CONTESTANTS

Manny Pacquiao

Boxing megastar Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao faces his strongest challenge yet tomorrow: a 10-year-old version of chess king Magnus Carlsen.

The newly-retired 12-time boxing world champ will make a rare appearance to compete in the Magnus Carlsen Celebrity Charity Challenge.

Kristofer Hivju

Kristofer is a big red-bearded beast of an actor best known for playing lovestruck wildling Tormund Giantsbane in Game of Thrones, but will also appear in season 2 of The Witcher and has a new film out in 2021 called Cocaine Bear.

Rainn Wilson

Actor, writer, comedian and… and impressive chess player. Rainn, who is best known for his role in hit NBC sitcom The Office, lasted 30 moves against the 10-year-old Magnus AND managed to call him a “butthole”.

Joe Mantegna

Joe is known worldwide as the voice of gangster Fat Tony from The Simpsons and detective David Rossi in US drama Criminal Minds. But the veteran actor didn’t quite lay down the law against Magnus, lasting a mere 13 moves.

Sal Khan

Sal is the founder of the Khan Academy, the hugely-important online learning tool teaching kids around the world. Its videos have been viewed more than 1.8bn times! But Sal may not want to see his match against Magnus again, as he lasted just 13 moves.

Liv Boeree

Liv is a keen philanthropist, and in 2014 co-founded Raising for Effective Giving (REG), a research and advisory non-profit that uses the philosophies and strategies of Effective Altruism to identify and raise money for the most globally impactful charities.

Sam Bankman-Fried

Sam Bankman-Fried is the founder and CEO of FTX, a cryptocurrency exchange. He also manages $2.5 billion of assets through Alameda Research, a quantitative cryptocurrency trading firm he founded in October 2017.

Maximilian Günther

Formula E driver Maximilian lives life in the fast lane with BMW Motorsport. The German star was fast to the finish too in his match against Magnus, reaching the chequered flag in just 14 moves.

Cuba Gooding Jr

Hollywood star Cuba has been in everything from Boyz n the Hood to Jerry Maguire. He was the first celeb to pit himself against Magnus but, unfortunately, 16 moves was As Good As It Gets for Cuba.