Obviously NOT counting draws there are a lot eg Nepo lost 4-0 total to Magnus in the 2021 WCC so removing the draws, there's that.

In the 2019 WFRCC, which was indeed classical, Magnus Carlsen lost to Wesley So in 3 classical games in a row, COUNTING draws: Draw and then 3 losses (and then fast rapid which was draw and then 1 loss).

Did this ever happen in regular classical chess (that are 1v1 tournaments but including finals or tiebreakers of tournaments that aren't 1v1) - 3 losses in a row?

Let's see...

  1. 2006-2021 - None.
  2. FIDE: 1993-2004 - Oh just 2 Alexei Shirov vs Vishy Anand in 2000 but was it classical time controls? And there's Anatoly Karpov vs Gata Kamsky in 1993 - ok so WFRCC 2019 was the 1st time since either 2000 or 1993 that someone lost 3 classical games in a row in either WCC or WFRCC.
  3. Classical (PCA world championship i mean) : 1993-2004 - None.

And then before 1993...

1 Answer 1


1930 - 1992:

  1. 1986 Garry Kasparov vs Anatoly Karpov
  2. 1961 Mikhail Botvinnik vs Mikhail Tal
  3. 1958 Mikhail Botvinnik vs Vasily Smyslov
  4. 1954 Mikhail Botvinnik vs Vasily Smyslov (again)
  5. 1937 Alexander Alekhine vs Max Euwe

1886 - 1929:

  1. 5 in a row 1910 Emanuel Lasker vs David Janowski
  2. 4 in a row https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Chess_Championship_1907
  3. 4 in a row https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Chess_Championship_1896%E2%80%931897
  4. 5 in a row https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Chess_Championship_1894
  5. 3 in a row twice https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Chess_Championship_1889
  6. 4 in a row https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Chess_Championship_1886
  • 1
    The 1889 match is a dud. The page you link say that Chigorin was challenger, yet it was Steinitz who chose Chigorin for the match that the Havana Club wanted to to host. And the WCh title had already been announced to be the object of the 1889 congress - the preliminary program had been published already in 1887. The page en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Chess_Championship (in my opinion) has a better account of the Havana 1889, although there are still some errors: it was not for a challenger to Steinitz, it was for WCh.
    – user30536
    Feb 12 at 15:32
  • @user30536 you mean it's actually not 3x in a row twice?
    – BCLC
    Feb 13 at 12:08
  • Not sure why you ask -- I don't even refer to that. No, I mean it is not actually a world championship.
    – user30536
    Feb 14 at 8:12

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge that you have read and understand our privacy policy and code of conduct.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.