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🏆 3rd Correspondence World Championship (1959)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Alberic O'Kelly de Galway, Peter Vasilievich Dubinin, Janos Balogh, Eduardo Secchi, Lucius Endzelins, Curtis Evander Garner, Maxwell Charles Salm, Sven Erik Gunnar Kjellander, Ake Lundqvist, Mario Napolitano

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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.

Crosstable

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 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 44  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. S Kjellander vs M Napolitano  ½-½7219593rd Correspondence World ChampionshipB65 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4
2. A Lundqvist vs E Secchi  1-03619593rd Correspondence World ChampionshipB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
3. J Balogh vs A Lundqvist  ½-½5319593rd Correspondence World ChampionshipD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
4. C E Garner vs A Lundqvist  0-13619593rd Correspondence World ChampionshipC18 French, Winawer
5. M Napolitano vs M Salm  ½-½6919593rd Correspondence World ChampionshipE66 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno
6. L Endzelins vs M Salm  ½-½2919593rd Correspondence World ChampionshipC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
7. S Kjellander vs M Salm  1-04619593rd Correspondence World ChampionshipE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
8. M Salm vs J Balogh  1-03919593rd Correspondence World ChampionshipC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
9. M Salm vs C E Garner  1-01719593rd Correspondence World ChampionshipC42 Petrov Defense
10. M Napolitano vs E Secchi 0-15419593rd Correspondence World ChampionshipE29 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
11. M Napolitano vs L Endzelins  1-03619593rd Correspondence World ChampionshipA43 Old Benoni
12. A Lundqvist vs L Endzelins  ½-½4119593rd Correspondence World ChampionshipC16 French, Winawer
13. M Napolitano vs J Balogh  1-06019593rd Correspondence World ChampionshipA09 Reti Opening
14. E Secchi vs L Endzelins  ½-½3519593rd Correspondence World ChampionshipC70 Ruy Lopez
15. E Secchi vs J Balogh  ½-½4019593rd Correspondence World ChampionshipE29 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
16. S Kjellander vs E Secchi 0-14819593rd Correspondence World ChampionshipD80 Grunfeld
17. E Secchi vs C E Garner  1-02719593rd Correspondence World ChampionshipC42 Petrov Defense
18. L Endzelins vs J Balogh  ½-½3319593rd Correspondence World ChampionshipC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
19. L Endzelins vs C E Garner  1-03319593rd Correspondence World ChampionshipC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
20. J Balogh vs S Kjellander  ½-½4919593rd Correspondence World ChampionshipB50 Sicilian
21. C E Garner vs S Kjellander 0-12919593rd Correspondence World ChampionshipC77 Ruy Lopez
22. J Balogh vs C E Garner  1-02419593rd Correspondence World ChampionshipC42 Petrov Defense
23. M Napolitano vs O'Kelly  ½-½2519593rd Correspondence World ChampionshipD76 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.cd Nxd5, 7.O-O Nb6
24. O'Kelly vs L Endzelins  1-03919593rd Correspondence World ChampionshipE87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
25. O'Kelly vs P Dubinin  ½-½4219593rd Correspondence World ChampionshipE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
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Kibitzer's Corner
May-10-18
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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.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ICCF_...

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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