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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
1st World Correspondence Chess Championship Tournament

Mario Napolitano11/14(+11 -3 =0)[view games]
Cecil John Seddon Purdy10.5/13(+9 -1 =3)[view games]
Harald Malmgren10/13(+7 -0 =6)[view games]
Olaf Barda9.5/13(+9 -3 =1)[view games]
Graham Russell Mitchell9/14(+7 -3 =4)[view games]
Leopold Watzl6.5/13(+5 -5 =3)[view games]
Janos Balogh6/14(+4 -6 =4)[view games]
John W Collins5.5/14(+4 -7 =3)[view games]
Sverre Madsen5.5/14(+3 -6 =5)[view games]
E Adam5.5/11(+5 -5 =1)[view games]
Gabriel Wood4.5/10(+4 -5 =1)[view games]
Theo Daniel van Scheltinga3.5/10(+1 -4 =5)[view games]
Antonio Cuadrado3/13(+0 -7 =6)[view games]
P van't Veer1/10(+0 -8 =2)[view games]
Adolphe Viaud0/6(+0 -6 =0)[view games]

Chessgames.com Historical Chess Event
1st World Correspondence Chess Championship (1950)
Following the foundation of the International Correspondence Chess Union ( IFSB )* in Berlin on the 2nd of December 1928 the idea of a Correspondence Chess Championship was discussed for the first time. Alexander Alyekhin who had played numerous games of correspondence chess in his youth held it in high regard and became a driving force to see the realization of a Correspondence Championship. In August 1936 an IFSB conference resolved to set up a committee to work out a draft of Alyekhin's ideas and bring them to fruition. A year later in August 1937 at another IFSB conference in Stockholm a resolution to create and regularly hold a Correspondence Championship was reached. Amongst those present at this conference were FIDE President Dr Alexander Rueb and Dr Max Euwe. The outbreak of the Second World War in 1939 delayed plans but eventually in 1947 the preliminaries for the World Correspodence Championship started. There were 78 participants from 22 countries in 11 preliminary groups. This lead to a Final Tournament of 15 players. Play for this final commenced on May 1st 1950 with the tournament finishing on March 31st 1953.

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* The IFSB was the predecessor of the International Correspondence Chess Federation ( I.C.C.F ).

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Crosstable

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 Pts 1 Cecil John Seddon Purdy * 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 10.5 2 Harald Malmgren * 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 10.0 3 Mario Napolitano 0 0 * 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 10.0 4 Olaf Barda 0 0 * 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 9.5 5 Graham Russell Mitchell 1 0 1 * 0 1 0 1 1 1 8.0 6 Leopold Watzl 0 0 0 0 * 1 1 1 0 1 1 6.5 7 Gabriel Wood 0 0 0 0 1 0 * 1 1 1 1 0 6.0 8 E Adam 0 1 0 0 0 0 * 0 1 1 1 1 6.0 9 T Van Scheltinga 0 0 1 * 0 0 1 5.5 10 Janos Balogh 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 * 0 1 5.0 11 Sverre Madsen 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 * 4.5 12 John W Collins 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 * 1 1 4.5 13 A Cuadrado 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 * 3.0 14 Paul van't Veer 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 * 2.0

The 2nd World Correspondence Chess Championship (1956) was the next correspondence championship tournament.

Adolphe Viaud withdrew part way through the tournament and all his games were cancelled. However, those which had reached a fairly advanced stage were preserved by his opponents and are included in this collection.

Erik Larsson was the tournament director.

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Gamescores of the following games were unavailable :

Edmund Adam - Gabriel Wood 0-1

Edmund Adam - T D van Scheltinga 1/2-1/2

Edmund Adam - Paul van't Veer 1-0

Gabriel Wood - T D van Scheltinga 1/2-1/2

Gabriel Wood - Paul van't Veer 0-1

T D van Scheltinga - Paul van't Veer 1-0

A special thanks to <crawfb5> for finding the scores to Sverre Madsen - Edmund Adam 0-1 and Gabriel Wood - Sverre Madsen 1-0.

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Original collection: Game Collection: 1st World Correspondence Chess Championship, by User: Benzol

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 93  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. J W Collins vs T van Scheltinga  ½-½43 1950 1st World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
2. A Cuadrado vs L Watzl  0-136 1950 1st World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipC77 Ruy Lopez
3. A Cuadrado vs G R Mitchell  ½-½21 1950 1st World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipA06 Reti Opening
4. A Cuadrado vs O Barda 0-126 1950 1st World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipE10 Queen's Pawn Game
5. P van't Veer vs O Barda  0-145 1950 1st World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipE26 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
6. O Barda vs J W Collins  1-051 1950 1st World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
7. O Barda vs S Madsen  1-040 1950 1st World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
8. O Barda vs J Balogh  1-061 1950 1st World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipD72 Neo-Grunfeld, 5.cd, Main line
9. O Barda vs T van Scheltinga  1-053 1950 1st World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. G Wood vs O Barda  0-162 1950 1st World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipC13 French
11. E Adam vs A Cuadrado 1-022 1950 1st World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipC07 French, Tarrasch
12. A Cuadrado vs G Wood  ½-½27 1950 1st World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
13. T van Scheltinga vs A Cuadrado  ½-½29 1950 1st World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
14. J Balogh vs J W Collins  ½-½34 1950 1st World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipD71 Neo-Grunfeld
15. P van't Veer vs J Balogh  0-148 1950 1st World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipE72 King's Indian
16. S Madsen vs J W Collins  ½-½49 1950 1st World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
17. P van't Veer vs S Madsen  ½-½28 1950 1st World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 12...cd
18. J W Collins vs P van't Veer 1-064 1950 1st World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipD56 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. J W Collins vs A Cuadrado  1-044 1950 1st World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
20. A Cuadrado vs P van't Veer  ½-½45 1950 1st World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
21. A Cuadrado vs S Madsen  ½-½30 1950 1st World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipD04 Queen's Pawn Game
22. J Balogh vs A Cuadrado  ½-½37 1950 1st World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipE56 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 7...Nc6
23. E Adam vs O Barda  0-124 1950 1st World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
24. O Barda vs L Watzl  1-024 1950 1st World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
25. H Malmgren vs P van't Veer  1-026 1950 1st World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-01-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  optimal play: <<<<6 years to win this title>

Stockholm, Wednesday>

After six years of strenuous correspondence, Cecil Purdy, of Sydney, has become "individual world champion in correspondence chess."

The tournament began in 1947, but the final started in May, 1950, and took nearly three years to complete.

Mr. Erik Larsson, director of the championship, announced in Stockholm last night that Mr. Purdy had scored 10 points from Mr. Harold Malmgren Kierp, 10, second, and Dr. Mario Napolitano, of Biella, Italy, also 10 points, third.

Mr. Purdy had 99 competitors in 23 countries.

He wrote to Polish and Italian players in French, a language his childhood governess taught him, though most players could write and understand English.

Most competitors enclosed covering letters with the cards showing their latest moves.

Mr. Purdy became one of the 14 finalists three years ago, and world champion today.

Mrs. Purdy, a keen chess player, began correspondence chess in 1947, but gave it up because of "the tremendous amount of bookkeeping involved." Their 18-year-old son John is playing at present in a correspondence chess tournament.>

- The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.) issue Thursday 9 July 1953>

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