Zoe Strimpel

Chess doesn’t need Rishi Sunak’s cheesy cheerleading

Rishi Sunak plays chess on a trip to Washington (Credit: Getty images)

There’s something embarrassing about Rishi Sunak’s plan to revive chess in Britain. The PM is set to announce half-a-million pounds funding for the English Chess Federation. The money could be used to send teams to international tournaments, install chess tables in parks and teach the game to school kids. But Rishi’s cheesy cheerleading for government-sponsored chess is reminding me a lot of a parent buying condoms for their teenager: there’s no better way to take the sexiness out of sex.

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