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

Humpy KoneruHumpy Koneru
Indian

Fabiano CaruanaFabiano Caruana
Italian, American

Hikaru NakamuraHikaru Nakamura
American
Boris SpasskyBoris Spassky
French, Russian

Paul MorphyPaul Morphy
American

Judit PolgárJudit Polgár
Hungarian

Samuel ReshevskySamuel Reshevsky
Polish
José Raúl CapablancaJosé Raúl Capablanca
Cuban
Vladimir KramnikVladimir Kramnik
Russian

Richard FarleighRichard Farleigh
Australian

Demis HassabisDemis Hassabis
British

Hou YifanHou Yifan
Chinese
Wesley SoWesley So
Filipino

Joshua WaitzkinJoshua Waitzkin
American
Sergey KarjakinSergey Karjakin
Ukrainian, Russian

Levon AronianLevon Aronian
Armenian

Emanuel LaskerEmanuel Lasker
German, Polish
Alexander GrischukAlexander Grischuk
Russian

Tigran PetrosianTigran Petrosian
Georgian
Ian NepomniachtchiIan Nepomniachtchi
Russian

Susan PolgarSusan Polgar
Hungarian, American

Veselin TopalovVeselin Topalov
Bulgarian
Mikhail BotvinnikMikhail Botvinnik
Russian, Russian
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Arpad EloArpad Elo
American
Yasser SeirawanYasser Seirawan
American

Wilhelm SteinitzWilhelm Steinitz
Austrian, Czech, American

Viktor KorchnoiViktor Korchnoi
Russian

Adolf AnderssenAdolf Anderssen
German, Ukrainian
Thomas BowdlerThomas Bowdler
British

Tania SachdevTania Sachdev
Indian

Gata KamskyGata Kamsky
American

Peter SvidlerPeter Svidler
Russian

Maurice AshleyMaurice Ashley
Jamaican, American
Noam ElkiesNoam Elkies
American

Max EuweMax Euwe
Dutch
Alexandra KosteniukAlexandra Kosteniuk
Russian

Boris GelfandBoris Gelfand
Belarusian, Israeli

Vasily SmyslovVasily Smyslov
Russian
Miyoko WataiMiyoko Watai
Japanese

Aron NimzowitschAron Nimzowitsch
Danish, Latvian, Russian
Vytautas LandsbergisVytautas Landsbergis
Lithuanian

Paul KeresPaul Keres
Estonian

Howard StauntonHoward Staunton
British

Bent LarsenBent Larsen
Danish

Samuel SevianSamuel Sevian
American
Jennifer ShahadeJennifer Shahade
American

Nona GaprindashviliNona Gaprindashvili
Georgian

Kirsan IlyumzhinovKirsan Ilyumzhinov
Russian

François-André Danican PhilidorFrançois-André Danican Philidor
French
Parimarjan NegiParimarjan Negi
Indian
Ruslan PonomariovRuslan Ponomariov
Ukrainian

Teimour RadjabovTeimour Radjabov
Azerbaijani

Johan van HulstJohan van Hulst
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Siegbert TarraschSiegbert Tarrasch
German, Polish
Wolfgang von KempelenWolfgang von Kempelen
Hungarian

Miguel NajdorfMiguel Najdorf
Argentinian, Polish
Alexander MorozevichAlexander Morozevich
Russian

Donald ByrneDonald Byrne
American

Ruy López de SeguraRuy López de Segura
Spanish
Alexei ShirovAlexei Shirov
Latvian

Sam LoydSam Loyd
American
Richard RétiRichard Réti
Austrian, Slovak

Rustam KasimdzhanovRustam Kasimdzhanov
Uzbekistan

Mikhail ChigorinMikhail Chigorin
Russian
David LevyDavid Levy
British

Antoaneta StefanovaAntoaneta Stefanova
Bulgarian
Alexander KhalifmanAlexander Khalifman
Russian

Elmārs ZemgalisElmārs Zemgalis
Latvian

Gennadi SosonkoGennadi Sosonko
-

Péter LékóPéter Lékó
Hungarian, Serbian
Michael AdamsMichael Adams
British

Svetozar GligoricSvetozar Gligoric
Yugoslav, Serbian

Tamāra VilerteTamāra Vilerte
Latvian

Maya ChiburdanidzeMaya Chiburdanidze
Russian

Vasyl IvanchukVasyl Ivanchuk
Ukrainian
Vera Francevna Menchik-StevensonVera Francevna Menchik-Stevenson
British