Okay, so the new Netflix hit The Queen’s Gambit is not recommended for kids under 16, because drug use and stuff. But know what is recommended — nay, extremely beneficial — for kids of all ages? The game of chess! Seriously, my four-year-old is into it, and I can’t even get him to focus on play dough for very long. Plus, there are plenty of reasons kids should learn to play chess; it teaches them critical thinking, problem-solving, and more.
Unfortunately, the sheer popularity of The Queen’s Gambit — about an orphaned chess prodigy with some, um, issues — has contributed to the widespread selling-out of chess sets everywhere. But wait! Before you give up and add those back-ordered chess sets to your 2021 wish list, behold: LEGO is offering an “iconic” (that’s literally its name, and it’s also true) chess set that is not sold out…yet.
The LEGO kit involves a bit more work than your average chess board, however; it includes all the pieces you need to build the board itself, plus the players. Plus, it’s a great travel item (hi, holiday quarantrips) because the board opens up to store all the pieces. The best part? It’s recommended for age nine and up, so kids/tweens/teens can all get in on the action — regardless of whether they’re old enough to watch the Netflix series.
“Manufacturers and retailers weren’t likely prepared for this increase in sales,” toy industry analyst (apparently that’s a thing) Juli Lennett told the New York Times of chess sets’ recent skyrocket in popularity. “So, if consumers want a chess set to give as a gift, I would highly recommend they buy it now before they sell out.”
If this LEGO set has inspired you and your kids to get building together, wait, because there’s more: LEGO has some epic deals happening this week for its annual Black Friday sale. Get ready to check(mate?) off that holiday kid-shopping list.
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