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.
At the time of his death, Heath Ledger was attached to direct a film adaptation of the novel with a then still closeted Elliot Page attached to the starring role. See more »
Algebraic chess notation (i.e. a1-h8), which appears frequently throughout the series, was rarely used by English-speaking players in the 1960s, descriptive notation (e.g. P-K4, N-KB3) being the prevalent notation. However, for strong English-speaking players to keep up with developments, familiarity with algebraic notation, the predominant form in European and Soviet chess literature, would have been essential. 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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