Francois-Andre Danican Philidor (1726-1795)
Undisputably the strongest and greatest player of the 18th century, Philidor is also considered to be the first superstar of the 'modern' game as we know it today.
GM Andrew Soltis wrote that Philidor "was the best player in the world for 50 years. In fact, he was probably about 200 rating points better than anyone else yet alive - set apart by the mysteries of the game he had solved."
"The pawns are the soul of chess." - Francois-Andre Philidor