In the wake of the recent Netflix dramatic series The Queen's Gambit directed by Scott Frank, the chess world is booming. For the first time ever, chess.com would not let me play because their server reached capacity. That's right. They hadn't even built the digital infrastructure to support this much traffic. As a former competitive chess player, I've had a lot of people ask whether I have watched it, curious to know how the show looks to someone familiar with the game. I figured if there is so much interest in this show, I should blog of a few thoughts I had on the series, not from a cinematography perspective, but from a chess perspective.
Now a few weeks out from the massive spike in popularity, people have had time to make online accounts and learn a bit about the game. I've had multiple people approach me and ask how they can get better. In light of that, I am working on a series of blogs where I explain how to learn the game of chess! I will discuss some specific tactics and strategies, but the main intention is on how to get by with the least theory required and to get the most out of your time dedicated to studying and playing the game.
A Chess Player's Perspective on "The Queen's gambit"
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I think that everyone has a unique combination of experiences, skills etc. that can be applied somewhere to make the world a better place. Part of the challenge then, is to make sure people know about the work being done in their communities so they can get involved.
One of my favourite things to do on a day off is to get into the community and volunteer. For some of those events, I try to raise money and awareness and for others, I simply put in the hours to get work done. I hope that by blogging about some of the projects I'm involved in, someone out there will find something that resonates with them and motivates them to get involved. My posts will contain useful information on the subject at hand, with the intent for some people to donate or share the message to increase awareness.