Demis Hassabis: I think chess — actually, a number of things that I learned when I was young — it wasn’t so much the chess itself; it was the skills that you were training while you were playing chess.  So problem-solving, imagination, creative thinking, strategic thinking, all of these things — if you play chess to a high level, what you’re really honing is those meta-skills.  And I realized from quite young, that’s one of the reasons I liked chess was this is a great practice for me to get good — sort of like a mental gym, if you like — to get really good at those other skills, which you could then translate to all sorts of other subjects like science or business.