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)

Hikaru NakamuraHikaru Nakamura
(American)
Boris SpasskyBoris Spassky
(French,Russian)
Joshua WaitzkinJoshua Waitzkin
(American)

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

Vladimir KramnikVladimir Kramnik
(Russian)
Emanuel LaskerEmanuel Lasker
(German,Polish)
Sergey KarjakinSergey Karjakin
(Ukrainian,Russian)

Wesley SoWesley So
(Filipino)
Levon AronianLevon Aronian
(Armenian)
Mikhail BotvinnikMikhail Botvinnik
(Russian,Russian)

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Tigran PetrosianTigran Petrosian
(Georgian)
Humpy KoneruHumpy Koneru
(Indian)
Wilhelm SteinitzWilhelm Steinitz
(Austrian,Czech,American)

Veselin TopalovVeselin Topalov
(Bulgarian)
Viktor KorchnoiViktor Korchnoi
(Russian)
Samuel ReshevskySamuel Reshevsky
(Polish)

Noam ElkiesNoam Elkies
(American)
Yasser SeirawanYasser Seirawan
(American)
Alexander GrischukAlexander Grischuk
(Russian)

Thomas BowdlerThomas Bowdler
(British)
Arpad EloArpad Elo
(American)
Vasily SmyslovVasily Smyslov
(Russian)

Richard FarleighRichard Farleigh
(Australian)
Aron NimzowitschAron Nimzowitsch
(Danish,Latvian,Russian)
Paul KeresPaul Keres
(Estonian)

Samuel SevianSamuel Sevian
(American)
Max EuweMax Euwe
(Dutch)
Peter SvidlerPeter Svidler
(Russian)

Gata KamskyGata Kamsky
(American)
Tania SachdevTania Sachdev
(Indian)
Alexandra KosteniukAlexandra Kosteniuk
(Russian)

Siegbert TarraschSiegbert Tarrasch
(German,Polish)
Boris GelfandBoris Gelfand
(Belarusian,Israeli)
Vytautas LandsbergisVytautas Landsbergis
(Lithuanian)

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Adolf AnderssenAdolf Anderssen
(German,Ukrainian)
Bent LarsenBent Larsen
(Danish)
Ian NepomniachtchiIan Nepomniachtchi
(Russian)

Kirsan IlyumzhinovKirsan Ilyumzhinov
(Russian)
Johan van HulstJohan van Hulst
Miyoko WataiMiyoko Watai
(Japanese)

Jennifer ShahadeJennifer Shahade
(American)
François-André Danican PhilidorFrançois-André Danican Philidor
(French)
Ruy López de SeguraRuy López de Segura
(Spanish)

Teimour RadjabovTeimour Radjabov
(Azerbaijani)
Parimarjan NegiParimarjan Negi
(Indian)
Wolfgang von KempelenWolfgang von Kempelen
(Hungarian)

Alexei ShirovAlexei Shirov
(Latvian)
Miguel NajdorfMiguel Najdorf
(Argentinian,Polish)
Ruslan PonomariovRuslan Ponomariov
(Ukrainian)

Rustam KasimdzhanovRustam Kasimdzhanov
(Uzbekistan)
Alexander MorozevichAlexander Morozevich
(Russian)
Donald ByrneDonald Byrne
(American)

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)