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

Hikaru NakamuraHikaru Nakamura
American

Judit PolgárJudit Polgár
Hungarian
Fabiano CaruanaFabiano Caruana
Italian, American

Paul MorphyPaul Morphy
American

Tania SachdevTania Sachdev
Indian

Sergey KarjakinSergey Karjakin
Ukrainian, Russian
Boris SpasskyBoris Spassky
French, Russian
Vladimir KramnikVladimir Kramnik
Russian

José Raúl CapablancaJosé Raúl Capablanca
Cuban

Demis HassabisDemis Hassabis
British

Hou YifanHou Yifan
Chinese
Joshua WaitzkinJoshua Waitzkin
American

Yasser SeirawanYasser Seirawan
American
Emanuel LaskerEmanuel Lasker
German, Polish

Richard FarleighRichard Farleigh
Australian

Vasyl IvanchukVasyl Ivanchuk
Ukrainian
Ian NepomniachtchiIan Nepomniachtchi
Russian

Levon AronianLevon Aronian
Armenian
Wesley SoWesley So
Filipino

Alexander GrischukAlexander Grischuk
Russian

Teimour RadjabovTeimour Radjabov
Azerbaijani
Mikhail BotvinnikMikhail Botvinnik
Russian
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Peter SvidlerPeter Svidler
Russian
Tigran PetrosianTigran Petrosian
Georgian

Susan PolgarSusan Polgar
Hungarian, American

Wilhelm SteinitzWilhelm Steinitz
Austrian, Czech, American

Maurice AshleyMaurice Ashley
Jamaican, American
Veselin TopalovVeselin Topalov
Bulgarian

Samuel SevianSamuel Sevian
American

Boris GelfandBoris Gelfand
Belarusian, Israeli

Viktor KorchnoiViktor Korchnoi
Russian

Arpad EloArpad Elo
American
Gata KamskyGata Kamsky
American

Humpy KoneruHumpy Koneru
Indian
Vasily SmyslovVasily Smyslov
Russian

Thomas BowdlerThomas Bowdler
British

Aron NimzowitschAron Nimzowitsch
Danish, Latvian, Russian
Paul KeresPaul Keres
Estonian

Max EuweMax Euwe
Dutch
Rustam KasimdzhanovRustam Kasimdzhanov
Uzbekistan

Miyoko WataiMiyoko Watai
Japanese

Ruy López de SeguraRuy López de Segura
Spanish

Adolf AnderssenAdolf Anderssen
German, Ukrainian

Jennifer ShahadeJennifer Shahade
American
Alexandra KosteniukAlexandra Kosteniuk
Russian

Alexei ShirovAlexei Shirov
Latvian

Bent LarsenBent Larsen
Danish

François-André Danican PhilidorFrançois-André Danican Philidor
French
Vytautas LandsbergisVytautas Landsbergis
Lithuanian
Siegbert TarraschSiegbert Tarrasch
German, Polish

Noam ElkiesNoam Elkies
American

Sam LoydSam Loyd
American

Miguel NajdorfMiguel Najdorf
Argentinian, Polish
Nona GaprindashviliNona Gaprindashvili
Georgian

Howard StauntonHoward Staunton
British
Kirsan IlyumzhinovKirsan Ilyumzhinov
Russian

Ruslan PonomariovRuslan Ponomariov
Ukrainian

Parimarjan NegiParimarjan Negi
Indian
Alexander MorozevichAlexander Morozevich
Russian

Wolfgang von KempelenWolfgang von Kempelen
Hungarian
Donald ByrneDonald Byrne
American

Richard RétiRichard Réti
Austrian, Slovak

Mikhail ChigorinMikhail Chigorin
Russian
Elmārs ZemgalisElmārs Zemgalis
Latvian

Alexander KhalifmanAlexander Khalifman
Russian
Johan van HulstJohan van Hulst
-

Jovanka HouskaJovanka Houska
British

Antoaneta StefanovaAntoaneta Stefanova
Bulgarian

David LevyDavid Levy
British
Harry GolombekHarry Golombek
British

Xie JunXie Jun
Chinese

Zhu ChenZhu Chen
Chinese

Péter LékóPéter Lékó
Hungarian, Serbian

Arnold DenkerArnold Denker
American
Andor LilienthalAndor Lilienthal
Hungarian

Florencio CampomanesFlorencio Campomanes
Filipino
George KoltanowskiGeorge Koltanowski
American

Gennadi SosonkoGennadi Sosonko
-

Lyudmila RudenkoLyudmila Rudenko
Russian
Luděk PachmanLuděk Pachman
Czech, German

Olga RubtsovaOlga Rubtsova
Russian
Michael AdamsMichael Adams
British

Xu YuhuaXu Yuhua
Chinese
Daniel YanofskyDaniel Yanofsky
Canadian

Elisaveta BykovaElisaveta Bykova
Russian

Robert WadeRobert Wade
New Zealander, British
Erich ZeplerErich Zepler
German

Mona May KarffMona May Karff
American
Svetozar GligoricSvetozar Gligoric
Yugoslav, Serbian