Chess. If you poured a bucket of Drambuie down me and spun me 1,000 times, I still could not have imagined that the focus of the latest hit on Netflix, the main topic in the chat rooms of WhatsApp this week, would be chess.
It’s the fault of the second lockdown. With all this imagination time to kill, huge spaces have opened up for stories that do not involve the search for a serial killer or the baking of cakes. Into these huge spaces has strode the gloriously named Anya Taylor-Joy and her inch-perfect transformation into Beth Harmon, chess prodigy, Librium addict and beater-up of dour Russians. “Go Beth!”, we scream at the telly as The Queen’s Gambit reaches its endgame. “Make America great again.”