In the last list of the top Chess players we published, we went over the best Chinese Chess players. Now in this article, we’re ranking the best Spanish Chess players from Spain, starting with the number ten spot in FIDE.
10. Manuel Perez Candelario
Full name: Manuel Perez Candelario
Born: Jan 1, 1983
World Ranking: 281
Manuel Perez Candelario is a Spanish chess player born in 1988. Perez is a dedicated chess player with a grandmaster title awarded by FIDE in 2011.
Perez is still active in his chess career, with a world ranking of 281 active players out of the 349 players.
9. Miguel Santos Ruiz
Full name: Miguel Santos Ruiz
Born: October 4, 1999
World Ranking: 254
Born on October 4, 1999, Miguel Santos Ruiz is a famous chess player with a federation of Spain. He earned his grandmaster title from FIDE at 20 in 2019. Miguel has participated in several chess championships and was featured in the world cup chess games in 2019.
At the chess 2019 world cup, Miguel lost in his first round after facing a defeat from Wei Yi.
8. Daniil Yuffa
Full name: Daniil Aleksandrovich Yuffa
Born: February 25, 1997
World Ranking: 222
Daniil Aleksandrovich Yuffa, born on February 25, 1997, is a popular Spanish and Russian chess player. FIDE awarded Yaffa a chess grandmaster title in 2016. In his chess career, he has competed in Aeroflot open in 2018, where he finished in position 41 out of 92 players.
He also participated in the 2019 world cup chess games, where he upset David Navara in round one and finally beat Luke McShane in round two but later lost to Teimour Radjabov in round three.
7. Ivan Salgado Lopez
Full name: Ivan Salgado Lopez
Born: June 29, 1991
World Ranking: 185
Ivan Salgado Lopez is a famous Spanish chess player born on June 29, 1991. Ivan holds a grandmaster title which FIDE awarded him in 2008. Ivan was also the winner of the Iberoamerican championships chess games played in 2012. Furthermore, he was also the winner of the Spanish championships played in 2013.
Ivan also competed in the round-robin tournament of the Ciutat de Barcelona in 2011, where he won on a tiebreak after sharing a position with Yasser Seirawan. He is also one of the Spain national chess players team.
6. Miguel IIIescas Cordoba
Full name: Miguel IIIescas Cordoba
Born: December 3, 1965
World Ranking: 209
Blitz: not rated
Miguel IIIescas Cordoba is a famous Spanish chess player born on December 3, 1965. Miguel was awarded an international master’s title by FIDE in 1986.
In just two years’ time, he won his grandmaster title and was awarded by FIDE in 1988. He was the most active and strongest Spanish player with consistent progress for many years making him achieve an Elo rating of 2620 which was the highest rating in 1993.
5. Eduardo Iturrizaga Bonelli
Full name: Eduardo Iturrizaga Bonelli
Born: November 1, 1989
World Ranking: 191
Eduardo Patricio Iturrizaga Bonelli is a popular Spanish chess player born in Caracas, Venezuela, on November 1, 1989. He won his grandmaster title from FIDE as the first Venezuelan born chess player in 2008. Furthermore, Eduardo participated in several FIDE chess games world cup for many years from 2007, 2009, 2013 and 2015.
He is a 4 times champion of Venezuela in different chess championships and nagged to represent the country in 8 chess Olympiads.
4. Jaime Santos Latasa
Full name: Santos Latasa Jaime
Born: July 3, 1996
World Ranking: 66
Santos Latasa Jaime is a 26-year-old famous Spanish chess player whose federation in Spain was born in 1996. Santos first won his master’s title in chess games in 2011 from FIDE. He later earned an international grandmaster in 2014. He continued with positive progress in chess.
In 2018, Santos was awarded a grandmaster title by FIDE and gained popularity, being ranked number 66 active players in the world rankings out of all 74 players. Santos has a FIDE rating of 2672 and is still active in his chess career.
3. Alexei Dmitrievich Shirov
Full name: Alexei Dmitrievich Shirov
Born: July 4, 1972
World Ranking: 42
Alexei Dmitrievich Shirov, born on July 4, 1972, is a Spanish and Levitan famous chess player. Shirov was the Under 16 world champion in the 1998 Spanish chess Championships. He shared the same place as runner-up in the 1990 World Championships in the junior section. He was awarded a grandmaster title by FIDE in 1990 and has won several international tournaments.
In 1994 1994, Shirov achieved second position in the list of FIDE ratings after Anatoly Karpov. He competed in the world cup for chess games in 2007 and later qualified to play for the next 2010 World championships, where he lost to Gata Kamsky in the finals.
2. David Anton Guijarro
Full name: David Anton Guijarro
Born: June 23, 1995
World Ranking: 46
David Anton Guijarro is a famous chess player from Spain, born on June 23, 1995. In 2013, he won a grandmaster title from FIDE when he was 18. David also participated in 2 chess Olympiads in his chess career. He is an 8 times winner of the Spanish chess championships in different formats and groups.
David earned his international master’s title from FIDE in 2012 after winning a silver medal in the Under 18 World chess championships youth section. In 2015, David qualified to compete in the FIDE chess world cup games after winning a silver medal in the European chess championship individual section. In the same year, he has also declared a winner in the Blitz championship for Spanish.
1. Francisco Vallejo Pons
Full name: Francisco Vallejo Pons
Born: August 21, 1982
Born on August 21, 1982, Francisco Vallejo Pons is a famous Spanish chess player. He is a 5 times champion in the Spanish chess championships. was also the winner of the World Chess championships for youth in the under 18 section in 2000. Francisco was awarded a grandmaster title by FIDE when he was sixteen. He also defeated Veselin Topalov to win a master’s in Ciudad de Leon. In addition, Francisco competed in the European championships at the individual section held in 2013, where he shared a place on a tie break for the first time.
That concludes the list of the best Spanish Chess players. If you like list posts like this, you may also be interested in seeing the ten best Indian Chess players or the best Canadian Chess players.
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