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55 Famous People That Play Chess E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 20:18

schwarzenegger chessMany chess players are curious about famous people who at the same time are also chess players. I decided to compose a list of famous people who play chess and have semi-official chess rating.

The numbers may not be exact and in some cases such as with Lenin, the rating may be given just as representation of the chess strength, not as the actual rating published by chess federation. Anyway, enjoy the list and feel free to comment about other famous people of known chess strength.

   Name                              Occupation        Rating

Akins, Claude actor                 1500

Alda, Alan actor                 1400

Amory, Cleveland writer                1700

Archer, Jeffrey writer                1000

Ardiles, Ossie soccer               1700

Ayers, Lew actor                 1500

Barnes, Julian writer                1100

Bellamy, Guy writer                1100

Bogart, Humphrey actor                 1950

Bonar Law, Andrew politics 2100

Boyer, Charles actor 1900

Brando, Marlon actor                 1100

Bronowski, Jacob writer                2000

Buchwald, Art humorist 2000

Burton, Tony actor                 1642

Cage, Nicholas actor                 1500

Cartwright, Bill NBA 1400

Casillas, Graciella karate 1100

Castro, Fidel president 1900

Chamberlain, Wilt NBA 1300

Chang, Michael tennis                1400

Chaplin, Charlie actor                 1400

Charles, Ray musician 1600

Che Guevara, Ernesto revolutionary 1950

Churchill, Randolph politics 1800

Cooke, Alistair TV                    1600

Cornforth, John nobel                2200

Crane, Les talk show           1500

Danson, Ted actor                 1400

Darin, Bobby musician 1500

Darrow, Henry actor                 1700

Davis, Steve sports 1500

Dee, Sandra actress 1500

Diamond, Dustin actor 1369

Duchamp, Marcel artist 2300+

Dunsany, Lord writer 2000

Elman, Mischa violinist 2100

Estrada, Erik actor                 1400

Falk, Peter actor                 1400

Fry, Stephen comedian 1200

Garcia, Carlos president           1700

Kissinger, Henry politics 1400

Klitschko, Vitaly boxer                1800

Klitschko, Vladimir boxer                1800

Koestler, Arthur journalist 1500

Komack, James producer 1500

Krauthammer, Charles columnist           1630

Kubrick, Stanley director 2000

LaGuardia, Fiorello NY mayor 1100

Landsbergis, Vytautas president 2300

Ledger, Heath actor                 1800

Lenin, Vladimir Russian leader 1900

Letterman, David TV talk host 1100

Levin, Bernard writer                1100

Marks, Johnny writer                1700

If you are interesting in chess statistics I suggest also checking out 40 Facts About Chess Most People Don't Know , 31 Yet Other Chess Facts Most People Don't Know ,and 23 Funny Chess Aphorisms.

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Famous People Who Play/ed Chess

Name                                  Occupation       Rating

Akins, Claude                                   actor                 1500

Alda, Alan                            actor                 1400

Amory, Cleveland                  writer                1700

Archer, Jeffrey                      writer                1000

Ardiles, Ossie                       soccer               1700

Ayers, Lew                           actor                 1500

Barnes, Julian                       writer                1100

Bellamy, Guy                                    writer                1100

Bogart, Humphrey                 actor                 1950

Bonar Law, Andrew               politics              2100

Boyer, Charles                      actor                 1900

Brando, Marlon                     actor                 1100

Bronowski, Jacob                  writer                2000

Buchwald, Art                       humorist                        2000

Burton, Tony                                    actor                 1642

Cage, Nicholas                     actor                 1500

Cartwright, Bill                      NBA                   1400

Casillas, Graciella                  karate               1100

Castro, Fidel                         president           1900

Chamberlain, Wilt                 NBA                   1300

Chang, Michael                     tennis                1400

Chaplin, Charlie                    actor                 1400

Charles, Ray                         musician                        1600

Che Guevara, Ernesto                        revolutionary       1950

Churchill, Randolph               politics              1800

Cooke, Alistair                      TV                    1600

Cornforth, John                     Nobel                2200

Crane, Les                           talk show           1500

Danson, Ted                                    actor                 1400

Darin, Bobby                                    musician                        1500

Darrow, Henry                      actor                 1700

Davis, Steve                         sports                            1500

Dee, Sandra                         actress              1500

Diamond, Dustin                   actor                 1369

Duchamp, Marcel                  artist                 2300+

Dunsany, Lord                      writer                2000

Elman, Mischa                      violinist              2100

Estrada, Erik                         actor                 1400

Falk, Peter                           actor                 1400

Fry, Stephen                         comedian          1200

Garcia, Carlos                       president           1700

Kissinger, Henry                    politics              1400

Klitschko, Vitaly                    boxer                1800

Klitschko, Vladimir                 boxer                1800

Koestler, Arthur                     journalist           1500

Komack, James                    producer           1500

Krauthammer, Charles                       columnist           1630

Kubrick, Stanley                    director              2000

LaGuardia, Fiorello                NY mayor           1100

Landsbergis, Vytautas           president           2300

Ledger, Heath                      actor                 1800

Lenin, Vladimir                     Russian leader    1900

Letterman, David                  TV talk host        1100

Levin, Bernard                      writer                1100

Marks, Johnny                      writer                1700


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Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 July 2012 21:07


-2 #14 CB 2015-01-01 08:07
Vladimir Nabokov, writer. Major omission.
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+2 #13 Sam Sloan 2014-08-06 02:44
Hedy Lamarr, famous actress, mentions chess three times in her biography "Ecstasy and me". She writes that she taught three of her husbands how to play chess and the last one got so good that he was able to beat her.
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+1 #12 Michael Atkins 2014-08-05 19:44
I directed the tournament/section that Krauthammer played in 2002. The 4 games wore him out so much he said he might never play again.
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+1 #11 Mike somers 2014-08-05 14:13
John Wayne was an avid player
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+1 #10 Taurus Bailey 2014-08-05 06:59
What about LENOX LEWIS?
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+1 #9 vm maggie 2014-06-23 01:17
I M Wonder,if presinedt PUTIN W also play chess.
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+1 #8 Norcliffe Otto 2014-05-16 09:26
Will smith--actor

Barry Black--current chaplain of
the US senate!
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+2 #7 Ashik Uzzaman 2014-05-16 02:01
What about Will Smith?
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+2 #6 Jeffrey Vollmer 2014-04-06 08:40
Howard Stern is missing and he has a published USCF rating. I have played him before when he was studying with Dan Heisman he was a strong player. The rest of the ratings listed seem a bit high. Carmen Cass supermodel and head of the Estonian Chess federation also is not listed. Again as far as rating my guess is most players listed are less than 1200 if they are not tournament players.
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+4 #5 Damian 2014-04-05 15:56
where is Bill Gates :) ?
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