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World Chess Champions

Bobby Fischer


Robert James “Bobby” Fischer (March 9, 1943 – January 17, 2008) was an American chess player and the eleventh World Chess Champion. He is widely considered one of the greatest chess players of all time. Fischer was also a best-selling chess author. After ending his competitive career, he proposed a new variant of chess and a modified chess timing system. …

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Boris Spassky


Name: Boris Vasilievich Spassky Country: Soviet Union, France Title: World Champion Born: January 30, 1937 (age 74) Leningrad, Soviet Union FIDE Rating: 2548 Peak Rating: 2690 (January 1971) WCC: 1969-1972 Download Games All Games in PGN format (771 kb) Boris Vasilievich Spassky (also Spasski) (Бори́с Васи́льевич Спа́сский) (born January 30, 1937) is a Russian chess player and former world champion. …

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Tigran Petrosian


{xtypo_rounded_right2} Name: Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian Country: Soviet Union, Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic Title: World Champion Born: June 17, 1929 Tbilisi, Georgia, Transcaucasian SFSR, USSR Died: August 13, 1984 (aged 55) Moscow, Russian SFSR, USSR Peak Rating: 2645 (July 1972) WCC: 1963–1969 Download Games {/xtypo_rounded_right2} Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian (June 17, 1929 – August 13, 1984) is a former World Chess Champion. His …

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Mikhail Tal


{xtypo_rounded_right2} Name: Latvian: Mihails Tāls Russian: Mikhail Nekhemievich Tal Country: Soviet Union (Latvia) Title: World Champion Born: November 9, 1936 Riga, Latvia Died: June 28, 1992[1] (aged 55) Moscow, Russia Peak Rating: 2705 (January 1980) WCC: 1960–1961 Download Games {/xtypo_rounded_right2} Mikhail Nekhemievich Tal was born in Riga, Latvia in 1936. His father was a physician and the young Tal became …

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Vasily Smyslov


{xtypo_rounded_right2} Name: Vasily Vasilyevich (Vasilievich) Smyslov Country: Soviet Union Title: World Champion Born: 24 March 1921 Moscow, Soviet Union Died: 27 March 2010 (aged 89) Moscow, Russia Peak Rating: 2620 (July 1971) WCC: 1957–1958 Download Games {/xtypo_rounded_right2} Vasily Vasilievich Smyslov was born in Moscow, Russia in 1921. He learned to play chess at the age of 6. He learned much …

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Mikhail Botvinnik


{xtypo_rounded_right2} Name: Mikhail Moiseyevich Botvinnik Country: Soviet Union Title: World Champion Born: August 17, 1911 Kuokkala, Grand Duchy of Finland, part of the Russian Empire (now Repino, Russia) Died: May 5, 1995 (aged 83) Moscow, Russia Peak Rating: 2660 (January 1971) WCC: 1948–1957, 1958–1960 & 1961–1963 Download Games {/xtypo_rounded_right2} Mikhail Moiseevich Botvinnik was born in St Petersburg, Russia in 1911. …

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Max Euwe


{xtypo_rounded_right2} Name: Machgielis (Max) Euwe Country: Netherlands Title: World Champion Born: May 20, 1901 Amsterdam, The Netherlands Died: November 26, 1981 (aged 80) Amsterdam, The Netherlands Peak Rating: 2530 (May 1974) WCC: 1935–1937 Download Games {/xtypo_rounded_right2} Max Euwe was born in Watergrafsmeer, The Netherlands in 1901. Both of Euwe’s parents played chess and he grew up with the game. He …

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Alexander Alekhine


Name: Alexander Alexandrovich Alekhine Country: Russia, France Title: World Champion Born: October 31, 1892 Moscow, Russian Empire Died: March 24, 1946 (aged 53) Estoril, Portugal WCC: 1927–1935 & 1937–1946   Alexander Alexandrovich Alekhine was born in Moscow, Russia in 1892. He was the son of aristocratic parents. His mother taught him to play chess and he soon developed a great …

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Jose Raul Capablanca


Name: Jose Raul Capablanca Country: Cuba Title: World Champion Born: 19 November 1888 Havana, Cuba Died: 8 March 1942 (aged 53) New York City, New York United States WCC: 1921-1927 Jose Raul Capablanca was born in Havana, Cuba on the 19th of November 1888. He learned chess at the age of four by watching his father play and in 1901, …

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Emanuel Lasker


Name: Emanuel Lasker Country: Germany Title: World Champion Born: December 24, 1868 Berlinchen, Prussia (now Barlinek, Poland) Died: January 11, 1941 (aged 72) New York City, United States WCC: 1894–1921 Emanuel Lasker was born in Berlinchen, Germany on 24th December, 1868. He was taught chess by his elder brother, Berthold. As a child Lasker displayed a talent for both chess …

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