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
Judit PolgárJudit Polgár

Hikaru NakamuraHikaru Nakamura
Boris SpasskyBoris Spassky
Joshua WaitzkinJoshua Waitzkin

José Raúl CapablancaJosé Raúl Capablanca
Demis HassabisDemis Hassabis
Paul MorphyPaul Morphy

Vladimir KramnikVladimir Kramnik
Emanuel LaskerEmanuel Lasker
Sergey KarjakinSergey Karjakin

Wesley SoWesley So
Levon AronianLevon Aronian
Mikhail BotvinnikMikhail Botvinnik

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Tigran PetrosianTigran Petrosian
Humpy KoneruHumpy Koneru
Wilhelm SteinitzWilhelm Steinitz

Veselin TopalovVeselin Topalov
Viktor KorchnoiViktor Korchnoi
Samuel ReshevskySamuel Reshevsky

Noam ElkiesNoam Elkies
Yasser SeirawanYasser Seirawan
Alexander GrischukAlexander Grischuk

Thomas BowdlerThomas Bowdler
Arpad EloArpad Elo
Vasily SmyslovVasily Smyslov

Richard FarleighRichard Farleigh
Aron NimzowitschAron Nimzowitsch
Paul KeresPaul Keres

Samuel SevianSamuel Sevian
Max EuweMax Euwe
Peter SvidlerPeter Svidler

Gata KamskyGata Kamsky
Tania SachdevTania Sachdev
Alexandra KosteniukAlexandra Kosteniuk

Siegbert TarraschSiegbert Tarrasch
Boris GelfandBoris Gelfand
Vytautas LandsbergisVytautas Landsbergis

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Adolf AnderssenAdolf Anderssen
Bent LarsenBent Larsen
Ian NepomniachtchiIan Nepomniachtchi

Kirsan IlyumzhinovKirsan Ilyumzhinov
Johan van HulstJohan van Hulst
Miyoko WataiMiyoko Watai

Jennifer ShahadeJennifer Shahade
François-André Danican PhilidorFrançois-André Danican Philidor
Ruy López de SeguraRuy López de Segura

Teimour RadjabovTeimour Radjabov
Parimarjan NegiParimarjan Negi
Wolfgang von KempelenWolfgang von Kempelen

Alexei ShirovAlexei Shirov
Miguel NajdorfMiguel Najdorf
Ruslan PonomariovRuslan Ponomariov

Rustam KasimdzhanovRustam Kasimdzhanov
Alexander MorozevichAlexander Morozevich
Donald ByrneDonald Byrne

Mikhail ChigorinMikhail Chigorin
Alexander KhalifmanAlexander Khalifman
Péter LékóPéter Lékó

Gennadi SosonkoGennadi Sosonko
Michael AdamsMichael Adams
Vasyl IvanchukVasyl Ivanchuk

Elmārs ZemgalisElmārs Zemgalis
Tamāra VilerteTamāra Vilerte