List of famous chess players with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

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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.

Bobby Fischer Bobby Fischer
Icelander, American

Alexander Alekhine Alexander Alekhine
Portuguese, Russian

Fabiano CaruanaFabiano Caruana
Italian, American

Joshua WaitzkinJoshua Waitzkin
American
Boris SpasskyBoris Spassky
French, Russian

Demis HassabisDemis Hassabis
British
Judit PolgárJudit Polgár
Hungarian

Hikaru NakamuraHikaru Nakamura
American

José Raúl CapablancaJosé Raúl Capablanca
Cuban

Samuel ReshevskySamuel Reshevsky
Polish

Paul MorphyPaul Morphy
American
Vladimir KramnikVladimir Kramnik
Russian

Wesley SoWesley So
Filipino

Humpy KoneruHumpy Koneru
Indian

Levon AronianLevon Aronian
Armenian
Sergey KarjakinSergey Karjakin
Ukrainian, Russian

Tigran PetrosianTigran Petrosian
Georgian
Emanuel LaskerEmanuel Lasker
German, Polish

Yasser SeirawanYasser Seirawan
American

Mikhail BotvinnikMikhail Botvinnik
Russian, Russian
Alexander GrischukAlexander Grischuk
Russian

Wilhelm SteinitzWilhelm Steinitz
Austrian, Czech, American
Veselin TopalovVeselin Topalov
Bulgarian

Viktor KorchnoiViktor Korchnoi
Russian

Ian NepomniachtchiIan Nepomniachtchi
Russian
Peter SvidlerPeter Svidler
Russian
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Jennifer ShahadeJennifer Shahade
American
Noam ElkiesNoam Elkies
American

Thomas BowdlerThomas Bowdler
British

Arpad EloArpad Elo
American

Vytautas LandsbergisVytautas Landsbergis
Lithuanian
Vasily SmyslovVasily Smyslov
Russian
Max EuweMax Euwe
Dutch

Boris GelfandBoris Gelfand
Belarusian, Israeli

Tania SachdevTania Sachdev
Indian

Adolf AnderssenAdolf Anderssen
German, Ukrainian
Richard FarleighRichard Farleigh
Australian

Aron NimzowitschAron Nimzowitsch
Danish, Latvian, Russian

Miyoko WataiMiyoko Watai
Japanese

Paul KeresPaul Keres
Estonian

Samuel SevianSamuel Sevian
American
Alexandra KosteniukAlexandra Kosteniuk
Russian

Gata KamskyGata Kamsky
American
Bent LarsenBent Larsen
Danish

Kirsan IlyumzhinovKirsan Ilyumzhinov
Russian

François-André Danican PhilidorFrançois-André Danican Philidor
French
Teimour RadjabovTeimour Radjabov
Azerbaijani

Siegbert TarraschSiegbert Tarrasch
German, Polish
Wolfgang von KempelenWolfgang von Kempelen
Hungarian

Miguel NajdorfMiguel Najdorf
Argentinian, Polish

Ruy López de SeguraRuy López de Segura
Spanish

Ruslan PonomariovRuslan Ponomariov
Ukrainian

Johan van HulstJohan van Hulst
-
Parimarjan NegiParimarjan Negi
Indian

Alexei ShirovAlexei Shirov
Latvian

Rustam KasimdzhanovRustam Kasimdzhanov
Uzbekistan

Alexander MorozevichAlexander Morozevich
Russian
Donald ByrneDonald Byrne
American

Mikhail ChigorinMikhail Chigorin
Russian
Alexander KhalifmanAlexander Khalifman
Russian

Elmārs ZemgalisElmārs Zemgalis
Latvian

Gennadi SosonkoGennadi Sosonko
-
Péter LékóPéter Lékó
Hungarian, Serbian

Michael AdamsMichael Adams
British
Tamāra VilerteTamāra Vilerte
Latvian

Vasyl IvanchukVasyl Ivanchuk
Ukrainian