Famous British Chess Players

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Howard Staunton
(Chess Master)
Howard Staunton
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Birthdate: April 1, 1810
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom
Died: June 22, 1874
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Demis Hassabis
(Engineer, Chess player)
Demis Hassabis
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Birthdate: July 27, 1976
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London

Demis Hassabis is a British neuroscientist, artificial intelligence (AI) researcher, entrepreneur, and video game designer. He is credited with co-founding DeepMind for which he is currently serving as the chief executive officer. Over the years, he has won several prestigious awards, such as the Mullard Award. In 2017, he was named among the 100 most influential people in Time 100.

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Conel Hugh O'Donel Alexander
(Chess player, Writer)
Conel Hugh O'Donel Alexander
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Birthdate: April 19, 1909
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cork, Ireland
Died: February 15, 1974
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Vera Francevna Menchik-Stevenson
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Birthdate: February 16, 1906
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: June 26, 1944
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Michael Adams
(Chess player)
Michael Adams
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Birthdate: November 17, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Truro
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Nigel Short
(Chess grandmaster,Writer)
Nigel Short
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Birthdate: June 1, 1965
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Leigh, England
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Thomas Bowdler
(Physician, Chess player)
Thomas Bowdler
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Birthdate: July 11, 1754
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bath
Died: February 24, 1825

Best known for publishing The Family Shakespeare volumes, which made Shakespeare’s plays appealing to children, Thomas Bowdler was also a qualified doctor. His technique of diluting Shakespeare’s works gave rise to the word bowdlerize, which describes the over-simplification of books, films, or series, for making them family-friendly.

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Jovanka Houska
(Chess player)
Jovanka Houska
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Birthdate: June 10, 1980
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England
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David Levy
(Chess master)
David Levy
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Birthdate: March 14, 1945
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
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Harry Golombek
(Chess player)
Harry Golombek
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Birthdate: March 1, 1911
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lambeth, London
Died: January 7, 1995
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Jacques Mieses
(Chess player, Non-fiction writer)
Jacques Mieses
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Birthdate: February 27, 1865
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Leipzig, Germany
Died: February 23, 1954
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Sir George Thomas, 7th Baronet
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Birthdate: June 14, 1881
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tarabya, Istanbul, Turkey
Died: July 23, 1972

Sir George Thomas, 7th Baronet was a British tennis, badminton, and chess player. One of the greatest badminton players of his generation, Thomas won 21 All England Open Badminton Championships. Thomas is credited with co-founding the International Badminton Federation, where he served as president from 1934 to 1955. In 1996, he was inducted into the World Badminton Hall of Fame.

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Horatio Caro
(Chess player)
Horatio Caro
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Birthdate: July 5, 1862
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Died: December 15, 1920
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Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant
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Birthdate: July 19, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ochamchire, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union
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Robert Wade
(Chess Player)
Robert Wade
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Birthdate: April 10, 1921
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dunedin, New Zealand
Died: November 29, 2008

Robert Wade was a chess player, arbiter, coach, writer, and promoter. A three-time New Zealand champion and two-time British champion, Robert Wade held the titles of International Arbiter and International Master. He also took part in seven Chess Olympiads over the course of his career.

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Richard Barnett
(Politician, Sport shooter)
Richard Barnett
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Birthdate: December 6, 1863
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Forest Hill, London, England
Died: October 17, 1930