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.

Bobby Fischer Bobby Fischer
Icelander, American

Alexander Alekhine Alexander Alekhine
Portuguese, Russian

Hikaru NakamuraHikaru Nakamura
American

Joshua WaitzkinJoshua Waitzkin
American
Fabiano CaruanaFabiano Caruana
Italian, American

Judit PolgárJudit Polgár
Hungarian

Levon AronianLevon Aronian
Armenian

Boris SpasskyBoris Spassky
French, Russian
Paul MorphyPaul Morphy
American
Ian NepomniachtchiIan Nepomniachtchi
Russian

Sergey KarjakinSergey Karjakin
Ukrainian, Russian

José Raúl CapablancaJosé Raúl Capablanca
Cuban

Vladimir KramnikVladimir Kramnik
Russian
Demis HassabisDemis Hassabis
British

Emanuel LaskerEmanuel Lasker
German, Polish
Hou YifanHou Yifan
Chinese

Richard FarleighRichard Farleigh
Australian

Humpy KoneruHumpy Koneru
Indian
Wesley SoWesley So
Filipino

Alexander GrischukAlexander Grischuk
Russian
Teimour RadjabovTeimour Radjabov
Azerbaijani

Tania SachdevTania Sachdev
Indian

Mikhail BotvinnikMikhail Botvinnik
Russian
Tigran PetrosianTigran Petrosian
Georgian
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Wilhelm SteinitzWilhelm Steinitz
Austrian, Czech, American
Veselin TopalovVeselin Topalov
Bulgarian

Yasser SeirawanYasser Seirawan
American

Susan PolgarSusan Polgar
Hungarian, American

Viktor KorchnoiViktor Korchnoi
Russian
Arpad EloArpad Elo
American

Vasily SmyslovVasily Smyslov
Russian

Maurice AshleyMaurice Ashley
Jamaican, American

Peter SvidlerPeter Svidler
Russian

Gata KamskyGata Kamsky
American
Aron NimzowitschAron Nimzowitsch
Danish, Latvian, Russian

Samuel SevianSamuel Sevian
American
Max EuweMax Euwe
Dutch

Paul KeresPaul Keres
Estonian

Vytautas LandsbergisVytautas Landsbergis
Lithuanian
Thomas BowdlerThomas Bowdler
British

Adolf AnderssenAdolf Anderssen
German, Ukrainian
Bent LarsenBent Larsen
Danish

Sam LoydSam Loyd
American

Alexandra KosteniukAlexandra Kosteniuk
Russian

Noam ElkiesNoam Elkies
American

Kirsan IlyumzhinovKirsan Ilyumzhinov
Russian
Miyoko WataiMiyoko Watai
Japanese

Ruy López de SeguraRuy López de Segura
Spanish

Siegbert TarraschSiegbert Tarrasch
German, Polish

Boris GelfandBoris Gelfand
Belarusian, Israeli
Howard StauntonHoward Staunton
British
Nona GaprindashviliNona Gaprindashvili
Georgian

Miguel NajdorfMiguel Najdorf
Argentinian, Polish

Donald ByrneDonald Byrne
American

François-André Danican PhilidorFrançois-André Danican Philidor
French
Alexei ShirovAlexei Shirov
Latvian

Ruslan PonomariovRuslan Ponomariov
Ukrainian
Parimarjan NegiParimarjan Negi
Indian

Vasyl IvanchukVasyl Ivanchuk
Ukrainian

Jennifer ShahadeJennifer Shahade
American
Rustam KasimdzhanovRustam Kasimdzhanov
Uzbekistan

Alexander MorozevichAlexander Morozevich
Russian
Wolfgang von KempelenWolfgang von Kempelen
Hungarian

Johan van HulstJohan van Hulst
-

Richard RétiRichard Réti
Austrian, Slovak
Alexander KhalifmanAlexander Khalifman
Russian

Mikhail ChigorinMikhail Chigorin
Russian
Elmārs ZemgalisElmārs Zemgalis
Latvian

David LevyDavid Levy
British

Antoaneta StefanovaAntoaneta Stefanova
Bulgarian

Harry GolombekHarry Golombek
British
Arnold DenkerArnold Denker
American

Zhu ChenZhu Chen
Chinese

Xie JunXie Jun
Chinese

Florencio CampomanesFlorencio Campomanes
Filipino

Péter LékóPéter Lékó
Hungarian, Serbian
George KoltanowskiGeorge Koltanowski
American

Gennadi SosonkoGennadi Sosonko
-
Luděk PachmanLuděk Pachman
Czech, German

Daniel YanofskyDaniel Yanofsky
Canadian

Elisaveta BykovaElisaveta Bykova
Russian
Xu YuhuaXu Yuhua
Chinese

Michael AdamsMichael Adams
British
Robert WadeRobert Wade
New Zealander, British

Erich ZeplerErich Zepler
German
Svetozar GligoricSvetozar Gligoric
Yugoslav, Serbian

Tamāra VilerteTamāra Vilerte
Latvian

Maya ChiburdanidzeMaya Chiburdanidze
Russian
Vera Francevna Menchik-StevensonVera Francevna Menchik-Stevenson
British