John Lennon and Ringo Starr of the Beatles were avid chess players On the promo video of the song “Imagine” John and wife Yoko played chess with both playing white to symbolize peace and love.
Ringo Starr designed a chess-set in the shape of human hands, Frank Sinatra was also known as the “Chairman of the (chess) Board”.
Madonna actually can be seen playing chess in a couple of her music videos. In fact, Madonna is so incredibly serious about chess that she and former husband, Guy Ritchie, actually had taken chess lessons from Scottish chess champion Alan Norris.
Sting and his band The Police played a charity match in New York in 2000 against World Champion Garry Kasparov.