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]

Years Champion Runner-up
01. 1950-1953 Australia Cecil Purdy [2] Harald Malmgrem Sweden
02. 1956-1959 Soviet Union Viacheslav Ragozin [3] Lucius Endzelins Australia
03. 1959-1962 Belgium Albéric O'Kelly de Galway [4] Piotr Dubinin Soviet Union
04. 1962-1965 Soviet Union Vladimir Zagorovsky [5] Georgy Borisenko Soviet Union
05. 1965-1968 United States Hans Berliner [6] Jaroslav Hybl Czechoslovakia
06. 1968-1971 Germany Horst Rittner [7] Vladimir Zagorovsky Soviet Union
07. 1972-1976 Soviet Union Yakov Estrin [8] Josef Boey Belgium
08. 1975-1980 Denmark Jørn Sloth [9] Vladimir Zagorovsky Soviet Union
09. 1977-1983 Soviet Union Tõnu Õim [10] Fritz Baumbach East Germany
10. 1978-1984 United States Victor Palciauskas [11] Juan Morgado Argentina
11. 1983-1989 East Germany Fritz Baumbach [12] Gennadi Nesis Soviet Union
12. 1984-1991 Soviet Union Grigory Sanakoev[13] Josef Franzen Slovakia
13. 1989-1998 Soviet Union Mikhail Umansky[14] Eric Bang Denmark
14. 1994-2000 Estonia Tõnu Õim [15] Ove EkebjaergDenmark
15. 1996-2002 Netherlands Gert Jan Timmerman [16] Joop van OosteromNetherlands
16. 1999-2004 Turkey Tunç Hamarat [17] Rudolf MaliangkayNetherlands
17. 2002-2007 Norway Ivar Bern [18] Wolfgang RohdeGermany
18. 2003-2005 Netherlands Joop van Oosterom [19] Hans ElwertGermany
19. 2004-2007 France Christophe Léotard [20] Frank GerhardtGermany
20. 2004-2011 Finland Pertti Lehikoinen [21] Stefan WingeSweden
21. 2005-2008 Netherlands Joop van Oosterom [22] Alexander UggeCanada
22. 2007-2010 Russia Aleksandr Surenovich Dronov [23] Jürgen BückerGermany
23. 2007-2010 Germany Ulrich Stephan[24] [25] Thomas WinckelmannGermany
24. 2009-2011 Slovenia Marjan Šemrl[26] [27] Hans WunderlichGermany
25. 2009-2013 Italy Fabio Finocchiaro[28] [29] Richard HallEngland
26. 2010-2014 Netherlands Ron Langeveld[30] [31] Florin SerbanRomania
27. 2011-2014 Russia Aleksandr Surenovich Dronov [32] Matthias KribbenGermany
28. 2013-2016 Croatia Ing. Leonardo Ljubičić [33] Horacio NetoPortugal

Ladies World Champions[edit]

First World Championship (1968/71)
Years Champion Runner-up
01. 1968-1972 Soviet Union Olga Rubtsova [34] Gertrude SchoisswohlAustria
02. 1972-1977 Soviet Union Lora Jakovleva [35] Olga RubtsovaSoviet Union
03. 1978-1984 Israel Ljuba Kristol [36] Merike RotovaSoviet Union
04. 1984-1992 Soviet Union Liudmila Belavenets [37] Nina OrlovaSoviet Union
05. 1993-1998 Israel Ljuba Kristol [38] Ingrida PriediteLatvia
06. 2000-2005 Italy Alessandra Riegler [39] Maja ZelcicCroatia
07. 2002-2006 Russia Olga Mikhailovna Sukhareva [40] Mary JonesEngland
08. 2007-2010 Russia Olga Mikhailovna Sukhareva [41] Marie BazantováCzech Republic
09. 2011-2014 Russia Irina Vladimirovna Perevertkina [42] Maria LisitcinaRussia
10. 2014-2017 Russia Irina Vladimirovna Perevertkina [43] Tetiana MoyseenkoUkraine

ICCF World Cup[edit]

Nr. Years Champion
01. 1973-1977 Germany Karl Maeder [44]
02. 1977-1983 Soviet Union Gennadi Nesis [45]
03. 1981-1986 Soviet Union Nikolai Rabinovich [46]
04. 1984-1989 Soviet Union Albert Popov [47]
5A. 1987-1994 Ukraine Alexandr Frolov [48]
5B. 1987-1994 Netherlands Gert Timmerman [49]
06. 1994-1999 Latvia Olita Rause [50]
07. 1994-2001 Ukraine Alexei Lepikhov [51]
08. 1998-2002 Germany Horst Staudler [52]
09. 1998-2001 Germany Edgar Prang [53]
10. 2001-2008 Germany Frank Schroder
11. 2008-2011 Germany Reinhardt Moll [54]
12E 2005-2007 Germany Reinhardt Moll [55]
12P 2009-2013 Germany Matthias Gleichmann [56]
13. 2009-2012 Germany Reinhardt Moll [57]
14. 2009-2012 Germany Reinhardt Moll [58]
15. 2012-2015 Slovenia Klemen Sivic [59]
16. 2013-2016 Germany Uwe Nogga [60]
17. 2014-2017 Germany Matthias Gleichmann [61]

See also[edit]

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