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There have been a number of famous chess players; matches between some of these are famous even outside of the chess world. See also World chess champions.

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 - )
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 - )
Vladimir Kramnik (Russia, 1975 - )
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)
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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