We all know by now that the Queen’s Gambit is a classic chess opening – but it was Netflix’s international success show that led to booming membership in chess clubs and sales of chess at a frequency not seen before. Chess legend Garry Kasparov was an advisor to the show ensuring that the chess-feeling was there. Now Kasparov himself is launching his own platform – Kasparovchess – in cooperation with media company Vivendi.
To let the Master teach you how to play like the heroine in The Queen’s Gambit – Beth Harmon – you have to become a member and pay USD 119.99 for a year. Majority of lessons from experts and retrospective analysis of games you played yourself are behind a paywall. Premium members get access to a database of 50,000 manually created puzzles where they can train certain skills.
“We are showing the world that there is so much more to chess than strategy and tactics,” said Garry Kasparov. “It is a way of life and a way of looking at the world. I hope to bring all people into this experience, even if they’ve never played before, because chess can help them become everything that they want to be.”
In 1985, Kasparov became the youngest world chess champion at the age of 22. He retired from public chess in 2005 and has since launched a foundation to help children have access to chess worldwide.
After retiring, he devoted his time to politics and writing. He formed the United Civil Front movement and joined The Other Russia, a coalition opposing the Putin administration.