World Chess Championship 1990 - 1988-90 Candidates Tournament

1988-90 Candidates Tournament

In addition to nine players from the Interzonals, the top four of the previous Candidates Tournament (Sokolov, Timman, Vaganian, and Yusupov) qualified directly for this tournament. The Canadian organizers of the preliminary matches (which were held in Saint John, New Brunswick) nominated one player, (Spraggett). Finally, Karpov, the challenger in the previous cycle, was seeded into the quarterfinals.


Preliminary matches
Saint John, Jan-Feb 1988
Quarterfinals
Antwerp, London, Quebec, and Seattle, Aug 1988 - Feb 1989
Semifinals
London, Oct 1989
Final
Kuala Lumpur, Mar 1990
Lajos Portisch
Rafael Vaganian
Lajos Portisch
Jan Timman
Valery Salov
Jan Timman
Jan Timman
Jon Speelman
Jon Speelman 4
Yasser Seirawan 1
Jon Speelman
Nigel Short
Nigel Short
Gyula Sax
Jan Timman
Anatoly Karpov
Artur Yusupov
Jaan Ehlvest
Artur Yusupov 5
Kevin Spraggett 4
Kevin Spraggett
Andrei Sokolov
Artur Yusupov
Anatoly Karpov
Jóhann Hjartarson
Viktor Korchnoi
Jóhann Hjartarson
Anatoly Karpov

Karpov won, once again facing Kasparov for the fifth and final time in seven years.

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