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Saturday, November 13, 2004

Is Chess Getting More Popular?

The U.K. superstore chain, Tesco, said it was expecting to sell more than 35,000 chess sets in the run-up to Christmas.

It has seen sales of chess sets far exceed other board games in store such as Connect 4 and Cluedo.

Karen Harris, senior buying manager at Tesco, said: “Chess, of all the really traditional board games, has undergone an image transformation.

“Being able to play chess is fast becoming a very cool skill for young people.”

Too cool? Just a fad? What do you think?

5 Comments:

Blogger Shadow said...

I am leaning toward fad more than anything. Of course there are the people like us who will probably always love it, but i think this rising popularity is more of a tool to impress others with the aura of intellegence that most people associate with chess players (they respect what they dont understand?). Only one way to find out tho...

11:53 PM  
Blogger 1987dodge said...

I may be missing the obvious, but what's that one way to find out?

4:47 PM  
Blogger Shadow said...

Give the fad time to die out, then compare the numbers and see what happened.

9:07 AM  
Blogger Eric Muhr said...

But what if I'm part of the fad? Will I be hopelessly uncool if I keep playing?

11:12 AM  
Blogger Shadow said...

If you are part of the fad and keep playing...well then you are part of the community then, which is the reason we waited for it to die out, to see who would stay.

9:10 AM  

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