Michael (often referred to as "Mickey") learned to play chess when he was a six-year-old in England's westcountry. After he and his family moved, Mickey became active in a chess club in Falmouth. He won his first junior Congress on his 8th birthday, and before he left primary school had had won a host of titles including the British Under 11 Championship. Since then, he has gone on to become a contender for the title of World Chess Champion. In addition to chess, he's a fan of several sports, particularly boxing.