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1998: World Championship

Challenge Match

The 3 zone system of qualifier tournaments was used again this year, with Dan Pless qualifying automatically as the loser of the previous challenge match. The winning candidate was Mel Nicholson, of the USA. The games were played live over the table at Mel's house in San Leandro, California, with the moves being relayed to spectators via the internet.

Donald Bailey won the match 6-0 to retain his title.

client

 Bailey   vs Nicholson (27 turns)
@0/ A0/ A3/ B3+ C2+ C0\ D3+ @4/ A5/ E1/
E0/ @3+ D2\ @5+ @5/ @6\ B4+ @5+ C3\ D1+
B7+ A7/ @3\ A2+ A7+ @7\ B8\

client

Nicholson vs  Bailey   (15 turns)
@0/ A0/ A3/ B3/ A4/ @1+ @4\ C5+ A1+ @1\
D6/ B3+ F4+ @2/ Resign

client

 Bailey   vs Nicholson (27 turns)
@0+ @1+ @1\ A0\ B0\ C4/ B5\ @3\ E4/ @3\
B4/ D0+ E7+ E2+ C1\ G4/ @4/ A5/ @5/ A6/
@6/ C7\ E6+ G7+ E7+ E1+ C8+

client

Nicholson vs  Bailey   (42 turns)
@0/ A0/ A0/ A0/ B2+ @1+ A0\ @5/ A6/ @6/
F3/ G3/ H2\ D0\ @6+ B3+ @3+ B2\ E1+ @3\
B2\ B1\ A1\ A4+ F0/ F0/ J7+ L6\ M6\ J4+
N6\ M5/ K8+ F9+ C10\ K9\ L9\ L10\ M10\ J9+
K11+ H9+

client

 Bailey   vs Nicholson (24 turns)
@0+ B1/ @1/ B0/ B3+ @2/ B1+ @1+ B0\ @2/
@2/ @2/ G5/ B1\ C0+ D0\ D0\ D8+ G9/ A4\
@5/ G4/ G3/ RESIGN

client

Nicholson vs  Bailey   (23 turns)
@0/ @1/ @1/ @1/ B0/ @2+ @2/ @2/ D0+ G2+
B2\ B4+ D4+ C5/ C6+ E0\ E0\ C2+ G3+ C0\
B3\ A3\ RESIGN

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