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

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
Boris SpasskyBoris Spassky

Judit PolgárJudit Polgár
Joshua WaitzkinJoshua Waitzkin
José Raúl CapablancaJosé Raúl Capablanca

Sergey KarjakinSergey Karjakin
Demis HassabisDemis Hassabis
Paul MorphyPaul Morphy

Vladimir KramnikVladimir Kramnik
Emanuel LaskerEmanuel Lasker
Hikaru NakamuraHikaru Nakamura

Humpy KoneruHumpy Koneru
Wesley SoWesley So
Levon AronianLevon Aronian

Tigran PetrosianTigran Petrosian
Mikhail BotvinnikMikhail Botvinnik
Richard FarleighRichard Farleigh

Wilhelm SteinitzWilhelm Steinitz
Veselin TopalovVeselin Topalov
Yasser SeirawanYasser Seirawan

Samuel ReshevskySamuel Reshevsky
Viktor KorchnoiViktor Korchnoi
Alexander GrischukAlexander Grischuk

Thomas BowdlerThomas Bowdler
Kirsan IlyumzhinovKirsan Ilyumzhinov
Tania SachdevTania Sachdev

Bent LarsenBent Larsen
Jennifer ShahadeJennifer Shahade
Vasily SmyslovVasily Smyslov

Noam ElkiesNoam Elkies
Arpad EloArpad Elo
Paul KeresPaul Keres

Max EuweMax Euwe
Peter SvidlerPeter Svidler
Boris GelfandBoris Gelfand

Aron NimzowitschAron Nimzowitsch
Miyoko WataiMiyoko Watai
Samuel SevianSamuel Sevian

Alexandra KosteniukAlexandra Kosteniuk
Adolf AnderssenAdolf Anderssen
Gata KamskyGata Kamsky

Teimour RadjabovTeimour Radjabov
Vytautas LandsbergisVytautas Landsbergis
Ian NepomniachtchiIan Nepomniachtchi

François-André Danican PhilidorFrançois-André Danican Philidor
Siegbert TarraschSiegbert Tarrasch
Miguel NajdorfMiguel Najdorf

Ruy López de SeguraRuy López de Segura
Parimarjan NegiParimarjan Negi
Alexander MorozevichAlexander Morozevich

Johan van HulstJohan van Hulst
Ruslan PonomariovRuslan Ponomariov
Alexei ShirovAlexei Shirov

Wolfgang von KempelenWolfgang von Kempelen
Rustam KasimdzhanovRustam Kasimdzhanov
Donald ByrneDonald Byrne

Alexander KhalifmanAlexander Khalifman
Mikhail ChigorinMikhail Chigorin
Péter LékóPéter Lékó

Gennadi SosonkoGennadi Sosonko
Michael AdamsMichael Adams
Vasyl IvanchukVasyl Ivanchuk

Elmārs ZemgalisElmārs Zemgalis
Tamāra VilerteTamāra Vilerte