Classical World Chess Championship 1995

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Garry Kasparov
Viswanathan Anand Viswanathan Anand 1992 Manila.jpg
Viswanathan Anand
Flag of Russia.svg  Garry Kasparov  (RUS)Flag of India.svg  Viswanathan Anand  (IND)
Born 13 April 1963
32 years old
Born 11 December 1969
25 years old
Winner of the 1993 PCA World Chess Championship Winner of the 1994-95 Candidates Tournament
Rating: 2805 (Ranked #1) Rating: 2715 (Ranked #4)

The Classical World Chess Championship 1995, known at the time as the PCA World Chess Championship 1995, [1] was held from September 10, 1995, to October 16, 1995, on the 107th floor of the South Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. Garry Kasparov, the defending champion, played Viswanathan Anand, the challenger, in a twenty-game match. Kasparov won the match after eighteen games with four wins, one loss, and thirteen draws.

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Viswanathan Anand Indian chess player

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In 1993, the reigning FIDE World Chess Champion, Garry Kasparov decided to split from FIDE because he felt the organisation was corrupt, and formed a rival organisation, the PCA (Professional Chess Association). In response, FIDE stripped Kasparov of his status and organised an event to determine a new champion — this event was won by Anatoly Karpov.

FIDE international organization that connects the various national chess federations around the world

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The Professional Chess Association (PCA), which existed between 1993 and 1996, was a rival organisation to FIDE, the international chess organization. The PCA was created in 1993 by Garry Kasparov and Nigel Short for the marketing and organization of their chess world championship.

The World Chess Championship 1993 was one of the most controversial matches in chess history, with incumbent World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov, and official challenger Nigel Short, splitting from FIDE, the official world governing body of chess, and playing their title match under the auspices of the Professional Chess Association. In response, FIDE stripped Kasparov of his title, and instead held a title match between Anatoly Karpov and Jan Timman.

Kasparov claimed that, as he had not been defeated by a challenger to his title in a match, and in fact had defeated the rightful challenger (Nigel Short in 1993), that he was still the reigning world champion.

Nigel Short British chess player and writer

Nigel David Short is an English chess grandmaster, chess columnist, chess coach and chess commentator. Short earned the Grandmaster title at the age of 19, and was ranked third in the world by FIDE from January 1988 to July 1989. In 1993 he became the first English player to play a World Chess Championship match, when he qualified to play Garry Kasparov in the World Chess Championship 1993 in London, where Kasparov won 12½ to 7½.

Thus, for the first time since the inaugural World Championship in 1886, there were two rival World Chess Championships.

The PCA ran a world championship cycle similar in format to that in use by FIDE at the time. It was to be the only full championship cycle run under the auspices of the PCA.

1993 Qualifying tournament

The PCA held a qualifying tournament and Candidates matches in 1993–1995. A number of leading players did not participate, most notably FIDE World Champion Anatoly Karpov. The events were held at a similar time as the FIDE World Chess Championship 1996, with many of the same players playing in both.

The Candidates Tournament is a chess tournament organized by FIDE, chess's international governing body, since 1950, as the final contest to determine the challenger for the World Chess Championship. The winner of the Candidates earns the right to a match for the World Championship against the incumbent World Champion. The most recent FIDE World Chess Candidates tournament took place in Berlin from 10–28 March 2018.

Anatoly Karpov Russian chess player

Anatoly Yevgenyevich Karpov is a Russian chess grandmaster and former World Champion. He was the official world champion from 1975 to 1985 when he was defeated by Garry Kasparov. He played three matches against Kasparov for the title from 1986 to 1990, before becoming FIDE World Champion once again after Kasparov broke away from FIDE in 1993. He held the title until 1999, when he resigned his title in protest against FIDE's new world championship rules. For his decades-long standing among the world's elite, many consider Karpov one of the greatest players in history.

The FIDE World Chess Championship 1996 was a chess tournament held by FIDE to determine the World Chess Champion.

The Qualifying tournament in Groningen in December 1993 had 54 players participating in an 11-round Swiss system tournament, with the top seven qualifying for the Candidates Tournament. [2]

Groningen City and municipality in Netherlands

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1993 PCA Qualifying Tournament
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2Flag of India.svg  Viswanathan Anand  (India)2725+52=5=7+30+22+20=8=6=1=3=4
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1994–95 Candidates Tournament

The top seven from the Qualifying tournament were joined by Nigel Short, the loser of the 1993 PCA championship match against Kasparov.

The first round of Candidates matches were best of eight games, the semifinals were best of 10, and the final was best of 12. If the scores were tied, sets of two rapid chess games were played as tie breakers, until one player had a lead.

The quarterfinal matches were held at the Trump Tower in New York City in June 1994 and opened by Donald Trump. The semifinals were played in Linares in September 1994, and the final in Las Palmas in March 1995. [3]

   Flag of the United States.svg Gata Kamsky  
   Flag of Russia.svg Vladimir Kramnik   
    Flag of the United States.svg Gata Kamsky  
    Flag of England.svg Nigel Short  
   Flag of England.svg Nigel Short
   Flag of the United States.svg Boris Gulko   
    Flag of the United States.svg Gata Kamsky
     Flag of India.svg Viswanathan Anand
   Flag of England.svg Michael Adams  
   Flag of Russia.svg Sergei Tiviakov   
    Flag of England.svg Michael Adams
    Flag of India.svg Viswanathan Anand  
   Flag of India.svg Viswanathan Anand 5
   Flag of Ukraine.svg Oleg Romanishin 2 

1995 Championship match

The final was played at the World Trade Center, on the 107th floor of the South Tower. [4]

The first player to reach 10½ points would be the winner.

PCA World Chess Championship Match 1995
Rating (change)123456789101112131415161718Total
Flag of India.svg  Viswanathan Anand  (India)2725 (+13)½½½½½½½½100½00½½½½
Flag of Russia.svg  Garry Kasparov  (Russia)2795 (-32)½½½½½½½½011½11½½½½10½

The match began with eight consecutive draws, a record for the World Chess Championship until the 2018 Carlsen–Caruana match. In game 9 Anand, with white, broke through Kasparov's Sicilian Scheveningen defence to win. Kasparov hit back immediately in game 10, with a novelty in the Ruy Lopez Open Defence.

Game 11 was arguably the turning point in the match. Kasparov sprung a major surprise by playing the Sicilian Dragon with black - a once-popular defence which is now only played at the top level by a few specialists. Anand missed a comparatively simple combination and lost. After a draw in game 12, Anand again played weakly against the Dragon in game 13, losing again with white to go two points down.

When Anand lost game 14, Kasparov had a commanding 8½-5½ lead and the match was effectively over. The players drew their remaining games. [5]

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  1. The name "Classical" was not used at the time, but is the name generally used for the title since it was coined for the Classical World Chess Championship 2004.
  2. 1993 Groningen PCA Qualifying Tournament, Mark Weeks' Chess Pages
  3. 1994-95 PCA Candidates Matches, Mark Weeks' Chess Pages
  4. The Week in Chess 358, September 17, 2001
  5. PCA World Chess Championship 1995, Mark Weeks' Chess Pages