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
Judit PolgárJudit Polgár

Boris SpasskyBoris Spassky
Joshua WaitzkinJoshua Waitzkin
Demis HassabisDemis Hassabis

José Raúl CapablancaJosé Raúl Capablanca
Sergey KarjakinSergey Karjakin
Paul MorphyPaul Morphy

Vladimir KramnikVladimir Kramnik
Hikaru NakamuraHikaru Nakamura
Wesley SoWesley So

Emanuel LaskerEmanuel Lasker
Johan van HulstJohan van Hulst
Levon AronianLevon Aronian

Mikhail BotvinnikMikhail Botvinnik
Tigran PetrosianTigran Petrosian
Samuel ReshevskySamuel Reshevsky

Wilhelm SteinitzWilhelm Steinitz
Veselin TopalovVeselin Topalov
Yasser SeirawanYasser Seirawan

Viktor KorchnoiViktor Korchnoi
Humpy KoneruHumpy Koneru
Kirsan IlyumzhinovKirsan Ilyumzhinov

Thomas BowdlerThomas Bowdler
Alexander GrischukAlexander Grischuk
Arpad EloArpad Elo

Noam ElkiesNoam Elkies
Vasily SmyslovVasily Smyslov
Paul KeresPaul Keres

Max EuweMax Euwe
Boris GelfandBoris Gelfand
Aron NimzowitschAron Nimzowitsch

Tania SachdevTania Sachdev
Richard FarleighRichard Farleigh
Adolf AnderssenAdolf Anderssen

Peter SvidlerPeter Svidler
Bent LarsenBent Larsen
Gata KamskyGata Kamsky

Miyoko WataiMiyoko Watai
Samuel SevianSamuel Sevian
Alexandra KosteniukAlexandra Kosteniuk

Parimarjan NegiParimarjan Negi
Jennifer ShahadeJennifer Shahade
Vytautas LandsbergisVytautas Landsbergis

François-André Danican PhilidorFrançois-André Danican Philidor
Teimour RadjabovTeimour Radjabov
Siegbert TarraschSiegbert Tarrasch

Miguel NajdorfMiguel Najdorf
Ruy López de SeguraRuy López de Segura
Alexei ShirovAlexei Shirov

Ruslan PonomariovRuslan Ponomariov
Wolfgang von KempelenWolfgang von Kempelen
Ian NepomniachtchiIan Nepomniachtchi

Rustam KasimdzhanovRustam Kasimdzhanov
Alexander MorozevichAlexander Morozevich
Donald ByrneDonald Byrne

Mikhail ChigorinMikhail Chigorin
Alexander KhalifmanAlexander Khalifman
Gennadi SosonkoGennadi Sosonko

Péter LékóPéter Lékó
Michael AdamsMichael Adams
Vasyl IvanchukVasyl Ivanchuk

Elmārs ZemgalisElmārs Zemgalis
Tamāra VilerteTamāra Vilerte