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

José Raúl CapablancaJosé Raúl Capablanca
Hikaru NakamuraHikaru Nakamura
Boris SpasskyBoris Spassky

Vladimir KramnikVladimir Kramnik
Paul MorphyPaul Morphy
Sergey KarjakinSergey Karjakin

Joshua WaitzkinJoshua Waitzkin
Demis HassabisDemis Hassabis
Emanuel LaskerEmanuel Lasker

Humpy KoneruHumpy Koneru
Wesley SoWesley So
Levon AronianLevon Aronian

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Mikhail BotvinnikMikhail Botvinnik
Tigran PetrosianTigran Petrosian
Wilhelm SteinitzWilhelm Steinitz

Veselin TopalovVeselin Topalov
Alexander GrischukAlexander Grischuk
Samuel ReshevskySamuel Reshevsky

Viktor KorchnoiViktor Korchnoi
Yasser SeirawanYasser Seirawan
Richard FarleighRichard Farleigh

Miyoko WataiMiyoko Watai
Vasily SmyslovVasily Smyslov
Thomas BowdlerThomas Bowdler

Noam ElkiesNoam Elkies
Aron NimzowitschAron Nimzowitsch
Max EuweMax Euwe

Paul KeresPaul Keres
Arpad EloArpad Elo
Ian NepomniachtchiIan Nepomniachtchi

Tania SachdevTania Sachdev
Peter SvidlerPeter Svidler
Boris GelfandBoris Gelfand

Bent LarsenBent Larsen
Adolf AnderssenAdolf Anderssen
Alexandra KosteniukAlexandra Kosteniuk

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Siegbert TarraschSiegbert Tarrasch
Gata KamskyGata Kamsky
Samuel SevianSamuel Sevian

Teimour RadjabovTeimour Radjabov
Kirsan IlyumzhinovKirsan Ilyumzhinov
Vytautas LandsbergisVytautas Landsbergis

François-André Danican PhilidorFrançois-André Danican Philidor
Parimarjan NegiParimarjan Negi
Jennifer ShahadeJennifer Shahade

Ruy López de SeguraRuy López de Segura
Alexei ShirovAlexei Shirov
Miguel NajdorfMiguel Najdorf

Johan van HulstJohan van Hulst
Ruslan PonomariovRuslan Ponomariov
Donald ByrneDonald Byrne

Wolfgang von KempelenWolfgang von Kempelen
Rustam KasimdzhanovRustam Kasimdzhanov
Alexander MorozevichAlexander Morozevich

Mikhail ChigorinMikhail Chigorin
Alexander KhalifmanAlexander Khalifman
Péter LékóPéter Lékó

Gennadi SosonkoGennadi Sosonko
Michael AdamsMichael Adams
Vasyl IvanchukVasyl Ivanchuk

Elmārs ZemgalisElmārs Zemgalis
Tamāra VilerteTamāra Vilerte