If you have no idea what you’re getting for Christmas this year, it might just be a chess set.

The Netflix series The Queen’s Gambit has been a runaway success and has inspired many of us to search for chess sets in the hope of becoming the next Beth Harmon.

It might not sound like the most exciting premise, but the series stars Anya Taylor Jor as chess prodigy Beth and her brilliant talent.

Fans have fallen in love with the aesthetics and styling of the series, as well as a new-found appreciation of the sport, that has sent them to eBay in droves.

There’s been an impressive 273% surge in searches for ‘chess sets’ on eBay in the 10 days following the show’s release.

That’s once every six seconds. 

Toys Category Manager at eBay UK, Nouman Qureshi, 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.”

As well as baking it seems like we’re all playing board games, and chess might be the new trend for 2020.

The story is based on the book by Walter Tevis,  and is firmly staying on Netflix’s number one spot.


Will you be buying a chess set?

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