‘The Queen’s Gambit’: Chess Expert Bruce Pandolfini on Making the Matches Look Like the Real Thing

‘The Queen’s Gambit’: Chess Expert Bruce Pandolfini on Making the Matches Look Like the Real Thing
Just like in any other high-level, battle-of-wits competitions, chess has its own tells. And while there may be plenty to suss out in matches between long-time players, there’s one quick way to spot a pretender.

For chess lifer Bruce Pandolfini, that was one of the key ways to help make sure that the performers on screen in the new Netflix series “The Queen’s Gambit” didn’t break the illusion right away.

“Perhaps the most important thing is how they grab and move the pieces. So you really want them to look natural and we worked on that a lot,” Pandolfini said. “It’s like looking at someone handling a baseball bat. If they grab it in the middle, you know they don’t like baseball. There’s a certain flow and fluency to it that you want to try to capture, if you can.”

Pandolfini is no stranger to
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