1961 World Chess Championship
Mikhail Botvinnik (USSR) vs. Mikhail Tal (USSR)
Moscow, USSR
March 23 - May 20, 1961

Conditions:  Best of 24 Games.  In the event of 
a 12-12 tie, Tal retains the title.



USSR, 1961 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Score
Botvinnik 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 13
Tal 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 8
Result:  Mikhail Botvinnik becomes World Champion for the 3rd time.

  • Match Breakdown
     #    White - Black    Locale  Date        ECO  Result
     1    Botvinnik - Tal  Moscow  03-15-1961  E51  1-0 
     2    Tal - Botvinnik  Moscow  03-17-1961  B18  1-0 
     3    Botvinnik - Tal  Moscow  03-20-1961  E51  1-0 
     4    Tal - Botvinnik  Moscow  03-22-1961  B12  - 
     5    Botvinnik - Tal  Moscow  03-24-1961  E51  - 
     6    Tal - Botvinnik  Moscow  03-27-1961  B12  - 
     7    Botvinnik - Tal  Moscow  03-29-1961  E24  1-0 
     8    Tal - Botvinnik  Moscow  03-31-1961  B12  1-0 
     9    Botvinnik - Tal  Moscow  04-07-1961  A23  1-0 
    10    Tal - Botvinnik  Moscow  04-10-1961  B12  0-1 
    11    Botvinnik - Tal  Moscow  04-12-1961  D14  1-0 
    12    Tal - Botvinnik  Moscow  04-14-1961  C18  1-0 
    13    Botvinnik - Tal  Moscow  04-17-1961  E85  1-0 
    14    Tal - Botvinnik  Moscow  04-19-1961  B12  - 
    15    Botvinnik - Tal  Moscow  04-21-1961  E81  1-0 
    16    Tal - Botvinnik  Moscow  04-24-1961  B12  - 
    17    Botvinnik - Tal  Moscow  04-28-1961  E81  0-1 
    18    Tal - Botvinnik  Moscow  05-03-1961  B12  0-1 
    19    Botvinnik - Tal  Moscow  05-05-1961  E81  0-1 
    20    Tal - Botvinnik  Moscow  05-08-1961  B12  - 
    21    Botvinnik - Tal  Moscow  05-12-1961  E87  1-0 
    
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