This page contains a list of the greatest Ukrainian Chess Players. The pantheon dataset contains 374 Chess Players, 30 of which were born in Ukraine. This makes Ukraine the birth place of the 2nd most number of Chess Players.
The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Ukrainian Chess Players of all time. This list of famous Ukrainian Chess Players is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of Ukrainian Chess Players.
With an HPI of 57.49, David Bronstein is the most famous Ukrainian Chess Player. His biography has been translated into 36 different languages on wikipedia.
David Ionovich Bronstein (Russian: Дави́д Ио́нович Бронште́йн; February 19, 1924 – December 5, 2006) was a Soviet and Ukrainian chess player. Awarded the title of International Grandmaster by FIDE in 1950, he narrowly missed becoming World Chess Champion in 1951. Bronstein was one of the world's strongest players from the mid-1940s into the mid-1970s, and was described by his peers as a creative genius and master of tactics. He was also a renowned chess writer; his book Zurich International Chess Tournament 1953 is widely considered one of the greatest chess books ever written.
With an HPI of 56.83, Efim Bogoljubov is the 2nd most famous Ukrainian Chess Player. His biography has been translated into 31 different languages.
Efim Bogoljubow ( or ), also known as Ewfim Dimitrijewitsch Bogoljubow, (Russian: Ефим Дмитриевич Боголю́бов (Russian pronunciation: [bəɡɐˈlʲubəf]); also Romanized Bogoljubov, Bogolyubov; Ukrainian: Юхим Дмитрович Боголюбов, romanized: Yukhym Dmytrovych Boholiubov; April 14, 1889 – June 18, 1952) was a Russian-born German chess player who played two matches against Alexander Alekhine for the world championship. He was granted the title of grandmaster by FIDE in 1951.
With an HPI of 56.58, Lyudmila Rudenko is the 3rd most famous Ukrainian Chess Player. Her biography has been translated into 36 different languages.
Lyudmila Vladimirovna Rudenko (Russian: Людми́ла Влади́мировна Руде́нко, Ukrainian: Людмила Володимирівна Руденко; 27 July 1904 – 4 March 1986) was a Soviet chess player and the second women's world chess champion, from 1950 until 1953.She was awarded the FIDE titles of International Master (IM) and Woman International Master (WIM) in 1950, and Woman Grandmaster (WGM) in 1976. She was the first woman awarded the International Master title. Rudenko was also USSR women's champion in 1952.
With an HPI of 54.85, Salo Flohr is the 4th most famous Ukrainian Chess Player. His biography has been translated into 27 different languages.
Salomon Mikhailovich Flohr (November 21, 1908 – July 18, 1983) was a Czechoslovak and Soviet chess player and writer. He was among the first recipients of the title International Grandmaster from FIDE in 1950. Flohr dominated many tournaments of the pre-World War II years, and by the late 1930s was considered a contender for the World Championship. However, his patient, positional style was overtaken by the sharper, more tactical methods of the younger Soviet echelon after World War II.
With an HPI of 54.47, Mark Taimanov is the 5th most famous Ukrainian Chess Player. His biography has been translated into 29 different languages.
Mark Evgenievich Taimanov (Russian: Марк Евгеньевич Тайманов; 7 February 1926 – 28 November 2016) was one of the leading Soviet and Russian chess players, among the world's top 20 players from 1946 to 1971. A prolific chess author, Taimanov was awarded the title of Grandmaster in 1952 and in 1956 won the USSR Chess Championship. He was a World Championship Candidate in 1953 and 1971, and several opening variations are named after him. Taimanov was also a world-class concert pianist.
With an HPI of 52.07, Isaac Boleslavsky is the 6th most famous Ukrainian Chess Player. His biography has been translated into 26 different languages.
Isaac Yefremovich Boleslavsky (Ukrainian: Ісаак Єфремович Болеславський, Russian: Исаак Ефремович Болеславский; 9 June 1919 – 15 February 1977) was a Soviet chess player and writer.
With an HPI of 49.48, Ossip Bernstein is the 7th most famous Ukrainian Chess Player. His biography has been translated into 20 different languages.
Ossip Samoilovich Bernstein (20 September 1882 – 30 November 1962) was a Russian-French chess player and businessman. He was one of the inaugural recipients of the title International Grandmaster from FIDE in 1950.
With an HPI of 49.10, Leonid Stein is the 8th most famous Ukrainian Chess Player. His biography has been translated into 15 different languages.
Leonid Zakharovich Stein (Леонид Захарович Штейн; November 12, 1934 – July 4, 1973) was a Soviet chess Grandmaster from Ukraine. He won three USSR Chess Championships in the 1960s (1963, 1965, and 1966), and was among the world's top ten players during that era.
With an HPI of 48.41, Georg Marco is the 9th most famous Ukrainian Chess Player. His biography has been translated into 18 different languages.
Georg Marco (29 November 1863 – 29 August 1923) was an Austrian chess player. He was born in Chernivtsi (Cernăuţi), Bukovina (then part of Austria-Hungary). He later settled in Vienna and was secretary of the Viennese Chess Association. In tournaments he was 6th at Graz 1890, 6th= at Vienna 1890, 1st at Vienna 1891, 4th= at Dresden 1892, 1st at Vienna 1892, 2nd at Vienna 1893, 6th= at Leipzig 1894, 2nd= at Pressburg 1894, 1st at Vienna 1895, 17th= at Hastings 1895, 13th at Nuremberg 1896, 11th at Budapest 1896, 6th= at Berlin 1897, 3rd at Vienna 1897, 2nd= at London 1899/1900, 7th= at Paris 1900, 5th= at Munich 1900, 9th at Monte Carlo 1901, 15th at Monte Carlo 1902, 6th at Monte Carlo 1903, 3rd at the Vienna Gambit tournament 1903, 4th at Cambridge Springs 1904, 4th= at Coburg 1904, 5th= at Ostend 1905, 6th at Ostend 1906, 9th at Ostend 1907, 2nd= at Moscow 1907, 3rd at Stockholm 1912, 4th= at Budapest 1913, 4th at Vienna 1915, 9th= at Gothenburg 1920, 7th at The Hague 1921, and 18th at Pistyan 1922. In match play he drew with Carl Schlechter twice; (+0 –0 =10) in 1893 and (+4 –4 =3) in 1894. He also drew with Arthur Kaufmann (+5 –5 =0) in 1893, lost to Max Weiss (+1 –5 =1) in 1895 and beat Adolf Albin (+4 –2 =4) in 1901. However, he is probably best known for his work as editor of the Wiener Schachzeitung from 1898 to 1916 and his annotations in the books Vienna Gambit Tournament (1903), Barmen 1905, Ostend 1906, Carlsbad 1907, Lasker-Tarrasch match for the World Chess Champion title in 1908, Baden on Vienna Gambit Tournament 1914, and Meister des Problems (Vienna 1924). A very large man, he was jokingly referred to as "the strongest chess player in the world".
With an HPI of 47.03, Nicolas Rossolimo is the 10th most famous Ukrainian Chess Player. His biography has been translated into 15 different languages.
Nicolas Rossolimo (Russian: Николай Спиридонович Россоли́мо, romanized: Nikolai Spiridonovich Rossolimo; February 28, 1910 – July 24, 1975) was a Russian Empire-born chess player. After acquiring Greek citizenship in 1929, he was able to emigrate that year to France, and was many times chess champion of Paris. In 1952 he emigrated to the United States, and won the 1955 U.S. Open Chess Championship. He was awarded the title of International Grandmaster by FIDE in 1953. Rossolimo was a resident of New York City until his death. The Rossolimo Variation of the Sicilian Defence bears his name.
Pantheon has 30 people classified as chess players born between 1863 and 1993. Of these 30, 17 (56.67%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living chess players include Alexander Beliavsky, Vassily Ivanchuk, and Ruslan Ponomariov. The most famous deceased chess players include David Bronstein, Efim Bogoljubov, and Lyudmila Rudenko. As of April 2022, 1 new chess players have been added to Pantheon including Nicolas Rossolimo.
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