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Mikhail Tal

Mikhail Tal About Soviet chess master from Latvia who became just the eighth ever World Chess Champion in 1960. Other Informations He first competed for the Latvian Championship in 1951. He is considered by many to be the best attacking player of all time since, instead of playing defensively, he chose to play in a …

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Samuel Sevian

Samuel Sevian About Chess prodigy who became famous for being the youngest person ever to become a U.S. International Master. He accomplished this feat as the world champion of the Under-12 age group. Other Informations He began studying chess at five years old. He was the youngest person ever invited to the U.S. Chess Championships …

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Joseph Blackburne

Joseph Blackburne About English chess master who dominated chess in Britain for much of the late 19th century. Other Informations He didn’t begin playing chess until he was 18 years old, which is relatively late for a professional chess player. His nickname was “Black Death” because of his shear dominance and he was known for …

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Viktorija Cmilyte

Viktorija Cmilyte About Women’s Grandmaster chess player who has won various championships at home in Lithuania and abroad. Other Informations She learned to play chess at the age of six and quickly became known as a prodigy. She won the Lithuanian National Championship twice and won the gold medal at the Women’s European Individual Chess …

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Karlis Betins

Karlis Betins About A Latvian chess master and composer of studies. The Latvian Gambit is named in honor of him. Other Informations He received third place at a Riga tournament in 1900. He played for Latvia in the first unofficial Chess Olympiad at Paris. His parents raised him in Bērzmuiža, Latvia. He and Alexander Grischuk …

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Vladimir Kramnik

Vladimir Kramnik About Chess-playing legend who was the Classical World Chess Champion for every year between 2000 and 2006. Other Informations His endorsement by Garry Kasparov helped him make the Russian chess team despite not being a grandmaster. He won three team gold medals and several individual medals at the Chess Olympiads. He married Marie-Laure …

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Vladislav Tkachiev

Vladislav Tkachiev About Russian-born French chess player who is highly ranked internationally and is known for his party boy antics. He won the European Individual Chess Championship in 2007 and in 2009. Other Informations He moved from Russia to Kazakhstan where he learned to play chess as a young man. He caused controversy after falling …

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Rustam Kasimdzhanov

Rustam Kasimdzhanov About Highly ranked chess Grandmaster from Uzbekistan who won the World Chess Championship in 2004. Other Informations He burst onto the world chess scene in 1999 by winning the World Junior Championship. He won gold in the individual men’s rapid event at the 2010 Asian Games. He was born and raised in Uzbekistan, …

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Wilhelm Steinitz

Wilhelm Steinitz About A chess legend who was the first ever, undisputed World Chess Champion. Other Informations He grew up in Prague, which was then part of the Austrian Empire. He held the first official World Champion of Chess title from 1886 to 1894. His family was poor and he was raised in poverty. He …

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Savielly Tartakower

Savielly Tartakower About Russian chess player who famously said, ‘The blunders are all there on the board, waiting to be made.’ Other Informations He served in the Austro-Hungarian Army during World War I. He was a prominent chess journalist and was also widely known for his comic demeanor and witty mannerisms. His parents were killed …

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Leonid Shamkovich

Leonid Shamkovich About Remembered best for winning a prestigious 1967 chess tournament in Sochi, Russia, this Grandmaster competed against such chess greats as Boris Spassky and Vladimir Simagin. He also published a book titled Sacrifice in Chess. Other Informations He tied for third place at the 1962 Moscow Chess Championship. His fans and fellow chess …

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Hristos Banikas

Hristos Banikas About FIDE GRandmaster known for his complex tactics; winner of several Greek championships. Other Informations He won the 1990 Greek U-12 championship. He was defeated by chess computer program Deep Junior in 2001. He grew up in Salonica, Greece. He faced off against fellow Greek Grandmaster Efstratios Grivas on numerous occasions.