TIL in 1993, there was a schism in the chess playing world, where in opposition to percieved corruption within the major International Chess Federation, several players split off to form the Professional Chess Association, leading to a time where there were two disputed world champions of chess.

Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Chess_Championship#Split_title_(1993%E2%80%932006)

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  1. I don’t know how disputed it was; almost everyone accepted that Kasparov was still the World Chess Champion, followed by Kramnik when he dethroned Kasparov in 2000. FIDE’s alternative champions generally were not considered legitimate then or now. A possible exception would be Topalov, who was the only player to be world #1 by rating but never World Chess Champion, although he was FIDE World Champion at one point.

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