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)

Boris SpasskyBoris Spassky
(French,Russian)
Joshua WaitzkinJoshua Waitzkin
(American)
Demis HassabisDemis Hassabis
(British)

José Raúl CapablancaJosé Raúl Capablanca
(Cuban)
Sergey KarjakinSergey Karjakin
(Ukrainian,Russian)
Paul MorphyPaul Morphy
(American)

Vladimir KramnikVladimir Kramnik
(Russian)
Hikaru NakamuraHikaru Nakamura
(American)
Wesley SoWesley So
(Filipino)

Emanuel LaskerEmanuel Lasker
(German,Polish)
Johan van HulstJohan van Hulst
Levon AronianLevon Aronian
(Armenian)

Mikhail BotvinnikMikhail Botvinnik
(Russian,Russian)
Tigran PetrosianTigran Petrosian
(Georgian)
Samuel ReshevskySamuel Reshevsky
(Polish)

Wilhelm SteinitzWilhelm Steinitz
(Austrian,Czech,American)
Veselin TopalovVeselin Topalov
(Bulgarian)
Yasser SeirawanYasser Seirawan
(American)

Viktor KorchnoiViktor Korchnoi
(Russian)
Humpy KoneruHumpy Koneru
(Indian)
Kirsan IlyumzhinovKirsan Ilyumzhinov
(Russian)

Thomas BowdlerThomas Bowdler
(British)
Alexander GrischukAlexander Grischuk
(Russian)
Arpad EloArpad Elo
(American)

Noam ElkiesNoam Elkies
(American)
Vasily SmyslovVasily Smyslov
(Russian)
Paul KeresPaul Keres
(Estonian)

Max EuweMax Euwe
(Dutch)
Boris GelfandBoris Gelfand
(Belarusian,Israeli)
Aron NimzowitschAron Nimzowitsch
(Danish,Latvian,Russian)

Tania SachdevTania Sachdev
(Indian)
Richard FarleighRichard Farleigh
(Australian)
Adolf AnderssenAdolf Anderssen
(German,Ukrainian)

Peter SvidlerPeter Svidler
(Russian)
Bent LarsenBent Larsen
(Danish)
Gata KamskyGata Kamsky
(American)

Miyoko WataiMiyoko Watai
(Japanese)
Samuel SevianSamuel Sevian
(American)
Alexandra KosteniukAlexandra Kosteniuk
(Russian)

Parimarjan NegiParimarjan Negi
(Indian)
Jennifer ShahadeJennifer Shahade
(American)
Vytautas LandsbergisVytautas Landsbergis
(Lithuanian)

François-André Danican PhilidorFrançois-André Danican Philidor
(French)
Teimour RadjabovTeimour Radjabov
(Azerbaijani)
Siegbert TarraschSiegbert Tarrasch
(German,Polish)

Miguel NajdorfMiguel Najdorf
(Argentinian,Polish)
Ruy López de SeguraRuy López de Segura
(Spanish)
Alexei ShirovAlexei Shirov
(Latvian)

Ruslan PonomariovRuslan Ponomariov
(Ukrainian)
Wolfgang von KempelenWolfgang von Kempelen
(Hungarian)
Ian NepomniachtchiIan Nepomniachtchi
(Russian)

Rustam KasimdzhanovRustam Kasimdzhanov
(Uzbekistan)
Alexander MorozevichAlexander Morozevich
(Russian)
Donald ByrneDonald Byrne
(American)

Mikhail ChigorinMikhail Chigorin
(Russian)
Alexander KhalifmanAlexander Khalifman
(Russian)
Gennadi SosonkoGennadi Sosonko

Péter LékóPéter Lékó
(Hungarian,Serbian)
Michael AdamsMichael Adams
(British)
Vasyl IvanchukVasyl Ivanchuk
(Ukrainian)

Elmārs ZemgalisElmārs Zemgalis
(Latvian)
Tamāra VilerteTamāra Vilerte
(Latvian)