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Why F1's chess master isn't worried by self-doubt

“Chess is a war over the board - the object is to crush the opponent’s mind,” said chess world champion Bobby Fischer. GP Racing’s OLEG KARPOV recently challenged keen player Mick Schumacher to a more light-hearted match, and along the way got Mick to talk about pictures, his famous surname and how he’s coping in his second season in F1

Mick Schumacher grabs a pair of pawns from the case, hides them behind his back, and a second later puts his two fists forward. GP Racing taps his left hand and he opens it… revealing a black piece nestling in his upturned palm. He gets to make the first move.

Mick's interest in chess is no secret, as he's often seen in the paddock playing against his physio. He's got one of the world's most popular chess apps installed on his phone but says he rarely plays against real people online, preferring computer bots. He also says it's just a hobby, since a Formula 1 driver's schedule leaves no room for proper chess study – but he definitely knows his way around the board.

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