Chess star Demis Hassabis wins it all, sells company to Google

By Alexander Baron

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London – At 12, Demis Hassabis was the strongest chess player in the world for his age. He has come a long way in the two and a half decades since then. He sold his company Deep Mind Technologies to Google for around £300 million ($498 million).

If he had put in the spadework, it is not unlikely Demis could have become world chess champion, but he had bigger fish to fry. In 1998, he entered the second Mind Sports Olympiad where he won the Pentamind, holding the title until 2001, and winning it a record 5th time in 2003.

After that, work beckoned, although in 2006 he and his wife turned up at the 10th event with their baby son Alexander. Here he was runner up in the Pentamind, and beat his younger brother George into third place at Twixt. And last year, Alexander, at the ripe old age of 7, gave a hint that he might well be following in his Dad’s footsteps.

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