I am trying to compile some very special statistics: World Champions, who also ranked #1 in the world, as well as winning Olympiad Gold. Please feel free to add more names if you can think of any, or correct any mistake.

It is difficult to trace back to older champions as rating lists are hard to track down, and the rating system also only came out much later. As of right now, 3 different chess historians have confirmed that only 3 men and 3 women have ever accomplished this feat.


Vladimir Kramnik – Garry Kasparov – Anatoly Karpov

Botvinnik – Spassky – Tal – Petrosian – Smyslov, etc. were in the non-rating era.


Susan Polgar – Maia Chiburdanidze – Nona Gaprindashvili

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