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Chess is a recreational and competitive board game played between two players. It is sometimes called Western or international chess to distinguish it from related games such as xiangqi. The current form of the game emerged in Southern Europe during the second half of the 15th century after evolving from similar, much older games of Indian and Persian origin. Today, chess is one of the world's most popular games, played by millions of people worldwide at home, in clubs, online, by correspondence, and in tournaments.

Chess is an abstract strategy game and involves no hidden information. It is played on a square chessboard with 64 squares arranged in an eight-by-eight grid. At the start, each player (one controlling the white pieces, the other controlling the black pieces) controls sixteen pieces: one king, one queen, two rooks, two knights, two bishops, and eight pawns. The object of the game is to checkmate the opponent's king, whereby the king is under immediate attack (in " check") and there is no way for it to escape. There are also several ways a game can end in a draw.

Organized chess arose in the 19th century. Chess competition today is governed internationally by FIDE (International Chess Federation). The first universally recognized World Chess Champion, Wilhelm Steinitz, claimed his title in 1886; Magnus Carlsen is the current World Champion. A huge body of chess theory has developed since the game's inception. Aspects of art are found in chess composition; and chess in its turn influenced Western culture and art and has connections with other fields such as mathematics, computer science, and psychology. ( Full article...)

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Emanuel Lasker (German pronunciation: [eˈmaːnuɛl ˈlaskɐ] ( About this sound listen); December 24, 1868 – January 11, 1941) was a German chess player, mathematician, and philosopher who was World Chess Champion for 27 years, from 1894 to 1921, the longest reign of any officially recognised World Chess Champion in history. In his prime, Lasker was one of the most dominant champions, and he is still generally regarded as one of the strongest players in history.

His contemporaries used to say that Lasker used a "psychological" approach to the game, and even that he sometimes deliberately played inferior moves to confuse opponents. Recent analysis, however, indicates that he was ahead of his time and used a more flexible approach than his contemporaries, which mystified many of them. Lasker knew contemporary analyses of openings well but disagreed with many of them. He published chess magazines and five chess books, but later players and commentators found it difficult to draw lessons from his methods. ( Full article...)
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Rank Rank change* Player Rating Rating change*
1 Steady Norway Magnus Carlsen 2862 Steady
2 Steady United States Fabiano Caruana 2823 Steady
3 Steady China Ding Liren 2791 Steady
4 Steady Russia Ian Nepomniachtchi 2789 Increase 5
5 Steady France Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 2784 Steady
6 Steady United States Levon Aronian 2781 Steady
7 Steady Russia Alexander Grischuk 2777 Steady
8 Steady Azerbaijan Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 2770 Steady
9 Steady United States Wesley So 2770 Steady
10 Steady Azerbaijan Teimour Radjabov 2765 Steady
11 Steady Netherlands Anish Giri 2764 Steady
12 Steady China Wang Hao 2763 Steady
13 Steady Hungary Richard Rapport 2760 Steady
14 Steady United States Leinier Domínguez 2758 Steady
15 Increase 2 Russia Sergey Karjakin 2757 Increase 5
16 Decrease 1 India Viswanathan Anand 2753 Steady
17 Decrease 1 Russia Vladimir Kramnik 2753 Steady
18 Steady Iran Alireza Firouzja 2749 Steady
19 Steady Poland Jan-Krzysztof Duda 2743 Steady
20 Steady United States Hikaru Nakamura 2736 Steady
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  1. ^ Administrator. "Lists compared: Top 100 Players January 2021 - Top 100 Players December 2020". FIDE. Retrieved 8 January 2021.