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Maybe an average player. Chess is one of the best games for promoting inner peace. I love the quiet.

In the history of chess in the last two hundred years, certain players stand out. For example, Steinitz, Alekhine and Fischer, whose lives cover the years 1836-2008.

As you can see by the following timeline, Alekhine's life overlaps slightly with the other two:

Steinitz 5/14/1836 to 8/12/1900
Alekhine 10/31/1892 to 3/24/1946
Fischer 3/9/1943 to 1/17/2008

The list of famous (or not so famous players, is an ongoing project, I have tried to include as many of the great players as possible, but I know that many are not on my list yet, and if you see someone that needs to be added, say so on my forum below and I will add them even though, perhaps, this list is already long enough.

I add players that I like as well as the notable ones, there are many child prodigies emerging who have not yet become a "household word").

I now have over 100 players listed, and I am sure there are hundreds more that I could include.

Here are some famous players:

Zhansaya Abdumalik 2007 to 2016 FIDE=2381

Michael Adams

Espen Agdestein

Simen Agdestein

Varuzhan Akobian

Alexander Alekhine 1903 to 1946

Viswanathan Anand 1984 to 2016 FIDE=2770

Adolf Anderssen

Ulf Andersson 1967 to 2014 FIDE=2516

Levon Aronian 1993 to 2016 FIDE=2784

Suat Atalik

Evgeny Bareev

Alexander Beliavsky 1967 to 2016 FIDE=2624

Emanuel Berg

Ossip Bernstein

Istvan Bilek

Sidney Norman Bernstein 1926 to 1987 (player of the day 7/13/16)

Henry Edward Bird 1849 to 1903 (player of the day 7/14/16)

Joseph Henry Blackburne 1861 to 1916

Milko Bobotsov

Viktor Bologan

Mikhail Botvinnik

David Bronstein 1938 to 1997 FIDE=2432

Jose Raul Capablanca 1893 to 1941

Magnus Carlsen 1999 to 2016 FIDE=2851

Pontus Carlsson

Fabiano Caruana

Li Chao

Irving Chernev 1921 to 1944

Mikhail Chigorin 1874 to 1907

Alexey Dreev

Pavel Eljanov

Max Euwe

Robert James Fischer 1953 to 1992 FIDE=2780

Lubomir Ftacnik

Vugar Gashimov

Boris Gelfand 1982 to 2016 FIDE=2777

Efim Geller 1946 to 1995

Anish Giri 2005 to 2016 FIDE=2790

Svetozar Gligoric 1939 to 2007 FIDE=2447

Stephen Gordon

Alexander Grischuk 1992 to 2016 FIDE=2752

Jon Ludvig Hammer 2000 to 2016 FIDE=2689

Wang Hao

Pentala Harikrishna

Vlastimil Hort 1959 to 2012 FIDE=2428

Vassily Ivanchuk

Borislav Ivkov 1948 to 2013 FIDE=2402

Dmitry Jakovenko

Vlastimil Jansa

Gawain Jones

Gata Kamsky

Anatoly Karpov 1961 to 2015 FIDE=2628

Sergey Karjakin 2000 to 2016 FIDE=2779

Garry Kasparov 1973 to 2016 FIDE=2812

Raymond Keene

Paul Keres

Alexander Khalifman

Ratmir Kholmov 1946 to 2005 FIDE=2432

Viktor Korchnoi 1945 to 2015 FIDE=2499

Nadezhda Kosintseva

Vladimir Kramnik 1984 to 2016 FIDE=2801

Emanuel Lasker 1889 to 1940

Bent Larsen 1948 to 2008 FIDE=2415

Peter Leko 1989 to 2015 FIDE=2705

Ding Liren

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov

Turkan Mamedjarova

Zeinab Mamedjarova

Frank James Marshall 1893 to 1944

Luke McShane

Anthony Miles 1967 to 2001 FIDE=2669

Alexander Morozevich 1990 to 2016 FIDE=2683

Paul Morphy 1848 to 1869

Sergei Movsesian

Miguel Najdorf 1926 to 1996

Hikaru Nakamura 1995 to 2016 FIDE=2787

David Navara

Ian Nepomniachtchi

Aron Nimzowitsch

John Nunn

Alexander Onischuk

Louis Paulsen 1857 to 1889

Leinier Dominguez Perez

Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian 1942 to 1983 FIDE=2645

François André Philidor

Harry Nelson Pillsbury 1890 to 1905

Judit Polgar 1984 to 2014 FIDE=2675

Zsofia Polgar 1982 to 2002 FIDE=2450

Zsuzsa Polgar 1977 to 2006 FIDE=2577

Lajos Portisch

Omar Almeida Quintana

Richard Rapport

Teimour Radjabov

Richard Reti

Samuel Reshevsky

Ray Robson

Oleg Romanishin

Akiba Rubinstein

Samuel Sevian

Alexey Shirov

Nigel Short

Vasily Smyslov

Wesley So

Boris Spassky 1948 to 2009 FIDE=2548

Howard Staunton 1840 to 1866

Wilhelm Steinitz

Peter Svidler

Mark Taimanov

Mikhail Tal

Savielly Tartakower 1905 to 1955

Jan Timman

Evgeny Tomashevsky

Veselin Topalov

Vladimir Borisovich Tukmakov

Wolfgang Uhlmann

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

Loek van Wely

Radoslaw Wojtaszek

Zhao Xue

Wang Yue

Artur Yusupov

Johannes Zukertort

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   truepacifism has kibitzed 214 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jun-15-17 Kenneth S Rogoff (replies)
truepacifism: <Colonel Mortimer>: There used to be a time when members genuinely debated in this forum, a time when an unwritten code meant that arguments advanced were arguments that carried the weight of credible evidence, not the fluff of slander or heresay. But how times have ...
   Jun-08-17 Kramnik vs W So, 2017 (replies)
truepacifism: Looks like a possible draw. That would be my guess at this point.
   Jan-17-17 truepacifism chessforum (replies)
truepacifism: I must say I'm really disappointed with this site. I do participate in the betting game, but other that I have lost interest in coming here.
   Nov-08-16 Big Pawn chessforum (replies)
truepacifism: "infralapsarianism, sublapsarianism, and supralapsarianism." and? Have you come up with anything on them? (I mean, like many people I am also tired of this long election cycle and wouldn't mind a distraction)
   Oct-05-16 Kramnik vs Tomashevsky, 2016 (replies)
truepacifism: I guess so; I posted that before I saw the move.
   Oct-01-16 A Giri vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2016 (replies)
truepacifism: Draw. I think soon.
   Sep-26-16 A Giri vs Anand, 2016 (replies)
truepacifism: Definately looks like it's going to be a draw to me. Perhaps there is a very slim chance that it won't be, but I can't see anything that would indicate otherwise.
   Sep-12-16 jessicafischerqueen chessforum (replies)
truepacifism: As a huge fan of ST, I must point out that being Vulcan is more about control over emotions rather than simply purging oneself entirely of emotions. Even though Spock is 1/2 human he is considered to be a Vulcan. We all have the ability to control our emotions, although many ...
   Sep-10-16 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
truepacifism: <cormier> Thanks. Yes I've seen that trailer, which is why I want to see the movie as soon as it's out. It isn't in my area yet, I tried looking on local websites and calling, but you know, they won't let me talk to an actual person, although I could go to the theater and
   Sep-09-16 Magnus Carlsen (replies)
truepacifism: I can't anything out about when the movie will be in theatres. Does anyone know?
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  truepacifism: Why do you think that I am Canadian?
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Because Bill Shatner is Canadian. He was born in Ontario, if I'm not mistaken.

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  truepacifism: Why would you think I am Bill Shatner?
If I'm Bill Shatner does that mean that parisattack is really Descartes?

If I were Bill Shatner, then someone please tell me when the movie about Magnus is coming out, because if I were, you would think I'd know...

:( :( :(

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  Boomie: <does that mean that parisattack is really Descartes?>

That would be so cool if he was! All the coolest people are dead.

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  diceman: <truepacifism:

does that mean that parisattack is really Descartes?>

Wouldn't the proper comparison be
parisattack was born in, La Haye en Touraine?

Let's not put Decartes before the horse.

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  diceman: <jessicafischerqueen:

I suspected you might be Bill Shatner, partly because you are Canadian, sir.>

I figured truepacifism was the CEO of

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  truepacifism: I don't know. The "logic" is circular.
I'm Canadian because I'm Shatner and I'm Shatner because I'm Canadian. Makes sense, right? (Canada is a nice play to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there --TOO COLD-- brrrrr)
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My dear <Bill Shatner> you got that right. The entire population huddles as close to the 49th parallel as close as they can get. If America would allow it Canadians would probably try to live closer to the 45th parallel.

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<Paris Attack> is a tricky case. He's been noted to post "I read Chess Books, therefore I am a Chess book."


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  truepacifism: Maybe I'm really Barack Obama. Breaking news: Trump believes that Obama was born. I'm glad we cleared that up. If, as Trump claims, Obama actually was born (which has been proven by his birth certificate), then, it follows logically, that since I was born (assuming you can stipulate that to be true) then I must be Barack Obama.
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Your logic is unassailable. Possibly it would be apropos to change your avatar from <Kirk> to <Spock>?

On an important side note, I imagine President Obama's children are relieved to hear that he was indeed born.

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  truepacifism: Yes, I am sure that it will be a relief to his children. Also, I chose Kirk, because I don't think that there is a Vulcan avatar, but chess is a good Vulcan game, so I suppose that I could pick an avatar with a chess motif.
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My dear Mr. Shatner you can upload any avatar you want to this website.

Just email venerable webmaster <Daniel P. Freeman> at and attach the avatar image you choose.

Then Daniel will dump in it this giant avatar bank here: Avatar Area

Then you try to grab the avatar you uploaded before someone else grabs it first.

It's not an ideal system, but it's certainly an exciting system.

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  truepacifism: S Paridar vs Zhao Xue, 2010

There are only two paths to this position in the first 1 1/2 moves, of course and the usual way is one of the most common ways to open a game. The question is why anyone would respond to 1. Nf3 with 1... e5 and whether the e pawn sacrifice makes sense. Hard to answer since it is such a rare scenario. The three other games in the database all start 1. Nf3 e5 2. Nxe5 as you would expect.

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  truepacifism: 1. Nf3 e5 2. e4
(This is the opening of the game that I linked to and I forgot to put that in my previous post)
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  diceman: <truepacifism: 1. Nf3 e5 2. e4>

I've never seen that one before.

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  truepacifism: Sunil Dhopade Swapnil a grandmaster from India is 26 years old today.
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  truepacifism: One of his games (he lost):

Nisipeanu vs S D Swapnil, 2012

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  truepacifism: N Huschenbeth vs A Xylogiannopoulos, 2012

First player was born on a rare date (2/29) second player, well what a name..

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  truepacifism: 1. d3 d5 2. d4

two games

F Vass vs P Hogarty, 2006

Nikolaiczuk vs Smyslov, 1986

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  truepacifism: "I personally programmed the computer for chess months ago. I gave the machine an understanding of the game equal to my own. The computer cannot make an error. And, assuming that I do not either, the best that could normally be hoped for would be stalemate after stalemate."

--- Spock (chessgame's quote of the day)

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  diceman: <And, assuming that I do not either, the best that could normally be hoped for would be stalemate after stalemate.">

Whoa, that's close to an error.

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  truepacifism: I must say I'm really disappointed with this site. I do participate in the betting game, but other that I have lost interest in coming here.
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  Boomie: <truepacifism: I must say I'm really disappointed with this site.>

Perhaps contributing analysis would increase your interest.

This is one of the most analyzed games ever. There is commentary by Alekhine and Reti. CG's analysts tried to track down a defense for black. We got close but no cigar, I'm afraid.

Capablanca vs Tartakower, 1924

Or find a game you like and work on it. Your chess will be improved by this work.

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