Top 10 Greatest Female Chess Players Of All Time

10. Humpy Koneru

Humpy Koneru

Indian chess Grandmaster Humpy Koneru was born on 31 March 1987 and achieved her career-high FIDE Elo rating of 2598 in July 2014, which placed her third on the list of female grandmasters. She then achieved the FIDE Elo rating of 2606 in October 2007 and became the second female player to cross the 2600 Elo rating barrier. 

09. Xu Yuhua

Xu Yuhua

Chinese chess Grandmaster Xu Yuhua was born on October 29, 1976, and was a former Women’s World Champion from 2006 to 2008. She is the third women’s world chess champion from China. 

08. Alexandra Kosteniuk

Alexandra Kosteniuk

Russian chess Grandmaster Alexandra Konstantinovna Kosteniuk was born on April 23, 1984, and is a former Women’s World Chess Champion. She started playing chess at the age of five under her father’s training. 

07. Antoaneta Stefanova

Antoaneta Stefanova

Bulgarian chess grandmaster Antoaneta Stefanova was born on April 19, 1979, and is a former Women’s World Chess Champion. Stefanova is considered by many as one of the best female chess grandmasters right now. 

06. Nona Gaprindashvili

Nona Gaprindashvili

Georgian chess player Nona Gaprindashvili was born on 3 May 1941 and is the first female Grandmaster and also the sixth women’s world chess champion from 1962 to 1978. Her fans often dubbed her the strongest female chess force of her generation. She represented the Soviet Union in the Chess Olympiads eleven times from 1963 to 1990 and also represented Georgia in 1992.

05. Xie Jun

 Xie Jun

Chinese chess grandmaster Xie Jun was born on October 30, 1970, and had her reigns as Women’s World Chess Champion in two spells from 1991 to 1996 and again from 1999 to 2001. 

04. Maia Chiburdanidze

Maia Chiburdanidze

Georgian chess grandmaster Maia Chiburdanidze was born on17 January 1961 and is the seventh Women’s World Chess Champion. She achieved nine Chess Olympiads until now. 

03. Susan Polgar

02. Hou Yifan

Hou Yifan

Chinese chess grandmaster Hou Yifan was born on 27 February 1994 and is known widely as a Chinese chess prodigy. She is the youngest ever to win the Women’s World Chess Champion and also the youngest female player ever to qualify for the title of Grandmaster. 

01. Judit Polgár

Judit Polgár

Hungarian chess grandmaster Judit Polgár was born on 23 July 1976 and is the strongest female chess player in the history of chess. He achieved the title of Grandmaster at the age of just 15 years and 4 months in 1991.