The Chess Boom Continues

The past year gave us many surprising trends that no one would have expected. First of all, there is the retreat into their own home, which prompts people to become interested in cooking difificult dishes and baking bread. Online shopping got even more significant, and the streaming providers were happy about a rush of new customers. But the wave of trends did not stop with these few. A lot of people who spent their time in the home office rediscovered a game of chess.

The game of kings recently celebrated an unexpected revival. After all, chess is already 1,500 years old. The game still challenges and inspires its audience. The film adaptation of the book The Queen’s Gambit by Walter Tevis demonstrated how exciting chess could be. The eponymous series delighted an audience of millions and gave Netflix a global hit. As a result, countless people suddenly began to be interested in the game.

That gave the dealers a big boom. Suddenly, you could not buy chess boards and chess pieces anymore. This onslaught gripped not only the US but also Europe. The Queen’s Gambit provided exciting insights into a story that described a little bit the rise of Bobby Fischer. The former eccentric world chess champion wrote chess history with his victory against Boris Spassky and continues to occupy the fans. In the TV series, a woman takes on his role and rises from the depths of an orphanage to become a celebrated chess prodigy. Here the audience could see for the first time that the professional players are performing on a par with those of the top athletes, which generated interest in chess. Books went over the counter as quickly as clocks and boards. The phenomenon became so great that the shortage of chess utensils continues.

Increased Interest in Google Search Queries

This run mainly concerned high-quality games. After all, everyone who still had the great pictures of The Queen’s Gambit in their mind wanted to have similarly great characters at home. eBay reported a 250 per cent increase in its search queries. You can also see the increased interest in Google search queries. Platforms on the Internet are happy about a massive influx of new players and interested observers. In some countries, chessboard sales increased tenfold. Some lovers are willing to spend a lot of money on a new hobby.

Increased Interest in Google Search Queries
Increased Interest in Google Search Queries

An excellent example of this is the chess pieces in the Viennese design. These have been the standard in chess in the Alpine republic since the 1920s. Experts point out that chess connects generations and cultures. The players don’t have to have anything in common to meet and play at the board. In the last few years, many people had a lot of time and used it to learn chess. More and more women discovered the game. Although their share is generally only ten per cent, it is increasing sharply, especially among young women. It will be interesting to see whether the boom will have a long-term effect and whether chess will regain the status it deserves.