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Netflix’s ‘Queen’s Gambit’ and Chess Champion will win your heart

Let’s start with the most important fact about The queen’s gambit: You don’t have to know how to play chess to love it. The real drama is elsewhere.

The premise of the first limited series on Netflix is ​​pretty straightforward: the struggles of a chess prodigy with a serious pill and alcohol problem. In the wrong hands, this could easily be a lifetime special. But the “hands” here are much more skillful: the lead role is played by the remarkable Anya Taylor-Joy. Screenplay and direction are by Scott Frank, who wrote the screenplays for Out of sight and Get Shorty. And the source material is a novel by the sadly underrated Walter Tevis, who wrote the books that inspired The Hustler, the color of money, and The man who fell to earth.

Still, I have to admit that before watching the new series I had my doubts. The queen’s gambit has been one of my favorite novels for years; it’s not just a book you should read – it’s a book to re-read, and it gets better every time. So I felt a little protective and worried. Could anyone do this subtle novel justice? A novel where much of the action takes place on a chessboard and in the minds of the players, and the issue of addiction is treated with much more subtlety than is usually found in movies or shows. television on this topic.

Oh me, little faith. I didn’t count on the formidable talents of Anya Taylor-Joy, who plays chess champion Beth Harmon, or Marielle Heller, who takes on the role of the woman who adopts Beth as a challenge. I should add Annabeth Kelly and Isla Johnston, who play younger versions of Beth, especially Johnston, who wears the first episode, when 9-year-old Beth discovers her affinity for chess and her penchant for tranquilizers given out for free by the orphanage to which she is consigned after the suicide of her mother.

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