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The Queen’s Gambit

In the 1950s, a nine-year-old orphan learns how to play chess thanks to the orphanageā€™s custodian; years later, sheā€™s one of the nationā€™s most brilliant competitorsā€¦ but also struggling with addiction. Another frustrating example of a story that would have been even better as a movie; there are times when the series loses its grip as we follow Bethā€™s battles with pills, alcohol and young men. Set in the era when chess and its stars caught the fancy of a whole world, The Queenā€™s Gambit is visually sharp and Anya Taylor-Joy excellent as the reticent Beth.

2020-U.S. Made for TV. 393 min. Color. Created byĀ Scott Frank, Allan Scott. Written and directed byĀ Scott Frank. Novel: Walter Tevis. Cinematography: Steven Meizler. Cast: Anya Taylor-Joy (Beth Harmon), Marielle Heller (Alma Wheatley), Moses Ingram (Jolene), Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Harry Melling, Bill Camp.

Trivia: Originally shown in seven episodes. Chess masters Bruce Pandolfini and Garry Kasparov acted as technical consultants.Ā 

Emmys: Outstanding Limited Series, Directing.Ā Golden Globes: Best Limited Series, Actress (Taylor-Joy).



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