During the quarantine period, chess boards were found in many families, but the wave clearly started when The Queen’s Gambit starring Anya-Taylor Joy hit the ratings. In the first 28 days, the fictional story of chess genius Beth Harmon was screened to 62 million households.
The popularity of the sport has continued to soar ever since, and has successfully attracted schoolchildren: more and more are playing chess.
One of the most popular chess platforms, chess.com, had 10 million active users at the end of January this year, and by April that number had jumped to 12 million. Before the covid pandemic, it had less than 2 million users.