1. William Steinitz…………1866
  2. Emanuel Lasker………….1894
  3. Jose Raul Capablanca…..1921
  4. Alexander Alekhine……..1927
  5. Max Euwe…………………1935
  6. Alexander Alekhine…….1937-1946–died as champion.
  7. Mikhail Botvinnik……….1948–recognized as champion.
  8. Vasily Smyslov………….1957
  9. Mikhail Botvinnik……….1958
  10. Mikhail Tal……………….1960
  11. Mikhail Botvinnik……….1961
  12. Tigran Petrosian………..1963
  13. Boris Spassky…………..1969
  14. Robert Fischer………….1972-1975–retired as champion.
  15. Anatoly Karpov…………1975–recognized as champion.
  16. Garry Kasparov………..1985
  17. Vladimir Kramnik………2000

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