Panorama of Player Profiles

The following portraits you can sometimes also find as side stories in the different tournament chronicles. These chess career masterpieces are put together here as an estimation in a little collection (no particular order) for readers who are looking primarily for player biographies.

Featuring uncrowned chess giants, but with impressive long-time tournament records, in the rush of daily liverating and youth mania sometimes in danger of being overlooked; consequently, World Chess Champions are absent here.

Featuring players who achieved a special cult character, who have become national heroes and / or worked with Viktor Korchnoi as a second (assistant). Sometimes a strong current or come-back player is portrayed, too. The site is being casually worked on and up-dated with more biographical information on further monumental players.

New in September 2016: Dragoljub Velimirovic, Vasilios Kotronias. Up-dated in September 2016: Torre, Volokitin. To come in October: Friðrik Ólafsson, Daniel Abraham ("Abe") Yanofsky. New in November: Pavel Eljanov (winner Isle of Man, Open 2016) and Ian Nepomniachtchi (winner 2016 Hainan, Danzhou and Tal Memorial in Moscow). Up-dated: Wesley So (winner Sinquefield Cup in St. Louis, London Chess Classic, plus Grand Chess Tour 2016; winner Tata Steel in Wijk aan Zee, 2017), and Alexander Grischuk. New in Spring 2017: Yasser Seirawan. Planned: Oscar Panno.

Note: if a pdf will be updated, then it changes its URL, that's why the player profiles, biographies, should be better linked under the general address:  The Monuments - www.chessdiagonals.ch

Alexander Beliavsky, Slovenia (formerly USSR, Ukraine)

Detailed biography with further links

Eugenio Torre, The Republic of the Philippines

Detailed biography with further links

Zénon Franco, Paraguyan player domiciled in Spain

Detailed biography with further links

Alonso Zapata, Colombia

Detailed biography with further links

Ehsan Ghaem Maghami, Iran

Detailed biography with further links

Anthony Miles, England

Detailed biography with further links

Jonathan Speelman, England

Detailed biography with further links

Joël Lautier, France

Detailed biography with further links

Albéric O'Kelly de Galway, Belgium

Detailed biography with further links

Mikhail Gurevich, Belgian based

Detailed biography with further links

Jeroen Piket, The Netherlands

Detailed biography with further links

Arturo Pomar, Spain

Detailed biography with further links

Fiedrich "Fritz" Sämisch, (West) Germany

Detailed biography with further links

Klaus Darga, (West) Germany

Detailed biography with further links

Robert Hübner, (West) Germany

Detailed biography with further links

Larry Christiansen, USA

Detailed biography with further links

Yasser Seirawan, USA, Syrian-born

Detailed biography with further links

Walter Browne, USA, Australian-born

Detailed biography with further links

Robert Byrne, USA, renowned New York Times author

Detailed biography with further links

Daniel "Abe" Yanofsky, Canada

Detailed biography with further links

Mark Taimanov, Russia

Detailed biography with further links

Peter Svidler, Russia

Detailed biography with further links

Alexander Grischuk, Russia

Detailed biography with further links

Ian Nepomniachtchi, Russia

Detailed biography with further links

Andrei Volokitin, Ukraine (plus the birth of basque chess)

Detailed biography with further links

Pavel Eljanov, Ukraine

Detailed biography with further links

Oleg Romanishin, Ukraine

Detailed biography with further links

Rafael Vaganian, Armenia

Detailed biography with further links

Luděk Pachman, Czechoslovakia / (West) Germany

Detailed biography with further links

Lajos Portisch, Hungary

Detailed biography with further links

József Pintér, Hungary

Detailed biography with further links

Dragoljub Velimirović, Serbia (former Yugoslavia)

Detailed biography with further links

Ivan Cheparinov, Bulgaria

Detailed biography with further links

Vasilios Kotronias, Greece

Detailed biography with further links

Iván Morovic Fernández, Chile

Detailed biography with further links

René Letelier, Chile

Detailed biography with further links

Julio Bolbochán, Argentina, later living in Venezuela

Detailed biography with further links

Héctor Rossetto, Argentina

Detailed biography with further links

Esteban Canal, Peruvian player domiciled in Italy

Detailed biography with further links

Wesley So, Filipino American

Detailed biography with further links

Viktor Gavrikov, Lithuania (formerly Switzerland, USSR)

Detailed biography with further links

Zigurds Lanka, Latvia, coaching in Switzerland

Detailed biography with further links

Henry Grob, Switzerland

Detailed biography with further links

Vadim Milov, current No. 1 player of Switzerland

Detailed biography with further links