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

Wesley SoWesley So
Filipino

Fabiano CaruanaFabiano Caruana
Italian, American
Humpy KoneruHumpy Koneru
Indian

Joshua WaitzkinJoshua Waitzkin
American
Samuel ReshevskySamuel Reshevsky
Polish

Demis HassabisDemis Hassabis
British

Boris SpasskyBoris Spassky
French, Russian

Hikaru NakamuraHikaru Nakamura
American

Judit PolgárJudit Polgár
Hungarian
José Raúl CapablancaJosé Raúl Capablanca
Cuban

Vladimir KramnikVladimir Kramnik
Russian

Paul MorphyPaul Morphy
American

Levon AronianLevon Aronian
Armenian
Hou YifanHou Yifan
Chinese

Sergey KarjakinSergey Karjakin
Ukrainian, Russian
Emanuel LaskerEmanuel Lasker
German, Polish

Alexander GrischukAlexander Grischuk
Russian

Tigran PetrosianTigran Petrosian
Georgian
Susan PolgarSusan Polgar
Hungarian, American

Mikhail BotvinnikMikhail Botvinnik
Russian, Russian
Yasser SeirawanYasser Seirawan
American

Veselin TopalovVeselin Topalov
Bulgarian

Viktor KorchnoiViktor Korchnoi
Russian
Wilhelm SteinitzWilhelm Steinitz
Austrian, Czech, American
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Ian NepomniachtchiIan Nepomniachtchi
Russian
Thomas BowdlerThomas Bowdler
British

Maurice AshleyMaurice Ashley
Jamaican, American

Noam ElkiesNoam Elkies
American

Adolf AnderssenAdolf Anderssen
German, Ukrainian
Boris GelfandBoris Gelfand
Belarusian, Israeli
Peter SvidlerPeter Svidler
Russian

Vytautas LandsbergisVytautas Landsbergis
Lithuanian

Max EuweMax Euwe
Dutch

Vasily SmyslovVasily Smyslov
Russian
Arpad EloArpad Elo
American

Miyoko WataiMiyoko Watai
Japanese

Tania SachdevTania Sachdev
Indian

Richard FarleighRichard Farleigh
Australian

Aron NimzowitschAron Nimzowitsch
Danish, Latvian, Russian
Paul KeresPaul Keres
Estonian

Johan van HulstJohan van Hulst
-
Kirsan IlyumzhinovKirsan Ilyumzhinov
Russian

Alexandra KosteniukAlexandra Kosteniuk
Russian

Gata KamskyGata Kamsky
American
Bent LarsenBent Larsen
Danish

Jennifer ShahadeJennifer Shahade
American
Parimarjan NegiParimarjan Negi
Indian

François-André Danican PhilidorFrançois-André Danican Philidor
French

Teimour RadjabovTeimour Radjabov
Azerbaijani

Samuel SevianSamuel Sevian
American

Siegbert TarraschSiegbert Tarrasch
German, Polish
Wolfgang von KempelenWolfgang von Kempelen
Hungarian

Miguel NajdorfMiguel Najdorf
Argentinian, Polish

Ruy López de SeguraRuy López de Segura
Spanish

Ruslan PonomariovRuslan Ponomariov
Ukrainian
Alexei ShirovAlexei Shirov
Latvian

Rustam KasimdzhanovRustam Kasimdzhanov
Uzbekistan
Alexander MorozevichAlexander Morozevich
Russian

Donald ByrneDonald Byrne
American

Mikhail ChigorinMikhail Chigorin
Russian
Alexander KhalifmanAlexander Khalifman
Russian

Elmārs ZemgalisElmārs Zemgalis
Latvian
Gennadi SosonkoGennadi Sosonko
-

Péter LékóPéter Lékó
Hungarian, Serbian

Michael AdamsMichael Adams
British
Tamāra VilerteTamāra Vilerte
Latvian

Vasyl IvanchukVasyl Ivanchuk
Ukrainian