Top 20 Chess Player celebrities in England
Here is the latest list of the world's top 20 Chess Player celebrities [Updated December 7, 2022].
Nigel Short was born
on June 1, 1965
His peak rating of 2712 is among the best ratings in the world.
Michael Adams was born
on November 17, 1971
He is widely considered to be one of the top British chess players of all time.
Gawain Jones was born
on December 11, 1987
He was the British Chess Champion in 2012 and his first book, Starting Out: The Grand Prix Attack, was published in 2008.
David Howell was born
on November 14, 1990
His chess coach was Grandmaster Glenn Flear and he won the English Chess Federation's Player of the Year Award in 2007 after beaming a Grandmaster himself.
Frederick Yates was born
on January 16, 1884
While most of his matches were within Britain, he did partake in several international matches and he played at the first, third and fourth Olympiads, representing the 'British Empire' team.
Stuart Conquest was born
on March 1, 1967
In 1995 and 2000 he shared first place at the Hastings Premier and he is one of the chief organizers of the Gibraltar Tournament.
William Winter was born
on September 11, 1898
He won the British Chess Championship two straight years in a row in 1935 and 1936.
William Napier was born
on January 17, 1881
His highest historic Elo rating was 2662, which would have put him at number 11 in the world.
Simon Webb was born
on June 10, 1949
Tragically, he was impulsively murdered by his troubled son, Dennis, following an argument.
Michael Basman was born
on March 16, 1946
He is the creator of the U.K. Chess Challenge tournament for young chess players.
Mary Rudge was born
on February 6, 1842
She was the first female member of the Bristol Chess Club and she was the first winner of the Women’s International Chess Congress.
Luke McShane was born
on January 7, 1984
He was active in the stock market when he wasn't playing chess and he is a strong blitz chess player, winning the 136-player Kuppenheim tournament in 2003
Jon Speelman was born
on October 2, 1956
He won the British Chess Championship in 1978, 85 and 86 and is known for his imaginative style and for often choosing unobvious ways to carry on his games.
John Nunn was born
on April 25, 1955
He won the British championship in 1979 and he has twice won individual gold medals at Chess Olympiads.
Joseph Blackburne was born
on December 10, 1841
His nickname was "Black Death" because of his shear dominance and he was known for drinking Scotch whisky during exhibition games.
Tony Miles was born
on April 23, 1955
He won the British Championship only once, in 1982.
William Wayte was born
on September 4, 1829
His historic Elo rating of 2571 was considered to be astronomical by 19th Century standards.
William Hartston was born
on August 12, 1947
He is a two time British Chess Champion.
William Fairhurst was born
on August 21, 1903
He is almost single-handedly responsible for the popularity of chess in Scotland.
Stuart Milner-Barry was born
on September 20, 1906
He competed for Britain in multiple Chess Olympiads including the one in 1939, which coincided with Britain's declaration of war on Germany and led to him abandoning the tournament because of it.