Queen’s Gambit limited Netflix series


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The Queen in her element on a Moroccan chessboard.

To all of the passionate chess players out there and those who don’t even know what a pawn is, here is the show for you. The limited series “The Queen’s Gambit” was released on Netflix on October 23rd and quickly made it into Netflix’s top 10 streamings. The storyline is interwoven with intriguing plot lines for seven exciting episodes.

This series is based off of the novel “The Queen’s Gambit” by Walter Tevis, which takes place around the time of the Cold War. The storyline follows the life of Beth Harmon and her journey as an orphan, her struggles with addiction from a young age, and her brilliant talent and passion for the game of chess.

Most people are thrilled watching a touchdown or watching their favorite athlete win a gold medal in the Olympics, not watching as a player moves their pawn to B3. This is an aspect that keeps the storyline unique. The story or Beth Harmon may be strictly fictional; however, every chess match was designed by Garry Kasparov, the best chess player in the world. This keeps viewers with limited chess knowledge on their toes trying to understand the genius behind each game of chess.

The story takes place during the Cold War and many of the top players are Russian. Harmon travels to Russia to compete among the greatest chess players in the world, Vasily Borgov. Harmon is not only a pioneer for travelling to Russia during the Cold War, but she is also unique as she is one of the only women in a world of chess, and she rises to the top.

If you’re looking for your next series to watch, The Queen’s Gambit” is it. Don’t let the fact that you know little about chess scare you away. If you’re the type who enjoys watching a genius at work, a woman who excels among a world of men, or a story about a person who faces a lot of hardships, this is the show for you.