World Correspondence Chess Championship

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 ChampionsEdit

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]   Cecil Purdy   Harald Malmgren
02. 1956–1959[4]   Viacheslav Ragozin   Lucius Endzelins
03. 1959–1962[5]   Albéric O'Kelly de Galway   Piotr Dubinin
04. 1962–1965[6]   Vladimir Zagorovsky   Georgy Borisenko
05. 1965–1968[7]   Hans Berliner   Jaroslav Hybl
06. 1968–1971[8]   Horst Rittner   Vladimir Zagorovsky
07. 1972–1976[9]   Yakov Estrin   Jozef Boey
08. 1975–1980[10]   Jørn Sloth   Vladimir Zagorovsky
09. 1977–1983[11]   Tõnu Õim   Fritz Baumbach
10. 1978–1984[12]   Victor Palciauskas   Juan Morgado
11. 1983–1989[13]   Fritz Baumbach   Gennadi Nesis
12. 1984–1991[14]   Grigory Sanakoev   Josef Franzen
13. 1989–1998[15]   Mikhail Umansky   Eric Bang
14. 1994–2000[16]   Tõnu Õim   Ove Ekebjaerg
15. 1996–2002[17]   Gert Jan Timmerman   Joop van Oosterom
16. 1999–2004[18]   Tunç Hamarat   Rudolf Maliangkay
17. 2002–2007[19]   Ivar Bern   Wolfgang Rohde
18. 2003–2005[20]   Joop van Oosterom   Hans Elwert
19. 2004–2007[21]   Christophe Léotard   Frank Gerhardt
20. 2004–2011[22]   Pertti Lehikoinen   Stefan Winge
21. 2005–2008[23]   Joop van Oosterom   Alexander Ugge
22. 2007–2010[24]   Aleksandr Dronov   Jürgen Bücker
23. 2007–2010[25]   Ulrich Stephan[26]   Thomas Winckelmann
24. 2009–2011[27]   Marjan Šemrl[28]   Hans-Dieter Wunderlich
25. 2009–2013[29]   Fabio Finocchiaro[30]   Richard Hall
26. 2010–2014[31]   Ron Langeveld[32]   Florin Serban
27. 2011–2014[33]   Aleksandr Dronov   Matthias Kribben
28. 2013–2016[34]   Leonardo Ljubičić   Horacio Neto
29. 2015–2018[35]   Aleksandr Dronov   Jacek Oskulski
30. 2017–2019[36]   Andrey Kochemasov   Enver Mikhailovich Efendiyev
31. 2019–2022[37]   Ron Langeveld
  Christian Muck
  Fabian Stanach
  Jürgen Stephan
32. 2020–2022[38]   Jon Edwards   Michel Lecroq

Ladies World ChampionsEdit

 
First World Championship (1968/71)
Years Champion Runner-up
01. 1968–1972[39]   Olga Rubtsova   Gertrude Schoisswohl
02. 1972–1977[40]   Lora Jakovleva   Olga Rubtsova
03. 1978–1984[41]   Ljuba Kristol   Merike Rotova
04. 1984–1992[42]   Liudmila Belavenets   Nina Orlova
05. 1993–1998[43]   Ljuba Kristol   Ingrida Priedite
06. 2000–2005[44]   Alessandra Riegler   Maja Zelcic
07. 2002–2006[45]   Olga Mikhailovna Sukhareva   Mary Jones
08. 2007–2010[46]   Olga Mikhailovna Sukhareva   Marie Bazantová
09. 2011–2014[47]   Irina Vladimirovna Perevertkina   Maria Lisitcina
10. 2014–2017[48]   Irina Vladimirovna Perevertkina   Tetiana Moyseenko
11. 2017–2020[49]   Irina Vladimirovna Perevertkina   Vilma Dambrauskaitè

ICCF World CupEdit

Nr. Years Champion
01. 1973–1977   Karl Maeder[50]
02. 1977–1983   Gennadi Nesis[51]
03. 1981–1986   Nikolai Rabinovich[52]
04. 1984–1989   Albert Popov[53]
5A. 1987–1994   Alexandr Frolov[54]
5B. 1987–1994   Gert Timmerman[55]
06. 1994–1999   Olita Rause[56]
07. 1994–2001   Alexei Lepikhov[57]
08. 1998–2002   Horst Staudler[58]
09. 1998–2001   Edgar Prang[59]
10. 2001–2005   Frank Schroder[60]
11. 2008–2011   Reinhardt Moll[61]
12E 2005–2007   Reinhardt Moll[62]
12P 2009–2013   Matthias Gleichmann[63]
13. 2009–2012   Reinhardt Moll[64]
14. 2009–2012   Reinhardt Moll[65]
15. 2012–2015   Klemen Sivic[66]
16. 2013–2016   Uwe Nogga[67]
17. 2014–2017   Matthias Gleichmann[68]

See alsoEdit

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