The Queen’s Gambit has become the must-watch drama on Netflix right now – and it’s caused a massive surge in potential chess players.
The series, starring Anya Taylor-Joy, follows a young orphan who becomes obsessed with strategy game, entering tournaments around the world as she becomes one of the best players ever.
Well, it seems that viewers of the limited series think they can get in on the action, and new research has shown the dramatic increase in people searching for their own boards.
In fact, eBay has revealed there was a massive 273% surge in searches for ‘chess sets’ on the online auction site in the 10 days following the show’s release.
For context – that’s once every six seconds.
Nouman Qureshi, Toys Category Manager at eBay UK, said: ‘We’re seeing shoppers turn to more traditional forms of entertainment during this second lockdown.
‘This includes a big uptake in the classic game of chess, which if things continue as they are, we might all be pros at by December 2.’
The Queen’s Gambit, based in the 1960s, follows Beth from the ages of eight to 22, as she forms a complicated relationship to pill addiction.
Placed on sedatives as a child like all the other children at the care home to keep them quiet and compliant, Beth soon struggles without them.
She finds solace with the kind-hearted groundskeeper who teaches her how to play chess, becoming a father figure as her skill in the game is noticed by local schools.
The series has seen wide praise for viewers who have been captured by the tale and the all-star cast, which includes a fair few familiar faces for Brits.
The story is based on the book by Walter Tevis, and has been billed as a limited series.
As a result, that unfortunately means a checkmate on season two, with a return of Beth and the gang looking unlikely.
The Queen’s Gambit is available now on Netflix.
Credit: Original article published here.