A Lame Attempt at a Review of The Queen’s Gambit

If you need a great distraction from the worries of the modern world I suggest you watch “The Queen’s Gambit” on Netflix.

“The Queen’s Gambit” follows fictional chess prodigy, Elizabeth Harmon on her journey from a Kentucky orphanage to the world’s most exalted chess venues—all while addicted to various drugs.

I’m no chess player, heck, I barely know a pawn from a knight from a king, but I’m finding this limited series mesmerizing. Elizabeth, played by Anya Taylor-Joy, is a quirky, troubled young woman who plays chess intuitively. She gets her start in the game playing against the taciturn custodian at the orphanage, but soon she’s taking on entire chess teams in simultaneous play and winning local titles.

We’re not finished watching yet, so I don’t know how it ends, but the acting is spectacular and the sixties fashions are incredible.

Watch it.

Peace, people.

Author: nananoyz

I'm a semi-retired crazy person with one husband and two cats.

23 thoughts on “A Lame Attempt at a Review of The Queen’s Gambit”

  1. Oh wow. Gotta see this. Was not sure what it was about when I saw it come up but you have convinced me. Chess is not something I play even though it was the background for one novel. (Boy was that a lot of research.)

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      1. Watched the first episode. Excellent. And he did like all the moves and how true chess geniuses think several moves ahead. (Naturally I sat modestly thinking how I had my heroine do that, largely cos I had read that somewhere…. )

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  2. It’s excellent! I binged watched it the first week it came out. The costumes and the lighting made me feel like I was back in time. Plus, since I headed up the chess club where I taught, I enjoyed it on a whole other level. Beth’s character is loosely based on chess superstar Bobby Fischer.
    BTW, There used to be a chess Museum in Miami and I’d take my students there every year. They’d have a chess master who would play the entire class much like the main character did in this series.

    The acting is indeed spectacular. Anna Taylor- Joy (who plays Beth) is also the star of the new Austen film Emma, which you might want to check out.

    My son called to tell me about the series because he knew I’d love it and he was right. It is brilliantly done. Quite mesmerizing. And those clothes! OMG! Some of the styles I wore in college.
    Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I can see Anna as Emma! And the clothes! Oh my. My husband and I keep saying that when he retires we’re going to buy a 60’s era car and drive across the U.S. I’m in as long as I can have a wardrobe to match the vehicle.

      I am not a strategic thinker, so I’d stink at chess. I think Studly would be really good at it, though. He’d just been around anyone who played.


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