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.

Boris SpasskyBoris Spassky
Hikaru NakamuraHikaru Nakamura

Vladimir KramnikVladimir Kramnik

Fabiano CaruanaFabiano Caruana

José Raúl CapablancaJosé Raúl Capablanca
Joshua WaitzkinJoshua Waitzkin

Veselin TopalovVeselin Topalov
Levon AronianLevon Aronian

Samuel ReshevskySamuel Reshevsky

Paul MorphyPaul Morphy

Kirsan IlyumzhinovKirsan Ilyumzhinov
Wesley SoWesley So

Peter SvidlerPeter Svidler
Demis HassabisDemis Hassabis

Tigran PetrosianTigran Petrosian

Johan van HulstJohan van Hulst

Alexander GrischukAlexander Grischuk
Yasser SeirawanYasser Seirawan

Humpy KoneruHumpy Koneru
Thomas BowdlerThomas Bowdler

Viktor KorchnoiViktor Korchnoi

Boris GelfandBoris Gelfand

Miyoko WataiMiyoko Watai
Noam ElkiesNoam Elkies

Arpad EloArpad Elo
Samuel SevianSamuel Sevian

Jennifer ShahadeJennifer Shahade

Max EuweMax Euwe

Parimarjan NegiParimarjan Negi
Donald ByrneDonald Byrne

Gata KamskyGata Kamsky
Richard FarleighRichard Farleigh

Alexandra KosteniukAlexandra Kosteniuk

François-André Danican PhilidorFrançois-André Danican Philidor

Gennadi SosonkoGennadi Sosonko
Ruslan PonomariovRuslan Ponomariov

Bent LarsenBent Larsen
Tania SachdevTania Sachdev

Alexander MorozevichAlexander Morozevich

Adolf AnderssenAdolf Anderssen

Vytautas LandsbergisVytautas Landsbergis
Ian NepomniachtchiIan Nepomniachtchi

Wolfgang von KempelenWolfgang von Kempelen
Elmārs ZemgalisElmārs Zemgalis

Tamāra VilerteTamāra Vilerte

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