'The Queen's Gambit' effect: Chess is enjoying a moment

Chess is enjoying a moment. Between the pandemic keeping everyone at home and a popular new Netflix series, the nearly 1,500-year-old game is attracting players young and old. “The longer the pandemic lasts, the more people want to occupy themselves elsewhere,” says Achim Schmitt, president of the Rhineland-Palatinate Chess Federation, in south-west Germany. And as luck would have it, chess, which can be played online without any contact, is a hobby that is essentially perfect for lockdown. “Online chess is definitely being played much more than a year ago,” says Ullrich Krause, president of t…

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