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Hans Niemann Is the Bad Boy of Chess. But Did He Cheat?


For years, its subscriber base and profits rose gradually and steadily. Then the pandemic struck.“You could track it by country,” said Mr. Allebest. “India locked down, registrations from India went through the roof. Italy locked down, registrations went through the roof. Literally our team went to 24/7, white knuckling to scale our service.”A few months after the Covid influx to chess began, Netflix released “The Queen’s Gambit,” a fictional account of a young woman’s journey from orphanage to global chess supremacy. It would become a cultural touchstone and the most-watched show on the streaming service in more than 60 countries.“It was like someone poured gasoline on the same fire,” Mr. Allebes …

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