The Joy of Six: athletes who have excelled in more than one sport | Michael Butler and Ian McCourt

From a gun-slinging Jackie Stewart to Tadhg Kennelly’s exploits in Gaelic football and AFL, here are half-a-dozen athletes who have switched sports

For most people, football and chess could not be more different. One is played in the mud and rain. The other does not even require trainers. Football is a team game played on instinct, a chaos theory in which two matches are never the same, with players reacting to a round object pin-balling around a rectangle of grass. Some people struggle to see chess as a sport altogether (it is, and has been recognised as such by the International Olympic Committee since 2000) but it remains an introverted crusade that is built on patterns and planning, with attacks and counterattacks often concocted a dozen moves in advance.

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