People who know chess know better. His moves in the Ukraine qualify him as a "patzer", the lowliest designation for a chess player. Prior to fomenting a separatist movement, Putin, with a large Russian speaking population within Ukranian borders, was a major player in Ukranian politics, as proven by the fact that he had a most sympathetic compadre in the office of President of the Ukraine until he was ousted from power for corruption. Putin's reaction to retaliate by force was a blunder no good chess player would have ever made. He sacrificed his Queen for a handful of pawns. Sure he has a little more territory and some more mouths to feed but he lost his strong position in Ukrainian politics in the exchange.
In any event, I, personally, do believe that playing a linear game like chess does not convey any special ability in a decidedly non-linear world. Better to teach your kids Chaos Theory.