How The Queen’s Gambit Made Chess Mainstream Again

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Chess is one of the oldest games out there, and it is still one of the main pass-time activities for the elderly. However, with all of the video games, apps, and other board games, the chess player base started to grow thinner. Professional chess is still played, having more casual players who can inspire the next generation would definitely be a good thing. The reality is that chess does not have InfernoBet Promotion Code 2020, or anything similar to get people excited about this sport. In other words, there is not enough coverage of chess as more exciting events are usually covered. Luckily that changed, thanks to the recent Netflix series Queen’s Gambit. 

About Queen’s Gambit   

Queen’s Gambit is a mini-series based on a novel by Walter Tevis, and it’s about a young woman that grew up in an orphanage and conquered the world of chess. The series tells a gripping story and it really took the world by storm, but more importantly, it sparked a serious chess frenzy. So, let’s see how exactly the world reacted.

Chess on gaming platforms

Twitch is one of the most popular gaming platforms where viewers love to watch their favorite eSports events and their favorite streamers. Games like Dota 2, League of Legends, Fortnite, and Hearthstone usually rank at the top when it comes to viewers, but after Queen’s Gambit, professional chess players started seeing a serious spike in their viewership, up to 400% more interest than before in fact. This means they get more support and more funds thanks to the donations. 

Google searches

After the series premiered Google has reported that searches for the term “chess” were at an all-time high, in the past 14 years. This is a clear indicator that more people are willing to start learning about chess and how to play it. 

Online sales

Viewing and learning about chess was not the only thing that happened, people started to buy chess sets on eBay and other sites as well. It was one of the most sold items in November 2020. This just goes to show how the media has a serious impact on our shopping habits.

More women players

Series does an amazing job at empowering women to play chess since it is really a sport where the playing field is equal. Also, the protagonist uses her intuition to make the winning moves, so it’s understandable why women all over the world would like to give this game a shot. 

What makes chess so appealing

Rules for chess have not changed for centuries, there are some other creative spins on the game, but the original game remains the same. Chess is almost a perfectly balanced and fair game, the only advantage one might have is going first. It is entirely a skill-based game, the only luck factor involved being the opponent’s mistake. This is what makes games appealing when they are evenly balanced and fair, easy to learn but hard to master. There are countless strategies and outcomes within a single chess game, and players need to think a few steps ahead and try to ascertain the opponent’s strategy in order to prevail.