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.

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 1 Magnus Carlsen

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Famous As: World Chess Champion
Birthdate: November 30, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Norwegian

At 13, chess prodigy Magnus Carlsen became the youngest grandmaster. His rating of 2,872 was the highest ever in history. He also recorded the longest unbeaten run in chess. Named one of Cosmopolitan’s “sexiest men of 2013,”he  has also modeled for G-Star Raw, owns a chess-app company, and loves football.

 2 Garry Kasparov

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Famous As: Chess Player
Birthdate: April 13, 1963
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Russian

Garry Kasparov is a Russian chess player. A grandmaster, Kasparov is a former World Chess Champion who was ranked No. 1 for 255 months during his career that spanned 21 years. After his retirement, Garry Kasparov focused on writing and politics; he founded a social movement called the United Civil Front, which is part of an opposition coalition in Moscow.

 3 Hikaru Nakamura

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Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: December 9, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 4 Judit Polgár

Judit Polgár
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Famous As: Chess Grandmaster
Birthdate: July 23, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Hungarian

 5 Viswanathan Anand

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Famous As: Chess Player
Birthdate: December 11, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Indian

Viswanathan Anand is an Indian chess player and former world champion. The first grandmaster from India, Anand is also one of the few chess players to have gone past an Elo rating of 2800, only the fourth player in history to do so. Renowned for his quick moves, Anand is widely regarded as the greatest rapid player of our time.

 6 Paul Morphy

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Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: June 22, 1837
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: July 10, 1884
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 7 Joshua Waitzkin

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Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: December 4, 1976
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
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 8 José Raúl Capablanca

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Famous As: Chess Player
Birthdate: November 19, 1888
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Cuban
Died: March 8, 1942
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 9 Boris Spassky

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Famous As: Chess Grandmaster
Birthdate: January 30, 1937
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: French, Russian

 10 Wesley So

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Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: October 9, 1993
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Filipino
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 11 Fabiano Caruana

Fabiano Caruana
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Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: July 30, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Italian, American

 12 Mikhail Tal

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Famous As: Chess Player
Birthdate: November 9, 1936
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Latvian
Died: June 28, 1992
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 13 Alexander Alekhine

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Famous As: French chess player
Birthdate: October 31, 1892
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Portuguese, Russian
Died: March 24, 1946

 14 Sergey Karjakin

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Famous As: Chess Grandmaster
Birthdate: January 12, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Ukrainian, Russian
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 15 Jennifer Shahade

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Famous As: Chess player, Non-fiction writer, Journalist
Birthdate: December 31, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 16 Samuel Reshevsky

Samuel Reshevsky
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Famous As: Chess Player
Birthdate: November 26, 1911
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: April 4, 1992

 17 Vladimir Kramnik

Vladimir Kramnik
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Famous As: Chess player, Writer
Birthdate: June 25, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Russian

 18 Nona Gaprindashvili

Nona Gaprindashvili
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Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: May 3, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Georgian
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 19 Hou Yifan

Hou Yifan
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Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: February 27, 1994
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Chinese

 20 Emanuel Lasker

Emanuel Lasker
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: German, Polish

 21 Demis Hassabis

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Famous As: Engineer, Chess player
Birthdate: July 27, 1976
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British

 22 Mikhail Botvinnik

Mikhail Botvinnik
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Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: August 17, 1911
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Russian
Died: May 5, 1995
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 23 Maurice Ashley

Maurice Ashley
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: March 6, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Jamaican, American

 24 Levon Aronian

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Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: October 6, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Armenian
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 25 Tigran Petrosian

Tigran Petrosian
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Famous As: Chess player, Writer, Journalist
Birthdate: June 17, 1929
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Georgian
Died: August 13, 1984

 26 Wilhelm Steinitz

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Famous As: Chess Master
Birthdate: May 17, 1836
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Austrian, Czech, American
Died: August 12, 1900
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 27 Phiona Mutesi

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Famous As: Chess Player
Birthdate: 1996 AD
Nationality: Ugandan

 28 Tania Sachdev

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Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: August 20, 1986
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Indian
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 29 Teimour Radjabov

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Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: March 12, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Azerbaijani

 30 Ding Liren

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Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: October 24, 1992
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Chinese
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 31 Vera Francevna Menchik-Stevenson

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Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: February 16, 1906
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British
Died: June 26, 1944

 32 Vasily Smyslov

Vasily Smyslov
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Famous As: Chess grandmaster
Birthdate: March 24, 1921
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Russian
Died: March 27, 2010
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 33 Ian Nepomniachtchi

Ian Nepomniachtchi
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Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: July 14, 1990
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Russian

 34 Veselin Topalov

Veselin Topalov
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Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: March 15, 1975
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Bulgarian

 35 Miyoko Watai

Miyoko Watai
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Famous As: Chess player, Pharmacist
Birthdate: January 8, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Japanese

 36 Maya Chiburdanidze

Maya Chiburdanidze
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Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: January 17, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Russian

 37 Vasyl Ivanchuk

Vasyl Ivanchuk
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Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: March 18, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Ukrainian

 38 Viktor Korchnoi

Viktor Korchnoi
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Famous As: Chess player, Writer
Birthdate: March 23, 1931
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Russian
Died: June 6, 2016

 39 Samuel Sevian

Samuel Sevian
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Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: December 26, 2000
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 40 Humpy Koneru

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Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: March 31, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Indian

 41 Ruy López de Segura

Ruy López de Segura
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Famous As: Priest, Chessplayer
Birthdate: 1530 AD
Nationality: Spanish
Died: 1580 AD

 42 Alexander Grischuk

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Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: October 31, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Russian

 43 Jovanka Houska

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Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: June 10, 1980
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British

 44 Max Euwe

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Famous As: Chess player, Mathematician, Chess official, Writer, Computer scientist, University teacher
Birthdate: May 20, 1901
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Dutch
Died: November 26, 1981

 45 Yasser Seirawan

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Famous As: Chess player, Non-fiction writer
Birthdate: March 24, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 46 Elmārs Zemgalis

Elmārs Zemgalis
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Famous As: Chess player, Non-fiction writer
Birthdate: September 9, 1923
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Latvian
Died: December 8, 2014

 47 Miguel Najdorf

Miguel Najdorf
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Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: April 15, 1910
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Argentinian, Polish
Died: July 4, 1997

 48 Gata Kamsky

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Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: June 2, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 49 Aron Nimzowitsch

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Famous As: Danish-Russian chess master
Birthdate: November 7, 1886
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Danish, Latvian, Russian
Died: March 16, 1935

 50 Howard Staunton

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Famous As: Chess Master
Birthdate: April 1, 1810
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British
Died: June 22, 1874
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