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Birth Date and Place of World Chess Champions
(since the XIXth Century)

Patrice Guinard, CURA, Dec. 2020

 

If you can provide any information to complete this page, contact me, you are welcome. Only accurate sources please : birth registry, family report or journal, letters, documented biography.

Birth Time of Chess Champions are little known or ignored, despite the publication of the reference book of Jeremy Gaige (1927-2011), Chess Personalia: a Biobibliography (Jefferson, McFarland, 1987 ; 2005) and the invaluable Chess Notes of Edward Winter. An impressive database of world chess players can be found on chessgames.com. I've compiled a list of the most successful players from the XIXth century, 100 male + 8 female players, as it appears in the series below.

1/ ELO's virtual rating list of history's greatest players in the pre-Fischer era, 47 players (H), on 2700chess.com (copy 24/11/2020).
2/ The highest official FIDE ratings of all 2735+ players, 54 players (M) up to Judit Polgar, on 2700chess.com (copy 24/11/2020).
3/ Plus the most famous World Chess Female Champions, 7 players (F): Vera Menchik (1927-1939), Elisaveta Bykova (1953-1959), Nona Gaprindashvili (1962-1975), Maia Chiburdanidze (1978-1988), Xie Jun (1991-2000), Hou Yifan (2010-2016), Ju Wenjun (2018-2020).

On this pannel of 108 Chess Champions (birth dates given in Gregorian Calendar), only a dozen of them are mentioned in Astrodatabank, some with speculative or dirty data. Among the players collected there (Alekhine, Anand, Botvinnik, Capablanca, Carlsen, Caruana, Euwe, Fischer, Gelfand, Karpov, Kasparov, Lasker, Morphy, Reshevsky, Smyslov, Vachier-Lagrave), three are speculative or dirty data (Morphy, Botvinnik, Smyslov), one has wrong birth year (Reshevsky) and three have unchecked birth time (Karpov, Carlsen, Caruana). Jan Timman is ignored. It remains about a dozen birth dates, more or less well referenced with accurate sources.

In the following table, players can be listed by Name, Year of Birth, Country of birth, ELO ... Reload the page to return to the original table.
In the fourth column, you can access to the charts (CH) of players whose birth time is known. All charts are calculated with OCTOTOPE (8 Houses System), Longitudes and ALTITUDES for significant planetary bodies, and TRUE MC (the real ecliptic point of highest altitude at birth) : See my doctoral thesis (VIII.7-15) on the question about How to draw a right astrological chart.
 
NAM FOR ELO COD YEA MON DAY HOU PLA NAT NOT
Lasker Emmanuel 2720 CH 1868 12 24 15:00 Berlinchen (Barlinek) Poland Gorzw Wielkopolski Archives (acte 158, image 38 ; copy)
Capablanca Jose Raul 2725 CH 1888 11 19 01:45 Havana Cuba from expert Chess solver Jerry De Gattis (La Habana, Pilar, B.C. acte 674)
Alekhine Alexander 2690 CH 1892 10 31 12:00 Moscou Russia (born 19 october Julian Calendar), B.C. in Russian magazine Shakhmaty (21, 1972, p.20)
Euwe Max 2650 CH 1901 05 20 03:30 Amsterdam Netherlands Selma Schepel (1949-2015) in Sterren-Tijd 3.28, 1992, p.4
Fischer Bobby 2785 CH 1943 03 09 14:39 Chicago USA "Robert James Fischer was born in Michael Reese Hospital on (...) March 9, 1943, and at exactly 2:39 P.M., war time"
(Frank Brady in his book on Bobby Fischer (New York, David McKay, 1965 ; 1973, p.2) ; Lois Rodden 1980
Karpov Anatoly 2780 CH 1951 05 23 13:45 Zlatoust Russia PG speculative hour ; Russian astrologer Elena Manas gives 09:15 (dirty data on Astrodatabank ?)
Timman Jan 2630 CH 1951 12 14 22:40 Amsterdam Netherlands Selma Schepel (1949-2015) in Sterren-Tijd 6.67, 1995, p.1 (B.C. acte 25-130)
Kasparov Garry 2851 CH 1963 04 13 23:45 Baku Azerbaijan himself 1987 ; several magazines including Data News 66, 1997 ; and again himself, APR 2020 on Twitter
Gelfand Boris 2777 CH 1968 06 24 07:15 Minsk Bielorussia father journal ; Diana Guy Nir on Calcalist, 9 FEV 2012, Calcalist (Astrodatabank)
Anand Viswanathan 2817 CH 1969 12 11 10:00 Mayiladuthurai India Ashish Seth (from father, Astrodatabank), not confirmed
Bacrot Etienne Primo 2749 CH 1983 01 22 10:15 Lille France Patrice Guinard (B.C. acte 191A0)
Vachier-Lagrave Maxime Julien 2819 CH 1990 10 21 03:05 Nogent-sur-Marne France Patrice Guinard (B.C. acte 1944)
Carlsen Magnus 2882 CH 1990 11 30 03:04 Tnsberg, Vestfold Norway member Curiosa Nervosa (from mother, Astrodatabank), not confirmed
Caruana Fabiano 2844 CH 1992 07 30 08:30 Miami USA Ryan Chester, DEC 2018 (from mother, Astrodatabank), not confirmed
Anderssen Adolf 2600 H 1818 07 06
Breslau (Wroclaw) Poland
Von der Lasa Tassilo 2600 H 1818 10 17
Berlin Germany
Steinitz Wilhelm 2650 H 1836 05 14
Prague Czechoslovakia Kurt Landsberger, William Steinitz (Jefferson, McFarland, 1993, p.2-3) ; Edward Winter, Chess Notes 9200
Morphy Paul 2690 H 1837 06 22
New Orleans USA speculative dirty birth hour on Astrodatabank
Zukertort Johannes 2600 H 1842 09 27
Lublin Poland
Chigorin Mikhail 2600 H 1850 11 12
Gatchina, St. Pet. Russia (born 31 october Julian Calendar)
Tarrasch Siegbert 2610 H 1862 03 05
Breslau (Wroclaw) Poland
Maroczy Geza 2620 H 1870 03 03
Szeged Hungary
Pillsbury Harry 2630 H 1872 12 05
Somerville USA
Schlechter Carl 2600 H 1874 03 02
Vienna Austria
Rubinstein Akiba 2640 H 1880 12 13
Stawiski Poland (born 1 december Julian Calendar), Elzbieta and Jan Kusina, Malopolska Chess Association
Vidmar Milan 2600 H 1885 06 22
Laibach (Ljubljana) Yugoslavia
Nimzowitsch Aron 2615 H 1886 11 07
Riga Latvia (born 26 october Julian Calendar)
Bogoljubow Efim 2610 H 1889 04 14
Kiev Ukraine (born 2 april Julian Calendar)
Menchik Vera 1 F 1906 03 01
Moscou Russia (born 16 february Julian Calendar)
Flohr Salo 2620 H 1908 11 21
Horodenka Ukraine
Najdorf Miguel 2635 H 1910 04 15
Grodzisk Mazowiecki Poland (Gregorian Calendar ?)
Botvinnik Mickhail 2720 H 1911 08 17
Kuokkala (Repino) Russia (born 4 august Julian Calendar), speculative dirty birth hour on Astrodatabank
Reshevsky Samuel 2680 H 1911 11 26
Ozorkw Poland (Gregorian Calendar ?) ; see Internationales Biographisches Archiv, n38, 13 September 1954, Munzinger Archiv
(wrong year on Astrodatabank)
Kotov Alexander 2620 H 1913 08 12
Tula Russia (born 30 july Julian Calendar)
Bykova Elisaveta 1 F 1913 11 04
Bogolioubovo Russia (Gregorian Calendar ?)
Fine Reuben 2660 H 1914 10 11
New York USA
Keres Paul 2670 H 1916 01 07
Narva Estonia (Gregorian Calendar ?)
Szabo Laszlo 2610 H 1917 03 19
Budapest Hungary
Boleslavsky Isaak 2650 H 1919 06 09
Zolotonosha Ukraine
Furman Semen 2610 H 1920 12 01
Pinsk Bielorussia
Smyslov Vasily 2690 H 1921 03 24
Moscou Russia Pavel Globa, dirty birth time on Astrodatabank ?
Averbakh Yuri 2615 H 1922 02 08
Kaluga Poland
Gligoric Svetozar 2620 H 1923 02 02
Belgrade Yugoslavia
Bronstein David 2670 H 1924 02 19
Bila Tserkva Ukraine
Geller Efim 2655 H 1925 03 08
Odessa Ukraine
Kholmov Ratmir 2620 H 1925 05 13
Shenkursk Russia
Taimanov Mark 2600 H 1926 02 07
Kharkov Ukraine
Petrosian Tigran 2680 H 1929 06 17
Tbilisi Georgia
Korchnoi Viktor 2665 H 1931 03 23
Saint Petersburg Russia
Polugaevsky Lev 2620 H 1934 11 20
Mogilev Bielorussia
Stein Leonid 2605 H 1934 11 12
Kamianets-Podilsky Ukraine
Larsen Bent 2620 H 1935 03 04
Tilsted, Thisted Denmark
Tal Mikhail 2700 H 1936 11 09
Riga Latvia
Spassky Boris 2680 H 1937 01 30
Saint Petersburg Russia
Portisch Lajos 2630 H 1937 04 04
Zalaegerszeg Hungary
Gaprindashvili Nona 1 F 1941 05 03
Zougdidi Georgia
Ljubojevic Ljubomir 2610 H 1950 11 02
Titovo Uice Yugoslavia
Andersson Ulf 2610 H 1951 06 27
Vsters Sweden
Mecking Henrique 2608 H 1952 01 23
Santa Cruz do Sul Brazil
Chiburdanidze Maia 2561 F 1961 01 17
Kutaisi Georgia
Bareev Evgeny 2739 M 1966 11 21
Yemanzhelinsk Russia
Ivanchuk Vassily 2787 M 1969 03 18
Kopytchyntsi Ukraine
Xie Jun
2580 F 1970 10 30
Baoding, Hebei China
Adams Michael 2761 M 1971 11 17
Truro England
Shirov Alexei 2755 M 1972 07 04
Riga Latvia
Kamsky Gata 2763 M 1974 06 02
Novokuznetsk Russia
Topalov Veselin 2816 M 1975 03 15
Ruse Bulgaria
Kramnik Vladimir 2817 M 1975 06 25
Tuapse Russia
Svidler Peter 2769 M 1976 06 17
Saint Petersburg Russia
Polgar Judit 2735 M 1976 07 23
Budapest Hungary
Morozevich Alexander 2788 M 1977 07 18
Moscou Russia
Movsesian Sergei 2751 M 1978 11 03
Tbilisi Georgia
Leko Peter 2763 M 1979 09 08
Subotica Yugoslavia
Aronian Levon 2830 M 1982 10 06
Yerevan Armenia
Eljanov Pavel 2765 M 1983 05 10
Kharkov Ukraine
Jakovenko Dmitry 2760 M 1983 06 28
Omsk Russia
Dominguez Perez Leinier 2768 M 1983 09 23
Havana Cuba
Grischuk Alexander 2810 M 1983 10 31
Moscou Russia
Ponomariov Ruslan 2764 M 1983 10 11
Horlivka Ukraine
Navara David 2751 M 1985 03 27
Prague Czechoslovakia
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2820 M 1985 04 12
Sumgait Azerbaijan
Naiditsch Arkadij 2737 M 1985 10 25
Riga Latvia
Harikrishna Pentala 2770 M 1986 05 10
Guntur India
Gashimov Vugar 2761 M 1986 07 24
Baku Azerbaijan
Wojtaszek Radoslaw 2750 M 1987 01 13
Elblag Poland
Vitiugov Nikita 2751 M 1987 02 04
Saint Petersburg Russia
Radjabov Teimour 2793 M 1987 03 11
Baku Azerbaijan
Wang Yue
2756 M 1987 03 31
Taiyuan, Shanxi China
Tomashevsky Evgeny 2758 M 1987 07 01
Saratov Russia
Nakamura Hikaru 2816 M 1987 12 09
Hirakata, Osaka Japan
Li Chao
2758 M 1989 04 21
Taiyuan, Shanxi China
Wang Hao
2763 M 1989 08 04
Harbin, Heilongjiang China
Karjakin Sergey 2788 M 1990 01 12
Simferopol Ukraine
Andreikin Dmitry 2743 M 1990 02 05
Ryazan Russia
Nepomniachtchi Ian 2784 M 1990 07 14
Bryansk Russia
Ju Wenjun
2608 F 1991 01 31
Shanghai China
Le Quang Liem
2738 M 1991 03 13
Ho Chi Minh Vietnam
Matlakov Maxim 2739 M 1991 03 05
Saint Petersburg Russia
Ding Liren
2816 M 1992 10 24
Wenzhou, Zhejiang China
So Wesley 2822 M 1993 10 09
Bacoor, Cavite Philippines
Hou Yifan
2687 F 1994 02 27
Xinghua, Jiangsu China
Giri Anish 2798 M 1994 06 28
Saint Petersburg Russia
Yu Yangyi
2765 M 1994 06 08
Huangshi, Hubei China
Rapport Richard 2760 M 1996 03 25
Szombathely Hungary
Artemiev Vladislav 2761 M 1998 03 05
Omsk Russia
Duda Jan-Krzysztof 2758 M 1998 04 26
Cracovie Poland
Wei Yi
2753 M 1999 06 02
Yancheng, Jiangsu China
Firouzja Alireza 2749 M 2003 06 18
Babol Iran

The distribution of Chess Champions in the Zodiac seems highly significant in spite of the reduced sample. The average is 9 by zodiacal Sun sign, but 15 for Pisces, 17 for Scorpio, and only 2 for Virgo. As I understand Chess, which is Chaos Controling (Scorpio), agressive Positioning (Mars) and Globalization by formal Restructuring (Ceres, Pisces), this tiny statistics seems to fit rather well. Among players whose charts are complete including birth time, all are highly involved by these criteria (Ceres Pisces, Mars Aries, Pluto Scorpio) :

Lasker : Mars Grand Trine Sun and Moon ; Mars Opposite Ceres in Pisces
Capablanca : Sun in Scorpio ; Axe Pluto with Mars and Uranus
Alekhine : Sun in Scorpio, Moon in Pisces ; Skirt Ceres and Moon to Sun and Venus
Euwe : Ceres in ASC (altitude 010)
Fischer : Sun Pisces ; Ceres Aries in MC ; Pluto in ASC Opposite Mars in DSC
Karpov : Ceres Pisces (in DSC ?) ; Mars Conjunct Sun
Timman : Ceres Pisces in DSC ; Trapeze Mars Uranus Jupiter Chiron
Kasparov : Sun in Aries ; Pluto and Ceres in MC
Gelfand : Mars Conjunct Sun ; Ceres in IC
Anand : Ceres in ASC ; Triangle Pluto with Saturn and Moon
Bacrot : Mars Pisces in ASC Trine Pluto
Vachier-Lagrave : Mars in MC ; Ceres in ASC (altitude 916) ; Pluto Conjunct Moon in Scorpio ; Triangle Mars Ceres Uranus
Carlsen : Ceres in ASC ; Pluto in Scorpio ; Mars Opposite Sun ; Mars Trapeze with Sun, Moon and Uranus
Caruana : Pluto in Scorpio ; Mars in MC Trine Ceres
Quod erat demonstrandum ?

Distribution of 108 Chess Champions in the Zodiac ; PG, CURA, DEC 2020 Distribution of 108 Chess Champions in the Zodiac ; PG, CURA, DEC 2020

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