Over the past few weeks, Netflix series The Queen’s Gambit has captured the attention of millions around the world as they watch the show’s protagonist Beth Harmon rise through the ranks in the male-dominated world of chess en route to earning the coveted grandmaster title.
Becoming a grandmaster – the highest title a chess player can attain – is no easy feat for anyone. But historically, women have found it hard to compete on an equal footing with men. Of the 1,415 active grandmasters worldwide in governing body the International Chess Federation’s (Fide) ratings list, only 29 are women.
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