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
Sergey KarjakinSergey Karjakin

Judit PolgárJudit Polgár
Hikaru NakamuraHikaru Nakamura
Boris SpasskyBoris Spassky

Vladimir KramnikVladimir Kramnik
José Raúl CapablancaJosé Raúl Capablanca
Paul MorphyPaul Morphy

Alexander GrischukAlexander Grischuk
Wesley SoWesley So
Emanuel LaskerEmanuel Lasker

Levon AronianLevon Aronian
Joshua WaitzkinJoshua Waitzkin
Demis HassabisDemis Hassabis

Peter SvidlerPeter Svidler
Mikhail BotvinnikMikhail Botvinnik
Humpy KoneruHumpy Koneru

Tigran PetrosianTigran Petrosian
Veselin TopalovVeselin Topalov
Samuel ReshevskySamuel Reshevsky

Wilhelm SteinitzWilhelm Steinitz
Viktor KorchnoiViktor Korchnoi
Vasily SmyslovVasily Smyslov

Yasser SeirawanYasser Seirawan
Boris GelfandBoris Gelfand
Alexandra KosteniukAlexandra Kosteniuk

Miyoko WataiMiyoko Watai
Max EuweMax Euwe
Kirsan IlyumzhinovKirsan Ilyumzhinov

Thomas BowdlerThomas Bowdler
Tania SachdevTania Sachdev
Samuel SevianSamuel Sevian

Arpad EloArpad Elo
Bent LarsenBent Larsen
Gata KamskyGata Kamsky

Paul KeresPaul Keres
Aron NimzowitschAron Nimzowitsch
Ian NepomniachtchiIan Nepomniachtchi

Noam ElkiesNoam Elkies
Richard FarleighRichard Farleigh
Adolf AnderssenAdolf Anderssen

Jennifer ShahadeJennifer Shahade
Ruslan PonomariovRuslan Ponomariov
Ruy López de SeguraRuy López de Segura

Teimour RadjabovTeimour Radjabov
Rustam KasimdzhanovRustam Kasimdzhanov
Alexei ShirovAlexei Shirov

Siegbert TarraschSiegbert Tarrasch
François-André Danican PhilidorFrançois-André Danican Philidor
Parimarjan NegiParimarjan Negi

Alexander MorozevichAlexander Morozevich
Vytautas LandsbergisVytautas Landsbergis
Miguel NajdorfMiguel Najdorf

Donald ByrneDonald Byrne
Alexander KhalifmanAlexander Khalifman
Wolfgang von KempelenWolfgang von Kempelen

Johan van HulstJohan van Hulst
Mikhail ChigorinMikhail Chigorin
Péter LékóPéter Lékó

Gennadi SosonkoGennadi Sosonko
Michael AdamsMichael Adams
Vasyl IvanchukVasyl Ivanchuk

Elmārs ZemgalisElmārs Zemgalis
Tamāra VilerteTamāra Vilerte