A chess player contemplates a move during the 37th Chess Olympiad in Turin, north Italy, May 23, 2006 (REUTERS/Daniele La Monaca).
The game of chess is experiencing a renaissance in the United States. The 2018 World Chess Championship featured Brooklyn native Fabiano Caruana, the first American to compete for the title since Bobby Fischer in 1972. The US’ leading chess organization has also seen record increases in participation.
“We’re approaching a membership of 100,000 — a number which we’ve never hit before,” said Carol Meyer, executive director of the US Chess Federation.
With chess more accessible through online play and school programs, this spike in popularity may not come as much of a surprise. However, chess has a complicated legacy of classism and racism, and there’s a question of whether the game has increased in participation among the Black community. In New York City, where there is a rich…
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