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For the love of the game

As WiC has reported on numerous occasions over the past year, short video is a hot phenomenon online – with Bytedance’s platform Douyin one of the leading lights of the new trend. The latest homemade short video to go viral will surprise, however, as it involves two elderly men playing Chinese chess. It doesn’t sound like the most riveting of material but it was the circumstances of their game that made it popular. That’s because the players – both senior citizens – were so engrossed in their match earlier this month that they were oblivious to the weather conditions. Termed by media as ‘the most persistent chess players’, the duo continued play outdoors as the area around them was deluged with rain. So heavy was the rainfall that cars were damaged and water levels rose to about a metre. But the owner of a nearby shop noticed that the pair seemed oblivious to the stormy conditions and filmed them on his smartphone. The result: Sina Weibo was soon flooded too – with netizen comments. One of the most forwarded: “They must have bet their houses on this game’s outcome.”


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