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All 20 World Chess Champions

1. Wilhelm Steinitz - WCC from 1886 to 1894.

2. Emanuel Lasker - WCC from 1894 to 1921.

3. Jose Raul Capablanca - WCC from 1921 to 1927.

4. Alexander Alekhine - WCC from 1927 to 1935, and from 1937 to 1946.

5. Max Euwe - WCC from 1935 to 1937.

6. Mikhail Botvinnik - WCC from 1948 to 1957, from 1958 to 1960, and from 1961 to 1963.

7. Vasily Smyslov - WCC from 1957 to 1958.

8. Michail Tal - WCC from 1960 to 1961.

9. Tigran Petrosian - WCC from 1963 to 1969.

10. Boris Spassky - WCC from 1969 to 1972.

11. Robert James Fischer - WCC from 1972 to 1975.

12. Anatoly Karpov - WCC from 1975 to 1985. FIDE WCC from 1993 to 1999.

13. Garry Kasparov - WCC from 1985 to 1993. Classical WCC from 1993 to 2000.

14. Alexander Khalifman - FIDE WCC from 1999 to 2000.

15. Vladimir Kramnik - Classical WCC from 2000 to 2006. WCC from 2006 to 2007.

16. Viswanathan Anand - FIDE WCC from 2000 to 2002. WCC from 2007 to 2013.

17. Ruslan Ponomariov - FIDE WCC from 2002 to 2004.

18. Rustam Kasimdzhanov - FIDE WCC from 2004 to 2005.

19. Veselin Topalov - FIDE WCC from 2005 to 2006.

20. Magnus Carlsen - WCC from 2013.

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