Russian chess Grandmaster who is widely considered to be one of the world's top players.
He has been winning international chess tournaments since he was a teenager.
He has been ranked as high as second in the world and he is known for employing unusual openings, such as the the Chigorin Defense and the Albin Countergambit
He was born and raised in the Soviet Union in what is now Russia.
He has played against grandmaster Vladimir Kramnik.