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List of chess players

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

This is a list of chess players. See also list of chess world championship matches.

Table of contents

Male players

  • Michael Adams (England, 1971 - )
  • Alexander Alekhine (Russia, 1892 - 1946)
  • Viswanathan Anand (India, 1969 - )
  • Adolf Anderssen (Germany, 1818 - 1879)
  • Konstantin Aseev (Russia, 1960 - )
  • As-Suli (Abbasid Caliphate, circa 880 - 946)
  • Maurice Ashley (Jamaica, USA, 1966 - )
  • Curt von Bardeleben (Germany, 1861 - 1924)
  • Mikhail Botvinnik (Russia, 1911 - 1995)
  • David Bronstein (Russia, 1924 - )
  • José Raúl Capablanca (Cuba, 1888 - 1942)
  • Max Euwe (Netherlands, 1901 - 1981)
  • Bobby Fischer (USA, 1943 - )
  • Boris Gelfand (Belarus, USSR, 1968 - )
  • Efim Geller (Ukraine, USSR, 1925 - 1998)
  • Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukraine, 1969 - )
  • Sergey Ivanov (Russia, 1960 - )
  • Anatoly Karpov (Russia, 1951 - )
  • Garry Kasparov (Russia, 1963 - )
  • Paul Keres (Estonia, 1916 - 1975)
  • Alexander Khalifman (Russia, 1966 - )
  • Viktor Korchnoi (Russia, Switzerland, 1931 - )
  • Alexander Kotov (USSR, 1913 - 1981)
  • Vladimir Kramnik (Russia, 1975 - )
  • Bent Larsen (Denmark, 1935 - )
  • Emanuel Lasker (Germany, USA, 1868 - 1941)
  • Peter Leko (Hungary, 1979 - )
  • Luke McShane (England, 1984 - )
  • Tony Miles (England, 1955 - 2001)
  • Alexander Morozevich (Russia, 1977 - )
  • Paul Morphy (USA, 1837 - 1884)
  • Aaron Nimzowitsch (Latvia, 1886 - 1935)
  • Oscar Panno (Argentina, 1935 - )
  • Bruno Parma (Slovenia, 1941 - )
  • Tigran Petrosian (Georgia, USSR, 1929 - 1984)
  • François-André Danican Philidor (France, 1726 - 1795)
  • Harry Nelson Pillsbury (USA, 1872 - 1906)
  • Vasja Pirc (Slovenia, 1907 - 1980)
  • Ruslan Ponomariov (Ukraine, 1983 - )
  • Valery Salov (Russia, 1964 - )
  • Yasser Seirawan (Syria, USA, 1960 - )
  • Alexei Shirov (Latvia, Spain, 1972 - )
  • Nigel Short (England, 1965 - )
  • Vasily Smyslov (Russia, 1921 - )
  • Boris Spassky (Russia, France, 1937 - )
  • Howard Staunton (England, 1810 - 1874)
  • Wilhelm Steinitz (Bohemia, USA, 1836 - 1900)
  • Mark Taimanov (Russia, 1926 - )
  • Mikhail Tal (Latvia, USSR, 1936 - 1992)
  • Siegbert Tarrasch (Germany, 1962 - 1934)
  • Jan Timman (Netherlands, 1951 - )
  • Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria, 1975 - )
  • Milan Vidmar (Slovenia, 1885 - 1962)

Female players

  • Elizaveta Ivanovna Bykova (Russia, 1913 - 1989)
  • Zhu Chen (China, 1976 - )
  • Maya Chiburdanidze (Georgia, USSR, 1961 - )
  • Pia Cramling (Sweden, 1963 - )
  • Nona Gaprindashvili (Georgia, USSR, 1941 - )
  • Xie Jun (China, 1970 - )
  • Irina Krush (Ukraine, USSR, USA, 1983 - )
  • Vera Menchik-Stevenson (Czech Republic, England, 1906 - 1944)
  • Judit Polgar (Hungary, 1976 - )
  • Zsuzsa Polgar (Hungary, USA, 1969 - )
  • Olga Rubtsova (Russia, 1909 - )
  • Lyudmila Rudenko (Russia, 1904 - 1986)
  • Alexandra Kosteniuk (Russia, 1984 - )

Famous people who were/are avid chess players

The people in this list are famous in other areas of activity, but are known to have played chess or maintain a current interest in chess.

  • Woody Allen
  • Humphrey Bogart
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
  • John Cage
  • Catherine the Great
  • Ray Charles
  • Marcel Duchamp
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Stanley Kubrick
  • Lennox Lewis
  • Sergei Prokofiev (Russian composer & pianist)
  • Juan Maria Solare (Argentine composer & pianist)
  • Will Smith
  • Sting
  • Josip Broz Tito
  • Leo Tolstoy
  • George Washington
  • John Wayne

Also of note

In 1997, the IBM chess playing computer Deep Blue was victorious in a match against then-world champion Garry Kasparov.


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