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.

Demis HassabisDemis Hassabis
(British)
Boris SpasskyBoris Spassky
(French,Russian)

Joshua WaitzkinJoshua Waitzkin
(American)
Levon AronianLevon Aronian
(Armenian)
Hikaru NakamuraHikaru Nakamura
(American)

Fabiano CaruanaFabiano Caruana
(Italian,American)
Vladimir KramnikVladimir Kramnik
(Russian)
Wesley SoWesley So
(Filipino)

Paul MorphyPaul Morphy
(American)
Humpy KoneruHumpy Koneru
(Indian)
Tigran PetrosianTigran Petrosian

Samuel SevianSamuel Sevian
(American)
Veselin TopalovVeselin Topalov
(Bulgarian)
Samuel ReshevskySamuel Reshevsky
(Polish)

Yasser SeirawanYasser Seirawan
(American)
Viktor KorchnoiViktor Korchnoi
Alexander GrischukAlexander Grischuk
(Russian)

Thomas BowdlerThomas Bowdler
(British)
Kirsan IlyumzhinovKirsan Ilyumzhinov
(Russian)
Noam ElkiesNoam Elkies
(American)

Peter SvidlerPeter Svidler
(Russian)
Tania SachdevTania Sachdev
(Indian)
Ian NepomniachtchiIan Nepomniachtchi
(Russian)

Richard FarleighRichard Farleigh
(Australian)
Arpad EloArpad Elo
(American)
Max EuweMax Euwe

Jennifer ShahadeJennifer Shahade
(American)
Boris GelfandBoris Gelfand
(Israeli)
Miyoko WataiMiyoko Watai
(Japanese)

Alexandra KosteniukAlexandra Kosteniuk
(Russian)
Adolf AnderssenAdolf Anderssen
(German)
Vytautas LandsbergisVytautas Landsbergis
(Lithuanian)

Parimarjan NegiParimarjan Negi
(Indian)
Bent LarsenBent Larsen
(Danish)
Gata KamskyGata Kamsky
(American)

Ruslan PonomariovRuslan Ponomariov
(Ukrainian)
Alexander MorozevichAlexander Morozevich
(Russian)
Wolfgang von KempelenWolfgang von Kempelen
(Hungarian)

Donald ByrneDonald Byrne
(American)
Johan van HulstJohan van Hulst
Gennadi SosonkoGennadi Sosonko

Elmārs ZemgalisElmārs Zemgalis
(Latvian)
François-André Danican PhilidorFrançois-André Danican Philidor
(French)
José Raúl CapablancaJosé Raúl Capablanca
(Cuban)

Tamāra VilerteTamāra Vilerte
(Latvian)

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