It is the boxset binge hit of lockdown 2.0 — the riveting tale of a Kentucky chess prodigy who emerges from a 1950s orphanage to crush Cold War grandmasters with a nuclear stare and killer wardrobe.

But The Queen’s Gambit is more than a glossy triumph for Netflix; it is also shaking up chess, thrusting geeks into prime time, triggering a run on chessboards — and highlighting persistent sexism in the game.

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