Global increase in chess play due to The Queen Gambit

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Abdullah Qadri


Posted on: Saturday 28 November 2020 – 11:10 AM | Last update: Saturday 28 November 2020 – 11:10 AM

Thousands of people around the world are turning to online chess after the release of the successful Netflix series “The Queen’s Gambit” (The Queen’s Gambit).

The Netflix Original series, released on October 23, documents orphan’s quest to become the world’s greatest chess player.

Searches for chess sets on eBay nearly tripled after the series’ release, as Chess.com and its companion app, Chess, soared in popularity.

Nick Barton, Chess.com’s director of business development, told Business Insider that nearly every day in November, the site set an all-time record for new members joining in one day.

And in the third week of November, more than 100,000 new members registered for the site every day.

The site’s previous weekly peak in new registrations returned in mid-March, when 378,000 new players registered in a week with the start of closures in the world due to the Corona virus.

Although the popularity that the site gained in November can be attributed to the conditions imposed by the emerging corona virus epidemic – many European countries and the United States re-entered the closure to control the epidemic, the issuance of the “Queen’s maneuver” had an effect “that cannot be” Deny it “on the growth of Chess.com, Barton said.

Users of the site can play a chess maneuver against the series’ hero.

Nearly half of all Chess.com games are played on its own app, which integrates with the website.

There are now nearly a billion smartphones that support a certain number of chess apps, according to the International Chess Federation (FIDE), and when the pandemic hit countries around the world, the number of games played online daily grew by about 50% to nearly 6.5 million.



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