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
(Italian,American)
Boris SpasskyBoris Spassky
(French,Russian)

Judit PolgárJudit Polgár
(Hungarian)
Joshua WaitzkinJoshua Waitzkin
(American)
Sergey KarjakinSergey Karjakin
(Ukrainian,Russian)

José Raúl CapablancaJosé Raúl Capablanca
(Cuban)
Paul MorphyPaul Morphy
(American)
Demis HassabisDemis Hassabis
(British)

Hikaru NakamuraHikaru Nakamura
(American)
Wesley SoWesley So
(Filipino)
Vladimir KramnikVladimir Kramnik
(Russian)

Humpy KoneruHumpy Koneru
(Indian)
Emanuel LaskerEmanuel Lasker
(German,Polish)
Levon AronianLevon Aronian
(Armenian)

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

Samuel ReshevskySamuel Reshevsky
(Polish)
Yasser SeirawanYasser Seirawan
(American)
Veselin TopalovVeselin Topalov
(Bulgarian)

Viktor KorchnoiViktor Korchnoi
(Russian)
Arpad EloArpad Elo
(American)
Thomas BowdlerThomas Bowdler
(British)

Alexander GrischukAlexander Grischuk
(Russian)
Tania SachdevTania Sachdev
(Indian)
Johan van HulstJohan van Hulst

Richard FarleighRichard Farleigh
(Australian)
Max EuweMax Euwe
(Dutch)
Kirsan IlyumzhinovKirsan Ilyumzhinov
(Russian)

Vasily SmyslovVasily Smyslov
(Russian)
Bent LarsenBent Larsen
(Danish)
Peter SvidlerPeter Svidler
(Russian)

Noam ElkiesNoam Elkies
(American)
Paul KeresPaul Keres
(Estonian)
Jennifer ShahadeJennifer Shahade
(American)

Aron NimzowitschAron Nimzowitsch
(Danish,Latvian,Russian)
Parimarjan NegiParimarjan Negi
(Indian)
Miyoko WataiMiyoko Watai
(Japanese)

Adolf AnderssenAdolf Anderssen
(German,Ukrainian)
Boris GelfandBoris Gelfand
(Belarusian,Israeli)
Alexandra KosteniukAlexandra Kosteniuk
(Russian)

Samuel SevianSamuel Sevian
(American)
Gata KamskyGata Kamsky
(American)
Vytautas LandsbergisVytautas Landsbergis
(Lithuanian)

Ruy López de SeguraRuy López de Segura
(Spanish)
Siegbert TarraschSiegbert Tarrasch
(German,Polish)
Ian NepomniachtchiIan Nepomniachtchi
(Russian)

François-André Danican PhilidorFrançois-André Danican Philidor
(French)
Miguel NajdorfMiguel Najdorf
(Argentinian,Polish)
Teimour RadjabovTeimour Radjabov
(Azerbaijani)

Ruslan PonomariovRuslan Ponomariov
(Ukrainian)
Alexander MorozevichAlexander Morozevich
(Russian)
Alexei ShirovAlexei Shirov
(Latvian)

Wolfgang von KempelenWolfgang von Kempelen
(Hungarian)
Donald ByrneDonald Byrne
(American)
Rustam KasimdzhanovRustam Kasimdzhanov
(Uzbekistan)

Mikhail ChigorinMikhail Chigorin
(Russian)
Alexander KhalifmanAlexander Khalifman
(Russian)
Gennadi SosonkoGennadi Sosonko

Péter LékóPéter Lékó
(Hungarian,Serbian)
Michael AdamsMichael Adams
(British)
Vasyl IvanchukVasyl Ivanchuk
(Ukrainian)

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