|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).
The 2nd World Correspondence Chess Championship (1956) was the next correspondence championship tournament.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4
1 Cecil John Seddon Purdy * ½ 1 1 0 1 1 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 10.5
2 Harald Malmgren ½ * 1 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 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 ½ 0 * 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 9.5
5 Graham Russell Mitchell 1 ½ 0 1 * ½ 0 1 0 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 8.0
6 Leopold Watzl 0 0 0 0 ½ * 1 1 ½ ½ 1 0 1 1 6.5
7 Gabriel Wood 0 0 0 0 1 0 * 1 ½ 1 1 1 ½ 0 6.0
8 Edmund Adam 0 ½ 1 0 0 0 0 * ½ 0 1 1 1 1 6.0
9 Theo van Scheltinga ½ ½ 0 0 1 ½ ½ ½ * 0 0 ½ ½ 1 5.5
10 Janos Balogh ½ 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 1 1 * 0 ½ ½ 1 5.0
11 Sverre Madsen 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 1 1 * ½ ½ ½ 4.5
12 John W Collins 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 ½ ½ ½ * 1 1 4.5
13 Antonio Cuadrado 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 * ½ 3.0
14 P van't Veer 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ * 2.0
Adolphe Viaud - - 0 - 0 - - 0 - 0 0 0 - - *games cancelled*
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.
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|1. J W Collins vs T van Scheltinga
|| ||½-½||43||1950||1st World Correspondence Chess Championship||D46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav|
|2. A Cuadrado vs L Watzl
|| ||0-1||36||1950||1st World Correspondence Chess Championship||C77 Ruy Lopez|
|3. A Cuadrado vs G R Mitchell
|| ||½-½||21||1950||1st World Correspondence Chess Championship||A06 Reti Opening|
|4. A Cuadrado vs O Barda
||0-1||26||1950||1st World Correspondence Chess Championship||E10 Queen's Pawn Game|
|5. P van't Veer vs O Barda
|| ||0-1||45||1950||1st World Correspondence Chess Championship||E26 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch|
|6. O Barda vs J W Collins
|| ||1-0||51||1950||1st World Correspondence Chess Championship||C91 Ruy Lopez, Closed|
|7. O Barda vs S Madsen
|| ||1-0||40||1950||1st World Correspondence Chess Championship||C90 Ruy Lopez, Closed|
|8. O Barda vs J Balogh
|| ||1-0||61||1950||1st World Correspondence Chess Championship||D72 Neo-Grunfeld, 5.cd, Main line|
|9. O Barda vs T van Scheltinga
|| ||1-0||53||1950||1st World Correspondence Chess Championship||D30 Queen's Gambit Declined|
|10. G Wood vs O Barda
|| ||0-1||62||1950||1st World Correspondence Chess Championship||C13 French|
|11. Edmund Adam vs A Cuadrado
||1-0||22||1950||1st World Correspondence Chess Championship||C07 French, Tarrasch|
|12. A Cuadrado vs G Wood
|| ||½-½||27||1950||1st World Correspondence Chess Championship||C72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O|
|13. T van Scheltinga vs A Cuadrado
|| ||½-½||29||1950||1st World Correspondence Chess Championship||C81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack|
|14. J Balogh vs J W Collins
|| ||½-½||34||1950||1st World Correspondence Chess Championship||D71 Neo-Grunfeld|
|15. P van't Veer vs J Balogh
|| ||0-1||48||1950||1st World Correspondence Chess Championship||E72 King's Indian|
|16. S Madsen vs J W Collins
|| ||½-½||49||1950||1st World Correspondence Chess Championship||C97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin|
|17. P van't Veer vs S Madsen
|| ||½-½||28||1950||1st World Correspondence Chess Championship||C99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 12...cd|
|18. J W Collins vs P van't Veer
||1-0||64||1950||1st World Correspondence Chess Championship||D56 Queen's Gambit Declined|
|19. J W Collins vs A Cuadrado
|| ||1-0||44||1950||1st World Correspondence Chess Championship||E49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System|
|20. A Cuadrado vs P van't Veer
|| ||½-½||45||1950||1st World Correspondence Chess Championship||E94 King's Indian, Orthodox|
|21. A Cuadrado vs S Madsen
|| ||½-½||30||1950||1st World Correspondence Chess Championship||D04 Queen's Pawn Game|
|22. J Balogh vs A Cuadrado
|| ||½-½||37||1950||1st World Correspondence Chess Championship||E56 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 7...Nc6|
|23. Edmund Adam vs O Barda
||0-1||24||1950||1st World Correspondence Chess Championship||C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed|
|24. O Barda vs L Watzl
|| ||1-0||24||1950||1st World Correspondence Chess Championship||E04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3|
|25. H Malmgren vs P van't Veer
|| ||1-0||26||1950||1st World Correspondence Chess Championship||B17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation|
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|Feb-01-14|| ||optimal play: <<<<6 years to win this title>|
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 10½ 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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