Chess: Beth Harmon and Magnus Carlsen triggers for an unlikely boom

Netflix miniseries The Queen’s Gambit could encourage more girls to play, but there are obstacles facing any potential new starBeth Harmon, heroine of Netflix’s miniseries The Queen’s Gambit, has joined Magnus Carlsen and easy access to internet games as a trigger for the unlikely chess boom of 2020.The current worldwide interest is probably the greatest that the game has experienced since Bobby Fischer famously defeated Boris Spassky at Reykjavik in 1972, incidentally providing an inspiration for Walter Tevis to write his 1983 novel where Beth is the central character. Related: The Queen’s Gambit review – from an orphanage basement to the top of the chess world Related: Igniting girls‘ interest in chess may be great legacy of The Queen’s Gambit Continue reading…

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