World Chess Championship 1961
The 1961 World Chess Championship was played between former champion Mikhail Botvinnik and champion Mikhail Tal in Moscow from March 15 to May 13, 1961. Tal had unseated Botvinnik in the 1960 match, thus Botvinnik was entitled to this rematch the next year. Botvinnik defeated Tal to regain the world championship.
The match was played as best of 24 games. If it ended 12–12, Tal, the title holder, would retain the Championship.
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|Mikhail Tal (Soviet Union)||0||1||0||½||½||½||0||1||0||0||0||1||0||½||0||½||1||0||1||½||0||8|
Botvinnik regained his title for a 3rd time, breaking fellow Russian Alexander Alekhine's record for most reigns as World Chess Champion.
- "Tal Will Defend Crown in Chess; Latvian to Meet Botvinnik in Moscow on March 15 for World Championship", New York Times, March 5, 1961
- "Botvinnik Wins Chess Title", New York Times, May 13, 1961
- "Russian First to Regain World Chess Title", Montreal Gazette, June 1, 1961, p. 27
- 1961 World Chess Championship at the Internet Archive record of Graeme Cree's Chess Pages