The game’s international federation, FIDE, has canceled a major Moscow tournament, among other steps to distance itself from Russia, where chess has deep roots. Elite players there have condemned the invasion.
The International Chess Federation’s partnership with Establishment Labs touched off criticism in the chess world, where women say they have long faced unequal treatment and misogyny.
Like the fictional Beth Harmon in “The Queen’s Gambit,” she’s trying to find a way to get to Russia to compete. Unlike Beth, she’s blind.
The Netflix show about a chess prodigy has reignited interest in the game and fueled demand for sets, accessories and timers.
The world’s top chess players are competing online with in-person tournaments shut down. Millions of amateurs are joining in, too.