Did you know that Heath Ledger became a chess champion when he was 10?

4 August 2014 / 2 years 2 months ago

Heath Ledger’s tragic premature death left millions of people all around the world heartbroken, including fans, family members and friends.

He left behind a short, but brilliant legacy – movies like Brokeback Mountain, Casanova, 10 Things I Hate About You and The Dark Knight.

However, acting wasn’t Ledger’s only talent. He used to be an extremely fierce chess player even from an early age, reports Things You Didn't Know.

When Ledger was still a cute little 10 year old kid with dimples and no acting experience he managed to become a champion in the Western Australia’s junior chess championship.

He continued playing chess as he grew up. Sometimes he even played with others at the Washington Square Park in NYC.

His love for the game could have landed him a directing debut back in 2008, but the unfortunate events of his untimely death had the final say.

Ledger was about to direct a movie based on The Queen’s Gambit, a novel from 1983 written by Walter Tevis.

Ledger was about to direct the project and to star in the movie adaptation alongside the actress Ellen Page.

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