Tonight, late TV news is reporting that Mr Ledger was also an avid chess player. Australia's Channel Nine News claims that he had once finished third in the Western Australian State Chess Championships. I've yet to confirmed that but a quick search on Google reveals other citations of Heath and chess. Here's one on MTV:
MTV: I hear you play a lot of chess in Washington Square Park.
Heath Ledger: Yeah. I've played since I was a kid. I play at least one game a day.
MTV: That's dedication.
Ledger: Yeah, or obsession.
MTV: Smoking and chess?
Ledger: Yeah, they go hand in hand.
And another one in the UK's Telegraph paper: "At the same time he showed promise in other areas, as a junior go-kart racing champion and, aged only 10, as Western Australia’s junior chess champion; he also represented Western Australia at hockey."
I read that too. Do you think that it's possible the death of Bobby Fischer might have influenced him to do something rash?
Do you know what Bobby Fischer got for his birthday? Heath Ledger.
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