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3rd Correspondence World Championship Tournament

Alberic O'Kelly de Galway6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Peter Vasilievich Dubinin6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Ake Lundqvist5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Maxwell Charles Salm5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Mario Napolitano5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Eduardo Secchi5/9(+4 -3 =2)[games]
Lucius Endzelins4.5/9(+2 -2 =5)[games]
Sven Erik Gunnar Kjellander4/9(+2 -3 =4)[games]
Janos Balogh3.5/9(+1 -3 =5)[games]
Curtis Evander Garner0/8(+0 -8 =0)[games]
* Chess Event Description
3rd Correspondence World Championship (1959)

The 3rd final took place over the period February 1st 1959 to February 1st 1962. There were no preliminary groups in this championship. The 1956 Amsterdam congress of the ICCF (International Correspondence Chess Federation) decided to invite:

a) The first three living players from Final 1 (1st World Correspondence Chess Championship (1950)). Harald Malmgren had passed away so invitations were sent to Cecil John Seddon Purdy, Dr. Mario Napolitano and Olaf Barda.
b) The first six players in Final 2 (2nd World Correspondence Chess Championship (1956)).
c) Dr. Janos Balogh, who had qualified for both the earlier finals.
d) The selected representatives of the five ICCF zones.

The invitations were sent out in 1958. Purdy and Barda from the first final and Eric Alfons Arnlind, Viacheslav Ragozin and Lothar Schmid from the second final declined to play so the third final became the smallest of the World Correspondence Championship finals.

The qualifiers from the second final who accepted were Endzelins, Kjellander and Lundqvist.

The five zonal representatives were Garner from North America, Secchi from South America, Salm from Australia, Dubinin from the Soviet Union, and O'Kelly from Europe.


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Pts 1 O'Kelly * 1 1 1 1 6.5 2 Dubinin * 1 1 0 1 1 6.0 3 Lundqvist 0 * 0 1 1 1 1 5.5 4 Salm 1 * 0 0 1 1 5.0 5 Napolitano 0 * 0 1 1 1 5.0 6 Secchi 0 0 0 1 1 * 1 1 5.0 7 Endzelins 0 1 0 * 1 4.5 8 Kjellander 0 0 1 0 * 1 4.0 9 Balogh 0 0 0 * 1 3.5 10 Garner* - - - - 0 - - - - * 0.0

*Garner withdrew and all his games were awarded to his opponents. For the game Garner - Napolitano 0-1 the gamescore was unavailable. According to Napolitano, few moves were played before Garner withdrew from the tournament.

Erik Jakob Larsson was the tournament director.

The 2nd World Correspondence Chess Championship (1956) and the 4th World Correspondence Championship were the previous and next tournaments.

The main source for this collection was The Games of the World Correspondence Championships I - X edited by Timothy David Harding and published by B. T. Batsford Limited, London in 1979. ISBN 0 7134 5384 2.

Original collection: Game Collection: 3rd World Correspondence Chess Championship, by User: Benzol.

 page 2 of 2; games 26-44 of 44  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
26. O'Kelly vs C E Garner  1-03619593rd Correspondence World ChampionshipD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
27. M Salm vs O'Kelly  ½-½2019593rd Correspondence World ChampionshipA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
28. S Kjellander vs O'Kelly  ½-½3519593rd Correspondence World ChampionshipB06 Robatsch
29. A Lundqvist vs O'Kelly  ½-½1519593rd Correspondence World ChampionshipB06 Robatsch
30. J Balogh vs O'Kelly 0-15019593rd Correspondence World ChampionshipB06 Robatsch
31. A Lundqvist vs S Kjellander  1-03119593rd Correspondence World ChampionshipC52 Evans Gambit
32. E Secchi vs M Salm 1-05119593rd Correspondence World ChampionshipE58 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...Bxc3
33. S Kjellander vs L Endzelins  ½-½2819593rd Correspondence World ChampionshipD28 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
34. O'Kelly vs E Secchi  1-04219593rd Correspondence World ChampionshipE59 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line
35. P Dubinin vs A Lundqvist  1-05819593rd Correspondence World ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
36. M Salm vs P Dubinin  ½-½3119593rd Correspondence World ChampionshipC75 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
37. P Dubinin vs M Napolitano  ½-½5519593rd Correspondence World ChampionshipB58 Sicilian
38. P Dubinin vs E Secchi 1-04019593rd Correspondence World ChampionshipC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
39. L Endzelins vs P Dubinin 1-04619593rd Correspondence World ChampionshipC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
40. P Dubinin vs S Kjellander  1-05819593rd Correspondence World ChampionshipC77 Ruy Lopez
41. J Balogh vs P Dubinin  ½-½4119593rd Correspondence World ChampionshipB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
42. C E Garner vs P Dubinin 0-11819593rd Correspondence World ChampionshipB22 Sicilian, Alapin
43. M Salm vs A Lundqvist  1-03219593rd Correspondence World ChampionshipC18 French, Winawer
44. A Lundqvist vs M Napolitano  1-06119593rd Correspondence World ChampionshipB65 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4
 page 2 of 2; games 26-44 of 44  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  GrahamClayton: The only ICCF World Correspondence Championship not to feature preliminary groups, leading to what was probably the weakest field ever to take part in an ICCF WC Finals tournament.
May-10-18  Sally Simpson: The final placing's at the top of the thread are all out of place with Curtis Garner appearing top with 0 wins from 8.

Curtis started off with a bit of a nightmare

Curtis Evander Garner vs P Dubinin, 1959

Simply dropping a piece. I wonder if he got mixed up with the correspondence notation. writing 18.3324 instead of 3322.

When I played international postal chess in the 70's I hated that system.

1.e4 = 1.5254.

May-10-18  morfishine: <Sally Simpson> According to the tournament write-up Garner withdrew: *Garner withdrew and all his games were awarded to his opponents. For the game Garner - Napolitano 0-1 the gamescore was unavailable. According to Napolitano, few moves were played before Garner withdrew from the tournament. But you are correct, Garner should've been listed at the bottom, or not at all for withdrawing

Perhaps the Dubinin fiasco had something to do with his withdrawal

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