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The ECF is delighted that The Queen’s Gambit, broadcast by Netflix, has proved a terrific success both with audiences and with critics. Tarjei Svensen, writing on chess24 – – shortly after the show was released pointed out, ‘The Queen’s Gambit is currently the most watched TV show globally and ranks 1st in 27 countries, including the USA, UK and Russia’.

Chess in Schools and Communities tweeted, ‘… the series Queen’s Gambit breaks the stereotype that chess is not for girls. We are passionate about encouraging girls to play and have taught more than 100,000 girls since 2010 in UK inner city classrooms’. The ECF agrees with this reaction, and is keen to help girls and women across the whole country to get involved in playing chess.

In his review of the series – – Mark Rivlin, the ECF’s Publicity Officer wrote, ‘It would be good to see more women and girls participating, having been inspired by this remarkable mini-series’. Whilst we wait to return to over the board play, please spread the word that girls and women of all levels are very welcome to join the England Women team on lichess at