Anya Taylor-Joy and the cast of "The Queen's Gambit" compare the passion they find in their careers with the drive that the show's lead character Beth has for chess. They also discuss the positive and negative life lessons they've learned from the game.
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.
During an October 2020 interview with National Public Radio's Scott Simon on "Weekend Edition Saturday," showrunner Scott Frank said that he first asked grandmaster Garry Kasparov to play the role of Borgov, which Kasparov refused. He did agree to serve as a consultant on the show. Frank said that aside from the obvious advice that Kasparov provided on designing the chess games during the tournaments, he also contributed valuable "insight into how a chess prodigy might feel. And there's a lot of conversation in the story that comes straight from him--the Russians discussing how she can't lose because if she lost, you know, she's an orphan. She's like us. What would she have?" See more »
In episode 6, Beth is watching and dancing to a music video of Shocking Blue performing "Venus." That song wasn't released until 1969, while the scene was set in 1968. See more »
This is not the typical type of show that I would usually watch but I'm so glad I did. It's so unique and different that it's difficult to put into words. If you're thinking of watching this show, just do it, you won't be disappointed.
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