“Cruel as it may sound’ but the COVID-19 lockdown was a boom for chess”
said five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand at the end of last year. We at Cumnor Chess Club would have to agree with him.
Its been a funny old 18 months or so but Chess has handled it pretty well.
With an audience of 62 million in its first 28 days it did reawaken many peoples love of the game along with bringing new people to the game.
Chess has never been more popular.
Chessboard sales jumped 87% in the US after the show’s release. Lichess announced this week that 4 billion games have been played on the platform and Chess.com had 2.7 million new accounts setup last November, the month of the Queens Gambit release.
The club opened it’s doors at the beginning of September and it has been great meeting people and playing over the board again. We would like to give everyone a chance to come and enjoy our favourite game. So the Club will be free to all old and new members until January 2022! That gives any you 12 weeks of over the board matches, friendly and competitive games and even a chance to play in the league for free!
We are in a very fortunate position that this has happened and hope the offer gets taken up.
Cumnor One will play the first league match this coming Thursday the 30th September against Didcot 1. In fact this will kick off the season along with the Banbury 1 v Cowley 1 match, the first set of league matches since early March 2020.
More information can be found on our New Members page.