Famous American Chess Players

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 1 Bobby Fischer

Bobby Fischer
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Famous As: Chess Grandmaster
Birthdate: March 9, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: January 18, 2008

Bobby Fischer began as a chess prodigy in his teens and went on to become the youngest "grandmaster," at 15. His participation in a politically controversial match in Yugoslavia led to the revocation of his U.S. passport and his arrest. He spent the final years of his life in Iceland.

 2 Hikaru Nakamura

Hikaru Nakamura
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Famous As: Chess Player
Birthdate: December 9, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hirakata, Osaka Prefecture, Japan

 3 Samuel Reshevsky

Samuel Reshevsky
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Famous As: Chess Player
Birthdate: November 26, 1911
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ozorków, Poland
Died: April 4, 1992

 4 Fabiano Caruana

Fabiano Caruana
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Famous As: Chess Player
Birthdate: July 30, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States

 5 Alexandra Botez

Alexandra Botez
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Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: September 24, 1995
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States

 6 Wesley So

Wesley So
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Famous As: Chess Player
Birthdate: October 9, 1993
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bacoor, Cavite, Philippines

 7 Joshua Waitzkin

Joshua Waitzkin
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Famous As: Chess Player
Birthdate: December 4, 1976
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

Apart from being an International Master in chess, Joshua Waitzkin has also won several medals in the martial art Taiji and is also a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. His life inspired the book Searching for Bobby Fischer and the movie of the same name. He has also penned two books.

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 8 Wilhelm Steinitz

Wilhelm Steinitz
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Famous As: Chess Master
Birthdate: May 14, 1836
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Prague, Czechia
Died: August 12, 1900

 9 Tanitoluwa Adewumi

Tanitoluwa Adewumi
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Famous As: Chess Player
Birthdate: September 3, 2010
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nigeria

 10 Ben Finegold

Ben Finegold
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Famous As: Chess Player
Birthdate: September 6, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States

 11 Paul Morphy

Paul Morphy
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Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: June 22, 1837
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: July 10, 1884

 12 Yasser Seirawan

Yasser Seirawan
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Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: March 24, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Damascus, Syria

 13 Daniel Naroditsky

Daniel Naroditsky
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Famous As: Chess player, Non-fiction writer
Birthdate: November 9, 1995
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: San Mateo, California, United States

 14 Jennifer Shahade

Jennifer Shahade
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Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: December 31, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

 15 Max Pomeranc

Max Pomeranc
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Famous As: Actor, Chess player
Birthdate: March 21, 1984
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States

 16 Bruce Pandolfini

Bruce Pandolfini
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Famous As: Chess Player
Birthdate: September 17, 1947
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lakewood, New Jersey, United States

 17 Arpad Elo

Arpad Elo
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Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: August 25, 1903
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Egyházaskesző, Hungary
Died: November 5, 1992

 18 Maurice Ashley

Maurice Ashley
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: March 6, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saint Andrew, Jamaica

 19 Noam Elkies

Noam Elkies
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Famous As: Mathematician, Chess composer, University teacher, Chess player
Birthdate: August 25, 1966
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York City

 20 Gata Kamsky

Gata Kamsky
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Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: June 2, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Novokuznetsk, Russia

 21 Andrew Tang

Andrew Tang
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Famous As: Chess Player
Birthdate: November 29, 1999
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Naperville, Illinois, United States

 22 William Lombardy

William Lombardy
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Famous As: Chess player, Non-fiction writer, Priest
Birthdate: December 4, 1937
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: October 13, 2017

 23 Sunil Weeramantry

Sunil Weeramantry
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Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: September 11, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sri Lanka

 24 Robert Hess

Robert Hess
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Famous As: Chess Player
Birthdate: December 19, 1991
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: United States

 25 Emory Tate

Emory Tate
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Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: December 27, 1958
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: October 17, 2015

 26 Jeffery Xiong

Jeffery Xiong
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Famous As: Chess Player
Birthdate: October 30, 2000
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Plano, Texas, United States

 27 Irina Krush

Irina Krush
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Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: December 24, 1983
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Odessa, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union

 28 Abhimanyu Mishra

Abhimanyu Mishra
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Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: February 5, 2009
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New Jersey, United States

 29 Carissa Yip

Carissa Yip
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Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: September 10, 2003
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

 30 Samuel Sevian

Samuel Sevian
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Famous As: Chess Player
Birthdate: December 26, 2000
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Corning, New York, United States

 31 Sam Shankland

Sam Shankland
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Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: October 1, 1991
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Berkeley, California, United States

 32 Daniel Rensch

Daniel Rensch
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Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: October 10, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Phoenix, Arizona, United States

 33 Kenneth Rogoff

Kenneth Rogoff
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: March 22, 1953
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rochester, New York, United States

 34 Sam Sloan

Sam Sloan
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Famous As: Politician, Chess player
Birthdate: September 7, 1944
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, United States

 35 Ray Robson

Ray Robson
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Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: October 25, 1994
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Guam

 36 Donald Byrne

Donald Byrne
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Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: June 12, 1930
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: April 8, 1976

 37 Frank Marshall

Frank Marshall
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Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: August 10, 1877
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: November 9, 1944

 38 Dan Harrington

Dan Harrington
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Famous As: Poker player, Chess player
Birthdate: December 6, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

 39 Jonathan Corbblah

Jonathan Corbblah
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Famous As: Chess Player
Birthdate: October 21, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

 40 Awonder Liang

Awonder Liang
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Famous As: Chess Player
Birthdate: April 9, 2003
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Madison, Wisconsin, United States

 41 John Bartholomew

John Bartholomew
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Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: September 5, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: United States

 42 John M. Burke

John M. Burke
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Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: 2001 AD
Birthplace: United Sates

 43 Leinier Dominguez

Leinier Dominguez
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Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: September 23, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

 44 Elmārs Zemgalis

Elmārs Zemgalis
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Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: September 9, 1923
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
Died: December 8, 2014

 45 Edward Lasker

Edward Lasker
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Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: December 3, 1885
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kepno, Poland
Died: March 25, 1981

 46 Sam Loyd

Sam Loyd
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Famous As: Chess Player
Birthdate: January 31, 1841
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: April 10, 1911

 47 Reuben Fine

Reuben Fine
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Famous As: Chess player, Psychologist
Birthdate: October 11, 1914
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: March 26, 1993

 48 Jacqueline Piatigorsky

Jacqueline Piatigorsky
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Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: November 6, 1911
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: July 15, 2012

Jacqueline Piatigorsky was a French-American sculptor, chess player, philanthropist, author, and arts patron. As a chess player, Piatigorsky represented the USA in the first Women's Chess Olympiad, in 1957, where she won a bronze medal. An important patron of the arts, Jacqueline Piatigorsky helped raise money for the New England Conservatory of Music to create an award for deserving artists. 

 49 Greg Shahade

Greg Shahade
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Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: December 22, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: United States

 50 Jeremy Silman

Jeremy Silman
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Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: August 28, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Del Rio, Texas, United States