By John Smith • 05 February 2021 • 14:01
One of the handmade chess boards
Credit: Rechapados Ferrer
SERENDIPITY refers to a coincidence and in the case of Barcelona based chess board manufacturer Rechapados Ferrer, the lockdown and Netflix have done wonders for the business.
It was the popularity of the series The Queen’s Gambit, the story of a female ‘chess master’ which encouraged those looking for a new hobby around the world to take up chess and this has seen sales of the hand-made board shoot up.
With one of their boards being featured in the final episode of the show, it turns out that the board itself was sold to a German client who then supplied it to Netflix.
With just 14 staff and already supplying boards to wholesalers as well as major tournaments the company is having to cut back on the production of other veneered product to try to keep up with demand from new customers.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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