The Top Ten Chess Players On World Chess Day

We already know that chess is the world's most well-known and popular game. Being the global champion in this game is an honor because it shows that an individual is the world's most intelligent.
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Chess is the oldest game that people still play worldwide. World Chess Day is celebrated yearly to pay warm tribute to the founders and players of this game. This article will be loved by people who want to know about this game. In this essay, you will learn about the history of one of the earliest games played in the world. Neglecting this game’s top players will be unjust to them because they have always kept and still keep this game young and green.

World Chess Day

World Chess Day

a man playing chess

As mentioned above, chess is one of the oldest games in the world. World Chess Day is observed annually on July 20th. This particular day is celebrated by 600 regular chess players worldwide annually. According to research, chess has an age of almost 1500 years. It is also the most popular game in the world. You can celebrate this day in many ways, like playing chess, introducing it to friends, joining a chess club, and participating in tournaments.

A History of Chess

Chess has an exciting history. This game originated from the Indian game of Chaturanga before 600 AEDs. This game spread through Asia and Europe and gradually developed into what it is now, sometime in the 16th century. The first master of this game was Ruy Lopez, from Spain.

If we talk about the history of World Chess Day, it was first observed in 1966 on July 20th. UNESCO presented the idea of keeping this day after FIDF proposed the date of July 20th, 1924. One hundred seventy-eight countries celebrated World Chess Day in 2013, and FIDF has 181 chess federations as its members. Chess lovers have been celebrating this day worldwide since 1966.

Top Ten players of chess

We already know that chess is the world’s most well-known and popular game. Being the global champion in this game is an honor because it shows that an individual is the world’s most intelligent. We will now talk about the top ten chess players.

1. Magnus Carlsen

Magnus Carlsen looking at the camera

Magnus Carlsen is a five-time World Chess Champion and a Norwegian grandmaster who plays chess. He has also won the world championships in blitz and rapid chess five times each. Since July 1st, 2011, he has been ranked first by FIDE, and in terms of time spent as the top player in the world, he is second only to Garry Kasparov. The highest rating ever recorded is his top rating of 2882. At the top level of classical chess, he also holds the record for the longest unbroken streak.

2. Garry Kasparov

Garry Kasparov chess player

Russian chess grandmaster and former world champion Garry Kasparov is a writer, political activist, and pundit. He reached his most significant rating of 2851[1] in 1999, which held the record until Magnus Carlsen did so in 2013. Kasparov held the top spot in the world for a record 255 months throughout his career, from 1984 until his retirement in 2005. Furthermore, Kasparov owns records for the number of straight professional tournament wins and Chess Oscars.

3. Fabio Caruana

Fabio Caruana chess player

Fabio Caruana was born on July 30th, 1992. He is an Italian-American chess player. Caruana became a grand chess master when this boy was just almost 15 years old. He played until 2005 for the USA. Then Fabio switched to Italy as his national federation. In the same year, he won the inaugural Italian Chess Championship and attained the grandmaster title. Fabio most recently took home the first American Cup.

4. Levon Aronian

Levon Aronian looking at the table

Levon Aronian was born on October 6th, 1982. He is an American chess grandmaster and is still playing for America. He won the title just at the age of 17 years in 2000. From that time to today, he has been playing outstanding games. He has won many awards and championships.

5. Wasley So

Wasley So looking at the camera

The first and current World Fischer Random Chess Champion, 3-time and current U.S. Chess Champion, and grandmaster in chess, Wesley Barbossa So is a Filipino-American. He was born on October 9th, 1993. (In 2017, 2020, and 2021). Additionally, he has won three Philippine Chess Championships. He was the fifth-highest-rated player in history according to the March 2017 FIDE rating list, where he was ranked second in the world with an Elo rating of 2822.

6. Shahriyar Hamid Oghlu Mammadyarov

Shahriyar Hamid focus on the game

He plays chess under the name Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. He was born on April 12th, 1985, is an Azerbaijani national, and is a grand master in chess. This man holds the top spot in his nation and is ranked seventh worldwide. With a peak rating of 2820, he rose to become the sixth-best player in the world.

7. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave looking at the camera

On October 21st, 1990, he was born. He is the current World Blitz Champion and a grandmaster in chess from France. Maxime has the highest score of 2819. He was recognized as the seventh-highest-ranked player in the world after attaining his highest rating. He won numerous tournaments and titles for his nation.

8. Visvanathan Anand

Visvanathan Anand focus on the game

In the chess world, he is famous for his name, Vishy Anand. He came to this world in 1969 and belonged to India. Anand is an Indian chess player. Surprisingly, he has won the world chess championship five times. His rating is 2800, and he was elected as Deputy President of FIDE in 2022.

9. Vladimir Kramnik

Vladimir Kramnik looking at the camera

Kramnik is a Russian champion of chess. He opened his eyes in 1975 and remained Classical World Chess Champion for six years, from 1000 to 2006. Also, Vladimir is the winner of three gold medals and three individual medals at the Chess Olympiads. For the first time in 2000, he became a world champion by defeating Garry Kasparov. Since that time, he has won many championships.

10. Veselin Topalov

Veselin Topalov

Topalov is a grand chess master from Bulgaria and a former FIDE World Chess Champion. In 2005, for the first time, he won the world chess champion title. This player was also a chess Oscar winner in 2005. Also, he remained the number one world player from April 2006 to January 2007.


The conclusion we get from this article is interesting. Chess is one of the oldest games in the world. It has the power to open the minds of people widely. Therefore, it is called the game of intelligent people worldwide. Many people made their name because of this game. Ultimately, we should try to learn this game and add our names to the list of smart and intelligent people.