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World Chess Champion is the highest title possible to earn in chess.

The official World Chess Champions are as follows (in order from first to latest): Wilhelm Steinitz, Emanuel Lasker, Jose Capablanca, Alexander Alekhine, Max Euwe, Mikhail Botvinnik, Vassily Smyslov, Mikhail Tal, Tigran Petrosian, Boris Spassky, Bobby Fischer, Anatoly Karpov, Garry Kasparov, Vladimir Kramnik, and Vishwanathan Anand.


Wilhelm SteinitzEdit

Steinitz was the first official World Champion. He held the title from 1886 to 1894.

Emanuel LaskerEdit

Held the title from 1894 to 1921.

Jose CapablancaEdit

Held the title from 1921 to 1927.

Alexander AlekhineEdit

Alekhine won the Championship in 1927 and held it until 1935 when he lost it to Max Euwe. Two years later he earned it back and held it until his death in 1946. He was the only World Champion to die with the title still intact.

Max EuweEdit

Held the title only for two years from 1935 to 1937.

Mikhail BotvinnikEdit

He won the title in a tournament match in 1948 after Alekhine's death and kept it until 1957, when he lost it to Vassily Smyslov. Just one year later he won it back and held it until 1960, when Mikhail Tal took it from him. Finally, he won it back in 1961 and held the title until 1963.

Vassily SmyslovEdit

Held the title from 1957 to 1958.

Mikhail TalEdit

Held the title from 1960 to 1961.

Tigran PetrosianEdit

Held the title from 1963 to 1969.

Boris SpasskyEdit

Held the title from 1969 to 1972.

Bobby FischerEdit

Held the title from 1972 to 1975, when it was won by forfeit by Anatoly Karpov because Fischer refused to play.

Anatoly KarpovEdit

Held the title from 1975 to 1985.

Garry KasparovEdit

Held the title from 1985 to 2000.

Vladimir KramnikEdit

Held the title from 2000 to 2007.

Vishwanathan AnandEdit

Holds the title currently after winning it from Kramnik in 2007.

The World Championship 2009Edit

Later this year Veselin Topalov and Gata Kamsky will compete to decide who will go on to challenge World Champion Vishwanathan Anand.

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