Nine year-old orphan Beth Harmon is quiet, sullen, and by all appearances unremarkable. That is, until she plays her first game of chess. Her senses grow sharper, her thinking clearer, and for the first time in her life she feels herself fully in control. By the age of sixteen, she's competing for the U.S. Open championship. But as Beth hones her skills on the professional circuit, the stakes get higher, her isolation grows more frightening, and the thought of escape becomes all the more tempting. Based on the book by Walter Tevis.
Not only was Bruce Pandolfini a consultant for this TV series; almost forty years earlier, he had also served as a chess consultant and proofreader for the original source novel. Author Walter Tevis thanks Pandolfini for this contribution in the novel's acknowledgments. In a 2020 article in Chess Life Magazine, Pandolfini also says that he was the one who suggested the title "The Queen's Gambit" for the book. See more »
When Beth returns to her house from various travels, her suitcases seems empty. See more »
Outstanding production, Compelling story, Inner lives of the characters expertly laid bare.
Top to bottom, scenic design, wardrobe, direction and casting, this is a top notch production. The acting is seamless and the characters embody their roles perfectly.
One couldn't hope for a more original or more compelling story. As you might expect from the title, Chess plays a central role, and the author's use of the game as an extended metaphor shifts in ways both nuanced and explosive. For any thinking person, this series is sure to delight.
In my opinion, strong characterization always provides the best entertainment. The producers of "The Queen's Gambit" tackle the tough task of creating a compelling story from the inner lives of the characters. Granted, they are working from an excellent novel, but oftentimes, attempts to bring works that center around the mental, rather than the physical journey of the central character fail miserably. In this case, the producers deserve the highest praise. If you like thoughtful stories that expose the inner lives of the characters, don't miss this one.
The show, while generally acceptable for children, contains several adult themes, so parental guidance is recommended.
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