Famous Chess Players - List of Famous 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.

The Most Famous Chess Players

NameBirthdayNationalityBio
Garry KasparovApril 13, 1963RussianGarry Kasparov is a Russian chess Grandmaster considered by many to be the greatest chess player of all time
Alexander AlekhineOctober 31, 1892Portuguese, RussianAlexander Alekhine was a celebrated chess player of Russia
Bobby FischerMarch 9, 1943American, IcelanderBobby Fischer is considered one of the greatest chess players of all times
Phiona Mutesi1996UgandanPhiona Mutesi is a Ugandan chess player and the subject of the film ‘Queen of Katwe.’
Magnus CarlsenNovember 30, 1990NorwegianMagnus Carlsen is a Norwegian chess player who won the World Chess Champion in 2013
Mikhail TalNovember 9, 1936LatvianMikhail Tal was a Latvian Soviet chess Grandmaster and is regarded as the best attacking player of all time
Viswanathan AnandDecember 11, 1969IndianViswanathan Anand is a five time winner of the World Chess Championship
Garry Kasparov

Garry Kasparov

Garry Kasparov is a Russian chess Grandmaster considered by many to be the greatest chess player of all time

RussianApril 13, 1963896 views

Magnus Carlsen

Magnus Carlsen is a Norwegian chess player who won the World Chess Champion in 2013

NorwegianNovember 30, 1990184 views

Mikhail Tal

Mikhail Tal was a Latvian Soviet chess Grandmaster and is regarded as the best attacking player of all time

LatvianNovember 9, 1936150 views

Viswanathan Anand

Viswanathan Anand is a five time winner of the World Chess Championship

IndianDecember 11, 1969108 views

Bobby Fischer

Bobby Fischer is considered one of the greatest chess players of all times

AmericanMarch 9, 1943362 views

Phiona Mutesi

Phiona Mutesi is a Ugandan chess player and the subject of the film ‘Queen of Katwe.’

Ugandan1996224 views

Alexander Alekhine

Alexander Alekhine was a celebrated chess player of Russia

PortugueseOctober 31, 1892476 views