Famous American Chess Players

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Bobby Fischer
(American Chess Grandmaster and the Eleventh World Chess Champion)
Bobby Fischer
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Birthdate: March 9, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: January 17, 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.

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Hikaru Nakamura
(Chess Player)
Hikaru Nakamura
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Birthdate: December 9, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hirakata, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
 3 
Fabiano Caruana
(Chess Player)
Fabiano Caruana
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Birthdate: July 30, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States
 4 
Samuel Reshevsky
(Chess Player)
Samuel Reshevsky
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Birthdate: November 26, 1911
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ozorków, Poland
Died: April 4, 1992
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Alexandra Botez
(Chess player)
Alexandra Botez
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Birthdate: September 24, 1995
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States
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Levon Aronian
(Armenian Chess Player)
Levon Aronian
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Birthdate: October 6, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Yerevan, Armenia

Levon Aronian is an Armenian chess player who achieved the grandmaster title in 2000. Aronian, who currently plays for the US Chess Federation, earned the grandmaster title at age 17. Counted among the most decorated players of his generation, Levon Aronian is credited with leading the Armenian national team in several Chess Olympiads, winning gold in 2006, 2008, and 2012.  

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Joshua Waitzkin
(One of the Most Accomplished and Dominant Youth Chess Champions of All Time)
Joshua Waitzkin
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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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Wilhelm Steinitz
(Austrian-born American Chess Player and the First World Chess Champion)
Wilhelm Steinitz
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Birthdate: May 14, 1836
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Prague, Czechia
Died: August 12, 1900

Wilhelm Steinitz was an Austrian-born American chess player. He is recognized as the first World Chess Champion, having reigned from 1886 to 1894. A multi-talented personality, Wilhelm Steinitz was also an influential chess theoretician and writer. Steinitz is also remembered for having a huge impact on the game and was a well-known player during his time.

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Tanitoluwa Adewumi
(Chess Player)
Tanitoluwa Adewumi
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Birthdate: September 3, 2010
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nigeria
 10 
Ben Finegold
(Chess Player)
Ben Finegold
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Birthdate: September 6, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
 11 
Paul Morphy
(Chess player)
Paul Morphy
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Birthdate: June 22, 1837
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: July 10, 1884
 12 
Yasser Seirawan
(Chess player)
Yasser Seirawan
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Birthdate: March 24, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Damascus, Syria
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Daniel Naroditsky
(Chess player, Non-fiction writer)
Daniel Naroditsky
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Birthdate: November 9, 1995
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: San Mateo, California, United States
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Wesley So
(Filipino-Born American Chess Player)
Wesley So
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Birthdate: October 9, 1993
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bacoor, Philippines

Wesley So is a Filipino-born American chess player who achieved the prestigious grandmaster title in 2008. He is best known for winning a silver medal at the 2010 Asian Games. In 2011, Wesley So won a gold medal and a silver medal at the Southeast Asian Games. He is also a three-time U.S. Chess Champion and three-time Philippine Chess Champion.

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Jennifer Shahade
(Chess player)
Jennifer Shahade
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Birthdate: December 31, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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Emory Tate
(Chess player)
Emory Tate
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Birthdate: December 27, 1958
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: October 17, 2015
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Maurice Ashley
(The First African-American to Earn a 'Grandmaster' Title)
Maurice Ashley
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Birthdate: March 6, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saint Andrew, Jamaica

Maurice Ashley is a Jamaican-American author, chess player, and commentator. In 1999, Ashley became the first black person to achieve the prestigious Grandmaster title after defeating Adrian Negulescu. In 2016, Maurice Ashley was made an inductee of the US Chess Hall of Fame.

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Arpad Elo
(Chess player)
Arpad Elo
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Birthdate: August 25, 1903
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Egyházaskesző, Hungary
Died: November 5, 1992
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Bruce Pandolfini
(Chess Player)
Bruce Pandolfini
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Birthdate: September 17, 1947
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lakewood, New Jersey, United States
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Gata Kamsky
(Chess player)
Gata Kamsky
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Birthdate: June 2, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Novokuznetsk, Russia
 21 
Andrew Tang
(Chess Player)
Andrew Tang
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Birthdate: November 29, 1999
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Naperville, Illinois, United States
 22 
Jeffery Xiong
(Chess Player)
Jeffery Xiong
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Birthdate: October 30, 2000
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Plano, Texas, United States
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William Lombardy
(Chess player, Non-fiction writer, Priest)
William Lombardy
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Birthdate: December 4, 1937
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: October 13, 2017
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Max Pomeranc
(Actor, Chess player)
Max Pomeranc
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Birthdate: March 21, 1984
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
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Abhimanyu Mishra
(Chess player)
Abhimanyu Mishra
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Birthdate: February 5, 2009
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New Jersey, United States
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Irina Krush
(Chess player)
Irina Krush
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Birthdate: December 24, 1983
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Odessa, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
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Robert Hess
(Chess Player)
Robert Hess
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Birthdate: December 19, 1991
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: United States
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Sunil Weeramantry
(Chess player)
Sunil Weeramantry
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Birthdate: September 11, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sri Lanka
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Carissa Yip
(Chess player)
Carissa Yip
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Birthdate: September 10, 2003
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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Samuel Sevian
(Chess Player)
Samuel Sevian
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Birthdate: December 26, 2000
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Corning, New York, United States
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Sam Shankland
(Chess player)
Sam Shankland
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Birthdate: October 1, 1991
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Berkeley, California, United States
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Noam Elkies
(Mathematician, Chess composer, University teacher, Chess player)
Noam Elkies
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Birthdate: August 25, 1966
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York City
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Kenneth Rogoff
(Economist)
Kenneth Rogoff
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Birthdate: March 22, 1953
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rochester, New York, United States
 34 
Frank Marshall
(Chess player)
Frank Marshall
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Birthdate: August 10, 1877
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: November 9, 1944
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Ray Robson
(Chess player)
Ray Robson
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Birthdate: October 25, 1994
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Guam
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Donald Byrne
(Chess player)
Donald Byrne
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Birthdate: June 12, 1930
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: April 8, 1976
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Sam Sloan
(Politician, Chess player)
Sam Sloan
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Birthdate: September 7, 1944
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, United States
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Dan Harrington
(Poker player, Chess player)
Dan Harrington
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Birthdate: December 6, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
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Jonathan Corbblah
(Chess Player)
Jonathan Corbblah
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Birthdate: October 21, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
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Awonder Liang
(Chess Player)
Awonder Liang
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Birthdate: April 9, 2003
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Madison, Wisconsin, United States
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John Bartholomew
(Chess player)
John Bartholomew
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Birthdate: September 5, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: United States
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John M. Burke
(Chess player)
John M. Burke
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Birthdate: 2001 AD
Birthplace: United Sates
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Daniel Rensch
(Chess player)
Daniel Rensch
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Birthdate: October 10, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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Leinier Dominguez
(Chess player)
Leinier Dominguez
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Birthdate: September 23, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
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Elmārs Zemgalis
(Chess player)
Elmārs Zemgalis
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Birthdate: September 9, 1923
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
Died: December 8, 2014
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Edward Lasker
(Chess player)
Edward Lasker
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Birthdate: December 3, 1885
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kepno, Poland
Died: March 25, 1981
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Sam Loyd
(Chess Player)
Sam Loyd
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Birthdate: January 31, 1841
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: April 10, 1911
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Reuben Fine
(Chess player, Psychologist)
Reuben Fine
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Birthdate: October 11, 1914
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: March 26, 1993
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Jacqueline Piatigorsky
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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. 

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