Top 20 Chess Player celebrities in Russia

Here is the latest list of the world's top 20 Chess Player celebrities [Updated January 28, 2023].

1. Anatoly Karpov

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Anatoly Karpov was born on May 23, 1951 in Russia.
He is known for his various humanitarian efforts, receiving the Order of Merit in 2006 for his assistance to the victims of the disaster in Chernobyl.

Net Worth 2020: $5 Million

2. Anish Giri

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Anish Giri was born on June 28, 1994 in Russia.
He became a Grandmaster at the young age of 14 and in January 2011, he beat world number one Magnus Carlsen.

3. Boris Spassky

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Boris Spassky was born on January 30, 1937 in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Russian chess champion who was famously the 1972 World Chess Championship Bobby Fischer in a match that has come to be known as the Cold War Confrontation.

He was chess champion from 1969 to 1972 and in 1992 he lost to Bobby Fischer again in an unofficial rematch in Yugoslavia.

4. Andrei Sokolov

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Andrei Sokolov was born on March 20, 1963 in Russia.
A series of unexpected losses in the late 1980s led to lesser chess activity.

5. Alexandra Kosteniuk

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Alexandra Kosteniuk was born on April 23, 1984 in Russia.
She became a chess Grandmaster in 2004 and in 2011 she was ranked 44th in the FIDE women's Elo rating list with a rating of 2439.

6. Alexander Morozevich

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Alexander Morozevich was born on July 18, 1977 in Russia.
He has been ranked as high as second in the world and he is known for employing unusual openings, such as the the Chigorin Defense and the Albin Countergambit

7. Alexander Kotov

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Alexander Kotov was born on August 12, 1913 in Russia.
He won only the third Soviet Grandmaster and Kotov syndrome is named after him due to his writings about cracking under pressure.

8. Alexander Khalifman

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Alexander Khalifman was born on January 18, 1966 in Russia.
He runs a chess academy in St. Petersburg, Russia called "The Grandmaster Chess School" where he trains players worldwide following the motto: "chess = intellect + character".

9. Mikhail Botvinnik

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Mikhail Botvinnik was born on August 17, 1911 in Russia.
He worked as an electrical engineer and computer scientist at the same time he was competing in chess professionally, making him one of the very few professional chess players who achieved distinction in another career.

10. Semyon Furman

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Semyon Furman was born on December 1, 1920 in Russia.
He played for the Soviets in the 1961 European Chess Championship, one of the few opportunities he had to play in a high profile event abroad.

11. Sergei Rublevsky

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Sergei Rublevsky was born on October 15, 1974 in Russia.
He won the prestigious Aeroflot Open in 2004 and finished in the top 10 in the 2005 FIDE World Cup.

12. Viktor Korchnoi

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Viktor Korchnoi was born on March 23, 1931 in Russia.
While almost exclusively a counter-attacker early in his career, he became proficient at initiating attacks and developed a deadly endgame.

13. Valentina Golubenko

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Valentina Golubenko was born on July 29, 1990 in Russia.
She is the first World Youth Chess Champion from Estonia but she plays under the Croatian flag as she is not qualified to represent Estonia due to her Russian citizenship.

14. Vera Nebolsina

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Vera Nebolsina was born on December 16, 1989 in Russia.
She won the World Junior Championship for Girls (under 20) at Yerevan in 2007.

15. Leonid Shamkovich

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Leonid Shamkovich was born on June 1, 1923 in Russia.

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.

His fans and fellow chess players nicknamed him "Prince."

16. Igor Bondarevsky

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Igor Bondarevsky was born on May 12, 1913 in Russia.
He excelled in both over-the-board chess and correspondence chess and he was among the 27 players named International Grandmaster in 1950 by FIDE on its inaugural list when the title was first introduced.

17. Gata Kamsky

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Gata Kamsky was born on June 2, 1974 in Russia.
He has been ranked as high as fourth in the World and he reached the final of the FIDE World Chess Championship 1996 at the age of 22

18. Anatoly Lein

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Anatoly Lein was born on March 28, 1931 in Russia.
He was inducted into the World Chess Hall of Fame in 2005.

19. Alexander Grischuk

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Alexander Grischuk was born on October 31, 1983 in Russia.
He became one of the greatest internet chess players in the world.

20. Alexander Alekhine

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Alexander Alekhine was born on October 31, 1882 in Russia.
In 1927 he won the fourth ever World Chess Championship and he played first board for France in five Chess Olympiads.