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World Chess Champions

Since 1886, there have been 16 officially recognized -- undisputed --world chess champions. How many can you name?
Also note that from 1993-2006 the championship was in dispute because of a split in the governing chess organization. Disputed champions are not listed.
Quiz by CBTemple
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First submittedFebruary 25, 2012
Last updatedFebruary 25, 2012
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Rating3.43
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Note: Some repeated as champions.
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Country
Years
Name
Czechoslovakia
1886-1894
Wilhelm Steinitz
Germany
1894-1921
Emmanuel Lasker
Cuba
1921-1927
Jose Raul Capablanca
USSR
1927-1935
Alexander Alekhine
Netherlands
1935-1937
Max Euwe
USSR
1937-1946
Alexander Alekhine
USSR
1948-1957
Mikhail Botvinnik
USSR
1957-1958
Vasily Smyslov
USSR
1958-1960
Mikhail Botvinnik
USSR
1960-1961
Mikhail Tal
Country
Years
Name
USSR
1960-1963
Mikhail Botvinnik
USSR
1963-1969
Tigran Petrosian
USSR
1969-1972
Boris Spassky
USA
1972-1975
Bobby Fischer
USSR
1975-1985
Anatoly Karpov
USSR/Russia
1985-1993
Garry Kasparov
Russia
2006-2007
Vladimir Kramnik
India
2007-2012
Viswanathan Anand
Norway
2012-present
Magnus Carlsen
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level 25
Feb 4, 2013
It won't allow Alekhine's name to be entered for his second reign or Botvinnik's name to be entered for his second and third reigns.
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level 44
Aug 19, 2013
It demands full names (not just last names) when repeating Botvinnik and Alekhine.
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level 71
Sep 21, 2017
Why? This is deeply silly. I am aware of no other quiz on Jetpunk which works this way, and it destroys the purpose of the quiz as a test of knowledge.
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level 49
Jun 10, 2014
Great quiz, but perhaps you could update it to reflect the current World Champion, Magnus Carlsen. Also, I'm glad you ignored the "FIDE champions" of the period 1994--2006.
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level 24
May 26, 2015
You're forgetting Magnus Carlsen.
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level 76
Apr 3, 2017
Already noted, but it's unacceptable that you have to type the full name to get Alekhine's second reign and Botvinnik's second and third. Those shouldn't be scored separately (15 champions, but the quiz is out of 18) unless you convert the quiz to highlighted answers. Also, Carlsen.
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level 71
Sep 21, 2017
Quite right Samguy. The quizsetter has ruined a potentially excellent quiz by introducing a preposterous rule.
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level 39
Oct 27, 2017
During both of Alekhine's reigns, he was French so you should change his Federation.
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level 45
Nov 26, 2017
I believe Steinitz, eventhouh born in Prague should be considered austrian, as he moved to Vienna. Furthermore, Prague was at the time austrian. E.g. you consider Botvinnik UdSSR and Kramnik Russia. The same should count for Kramnik
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level 66
Oct 16, 2018
Good quiz now above problems fixed. But why can't I give it a rating?
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level 66
Feb 14, 2019
Great quiz. I forgot about Smyslov, shame on me. I'd love to see some 'unofficial' world champions too, like Morphy, Philidor and Staunton, but of course it'll be a bit tricky because there's no clear way of deciding who should be included.