Hall of Champions II - 1975 to 2012
Anatoly Korpov...1975-1985...Age 24-34 (Soviet Union)
Karpov won the crown from Bobby Fischer by default in 1975.
And just how did that happen?
Before the match began, Fischer insisted that the first player reaching 10 wins (draws not counting) would win. However, if the score was tied 9-9 then the current champion (Fischer) would retain the crown. FIDE (Federation Internationale des Echecs or World Chess Federation) said no and Fischer lost everything…without even moving a piece.
Garry Kasparov...1985-1993...Age 22-30
Kasparov defeated Karpov in 1985 and thus became the youngest ever undisputed World Chess Champion at the age of 22.
Anatoly Karpov...1993-1999...Age 42-48
Karpov recaptured the crown in 1993 after Kasparov, much like Fischer, forfeited his crown due to a dispute with FIDE.
Alexander Khalifman...1999-2000...Age 33
Karpov resigned his title in 1999, with a champion once again losing his crown due to disagreements with FIDE. This time it was due to rule changes regarding the format of the championship games. What a bummer!!
Viswanathan Anand...2000-2002...Age 31-33
Ruslan Ponomariov...2002-2004...Age 19-21
Rustam Kasimdzhanov...2004-2005...Age 25
Vesselin Topalov...2005-2006...Age 30
Vladimir Kramnik...2006-2007...Age 31-32
Viswanathan Anand...2007-present...Age 41-