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 charming chess collection for readers who are looking primarily for player biographies, laid out in a modern human centered design.
Featuring uncrowned chess giants, but with impressive long-time tournament records, in the rush of daily liverating hysteria and youth mania sometimes in danger of being overlooked by the chess community; consequently, World 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 (no particular order).
New in September 2016: Dragoljub Velimirovic, Vasilios Kotronias, and Daniel ("Abe") Yanofsky. Up-dated in September 2016: Torre, Volokitin. New in November: Pavel Eljanov (winner Isle of Man, Open 2016) and Ian Nepomniachtchi (winner 2016 Hainan, Danzhou and Tal Memorial, 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, Arthur Bisguier (R.I.P.), Stefano Tatai (R.I.P.). Summer 2017: Rafael Vaganian, invited at age of 65 to play in the closed GMT at the 50th Jubilee Biel Chess Festival. 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
Fridrik Olafsson, Iceland
Eugenio Torre, The Republic of the Philippines
Zénon Franco, Paraguyan player domiciled in Spain
Mikhail Gurevich, Belgian based (ex USSR; ex Turkey)
Wolfgang Uhlmann, Germany, (East) Germany
Robert Byrne, USA, renowned New York Times author
Larry Christiansen, USA
Portrait in: U.S. Open *1900 - www.chessdiagonals.ch (scroll down)
Mark Taimanov, USSR, Russia
Andrei Volokitin, Ukraine (plus the birth of basque chess)
Jaan Ehlvest, USSR, Estonia, later playing for the USA
Luděk Pachman, Czechoslovakia / (West) Germany
Vlastimil Hort, Czechoslovakia / (West) Germany
Dragoljub Velimirović, Serbia (former Yugoslavia)
Alexander Beliavsky, Slovenia (formerly USSR, Ukraine)
Portrait in: GM Beliavsky - www.chessdiagonals.ch
Julio Bolbochán, Argentina, later living in Venezuela
Esteban Canal, Peruvian player domiciled in Italy
Viktor Gavrikov, Lithuania (formerly Switzerland, USSR)
Portrait in: Winners at Biel - www.chessdiagonals.ch (scroll down)