The Beatles had their own chess master, Michael Jackson.
When he was just a teenager, he won the International Chess Federation (ICAF) title in 1977.
The following year, in 1980, Jackson won the world championship.
He had won three grandmaster titles in the same year and became the first man to win the world title with seven different chess grandmasters.
In 1984, Jackson became the world’s youngest grandmaster, just 10 years old.
But he was still only 13.
In 1991, at age 15, he was crowned the world chess champion, a feat which had never been accomplished by anyone before or since.
A few years later, he also won the World Chess Federation’s title.
He was only 15 at the time, but he had already been playing chess for nearly three decades.
By the end of his career, Jackson was a champion and world chess champ.
This article originally appeared in the June 13, 2021 issue of PEOPLE Magazine.