Name Years Country
Vera Menchik 1927-1944  Russia (in exile) /  Czechoslovakia /  England
none 1944-1950 World War II
Lyudmila Rudenko 1950-1953  Soviet Union (Ukrainian SSR)
Elisabeth Bykova 1953-1956  Soviet Union (Russian SFSR)
Olga Rubtsova 1956-1958  Soviet Union (Russian SFSR)
Elisabeth Bykova 1958-1962  Soviet Union (Russian SFSR)
Nona Gaprindashvili 1962-1978  Soviet Union (Georgian SSR)
Maya Chiburdanidze 1978-1991  Soviet Union (Georgian SSR)
Xie Jun 1991-1996  China
Susan Polgar 1996-1999  Hungary
Xie Jun 1999-2001  China
Zhu Chen 2001-2004  China
Antoaneta Stefanova 2004-2006  Bulgaria
Xu Yuhua 2006-2008  China
Alexandra Kosteniuk 2008-2010  Russia
Hou Yifan 2010-2012  China
Anna Ushenina 2012-2013  Ukraine
Hou Yifan 2013-2015  China
Mariya Muzychuk 2015-2016  Ukraine
Hou Yifan 2016-  China