Through the years it has come and gone grand chess players who have had the chance to call themselves champions. But some have remained in the memory longer than others. Sweden has had great success with the development of skilled players, some of whom have been with and shaped the way the game is played today.

(“Carlsen Magnus BW” (CC BY-SA 2.0) of karpidis.)

Swedish chess players

Although we are only a country of just under 10 million people, it has come up several skilled talents in the game, and sporting event. Some of the names you often think of the skier Ingemar Stenmark and tennis player Bjorn Borg. Or still active practitioners hockey player Henrik Lundqvist and footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the American teams LA Galaxy according to the odds tip in sports news the pre-favorites to win the league 2019 (6.00). But anyone who is interested in chess thinking in a completely different name when talking about successful Swedes.

Perhaps one thinks of Ulf Andersson, who became world four 1983 and Swedish champions already 1969. 1975 he also became the first player to defeat the then world champion Anatoly Karpov. He is no longer active as a player, but he sometimes appears in official contexts. He trained long as Argentina's national team in chess.

Gideon Stahlberg is another famous chess champion from Sweden. Gideon is not as well known for its games such as Ulf Andersson, but he is known for his books and for his work as a judge. Stahlberg, who passed away 1967, has written a dozen books on chess and he was sentenced five world championships between 1957-1963.

Among women's pillars is Pia Cramling who is Sweden's best-ever player. She is still active and has played in Rilton Cup a number of times. She has participated in several world championships, but have never gone further than the semi-final.

International chess player

There is no denying that there has been a Russian dominance in chess scene and some of the best players is undoubtedly from Russia. But there are exceptions, and it is not a Russian dominance that prevails today.

Right now, the Norwegian Magnus Carlsen, who is the world champion and he has held the title since 2013. He is therefore one of the players who have held the title the longest, and the player who has the most points. This year he won the World Cup after a long duel against the American Fabiano Caruana, which twelve parties ended a draw and was completed with rematch.

(“World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov of Ba” (CC BY-SA 2.0) av Russia and Ukraine.)

The Russian successes in chess goes way back, but there are players like Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov is most remembered. Karpov was world champion 1975-1985 and 1993-1999. His poker face is known around the world and nowadays he is involved mostly in exhibition matches. Kasparov, in turn, as famous for his merits for loss game against the computer Deep Blue 1997. He was world champion between 1985-1993 and had a way of playing and body language to increase the game's entertainment value.

Meanwhile, one of the world's most famous chess player American Bobby Fischer. He was a great champion already was 15 years old and is known as the first to break the Russian dominance in the 1950s. Unfortunately, he is also known for its follies for career, but in chess context, he will always be remembered with warmth.