The Most Badass Chess Nicknames Of All Time

Throughout history, chess has been played by countless individuals who have left a lasting impact on the game. From the tactical genius of Bobby Fischer to the strategic brilliance of Garry Kasparov, each player brought their unique style to the board. Over time, many of them acquired endearing or amusing nicknames that have stood the test of time. Having a nickname is like possessing a secret identity in the chess world. It adds a touch of mystique and intrigue to the players, often making them more memorable and making you wonder how they came to be. So, buckle up as we embark on a fascinating journey into the captivating universe of chess nicknames!

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Top 10 Coolest Nicknames in Chess

Presented below are ten of the coolest nicknames attributed to chess players throughout the years, meticulously selected by the ZeroBlunders team.

Joseph Henry Blackburne

The Black Death

Erik van den Doel 

The Flying Dutchman

Kurt Richter

The Executioner (Der Scharfrichter)

Ding Liren

Silent Storm

Adhiban Baskaran

The Beast

Alex Yermolinsky

The Yerminator

Fabiano Caruana

The Italian Stallion

Magnus Carlsen

Justin Bieber of Chess, Mozart of Chess

Judit Polgar

Tal in A Skirt, Princess of Chess

Hikaru Nakamura

The Speed Demon, The John McEnroe of Chess, Naka


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The World Chess Champions have been given nicknames that ascend their already legendary status throughout history. Let's explore these illustrious monikers, categorized under both men's and women's championships.

Paul Morphy

The Pride and Sorrow of Chess

Wilhelm Steinitz

The Austrian Morphy

Emanuel Lasker

The Psychological King

José Raúl Capablanca

The Chess Machine

Alexander Alekhine

White Russian

Mikhail Botvinnik

The Great Stone Face

Tigran Petrosian

The Iron Tigran, The boa constrictor

Mikhail Tal

The Magician from Riga

Boris Spassky

Comeback kid

Bobby Fischer

The Bad Boy of Chess

Anatoly Karpov

Baby Snake, Tolya

Garry Kasparov

The Beast of Baku, The Trinity

Vladimir Kramnik

The Iceberg

Vishwanathan Anand

Tiger of Madras

Magnus Carlsen

Justin Bieber of Chess, Mozart of Chess

Ding Liren

Silent Storm, Chefs House

Alexandria Kosteniuk 

Chess Queen

Judit Polgar

Tal in a skirt The, Princess of Chess


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Nicknames of Other Top Players

Several other top ranked chess players also boast memorable nicknames. They are

Alexei Shirov

Leonardo da Vinci of chess

Siegbert Tarrasch

Teacher of Germany (Praeceptor Germaniae)

Anish Giri

The DrawMaster, The Artist

Carl Schlechter

The Drawing Master

Jackson Showalter

The Kentucky Lion

Nimzowitsch Larsen

The Stormy Petrel

Richard Teichmann


Hermann Helm

The Dean of American Chess

Veselin Topalov

The Wizard

Michael Adams

The Spider

Alexander Beliavsky

Big Al

Joseph Henry Blackburne

The Black Death

Walter Browne

Mr 6 time

John Fedorowicz


Reuben Fine

Kid Dangerous

Semyon Furman

The Walking ECO

Vassily Ivanchuk


Paul Keres

The Pope Of Chess.

Alexander Petrov

Northern Philidor

Alexander Grischuk


Vasily Smyslov

The Hand

Evgeny Tomashevsky

The Professor

Sergey Karjakin 

Ministry of defence

Ian Nepomniachtchi


Daniel naroditsky

Danya or RebeccaHarris

Benjamin Philip Finegold

Strongest International Master

Aron Nimzowitsch

The Stormy Petrel, Crown Prince of the Chess World

Viktor Korchnoi

Victor the Terrible

Tony Miles

Beast of Birmingham

Andrew Tang


Sam Loyd

The Puzzle King

Simon Williams

Ginger Gm

John Nunn

The Doctor

Levy Rozman

Gotham Chess

Antonio Radić


Yasser Seirawan


Nigel Short


Jonathan Speelman

The SpeelWolf

Levon Aronian

David Beckham of Chess

Alireza Firouzja


Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

The Lyon Beast

Abhimanyu Mishra


Gukesh Dommaraju


Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa


Eric Hansen


Daniel Gormally

The Gormaliser

Alexander Khalifman

El Khalif.

Sergio Mariotti

The Italian Fury

Alex Sherzer

The Surgeon

Lajos Portisch

Hungarian Botvinnik

Frank Marshall

The Great Swindler

Leinier Domínguez


Salem Saleh

Arabic Falcon


While nicknames add charm and excitement to the chess world, it's essential to remember that the list compiled above is based on various sources. The accuracy of these nicknames has not been 100% verified, and there may be inaccuracies. We apologize for any discrepancies but hope you've enjoyed exploring the fascinating world of chess nicknames. Embrace your chess nickname, real or imagined, and let it inspire you to conquer the board with style and flair!


About the Author

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