EbeneInfo – CA – Chess Almost Impossible to Find Thanks to « The Queen’s Gambit »


    You might not think that a miniseries about the game of chess would be so exciting But when it’s a 60s based drama that includes addiction, death, l love, the Russians and an orphan who beats everyone on the board, that’s really great

    Yes, the centerpiece of Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit is the game of chess, but it’s so much more than that, which honestly makes it one of the best shows of 2020

    The seven-episode show debuted on Netflix in late October and got everyone not only talking about chess, but also wanting to play the game that blew chess sales

    Mary Higbe, marketing director at Goliath Games, told NPR that chess sales have increased by over 1000%

    « Our chess sales in October were up 178% from the same period last year, » Higbe says It’s a big increase But something unexpected happened at the end of the months Now, she says, « our chess sales are up 1,048% »

    eBay even reported a 273% increase in searches for chess sets within 10 days of the show’s release, while the word « chess » nearly doubled in Google searches the year before.

    Of course, it’s safe to assume that chess and board game sales increased at the start of the pandemic with everyone stuck inside, but The Queen’s Gambit seems to have created a perfect storm and now it becomes difficult to find a chessboard

    After putting two episodes into the show myself, I turned to my wife and told her we need to start playing chess. Am I a great chess player? No Do I like board games? Not really But the show made my brain say, « eh, we should be playing this game, otherwise I would have no interest in being absolutely bored in about 11 minutes. »

    There is great technology again, it is enough to control our lives trying to get us all to play chess

    Chess, Netflix, Anya Taylor-Joy

    EbeneInfo – CA – Chess is almost impossible to find thanks to « The Queen’s Gambit »

    Source: https://brobible.com/culture/article/the-queens-gambit-chess-sales/

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