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.

Demis HassabisDemis Hassabis
Boris SpasskyBoris Spassky

Joshua WaitzkinJoshua Waitzkin
Levon AronianLevon Aronian
Hikaru NakamuraHikaru Nakamura

Fabiano CaruanaFabiano Caruana
Vladimir KramnikVladimir Kramnik
Wesley SoWesley So

Paul MorphyPaul Morphy
Humpy KoneruHumpy Koneru
Tigran PetrosianTigran Petrosian

Samuel SevianSamuel Sevian
Veselin TopalovVeselin Topalov
Samuel ReshevskySamuel Reshevsky

Yasser SeirawanYasser Seirawan
Viktor KorchnoiViktor Korchnoi
Alexander GrischukAlexander Grischuk

Thomas BowdlerThomas Bowdler
Kirsan IlyumzhinovKirsan Ilyumzhinov
Noam ElkiesNoam Elkies

Peter SvidlerPeter Svidler
Tania SachdevTania Sachdev
Ian NepomniachtchiIan Nepomniachtchi

Richard FarleighRichard Farleigh
Arpad EloArpad Elo
Max EuweMax Euwe

Jennifer ShahadeJennifer Shahade
Boris GelfandBoris Gelfand
Miyoko WataiMiyoko Watai

Alexandra KosteniukAlexandra Kosteniuk
Adolf AnderssenAdolf Anderssen
Vytautas LandsbergisVytautas Landsbergis

Parimarjan NegiParimarjan Negi
Bent LarsenBent Larsen
Gata KamskyGata Kamsky

Ruslan PonomariovRuslan Ponomariov
Alexander MorozevichAlexander Morozevich
Wolfgang von KempelenWolfgang von Kempelen

Donald ByrneDonald Byrne
Johan van HulstJohan van Hulst
Gennadi SosonkoGennadi Sosonko

Elmārs ZemgalisElmārs Zemgalis
François-André Danican PhilidorFrançois-André Danican Philidor
José Raúl CapablancaJosé Raúl Capablanca

Tamāra VilerteTamāra Vilerte

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