List of famous chess players with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

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Players of the board game of chess are known as chess players. The game of chess is played by two players on a checkered board known as chessboard with 64 squares. Each player begins the game with 16 pieces of six types that are moved across the board according to certain rules with the aim to checkmate the opponent’s king. Chess is a very popular game played by millions around the world. Chess is believed to have its origins in 6th century Eastern India from where it gradually evolved to its modern form. The first modern chess tournament was held in the mid 19th century and from then on the popularity of the game has been on a rise. The official rules of the game are defined by the World Chess Federation. Several major championships are held every year which includes the World Chess Championship, Women’s World Championship, Junior World Championship, and the World Computer Chess Championship. Since chess is a strategic game that tests one’s mental ability, a chess player’s strength derives from his chess talent, mental agility, and character. This section provides you information about the life and works of various famous chess players from all over the world.

Fabiano CaruanaFabiano Caruana
(Italian,American)
Judit PolgárJudit Polgár
(Hungarian)

José Raúl CapablancaJosé Raúl Capablanca
(Cuban)
Hikaru NakamuraHikaru Nakamura
(American)
Boris SpasskyBoris Spassky
(French,Russian)

Vladimir KramnikVladimir Kramnik
(Russian)
Paul MorphyPaul Morphy
(American)
Sergey KarjakinSergey Karjakin
(Ukrainian,Russian)

Joshua WaitzkinJoshua Waitzkin
(American)
Demis HassabisDemis Hassabis
(British)
Emanuel LaskerEmanuel Lasker
(German,Polish)

Humpy KoneruHumpy Koneru
(Indian)
Wesley SoWesley So
(Filipino)
Levon AronianLevon Aronian
(Armenian)

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Mikhail BotvinnikMikhail Botvinnik
(Russian,Russian)
Tigran PetrosianTigran Petrosian
(Georgian)
Wilhelm SteinitzWilhelm Steinitz
(Austrian,Czech,American)

Veselin TopalovVeselin Topalov
(Bulgarian)
Alexander GrischukAlexander Grischuk
(Russian)
Samuel ReshevskySamuel Reshevsky
(Polish)

Viktor KorchnoiViktor Korchnoi
(Russian)
Yasser SeirawanYasser Seirawan
(American)
Richard FarleighRichard Farleigh
(Australian)

Miyoko WataiMiyoko Watai
(Japanese)
Vasily SmyslovVasily Smyslov
(Russian)
Thomas BowdlerThomas Bowdler
(British)

Noam ElkiesNoam Elkies
(American)
Aron NimzowitschAron Nimzowitsch
(Danish,Latvian,Russian)
Max EuweMax Euwe
(Dutch)

Paul KeresPaul Keres
(Estonian)
Arpad EloArpad Elo
(American)
Ian NepomniachtchiIan Nepomniachtchi
(Russian)

Tania SachdevTania Sachdev
(Indian)
Peter SvidlerPeter Svidler
(Russian)
Boris GelfandBoris Gelfand
(Belarusian,Israeli)

Bent LarsenBent Larsen
(Danish)
Adolf AnderssenAdolf Anderssen
(German,Ukrainian)
Alexandra KosteniukAlexandra Kosteniuk
(Russian)

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Siegbert TarraschSiegbert Tarrasch
(German,Polish)
Gata KamskyGata Kamsky
(American)
Samuel SevianSamuel Sevian
(American)

Teimour RadjabovTeimour Radjabov
(Azerbaijani)
Kirsan IlyumzhinovKirsan Ilyumzhinov
(Russian)
Vytautas LandsbergisVytautas Landsbergis
(Lithuanian)

François-André Danican PhilidorFrançois-André Danican Philidor
(French)
Parimarjan NegiParimarjan Negi
(Indian)
Jennifer ShahadeJennifer Shahade
(American)

Ruy López de SeguraRuy López de Segura
(Spanish)
Alexei ShirovAlexei Shirov
(Latvian)
Miguel NajdorfMiguel Najdorf
(Argentinian,Polish)

Johan van HulstJohan van Hulst
Ruslan PonomariovRuslan Ponomariov
(Ukrainian)
Donald ByrneDonald Byrne
(American)

Wolfgang von KempelenWolfgang von Kempelen
(Hungarian)
Rustam KasimdzhanovRustam Kasimdzhanov
(Uzbekistan)
Alexander MorozevichAlexander Morozevich
(Russian)

Mikhail ChigorinMikhail Chigorin
(Russian)
Alexander KhalifmanAlexander Khalifman
(Russian)
Péter LékóPéter Lékó
(Hungarian,Serbian)

Gennadi SosonkoGennadi Sosonko
Michael AdamsMichael Adams
(British)
Vasyl IvanchukVasyl Ivanchuk
(Ukrainian)

Elmārs ZemgalisElmārs Zemgalis
(Latvian)
Tamāra VilerteTamāra Vilerte
(Latvian)