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
(French,Russian)
Hikaru NakamuraHikaru Nakamura
(American)

Vladimir KramnikVladimir Kramnik
(Russian)

Fabiano CaruanaFabiano Caruana
(Italian,American)

José Raúl CapablancaJosé Raúl Capablanca
(Cuban)
Joshua WaitzkinJoshua Waitzkin
(American)

Veselin TopalovVeselin Topalov
(Bulgarian)
Levon AronianLevon Aronian
(Armenian)

Samuel ReshevskySamuel Reshevsky
(Polish)

Paul MorphyPaul Morphy
(American)

Kirsan IlyumzhinovKirsan Ilyumzhinov
(Russian)
Wesley SoWesley So
(Filipino)

Peter SvidlerPeter Svidler
(Russian)
Demis HassabisDemis Hassabis
(British)

Tigran PetrosianTigran Petrosian

Johan van HulstJohan van Hulst

Alexander GrischukAlexander Grischuk
(Russian)
Yasser SeirawanYasser Seirawan
(American)

Humpy KoneruHumpy Koneru
(Indian)
Thomas BowdlerThomas Bowdler
(British)

Viktor KorchnoiViktor Korchnoi

Boris GelfandBoris Gelfand
(Israeli)

Miyoko WataiMiyoko Watai
(Japanese)
Noam ElkiesNoam Elkies
(American)

Arpad EloArpad Elo
(American)
Samuel SevianSamuel Sevian
(American)

Jennifer ShahadeJennifer Shahade
(American)

Max EuweMax Euwe

Parimarjan NegiParimarjan Negi
(Indian)
Donald ByrneDonald Byrne
(American)

Gata KamskyGata Kamsky
(American)
Richard FarleighRichard Farleigh
(Australian)

Alexandra KosteniukAlexandra Kosteniuk
(Russian)

François-André Danican PhilidorFrançois-André Danican Philidor
(French)

Gennadi SosonkoGennadi Sosonko
Ruslan PonomariovRuslan Ponomariov
(Ukrainian)

Bent LarsenBent Larsen
(Danish)
Tania SachdevTania Sachdev
(Indian)

Alexander MorozevichAlexander Morozevich
(Russian)

Adolf AnderssenAdolf Anderssen
(German)

Vytautas LandsbergisVytautas Landsbergis
(Lithuanian)
Ian NepomniachtchiIan Nepomniachtchi
(Russian)

Wolfgang von KempelenWolfgang von Kempelen
(Hungarian)
Elmārs ZemgalisElmārs Zemgalis
(Latvian)

Tamāra VilerteTamāra Vilerte
(Latvian)

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