Lit In Culture: The Queen's Gambit

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The Queen's Gambit story begins with the story of a nine year-old orphan, Beth Harmon. She 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.



"A brilliant young woman crashes the traditionally male world of chess in Netflix's seven-part miniseries based on Walter Tevis' addictive novel." - Fresh Air, NPR

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"She’s a mastermind, but also an angry obsessive with a healthy ego and a love for obliterating herself before anyone else can do it to her. She wants to win, but more than that, she wants some place — someone — to call home." - Variety

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The Queen's Gambit (2016)


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