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4. Sting


Sting is an English musician, and was part of the rock band ‘The Police’ from 1977 to 1983, before launching a solo career.

He has won 16 Grammys and 25 AMAs and stood on 63rd position on VH1’s list of 100 greatest artists of rock. He is also an activist and philanthropist, and has actively promoted the game of chess throughout his career.

He is a proclaimed aficionado of the game and is good friends with GM Garry Kasparov.

In 2000, he, along with his four band members participated in a simul event against the Russian GM at Times Square in New York.

Kasparov beat all five of his opponents, but Sting managed to give a good account of himself and succumbed to defeat in 45 moves. Prior to the game, he said,  “I have six children, and I’ve always encouraged all of them to play chess. I think it helps to sort the brain out.  It’s a very good discipline to learn for a young mind.”

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