Famous French Chess Players

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Boris Spassky
(Russian Chess Grandmaster)
Boris Spassky
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Birthdate: January 30, 1937
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

Boris Spassky is a Russian chess player who held the World Chess Championship title from 1969 to 1972. He was part of the famous World Chess Championship match in 1972 where he lost his championship title to Bobby Fischer of the United States. In Bobby Fischer's 2014 biopic Pawn Sacrifice, Boris Spassky is portrayed by American actor Isaac Liev Schreiber.

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Alexander Alekhine
(Russian-French Former Chess Champion)
Alexander Alekhine
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Birthdate: October 31, 1892
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: March 24, 1946

Alexander Alekhine was a French and Russian chess player renowned for his imaginative and fierce attacking style. He also possessed great positional and endgame skill, which he used effectively to reign as the World Chess Champion from 1927 to 1935 and then from 1937 to 1946. Also a theoretician, Alexander Alekhine innovated several opening variations, including the Alekhine's Defence.

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Marcel Duchamp
(Artist Known for His Revolutionary Developments in the 'Plastic Arts' In the Early 20th Century)
Marcel Duchamp
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Birthdate: July 28, 1887
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Blainville-Crevon, France
Died: October 2, 1968
French-American painter and sculptor Marcel Duchamp is remembered for his association with movements such as Cubism and Dadaism. A significant figure in conceptual art, he was against art that was meant to just cater to the eyes. He was also a skilled chess player and carved his own chess set.
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Ossip Bernstein
(Chess Player)
Ossip Bernstein
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Birthdate: September 20, 1882
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Zhytomyr, Ukraine
Died: November 30, 1962
François-André Danican Philidor
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Birthdate: September 7, 1726
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dreux, France
Died: August 31, 1795
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Alireza Firouzja
(Chess player)
Alireza Firouzja
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Birthdate: June 18, 2003
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Babol, Iran

Born in Iran, chess Grandmaster Alireza Firouzja initially represented his country but later began representing France. In 2021, he became the only teenager ranked among the world’s top 15 chess players. A 2-time Iranian champion, he has been a chess prodigy and had started training in chess at age 8.

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Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
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Birthdate: October 21, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Nogent-sur-Marne, France
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Savielly Tartakower
(Polish-French Chess Player and Former International Grandmaster)
Savielly Tartakower
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Birthdate: February 21, 1887
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rostov-on-Don, Russia
Died: February 4, 1956
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Pal Benko
(Chess player, Chess composer)
Pal Benko
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Birthdate: July 15, 1928
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Amiens, France
Died: August 25, 2019
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Almira Skripchenko
(Chess player)
Almira Skripchenko
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Birthdate: February 17, 1976
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kishinev, Moldavian SSR, Soviet Union
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Jacqueline Piatigorsky
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Birthdate: November 6, 1911
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: July 15, 2012

Jacqueline Piatigorsky was a French-American sculptor, chess player, philanthropist, author, and arts patron. As a chess player, Piatigorsky represented the USA in the first Women's Chess Olympiad, in 1957, where she won a bronze medal. An important patron of the arts, Jacqueline Piatigorsky helped raise money for the New England Conservatory of Music to create an award for deserving artists. 

Louis-Charles Mahe de La Bourdonnais
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Birthdate: 1795 AD
Birthplace: Réunion
Died: November 30, 1840
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Etienne Bacrot
(Chess player)
Etienne Bacrot
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Birthdate: January 22, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lille, France
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Laurent Fressinet
(Chess player)
Laurent Fressinet
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Birthdate: November 30, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dax, Landes, France
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Christian Bauer
(Chess player, Writer)
Christian Bauer
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Birthdate: January 11, 1977
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Forbach, France
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Lionel Kieseritzky
(Chess player, Writer)
Lionel Kieseritzky
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Birthdate: January 1, 1806
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tartu, Estonia
Died: May 18, 1853
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Joël Lautier
(Chess player)
Joël Lautier
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Birthdate: April 12, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Scarborough, Toronto, Canada
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Dawid Janowski
(Chess player)
Dawid Janowski
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Birthdate: May 25, 1868
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Belarus
Died: January 15, 1927
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Marie Sebag
(Chess player)
Marie Sebag
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Birthdate: October 15, 1986
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France
Pierre Charles Fournier de Saint-Amant
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Birthdate: September 12, 1800
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: France
Died: October 29, 1872
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Legall de Kermeur
(Chess player)
Legall de Kermeur
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Birthdate: September 4, 1702
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Versailles, France
Died: 1792 AD
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Jules Arnous de Rivière
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Birthdate: May 4, 1830
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nantes, France
Died: September 11, 1905
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Nino Maisuradze
(Chess player)
Nino Maisuradze
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Birthdate: June 13, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tbilisi, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union