I was thinking about the way that chess has taken to being streamed recently and it got me wondering how far back one could go if they were to watch WCC matches instead of playing through them.

So which match was the first to be completely (not just one game or the awards ceremony, etc.) recorded as it was being played?

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    Interesting question! Fischer-Spassky famously wasn't recorded, due to Fischer's antics. Somehow I think the first completely recorded match might be surprisingly recent. – BlindKungFuMaster May 5 '15 at 13:50
  • The match Kasparov-Short in 1993 was broadcast on TV in England by Channel 4. – Tanj Jul 20 '15 at 10:30

I doubt that anything was redcorded before 1972 since all matches after 1950 were played in Moscow between Soviet players. In 1972 ChesterFox had purchased rights to televise the Fischer-Spassky match. Fischer kept protesting and insisting that the cameras be removed, so little of the match was recorded.

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