Chess experiences surge in popularity after Netflix show The Queens Gambit

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Mon, 14 Dec 2020, 1:31PM
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Chess experiences surge in popularity after Netflix show The Queens Gambit

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Mon, 14 Dec 2020, 1:31PM

A centuries-old game has surged in popularity thanks to a hit television show, and forced lockdowns.

Netflix show The Queens Gambit has seen store shelves stripped of chess sets, as viewers take up the game.

Canterbury Chess Club secretary Craig Hall told Tim Dower lockdowns prompted an uptick in people playing chess, and then the show landed.

He says chess tournaments were held online during international lockdowns  and the show has sparked the appetite of new players.

"Online guides have made the game less intimidating to new players, whose interest was sparked by the show.

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