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][2]

Years Champion Runner-up
01. 1950–1953[3] Australia Cecil Purdy Sweden Harald Malmgren
02. 1956–1959[4] Soviet Union Viacheslav Ragozin Australia Lucius Endzelins
03. 1959–1962[5] Belgium Albéric O'Kelly de Galway Soviet Union Piotr Dubinin
04. 1962–1965[6] Soviet Union Vladimir Zagorovsky Soviet Union Georgy Borisenko
05. 1965–1968[7] United States Hans Berliner Czechoslovakia Jaroslav Hybl
06. 1968–1971[8] Germany Horst Rittner Soviet Union Vladimir Zagorovsky
07. 1972–1976[9] Soviet Union Yakov Estrin Belgium Jozef Boey
08. 1975–1980[10] Denmark Jørn Sloth Soviet Union Vladimir Zagorovsky
09. 1977–1983[11] Soviet Union Tõnu Õim East Germany Fritz Baumbach
10. 1978–1984[12] United States Victor Palciauskas Argentina Juan Morgado
11. 1983–1989[13] East Germany Fritz Baumbach Soviet Union Gennadi Nesis
12. 1984–1991[14] Soviet Union Grigory Sanakoev Slovakia Josef Franzen
13. 1989–1998[15] Soviet Union Mikhail Umansky Denmark Eric Bang
14. 1994–2000[16] Estonia Tõnu Õim Denmark Ove Ekebjaerg
15. 1996–2002[17] Netherlands Gert Jan Timmerman Netherlands Joop van Oosterom
16. 1999–2004[18] Turkey Tunç Hamarat Netherlands Rudolf Maliangkay
17. 2002–2007[19] Norway Ivar Bern Germany Wolfgang Rohde
18. 2003–2005[20] Netherlands Joop van Oosterom Germany Hans Elwert
19. 2004–2007[21] France Christophe Léotard Germany Frank Gerhardt
20. 2004–2011[22] Finland Pertti Lehikoinen Sweden Stefan Winge
21. 2005–2008[23] Netherlands Joop van Oosterom Canada Alexander Ugge
22. 2007–2010[24] Russia Aleksandr Dronov Germany Jürgen Bücker
23. 2007–2010[25] Germany Ulrich Stephan[26] Germany Thomas Winckelmann
24. 2009–2011[27] Slovenia Marjan Šemrl[28] Germany Hans-Dieter Wunderlich
25. 2009–2013[29] Italy Fabio Finocchiaro[30] England Richard Hall
26. 2010–2014[31] Netherlands Ron Langeveld[32] Romania Florin Serban
27. 2011–2014[33] Russia Aleksandr Dronov Germany Matthias Kribben
28. 2013–2016[34] Croatia Leonardo Ljubičić Portugal Horacio Neto
29. 2015–2018[35] Russia Aleksandr Dronov Poland Jacek Oskulski
30. 2017–2019[36] Russia Andrey Kochemasov Russia Enver Mikhailovich Efendiyev

Ladies World Champions[edit]

First World Championship (1968/71)
Years Champion Runner-up
01. 1968–1972[37] Soviet Union Olga Rubtsova Austria Gertrude Schoisswohl
02. 1972–1977[38] Soviet Union Lora Jakovleva Soviet Union Olga Rubtsova
03. 1978–1984[39] Israel Ljuba Kristol Soviet Union Merike Rotova
04. 1984–1992[40] Soviet Union Liudmila Belavenets Soviet Union Nina Orlova
05. 1993–1998[41] Israel Ljuba Kristol Latvia Ingrida Priedite
06. 2000–2005[42] Italy Alessandra Riegler Croatia Maja Zelcic
07. 2002–2006[43] Russia Olga Mikhailovna Sukhareva England Mary Jones
08. 2007–2010[44] Russia Olga Mikhailovna Sukhareva Czech Republic Marie Bazantová
09. 2011–2014[45] Russia Irina Vladimirovna Perevertkina Russia Maria Lisitcina
10. 2014–2017[46] Russia Irina Vladimirovna Perevertkina Ukraine Tetiana Moyseenko

ICCF World Cup[edit]

Nr. Years Champion
01. 1973–1977 Germany Karl Maeder[47]
02. 1977–1983 Soviet Union Gennadi Nesis[48]
03. 1981–1986 Soviet Union Nikolai Rabinovich[49]
04. 1984–1989 Soviet Union Albert Popov[50]
5A. 1987–1994 Ukraine Alexandr Frolov[51]
5B. 1987–1994 Netherlands Gert Timmerman[52]
06. 1994–1999 Latvia Olita Rause[53]
07. 1994–2001 Ukraine Alexei Lepikhov[54]
08. 1998–2002 Germany Horst Staudler[55]
09. 1998–2001 Germany Edgar Prang[56]
10. 2001–2005 Germany Frank Schroder[57]
11. 2008–2011 Germany Reinhardt Moll[58]
12E 2005–2007 Germany Reinhardt Moll[59]
12P 2009–2013 Germany Matthias Gleichmann[60]
13. 2009–2012 Germany Reinhardt Moll[61]
14. 2009–2012 Germany Reinhardt Moll[62]
15. 2012–2015 Slovenia Klemen Sivic[63]
16. 2013–2016 Germany Uwe Nogga[64]
17. 2014–2017 Germany Matthias Gleichmann[65]

See also[edit]

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