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 »
Characters throughout the series mistake Beth's age. According to time stamps given throughout the series her age should be 15 at the time of adoption and winning her first and second chess tournaments in 1963. In 1966 she would 18, and by series end 20 years old. See more »
Watched it all in one night.
I didn't think a story about chess would keep me interested. But this one got me deeply invested.
Because this is not just about the game of chess, it's so much more.
Ultimately, what I cared about wasn't just the game anymore, it was the person. I was rooting for her. I really cared what would happen to her and that's probably the most essential thing for me when watching any tv series.
What made me attached to this character was how I saw her grow up from a little orphan girl, witnessing her from the first chess game all the way to the end and everything in between.
I was enthralled, inspired, moved, proud.
Had me in tears too.
Excellent cast, story, cinematography, writing, everything.
Thank you for this. Thank you.
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