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The game of chess continues to see a meteoric rise in participants.
The pandemic has exploded the board game's popularity.
It started as something to do when everyone was in lockdown; then came The Queen's Gambit on Netflix, followed by a large number of online influencers playing online to hundreds of thousands of viewers, and it has only grown in strength from there.
The number one online chess site in the world, chess.com, has grown from 25 milllion users to more than 71 million in 18 months.
NZ Chess Federation president Nigel Metge joined Mike Hosking