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.

Bobby Fischer Bobby Fischer
Icelander, American

Alexander Alekhine Alexander Alekhine
Portuguese, Russian

Joshua WaitzkinJoshua Waitzkin
American
Hikaru NakamuraHikaru Nakamura
American
Fabiano CaruanaFabiano Caruana
Italian, American

Judit PolgárJudit Polgár
Hungarian
Boris SpasskyBoris Spassky
French, Russian
José Raúl CapablancaJosé Raúl Capablanca
Cuban
Demis HassabisDemis Hassabis
British

Paul MorphyPaul Morphy
American
Sergey KarjakinSergey Karjakin
Ukrainian, Russian
Vladimir KramnikVladimir Kramnik
Russian

Emanuel LaskerEmanuel Lasker
German, Polish
Wesley SoWesley So
Filipino
Levon AronianLevon Aronian
Armenian
Mikhail BotvinnikMikhail Botvinnik
Russian, Russian

Tigran PetrosianTigran Petrosian
Georgian
Alexander GrischukAlexander Grischuk
Russian
Wilhelm SteinitzWilhelm Steinitz
Austrian, Czech, American

Veselin TopalovVeselin Topalov
Bulgarian
Samuel ReshevskySamuel Reshevsky
Polish
Viktor KorchnoiViktor Korchnoi
Russian
Yasser SeirawanYasser Seirawan
American

Ian NepomniachtchiIan Nepomniachtchi
Russian
Arpad EloArpad Elo
American
Thomas BowdlerThomas Bowdler
British

Humpy KoneruHumpy Koneru
Indian
Noam ElkiesNoam Elkies
American
Peter SvidlerPeter Svidler
Russian
Vytautas LandsbergisVytautas Landsbergis
Lithuanian

Vasily SmyslovVasily Smyslov
Russian
Tania SachdevTania Sachdev
Indian
Richard FarleighRichard Farleigh
Australian

Aron NimzowitschAron Nimzowitsch
Danish, Latvian, Russian
Paul KeresPaul Keres
Estonian
Johan van HulstJohan van Hulst
-
Max EuweMax Euwe
Dutch

Alexandra KosteniukAlexandra Kosteniuk
Russian
Gata KamskyGata Kamsky
American
Bent LarsenBent Larsen
Danish

Samuel SevianSamuel Sevian
American
Miyoko WataiMiyoko Watai
Japanese
Boris GelfandBoris Gelfand
Belarusian, Israeli
Adolf AnderssenAdolf Anderssen
German, Ukrainian

Kirsan IlyumzhinovKirsan Ilyumzhinov
Russian
François-André Danican PhilidorFrançois-André Danican Philidor
French
Teimour RadjabovTeimour Radjabov
Azerbaijani

Siegbert TarraschSiegbert Tarrasch
German, Polish
Wolfgang von KempelenWolfgang von Kempelen
Hungarian
Miguel NajdorfMiguel Najdorf
Argentinian, Polish
Parimarjan NegiParimarjan Negi
Indian

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

Alexei ShirovAlexei Shirov
Latvian
Rustam KasimdzhanovRustam Kasimdzhanov
Uzbekistan
Alexander MorozevichAlexander Morozevich
Russian
Donald ByrneDonald Byrne
American

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