After all, chess was immensely popular in the USSR in the 1950s and ’60s, when upwards of seven or eight of the world’s top ten classically-rated players came from the country. At the time of writing, Russia still has more than twice as many Grandmasters and International Masters as any other country.
Ultimately, the decision to hire a renowned figure like Kasparov, and to give him the chance to contribute on topics not related to chess, only improved the show. This is just one testament to the commitment to quality that helped the miniseries find so much success with audiences worldwide.
Streaming now on Netflix, Queen’s Gambit stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Isla Johnson, Bill Camp, Moses Ingram, Christiane Seidel, Rebecca Root, Chloe Pirrie, Akemnji Ndifornyn, Marielle Heller, Harry Melling, Patrick Kennedy, Jacob Fortune-Lloyd, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, and Marcin Dorocinski.