Arnold Schwarzenegger says: "Stay at home and play chess!"

by Arne Kaehler
4/3/2020 – Arnold Schwarzenegger, bodybuilder, businessman, "Terminator", and former Governor of California, has made a couple of videos to encourage people to "Stay at Home". But what to do at home? Schwarzenegger has a number of ideas, one of them is playing chess. Which evoked memories in Garry Kasparov who back in 2002 played against the former "Mr. Olympia". | Photo: Arnold Schwarzenegger enjoying chess before Corona hit the world. | Film still from a YouTube video by Morne Bester

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Schwarzenegger, Whiskey and Lulu

As an actor Schwarzenegger has been extremely successful and popular but the real stars of his "Stay at Home" videos are his donkey Lulu and his horse Whiskey.

Though Lulu still has trouble to understand the rules of chess.

This tweet provoked an invitiation from Garry Kasparov:

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The twitter post and the videos with Lulu and Whiskey are part of an awareness campaign with which Schwarzenegger tries to encourage people to "Stay at Home" and to keep physical distance in the times of the coronavirus. The video which started this campaign has been extremely popular on YouTube and Twitter:

In fact, the videos with Whiskey and Lulu are so popular that Schwarzenegger decided to give them their own t-shirt merchandise. 100% of the profits will go to After-School All-Stars, which Schwarzenegger founded back in 1992.

Playing chess with a donkey might be a joke to entertain his audience but Schwarzenegger has time and again shown that he is an avid chess fan.


Arne Kaehler, a creative mind who is passionate about board games in general, was born in Hamburg and learned to play chess at a young age. By teaching chess to youth teams and creating chess-related videos on YouTube, Arne was able to expand this passion and has even created an online course for anyone who wants to learn how to play chess. Arne writes for the English and German news sites, but focuses mainly on content for the ChessBase media channels.


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