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Hollywood is chess crazy! First we find out about Jessica Simpson and Billy Corgan being obsessed, and now Leonardo DiCaprio is found playing chess in public - with a chess clock. Maybe this type of attention will help chess’s popularity in the US.

Jessica Simpson and Billy Corgan play a weekly game of chess.

The singer who has refused to confirm reports she is dating the Smashing Pumpkins lead singer says she has become addicted to chess after he taught her how to play and now they like to play each other on a regular basis.

“He taught her how to play and was surprised at how quickly she got the hang of it, but she is yet to beat him.”

The 43-year-old rocker recently revealed he “loves” the 29-year-old beauty. “If I go, ‘Oh, we’re just friends,’ then it’s like, ‘Did they go out, did he dump her or she dump him, what happened?’ It has nothing to do with any of that. Sometimes people just like being around each other, and good things come out of that.

“My goal in life is to love whoever I think is worth loving, and I think if people knew her like I knew her, they would love her like I do. It’s really simple.”

An Indianapolis radio station matched up two chessmasters on their website, but probably not the way you would think. They put a photo of each player and a button underneath labeled ‘Who’s Hotter?’.


Underneath the photos there is a description:

I chose Natalia and Alexandra because I love the combination of brains and beauty and these ladies have LOTS of both. Natalia Pogonina is a Russian chess Woman Grandmaster and member of the Russian chess Olympic team. And, Alexandra Kosteniuk is a Russian chess Grandmaster and the current Women’s World Chess Champion. Checkmate! - Matt from X103.

Watch Chess Queen Alexandra Kosteniuk beat reigning World Chess Champion Vishy Anand at the most recent World Blitz Chess Championship. I enjoy watching speed chess because of the greater opportunity for an upset.

Sex appeal is one way to get guys to learn how to play chess.

How about playing chess with pieces taller than you? The king is 6 feet 3 inches tall, 2 feet thick and weighs 250 pounds. Good thing they are on rollers.

I’ve never enjoyed playing chess with unusual pieces because it takes away from gameplay, but this chess set makes me smile. I was a big fan of Super Mario Brothers when I was young, so to see the characters on a chess set seems strange yet familiar.