He’s had glamorous girlfriends, posts topless pictures on Instagram and is even friends with top actors and footballers.
But Magnus Carlsen is not from the glittering world of showbusiness or Hollywood – he’s a chess player who happens to be the best in the world at what he does.
So when Carlsen, 31, lost to ‘abrasive’ American teenage grandmaster Hans Niemann earlier this month, it sparked a whirlwind of theories about whether the 19-year-old cheated to pull off the feat.
Chess fans speculated that an accomplice watching Niemann’s match against Carlsen at the Sinquefield Cup in St. Louis used a chess program to determine the perfect move, and then sent electronic instructions via vibrating anal beads.
There are certainly high stakes involved, despite chess’s ordinarily understated image. The Sinquefield Cup paid $87,500 (£77,500) to the eventual winner, whilst the upcoming Chess.com Global Championship offers an overall prize fund of $1million (£886,000) and will hand $200,000…