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.

Fabiano CaruanaFabiano Caruana
(Italian,American)
Judit PolgárJudit Polgár
(Hungarian)

Vladimir KramnikVladimir Kramnik
(Russian)
Joshua WaitzkinJoshua Waitzkin
(American)
Boris SpasskyBoris Spassky
(French,Russian)

Sergey KarjakinSergey Karjakin
(Ukrainian,Russian)
Demis HassabisDemis Hassabis
(British)
Levon AronianLevon Aronian
(Armenian)

Hikaru NakamuraHikaru Nakamura
(American)
José Raúl CapablancaJosé Raúl Capablanca
(Cuban)
Wesley SoWesley So
(Filipino)

Samuel ReshevskySamuel Reshevsky
(Polish)
Paul MorphyPaul Morphy
(American)
Johan van HulstJohan van Hulst

Emanuel LaskerEmanuel Lasker
(German,Polish)
Alexander GrischukAlexander Grischuk
(Russian)
Mikhail BotvinnikMikhail Botvinnik
(Soviet Russian,Russian)

Tigran PetrosianTigran Petrosian
(Georgian)
Veselin TopalovVeselin Topalov
(Bulgarian)
Yasser SeirawanYasser Seirawan
(American)

Wilhelm SteinitzWilhelm Steinitz
(Czech)
Humpy KoneruHumpy Koneru
(Indian)
Peter SvidlerPeter Svidler
(Russian)

Viktor KorchnoiViktor Korchnoi
Thomas BowdlerThomas Bowdler
(British)
Samuel SevianSamuel Sevian
(American)

Kirsan IlyumzhinovKirsan Ilyumzhinov
(Russian)
Vasily SmyslovVasily Smyslov
(Russian)
Gata KamskyGata Kamsky
(American)

Paul KeresPaul Keres
(Estonian)
Noam ElkiesNoam Elkies
(American)
Richard FarleighRichard Farleigh
(Australian)

Max EuweMax Euwe
(Dutch)
Aron NimzowitschAron Nimzowitsch
(Danish,Latvian,Russian)
Arpad EloArpad Elo
(American)

Tania SachdevTania Sachdev
(Indian)
Vytautas LandsbergisVytautas Landsbergis
(Lithuanian)
Boris GelfandBoris Gelfand
(Belarusian,Israeli)

Adolf AnderssenAdolf Anderssen
(German,Ukrainian)
Miyoko WataiMiyoko Watai
(Japanese)
Alexandra KosteniukAlexandra Kosteniuk
(Russian)

Teimour RadjabovTeimour Radjabov
(Azerbaijani)
Bent LarsenBent Larsen
(Danish)
Jennifer ShahadeJennifer Shahade
(American)

François-André Danican PhilidorFrançois-André Danican Philidor
(French)
Rustam KasimdzhanovRustam Kasimdzhanov
(Uzbekistan)
Ian NepomniachtchiIan Nepomniachtchi
(Russian)

Ruy López de SeguraRuy López de Segura
(Spanish)
Parimarjan NegiParimarjan Negi
(Indian)
Alexei ShirovAlexei Shirov
(Latvian)

Ruslan PonomariovRuslan Ponomariov
(Ukrainian)
Miguel NajdorfMiguel Najdorf
(Argentine,Polish)
Alexander MorozevichAlexander Morozevich
(Russian)

Wolfgang von KempelenWolfgang von Kempelen
(Hungarian)
Alexander KhalifmanAlexander Khalifman
(Russian)
Donald ByrneDonald Byrne
(American)

Mikhail ChigorinMikhail Chigorin
(Russian)
Péter LékóPéter Lékó
(Hungarian,Serbian)
Gennadi SosonkoGennadi Sosonko

Michael AdamsMichael Adams
(British)
Vasyl IvanchukVasyl Ivanchuk
(Ukrainian)
Elmārs ZemgalisElmārs Zemgalis
(Latvian)

Tamāra VilerteTamāra Vilerte
(Latvian)