Jose Raul Capablanca

The Lasker-Capablanca showdown of 1914

Canada’s Frank Marshall didn’t succeed in conquering the world of chess, but his aggressive tactics were universally feared

The great man of letters was better at holding a debate than his drink

Former child prodigies Samuel Reshevsky and Bobby Fischer had one of the fiercest rivalries in chess history — and not only on the board

A fiercely loyal Communist with a ferocious work ethic, Mikhail Botvinnik was an unshakeable Grandmaster