World Correspondence Chess Championship

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The World Correspondence Chess Championship determines the World Champion in correspondence chess. Men and women of any age are eligible to contest the title. The official World Correspondence Chess Championship is managed by the International Correspondence Chess Federation (ICCF).

The world championship comprises four stages: Preliminaries, Semi-Finals, Candidates' Tournament, and Final. ICCF tournament rules define which players can access each stage. The first-, second- and third-placed finishers from the previous Final, and the first- and second-placed finishers from the Candidates' Tournaments have access to the World Correspondence Chess Championship Final.

The ICCF also manages the Ladies World Correspondence Chess Championships, that comprises Semi-Finals and Final.

World Champions[edit]

Dates given are the period in which the final of the championship took place, as given on the ICCF website.[1]

Cecil Purdy, the inaugural World Correspondence Chess Champion
  1. Australia Cecil John Seddon Purdy (1950–53)
  2. Soviet Union Viacheslav Ragozin (1956–59)
  3. Belgium Albéric O'Kelly de Galway (1959–62)
  4. Soviet Union Vladimir Zagorovsky (1962–65)
  5. United States Hans Berliner (1965–68)
  6. Germany Horst Rittner (1968–71)
  7. Soviet Union Yakov Estrin (1972–76)
  8. Denmark Jørn Sloth (1975–80)
  9. Soviet Union Tõnu Õim (1977–83)
  10. United States Victor Palciauskas (1978–84)
  11. East Germany Fritz Baumbach (1983–89)[2]
  12. Soviet Union Grigory Sanakoev(1984–91)[3]
  13. Soviet Union Mikhail Umansky(1989–98)[4]
  14. Estonia Tõnu Õim (1994–2000)[5]
  15. Netherlands Gert Jan Timmerman (1996–2002)[6]
  16. Turkey Tunç Hamarat (1999–2004)[7]
  17. Norway Ivar Bern (2002–07)[8]
  18. Netherlands Joop van Oosterom (2003–05)[9]
  19. France Christophe Léotard (2004–07)[10]
  20. Finland Pertti Lehikoinen (2004–11)[11]
  21. Netherlands Joop van Oosterom (2005–08)[12]
  22. Russia Aleksandr Surenovich Dronov (2007–10)[13]
  23. Germany Ulrich Stephan[14] (2007–10)[15]
  24. Slovenia Marjan Šemrl[16] (2009–11)[17]
  25. Italy Fabio Finocchiaro[18] (2009-13)[19]
  26. Netherlands Ron Langeveld[20] (2010–14)[21]
  27. Russia Aleksandr Surenovich Dronov (2011–14)[22]
  28. Croatia Ing. Leonardo Ljubičić (2013–16)[23]

Ladies World Champions[edit]

First World Championship (1968/71)
  1. Soviet Union Olga Rubtsova (1968–72)
  2. Soviet Union Lora Jakovleva (1972–77)
  3. Israel Ljuba Kristol (1978–84)
  4. Soviet Union Liudmila Belavenets (1984–92)
  5. Israel Ljuba Kristol (1993–98)
  6. Italy Alessandra Riegler (2000–05)
  7. Russia Olga Mikhailovna Sukhareva (2002–06)
  8. Russia Olga Mikhailovna Sukhareva (2007–10)
  9. Russia Irina Vladimirovna Perevertkina (2011–14)

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