With 256 biographies, Chess Players are the 39th most common occupation in Pantheon, behind Economists, Engineers, and Coaches.

Pantheon has 266 people classified as chess players born between 1475 and 1999. Of these 266, 160 (60.15%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living chess players include Boris Spassky, Anatoly Karpov, and Garry Kasparov. The most famous deceased chess players include Wilhelm Steinitz, Bobby Fischer, and Alexander Alekhine.

Living Chess Players

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Deceased Chess Players

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Most chess players were born in Russia (38), Ukraine (20), and China (15). By city, the most common birth places were Saint Petersburg (10), Moscow (7), and Baku (7).The most common death places of chess players were United Kingdom (14), Russia (13), and United States (12). By city, these were London (10), Moscow (8), and Budapest (7).

The earliest biographies classified as chess players in Pantheon are Ruy López de Segura, Pedro Damiano, and Luis Ramírez de Lucena.  The concentration of chess players was largest during the Television Era, which lasted from 1950 to 1989. Some birth or death locations for earlier chess players are unknown, which may account for timeline differences below.

Which Chess Players were alive at the same time? This visualization shows the lifespans of the 25 most globally memorable Chess Players since 1700.

Chess Players are found within the Sports domain which also includes Soccer Players, Athletes, Tennis Players, Basketball Players, and Cyclists.