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
Sergey KarjakinSergey Karjakin

José Raúl CapablancaJosé Raúl Capablanca
Paul MorphyPaul Morphy
Demis HassabisDemis Hassabis

Hikaru NakamuraHikaru Nakamura
Wesley SoWesley So
Vladimir KramnikVladimir Kramnik

Humpy KoneruHumpy Koneru
Emanuel LaskerEmanuel Lasker
Levon AronianLevon Aronian

Mikhail BotvinnikMikhail Botvinnik
Tigran PetrosianTigran Petrosian
Wilhelm SteinitzWilhelm Steinitz

Samuel ReshevskySamuel Reshevsky
Yasser SeirawanYasser Seirawan
Veselin TopalovVeselin Topalov

Viktor KorchnoiViktor Korchnoi
Arpad EloArpad Elo
Thomas BowdlerThomas Bowdler

Alexander GrischukAlexander Grischuk
Tania SachdevTania Sachdev
Johan van HulstJohan van Hulst

Richard FarleighRichard Farleigh
Max EuweMax Euwe
Kirsan IlyumzhinovKirsan Ilyumzhinov

Vasily SmyslovVasily Smyslov
Bent LarsenBent Larsen
Peter SvidlerPeter Svidler

Noam ElkiesNoam Elkies
Paul KeresPaul Keres
Jennifer ShahadeJennifer Shahade

Aron NimzowitschAron Nimzowitsch
Parimarjan NegiParimarjan Negi
Miyoko WataiMiyoko Watai

Adolf AnderssenAdolf Anderssen
Boris GelfandBoris Gelfand
Alexandra KosteniukAlexandra Kosteniuk

Samuel SevianSamuel Sevian
Gata KamskyGata Kamsky
Vytautas LandsbergisVytautas Landsbergis

Ruy López de SeguraRuy López de Segura
Siegbert TarraschSiegbert Tarrasch
Ian NepomniachtchiIan Nepomniachtchi

François-André Danican PhilidorFrançois-André Danican Philidor
Miguel NajdorfMiguel Najdorf
Teimour RadjabovTeimour Radjabov

Ruslan PonomariovRuslan Ponomariov
Alexander MorozevichAlexander Morozevich
Alexei ShirovAlexei Shirov

Wolfgang von KempelenWolfgang von Kempelen
Donald ByrneDonald Byrne
Rustam KasimdzhanovRustam Kasimdzhanov

Mikhail ChigorinMikhail Chigorin
Alexander KhalifmanAlexander Khalifman
Gennadi SosonkoGennadi Sosonko

Péter LékóPéter Lékó
Michael AdamsMichael Adams
Vasyl IvanchukVasyl Ivanchuk

Elmārs ZemgalisElmārs Zemgalis
Tamāra VilerteTamāra Vilerte