@duchess64 saidFollowing along the conversation as we have been watching the series too. This statement is a bit confusing.
Chess is already more popular in some societies that don't have NetFlix.
But American chess players tend to seem desperate about chess getting any
attention in American pop culture.
There are plenty of American chess players in our social circles and of course lots of card playing and talking between rounds at OTB tournaments (Sheepshead anyone?). There is zero conversation about chess in pop culture. It never comes up.
Not sure which American players "seem to be desperate". Desperate is kind of a provocative term - not sure what you are going for there. Seem to be interested? That would not be overly surprising and certainly would not imply any negative connotation.