3. World Chess Champions

I propose a new unofficial system of classifying & recognising classical World Chess Champions.
Benefits:
1. Recognises and credits the number of organised World Chess Championship matches/tournaments.
2. Recognises and credits all individual World Chess Champion titles awarded to the same player.
Example:
Before: Alexander Alekhine was the 4th World Chess Champion.
Now: Alexander Alekhine was the 11th, 12th, 13th & 15th World Chess Champion.

31 Jan 2013:
Its been ten fantastic years with Team Vishy, culminating in four consecutive World Championship titles.GM Peter Heine Nielsen

Official World Chess Championships
1886: 1st World Chess Champion: Wilhelm Steinitz (beat Johannes Zukertort)
1889: 2nd World Chess Champion: Wilhelm Steinitz (beat Mikhail Chigorin)
1890: 3rd World Chess Champion: Wilhelm Steinitz (beat Isidor Gunsberg)
1892: 4th World Chess Champion: Wilhelm Steinitz (beat Mikhail Chigorin)
1894: 5th World Chess Champion: Emanuel Lasker (beat Wilhelm Steinitz)
1896: 6th World Chess Champion: Emanuel Lasker (beat Wilhelm Steinitz)
1907: 7th World Chess Champion: Emanuel Lasker (beat Frank Marshall)
1908: 8th World Chess Champion: Emanuel Lasker (beat Siegbert Tarrasch)
1910: 9th World Chess Champion:  Emanuel Lasker (beat David Janowski)
1921: 10th World Chess Champion: José Raúl Capablanca (beat Emanuel Lasker)
1927: 11th World Chess Champion: Alexander Alekhine (beat José Raúl Capablanca)
1929: 12th World Chess Champion: Alexander Alekhine (beat Efim Bogoljubov)
1934: 13th World Chess Champion: Alexander Alekhine (beat Efim Bogoljubov)
1935: 14th World Chess Champion: Max Euwe (beat Alexander Alekhine)
1937: 15th World Chess Champion: Alexander Alekhine (beat Max Euwe)
FIDE World Chess Championships
1948: 16th World Chess Champion: Mikhail Botvinnik (after winning a 5-player tournament)
1951: 17th World Chess Champion: Mikhail Botvinnik (drew David Bronstein)
1954: 18th World Chess Champion: Mikhail Botvinnik (drew Vassily Smyslov)
1957: 19th World Chess Champion: Vassily Smyslov (beat Mikhail Botvinnik)
1958: 20th World Chess Champion: Mikhail Botvinnik (beat Vassily Smyslov)
1960: 21st World Chess Champion: Mikhail Tal (beat Mikhail Botvinnik)
1961: 22nd World Chess Champion: Mikhail Botvinnik (beat Mikhail Tal)
1963: 23rd World Chess Champion: Tigran Petrosian (beat Mikhail Botvinnik)
1966: 24th World Chess Champion: Tigran Petrosian (beat Boris Spassky)
1969: 25th World Chess Champion: Boris Spassky (beat Tigran Petrosian)
1972: 26th World Chess Champion: Robert Fischer (beat Boris Spassky)
1975: 27th World Chess Champion: Anatoly Karpov (beat* Robert Fischer) *by default
1978: 28th World Chess Champion: Anatoly Karpov (beat Viktor Kortchnoi)
1981: 29th World Chess Champion: Anatoly Karpov (beat Viktor Kortchnoi)
1984: 30th World Chess Champion: Anatoly Karpov (beat* Garry Kasparov) *match aborted
1985: 31st World Chess Champion: Garry Kasparov (beat Anatoly Karpov)
1986: 32nd World Chess Champion: Garry Kasparov (beat Anatoly Karpov)
1987: 33rd World Chess Champion: Garry Kasparov (drew Anatoly Karpov)
1990: 34th World Chess Champion: Garry Kasparov (beat Anatoly Karpov)

Work in progress. To be finalised in due course.
Comments are welcome.

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