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Chess is a game for everybody – young or old, amateur or professional. In this article, we present eight famous personalities who have achieved success in their respective fields and also had a passion for playing the game of chess.

'America, I am coming to conquer you' … Charlie Chaplin in The Gold Rush (1925).

Charlie Chaplin is one of the most prominent names in the history of the film industry. He is most famously known for his comic roles in silent movies and has won three Academy awards in a career spanning more than three-quarters of a century. He devoted two pages of his autobiography to playing chess, with particular focus on the time when he was one of twenty Hollywood film stars to play simultaneous chess against prodigy and future eight-time US Champion Sammy Reshevsky. You can take a look at the game here.

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