Players battling it out to be world champion command millions of dollars in winnings and sponsorship. But chess has long been linked to high brain capacity - and could help make children smarter.
The World Chess Championship is a million euro contest... But that's not all that's at stake. History is waiting for either Magnus Carlsen or Fabiano Caruana to claim victory.
The city of Batumi was the arena for merciless combat between the world's great players.
The 27 year old Norwegian played fast against a wide age range from an 8 year old to a 66 year old.
The World Chess Championship in Saudi Arabia has become mired in controversy