1 0 1 (w/9 draws)

Palma, Jan 18 - Feb 17 '74 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Petrosian 1 1 0 0 1 3 (w/8 draws)
Portisch 0 0 1 1 0 2 (w/8 draws)


THE SEMI-FINALS (4 Wins or Best of 20)

Leningrad, Apr 9 - May 20 '74 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Karpov 0 1 1 1 1 4 (w/6 draws)
Spassky 1 0 0 0 0 1 (w/6 draws)

Odessa, Apr 12-30 '74 1 2 3 4 5
Korchnoi 1 1 0 1 3 (w/1 draw)
Petrosian 0 0 1 0 1 (w/1 draw)
Petrosian resigned the match prematurely


THE FINALS (5 Wins or Best of 24)

Moscow, Sept 16 - Nov 23 '74 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24
Karpov 1 1 1 0 0 12
Korchnoi 0 0 0 1 1 11


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