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Chess players of Russia are the pride of the country
Chess players of Russia are the pride of the country

In Russia at all times there were very strong chess players. Our athletes have become world champions many times. This sport is still popular today. Children begin to practice it from the age of 2-3 and achieve good results by the age of 6.

The first famous chess players in Russia

The name of the first person who brought chess to the country is not exactly known. It is assumed that it was a merchant who traveled to different countries for goods. This happened in the 9th century, and already at the beginning of the 12th century, this game was played not only by nobles, but also by ordinary workers.


The first person who laid down the basic rules of the chess school in Russia was Alexander Petrov. Thus, he brought the game to a new level. This happened in the 19th century. The "Russian" opening is the creation of this particular chess player.

Petrov has published several books on the manual and lessons of chess. Pushkin himself had several such books in his library. They were a welcome gift in any home.

The next person to glorify the country in this area was Mikhail Chigorin. He fought in tournaments with the best players in the world from London and twice found himself on the verge of victory. It was this athlete who rallied chess players all over Russia and brought the game to the statelevel.

World Champions

The first winner on the world stage of chess was Alexander Alekhine. Many chess players in Russia are still looking up to his results. This athlete has been preparing for his main tournament for about 13 years. During his lifetime, he was not defeated by anyone in the world. After the first victory, the athlete confirmed his leadership for another 7 years and died in 1946 at the chess table.

The next undisputed champion was Anatoly Karpov. He had to fight not only at the chess table, but also in diplomatic battles. The famous chess player has written many books for future athletes and fans of this game.

Garry Kasparov is the symbol of this sport in our country. He won his title at the age of 22. The athlete became the founder of his own federation in this type of competition. Some Russian chess players still consider him the undefeated champion in the world.


The last world champion at the moment was in 2006 Vladimir Kramnik. It was very difficult for him to win. They even tried to accuse him of conspiring with intelligence agents after winning the World Tournament.

All the famous chess players of Russia glorified the country in the international arena. They are still the idols of young athletes. The most famous Russian chess players are in the following list of winners.

Rating of Russian chess players

These statistics are based on the results of both official matches within the country and abroad. Depending on the place taken and the points earnedchess players are assigned points, which determine their place in the ranking. Now the leaderboard looks like this:

  1. Garry Kasparov.
  2. Vladimir Kramnik.
  3. Alexander Morozevich.
  4. Peter Svidler.
  5. Evgeny Bareev.
  6. Alexander Greshchuk.
  7. Alexey Dreev.
  8. Sergey Rublevsky.
  9. Anatoly Karpov.
  10. Vladimir Malakhov.

At the moment, athletes are leaders in this sport. Places may vary depending on the results of the tournaments held.

New Generation

Young Russian chess players achieve good results at the international level. Sergey Aleksandrovich Karyakin gives very high hopes. In the world Elo rating, he takes the 5th position with 2,772 points. This athlete is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the youngest grandmaster - he achieved this result at almost 13 years old. He is predicted a successful future in chess. There is every reason to believe that with such a pace, the young man in a few years can become the next world champion.


The rating of Russian chess players is gradually replenished with young athletes. For example, Grischuk Alexander Igorevich is a champion in the category of blitz chess. He participated in the national team at the Olympics and performed brilliantly in blitz tournaments. His fast games rating is currently the highest.

The young athlete Alexander Bukavshin showed great promise. In his 20s, he had numerous victories in international tournaments. He was characterizedas a smart and cunning player with his own style. But, unfortunately, the young chess player recently died of a stroke right at the sports camp.

Women in this sport

Alexandra Kosteniuk is a bright representative among chess players. She is the world champion among women's tournaments. Kosteniuk won European competitions many times and played in the Russian national team at the Olympic Games.


The next in the ranking is Ekaterina Lahno. She is also a grandmaster and has won many prizes in international tournaments. In third place is Alexandra Garyachkina. She is still a very young chess player, but very promising. Behind her there are already enough victories at the European and international level among young men.

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