Family offer £250 per HOUR for chess tutor after The Queen's Gambit

Family offer £250 per HOUR for chess tutor after The Queen's Gambit

02/11/2021

Cheque mate! Wealthy London family offer to pay £250 an HOUR for a maths and chess tutor to teach their eight-year-old son – in wake of success of Netflix show The Queen’s Gambit

  • ‘VIP’ family from London offer £250 an hour for a chess tutor for their son, eight
  • The advert posted by a Family Office describes the family as ‘VIP high net worth’
  • The family were seemingly inspired by Netflix chess drama The Queen’s Gambit
  • In the hit series, young chess prodigy Beth Harmon becomes a world champion
  • Beth is taught chess at nine years old by Mr Shaibel, a janitor at her orphanage

A rich family are offering a staggering £250 an hour for a tutor to teach their eight-year-old son chess and maths for around four hours per week – following the success of Netflix hit The Queen’s Gambit.

The story of a young chess prodigy from Kentucky becoming a grandmaster has had viewers gripped, attracting 62million global viewers inside just 28 days. It’s also sparked a surge in chess’ popularity.

And one family, from Knightsbridge, London, have seemingly been so inspired by the series that they’re keen for their own child to follow in lead character Beth Harmon’s footsteps. 

They are described as being ‘VIP high net worth’ in the advert, which was posted on the forum Jobsinchildcare by a Family Office, a private wealth management advisory firm. 

Parents, from Knightsbridge, London, have seemingly been inspired by Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit (above) after offering £250 per hour for a chess tutor for their eight-year-old son

The parents say the tutor must be ‘experienced and qualified’ in chess as well as being a ‘high flyer’ in their chosen profession, which they request to ‘ideally’ be in finance.

The advert reads: ‘WANTED – Maths and chess tutor for UHNW [ultra-high net worth] family in London.

‘We are looking for a maths and chess tutor to work with the eight-year son of an UHNW family living in Knightsbridge, central London. 

‘We need an experienced and qualified chess tutor who can help the student to excel in maths at school and nurture his natural interest in mathematics, physics and chess out of school.

In the job advert (above), the parents, who are described as ‘VIP high net worth’, request a tutor that is ‘experienced and qualified’ in chess to teach their son for four hours a week

‘The tutor should be ready to work with the student for four hours per week. 

‘The tutor should ideally work in finance or something similar – a high flyer in his/her own right, be articulate and intelligent and have a flair for explaining things well.

‘The family is ready to pay up to £250 per hour for the right candidate. Interviews ASAP.’

The ‘VIP’ job advert appeared to be inspired by Netflix chess drama The Queen’s Gambit, which sees a chess prodigy become a world champion after being tutored from a young age.

Nine-year-old Beth Harmon, played by Anya Taylor-Joy, is taught how to play chess by the caretaker at her orphanage, Mr Shaibel, who quickly recognises her exceptional talents.

The advert was seemingly inspired by the chess drama, which sees Beth Harmon, played by Anya Taylor-Joy, become a world champion after being taught by a janitor Mr Shaibel (above)

In the series, Beth goes on to find considerable success as a chess player, first playing in tournaments across America, before taking on the world championships.

The Netflix show, based on a fictional 1983 novel of the same name, has won acclaim among both chess professionals, for the authenticity of its game strategies, and amateurs who were inspired to learn how to play themselves. 

At the end of last year, online chess websites said they saw a boom in chess playing, including Chess24, Chess.com, weChess and Lichess.org, as people looked to see if they have untapped talent to potentially become a grandmaster like Beth.

In December, Google Trends also showed a huge spike in UK interest, with searches for ‘chess’ more than doubling in popularity in the aftermath of the show.

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