The Queen’s Gambit

{5/5} “Though I’m no longer a wife, except by a legal fiction, I believe I can learn to be a mother.”

The Queen’s Gambit, aired in 2020

Beth’s mom commits suicide when she’s 9 and she goes to live in an orphanage. She becomes interested in the game of chess, and learns it from the janitor. Soon the janitor realizes she’s a prodigy and he introduces her to the chess club teacher from the high school. She beats every single member of the chess club playing them all at the same time. A few years later she’s adopted by a man and woman who previously had a child who died.

This is a 7-part mini-series that takes place in the 1960s. “The Queen’s Gambit” is the name of one of the traditional openings in chess.

It’s about doing what you love, while suffering from addiction. It’s about what you can do when you have friends.

I like how she immediately throws in the garbage things she doesn’t care about, and I like how she imagines chess games on the ceiling.

Isla Johnston does an astonishing job playing the young Beth.

Stars Anya Taylor-Joy and Thomas Brodie-Sangster.

The music, from gentle to triumphant, is by Carlos Rafael Rivera. The jazzy music when she goes to Las Vegas in the 3rd episode is glorious. Classic songs from the era are also incorporated delightfully.

Created by Scott Frank (writer on Minority Report) and Allan Scott (writer on Don’t Look Now).

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