List of famous chess players with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

More From Chess Players

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)
Sergey KarjakinSergey Karjakin
(Ukrainian,Russian)

Judit PolgárJudit Polgár
(Hungarian)
Hikaru NakamuraHikaru Nakamura
(American)
Boris SpasskyBoris Spassky
(French,Russian)

Vladimir KramnikVladimir Kramnik
(Russian)
José Raúl CapablancaJosé Raúl Capablanca
(Cuban)
Paul MorphyPaul Morphy
(American)

Alexander GrischukAlexander Grischuk
(Russian)
Wesley SoWesley So
(Filipino)
Emanuel LaskerEmanuel Lasker
(German,Polish)

Levon AronianLevon Aronian
(Armenian)
Joshua WaitzkinJoshua Waitzkin
(American)
Demis HassabisDemis Hassabis
(British)

Peter SvidlerPeter Svidler
(Russian)
Mikhail BotvinnikMikhail Botvinnik
(Russian,Russian)
Humpy KoneruHumpy Koneru
(Indian)

Tigran PetrosianTigran Petrosian
(Georgian)
Veselin TopalovVeselin Topalov
(Bulgarian)
Samuel ReshevskySamuel Reshevsky
(Polish)

Wilhelm SteinitzWilhelm Steinitz
(Austrian,Czech,American)
Viktor KorchnoiViktor Korchnoi
(Russian)
Vasily SmyslovVasily Smyslov
(Russian)

Yasser SeirawanYasser Seirawan
(American)
Boris GelfandBoris Gelfand
(Belarusian,Israeli)
Alexandra KosteniukAlexandra Kosteniuk
(Russian)

Miyoko WataiMiyoko Watai
(Japanese)
Max EuweMax Euwe
(Dutch)
Kirsan IlyumzhinovKirsan Ilyumzhinov
(Russian)

Thomas BowdlerThomas Bowdler
(British)
Tania SachdevTania Sachdev
(Indian)
Samuel SevianSamuel Sevian
(American)

Arpad EloArpad Elo
(American)
Bent LarsenBent Larsen
(Danish)
Gata KamskyGata Kamsky
(American)

Paul KeresPaul Keres
(Estonian)
Aron NimzowitschAron Nimzowitsch
(Danish,Latvian,Russian)
Ian NepomniachtchiIan Nepomniachtchi
(Russian)

Noam ElkiesNoam Elkies
(American)
Richard FarleighRichard Farleigh
(Australian)
Adolf AnderssenAdolf Anderssen
(German,Ukrainian)

Jennifer ShahadeJennifer Shahade
(American)
Ruslan PonomariovRuslan Ponomariov
(Ukrainian)
Ruy López de SeguraRuy López de Segura
(Spanish)

Teimour RadjabovTeimour Radjabov
(Azerbaijani)
Rustam KasimdzhanovRustam Kasimdzhanov
(Uzbekistan)
Alexei ShirovAlexei Shirov
(Latvian)

Siegbert TarraschSiegbert Tarrasch
(German,Polish)
François-André Danican PhilidorFrançois-André Danican Philidor
(French)
Parimarjan NegiParimarjan Negi
(Indian)

Alexander MorozevichAlexander Morozevich
(Russian)
Vytautas LandsbergisVytautas Landsbergis
(Lithuanian)
Miguel NajdorfMiguel Najdorf
(Argentinian,Polish)

Donald ByrneDonald Byrne
(American)
Alexander KhalifmanAlexander Khalifman
(Russian)
Wolfgang von KempelenWolfgang von Kempelen
(Hungarian)

Johan van HulstJohan van Hulst
Mikhail ChigorinMikhail Chigorin
(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)