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Queen's Gambit ignites orders for chessboards

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The Queen’s Gambit, the Netflix miniseries that has fuelled interest in the game of chess and the work of the late novelist Walter Tevis, is also paying off for a small woodworking company founded in north-east Spain in the late 1950s.

In a normal year, Rechapados Ferrer would produce about 20,000 chessboards in its factory in La Garriga, a town just under 30 miles (50km) from Barcelona.

But thanks to the TV adaptation of Tevis’s exploration of chess, genius, orphanhood and addiction, the past few months have been anything but normal.

Since its products first featured in The Queen’s Gambit last autumn, the company has been inundated with orders for 40,000 boards.


The Queen's Gambit is a great series. If you haven't seen it it's well worth watching.

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