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
(Italian,American)
Boris SpasskyBoris Spassky
(French,Russian)

Judit PolgárJudit Polgár
(Hungarian)
Joshua WaitzkinJoshua Waitzkin
(American)
José Raúl CapablancaJosé Raúl Capablanca
(Cuban)

Sergey KarjakinSergey Karjakin
(Ukrainian,Russian)
Demis HassabisDemis Hassabis
(British)
Paul MorphyPaul Morphy
(American)

Vladimir KramnikVladimir Kramnik
(Russian)
Emanuel LaskerEmanuel Lasker
(German,Polish)
Hikaru NakamuraHikaru Nakamura
(American)

Humpy KoneruHumpy Koneru
(Indian)
Wesley SoWesley So
(Filipino)
Levon AronianLevon Aronian
(Armenian)

Tigran PetrosianTigran Petrosian
(Georgian)
Mikhail BotvinnikMikhail Botvinnik
(Russian,Russian)
Richard FarleighRichard Farleigh
(Australian)

Wilhelm SteinitzWilhelm Steinitz
(Austrian,Czech,American)
Veselin TopalovVeselin Topalov
(Bulgarian)
Yasser SeirawanYasser Seirawan
(American)

Samuel ReshevskySamuel Reshevsky
(Polish)
Viktor KorchnoiViktor Korchnoi
(Russian)
Alexander GrischukAlexander Grischuk
(Russian)

Thomas BowdlerThomas Bowdler
(British)
Kirsan IlyumzhinovKirsan Ilyumzhinov
(Russian)
Tania SachdevTania Sachdev
(Indian)

Bent LarsenBent Larsen
(Danish)
Jennifer ShahadeJennifer Shahade
(American)
Vasily SmyslovVasily Smyslov
(Russian)

Noam ElkiesNoam Elkies
(American)
Arpad EloArpad Elo
(American)
Paul KeresPaul Keres
(Estonian)

Max EuweMax Euwe
(Dutch)
Peter SvidlerPeter Svidler
(Russian)
Boris GelfandBoris Gelfand
(Belarusian,Israeli)

Aron NimzowitschAron Nimzowitsch
(Danish,Latvian,Russian)
Miyoko WataiMiyoko Watai
(Japanese)
Samuel SevianSamuel Sevian
(American)

Alexandra KosteniukAlexandra Kosteniuk
(Russian)
Adolf AnderssenAdolf Anderssen
(German,Ukrainian)
Gata KamskyGata Kamsky
(American)

Teimour RadjabovTeimour Radjabov
(Azerbaijani)
Vytautas LandsbergisVytautas Landsbergis
(Lithuanian)
Ian NepomniachtchiIan Nepomniachtchi
(Russian)

François-André Danican PhilidorFrançois-André Danican Philidor
(French)
Siegbert TarraschSiegbert Tarrasch
(German,Polish)
Miguel NajdorfMiguel Najdorf
(Argentinian,Polish)

Ruy López de SeguraRuy López de Segura
(Spanish)
Parimarjan NegiParimarjan Negi
(Indian)
Alexander MorozevichAlexander Morozevich
(Russian)

Johan van HulstJohan van Hulst
Ruslan PonomariovRuslan Ponomariov
(Ukrainian)
Alexei ShirovAlexei Shirov
(Latvian)

Wolfgang von KempelenWolfgang von Kempelen
(Hungarian)
Rustam KasimdzhanovRustam Kasimdzhanov
(Uzbekistan)
Donald ByrneDonald Byrne
(American)

Alexander KhalifmanAlexander Khalifman
(Russian)
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)