Queen’s Gambit

Queen’s Gambit

Netflix

The seven-episode limited series is based on the 1983 novel “Queen’s Gambit” by Walter Tevis and has taken the top spot in Netflix’s top ten within a week after its release. The show is based in the ’50s and 60’s around Beth Harmon who is played by Anya Taylor-Joy. Beth grew up and was placed in the orphanage after her mother died in a car accident at an early age. The institution used a tranquilizer on the orphans to make them compliant, and this is when her addiction to drugs started.

Beth picked up chess at eight while visiting the basement and stumbled upon Mr. Shaibel (janitor) who taught her the game. She was able to progress rather quickly and revealed her talent early on. She was then adopted by the Wheatley family where she started her journey into competitive chess tournaments.

The characters brought the book into life starting with the superb cast lead by Anya Taylor-Joy (Beth Harmon), support from Moses Ingram (Jolene), and Bill Camp (Mr. Shaibel). It’s been a long time since chess or any sports for that matter was brought into the spotlight. The last one produced was back in the ’90s with the movie “Searching for Bobby Fischer” which similarly showcased the journey of a chess prodigy. While the latter was loosely based on real characters, the “Queen’s Gambit” was entirely fictional.

The limited television series didn’t skip any beat on production value and conveyed the thrill, magic, and suspense of the game of chess. The way the chess pieces were moved, to the tense battle, and back and forth between players is pretty spot on. Beth was determined to break into the male-dominated world of competitive chess and played on both open and ranked tournaments. She did not just exhibit intelligence but also bravery and determination to break the mold to claim the top spot as a woman and ultimately dethrone the Russians.

The television series boasts climactic moments as Beth went through a period of ups and downs while battling her addiction to alcohol and drugs. Having natural talent paired with obsession to win, and determination into becoming a world-class competitor shaped her character.

The limited series provides non-stop entertainment from start to finish with polished acting, and a storyline that uplifts the spirit as Beth rises to the top. This is definitely a must-see television series this year and one of Netflix’s top offerings of all time.

Go watch it and let us know in the comments what you think.

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