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Obtuse1
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The Queen's Gambit Netflix
The Queen's Gambit centers the life of an orphan chess prodigy named Beth Harmon from the age of 8 to 22 as she struggles with addiction in her quest to become a Grandmaster in chess.

It stars Anya Taylor-Joy as the adult Beth.

I have just started the third episode and really like it. I suppose it would be a slow burn for some but I have enjoyed every minute thus far. Apparently, it is based on a novel. If one likes an underdog story then they have a good chance of liking this, at least as far as I am into it.



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re: The Queen's Gambit Netflix
Bump for the evening crowd. I finished streaming it since I spent the day with a friend that just got home from the hospital. I never know how to read tM/TV and it is about a fictional woman doing well in a "men's endeavor" but I really enjoyed it.


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I've got this on my list to watch as soon as I get time.


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re: The Queen's Gambit Netflix
Just finished it, I thought it was really good.


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I enjoyed the show immensely. Great characters and very interesting storyline.



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TouchedTheAxeIn82
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re: The Queen's Gambit Netflix
I just finished it today. It was really well done. Nice vision of the '60s, the soundtrack built the tension when it needed to, and cool visualization of Beth working out all the moves in her head. Also I read that the details of the chess world were well-researched. I thought Anya Taylor-Joy was perfectly cast for the role, and she's quite pleasant to look at.

But as a story, it's kind of a cheap fantasy. Surely there must be a real story out there of a woman in the 1960s who succeeded in a traditionally male activity. And this story was obviously written by a man. When she first started entering tournaments, they didn't take her seriously because she was an unknown. But in a more realistic portrayal of the 60s, at some point there would have been fierce resistance to her even entering these tournaments.* (There's another reason I say it's obviously written by a man, but I don't want to talk too much about the plot.)

Oh, and this was the first time I heard Gnossienne #1 (the first thing her adoptive mom played on the piano). Mesmerizing!


*From a web page called "Women in Chess":
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In 1962, Bobby Fischer said, "They're all weak, all women. They're stupid compared to men. They shouldn't play chess, you know. They're like beginners. They lose every single game against a man. There isn't a woman player in the world I can't give knight-odds to and still beat." Later, he attributed his words to just locker-room talk.

In 1962, Nona Gaprindashvili became women's world champion.

In 1964, Chessworld magazine featured an article entitled 'The Natural Inferiority of Women Chessplayers,' written by Norman Reider.

In 1965, Nona Gaprindashvili won the Women's World Chess Championship, who successfully defended her title against challenger Alla Kushnir.

In 1977, Nona Gaprindashvili of Soviet Georgia became the first woman to take first place in a men's chess tournament when she tied for first place at Lone Pine, California (she beat 4 male grandmasters). In 1978 Nona Gaprindashvili became the first woman to be given the men's International Grandmaster title.

I included the items about Nona Gaprindashvili because when Beth goes to Moscow in 1968, it's mentioned that Nona Gaprindashvili was the women's world chess champion, but she had never competed against the men.
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re: The Queen's Gambit Netflix
Watched the whole damn series tonight. Just couldn’t stop. Thoroughly enjoyed it.


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re: The Queen's Gambit Netflix
The show is a work of fiction, but does show the effects of trying to make it big in world chess circles.


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Thought it was pretty good and different from other shows out right now.


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Obtuse1
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re: The Queen's Gambit Netflix
quote:

Just couldn’t stop.


I felt the same way. The novel was written by Walter Tevis who also wrote The Husler, The Color of Money, and The Man Who Fell to Earth. I plan to pick up the book at some point.


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re: The Queen's Gambit Netflix
I liked it a lot.


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Tigeralum2008
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re: The Queen's Gambit Netflix
Binged it in a day. Very well done. Impressive production quality and artistry from the director


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I think he said women lacked creativity and therefore could never be truly great at chess.

I just re-watched Searching for Bobby Fischer (really good movie) and Pawn Sacrifice (okay movie) so I'll have to check this out.


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flvelo12
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re: The Queen's Gambit Netflix
Watched the first episode last night. I am hooked. Side note, series is written, produced & directed by Scott Frank who is also responsible for Godless, another great Netflix series.


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TigrrrDad
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Watched 5 yesterday and was going to save the final two for today. Couldn’t do it - ended up finishing it off last night. Really enjoyed it.


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re: The Queen's Gambit Netflix
I started watching last night and holy shite.. Stayed up till 1 am watching it. I'm miserable today. Netflix done got me again.


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Aubie Spr96
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re: The Queen's Gambit Netflix
Watched the first couple of episodes with the wife tonight. Very interesting.


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On episode two now. These high school girls are a bunch of bitches.


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re: The Queen's Gambit Netflix
We just finished the first episode. The end of that episode was amazing.


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Funky Tide 8
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re: The Queen's Gambit Netflix
Finished it last night, and loved the whole thing. Anya Taylor-Joy is a knock-out. Her acting + looks make her hypnotizing to watch on screen. I really loved her in Witch as well.


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