The Queen’s Gambit Got Me Hooked on Chess
Written by Peter Nicieja on December 18, 2020
Earlier this month, Netflix released a report of some of its most-popular programming but, as usual, didn’t give any statistics. So, a company called “ReelGood” tracked all of Netflix’s Daily Top 10 reports and ranked shows based on a point system.
Other than some obvious shows such as The Office, one of the highest ranked shows was The Queen’s Gambit: a show that centers around the game of chess.
I decided to watch the first episode for myself to see if the hype is worth it. In a word, yes, but that’s not the biggest take away. Immediately after watching the show, I downloaded a chess application on my phone and told several of my friends to do the same.
I’ve stayed up late every night this week because I’ve been playing online chess with my buddies… I know, pretty nerdy, but The Queen’s Gambit made chess cool again. And I’m not the only one who thinks so.
Since the show came out, it has led to a unprecedented surge in chess sets. Considering all of the tools we have readily available for entertainment (i.e. streaming services, phones, Tik Tok, etc.), an old-school chess board is one of this year’s hottest items.
There is an adrenaline rush that comes from a close game of chess. It’ll be nearly 3AM, my roommate is dead asleep, and I’m in my room like, “KNIGHT TO E4!”
Is this all just a passing fad? Maybe. But until it ends, I’m ready to checkmate your king. Oh, and I might as well finish the series, too.