New trend among teenagers: more and more are playing chess

New trend among teenagers: more and more are playing chess

Chessboards rediscovered

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.

New trend

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,, 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.

Chess can give you an edge in business: 5 skills to learn

Chess combines elements of sport, science and art, and can be used to develop a range of skills and abilities that can be put to good use in business. These include strategic planning, pattern recognition and adaptability,” says Norbert Fogarasi, head of Morgan Stanley’s Budapest headquarters and a master chess player in training.

For the fourth year in a row, the company has supported the World Chess Festival, which was launched by Judit Polgár. According to the world’s most successful female chess player, the game can also benefit everyone in developing problem-solving skills.

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F1 – mini chess club insights: “We’re pretty hooked”

F1 - Sainz és Leclerc (Ferrari )

As more and more people discover the game, chess has infiltrated the F1 paddock. Two Ferrari drivers in particular, Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, have become chess fans (alongside golf and padel).

“Actually, I’ve always loved chess, even as a kid,” Leclerc told of one of his new hobbies, explaining how Sainz became his number one playing partner. “I think this year it all started with boredom before the press days. We didn’t know what to do, and because he saw me playing chess on my phone he said OK, he’ll download it. We got pretty hooked on the game in the first half of the season, playing each other non-stop.”