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1st World Correspondence Chess Championship Tournament

Cecil John Seddon Purdy10.5/13(+9 -1 =3)[games]
Harald Malmgren10/13(+7 -0 =6)[games]
Mario Napolitano10/13(+10 -3 =0)[games]
Olaf Barda9.5/13(+9 -3 =1)[games]
Graham Russell Mitchell8/13(+6 -3 =4)[games]
Leopold Watzl6.5/13(+5 -5 =3)[games]
Gabriel Wood6/13(+5 -6 =2)[games]
Edmund Adam6/13(+5 -6 =2)[games]
Theo Daniel van Scheltinga5.5/13(+2 -4 =7)[games]
Janos Balogh5/13(+3 -6 =4)[games]
Sverre Madsen4.5/13(+2 -6 =5)[games]
John W Collins4.5/13(+3 -7 =3)[games]
Antonio Cuadrado3/13(+0 -7 =6)[games]
P van't Veer2/13(+1 -10 =2)[games]
Adolphe Viaud0/6(+0 -6 =0)[games]
* Chess Event Description
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 Correspondence 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.

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


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 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 Edmund Adam 0 1 0 0 0 0 * 0 1 1 1 1 6.0 9 Theo 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 Antonio Cuadrado 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 * 3.0 14 P van't Veer 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 * 2.0 Adolphe Viaud - - 0 - 0 - - 0 - 0 0 0 - - *games cancelled*

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 Jakob Larsson was the tournament director.

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 - P van't Veer 1-0

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

Gabriel Wood - P van't Veer 0-1

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

A special thanks to <crawfb5> for finding the scores to S Madsen vs Edmund Adam, 1950 0-1 and G Wood vs S Madsen, 1950 1-0.

The main sources for this collection were the books:

How Purdy Won by Cecil John Seddon Purdy and Frank P Hutchings, and Kevin Harrison, published by Thinkers' Press, Inc in 1998. ISBN 0-938650-80-7.

and 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: 1st World Correspondence Chess Championship, by User: Benzol.

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 93  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J W Collins vs T van Scheltinga  ½-½4319501st World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
2. A Cuadrado vs L Watzl  0-13619501st World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipC77 Ruy Lopez
3. A Cuadrado vs G R Mitchell  ½-½2119501st World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipA06 Reti Opening
4. A Cuadrado vs O Barda 0-12619501st World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipE10 Queen's Pawn Game
5. P van't Veer vs O Barda  0-14519501st World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipE26 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
6. O Barda vs J W Collins  1-05119501st World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
7. O Barda vs S Madsen  1-04019501st World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
8. O Barda vs J Balogh  1-06119501st World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipD72 Neo-Grunfeld,, Main line
9. O Barda vs T van Scheltinga  1-05319501st World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. G Wood vs O Barda  0-16219501st World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipC13 French
11. Edmund Adam vs A Cuadrado 1-02219501st World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipC07 French, Tarrasch
12. A Cuadrado vs G Wood  ½-½2719501st World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
13. T van Scheltinga vs A Cuadrado  ½-½2919501st World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
14. J Balogh vs J W Collins  ½-½3419501st World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipD71 Neo-Grunfeld
15. P van't Veer vs J Balogh  0-14819501st World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipE72 King's Indian
16. S Madsen vs J W Collins  ½-½4919501st World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
17. P van't Veer vs S Madsen  ½-½2819501st World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
18. J W Collins vs P van't Veer 1-06419501st World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipD56 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. J W Collins vs A Cuadrado  1-04419501st World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
20. A Cuadrado vs P van't Veer  ½-½4519501st World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
21. A Cuadrado vs S Madsen  ½-½3019501st World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipD04 Queen's Pawn Game
22. J Balogh vs A Cuadrado  ½-½3719501st World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipE56 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 7...Nc6
23. Edmund Adam vs O Barda 0-12419501st World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
24. O Barda vs L Watzl  1-02419501st World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
25. H Malmgren vs P van't Veer  1-02619501st World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-01-14  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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