Alma Wheatley's (Marielle Heller) death in The Queen's Gambit was shocking, but not completely unexpected — and was a necessary event for Beth's overall character development. The Netflix series The Queen's Gambit is an adaptation of the popular novel of the same title by Walter Tevis, and is largely a coming-of-age...
After all, chess was immensely popular in the USSR in the 1950s and '60s, when upwards of seven or eight of the world's top ten classically-rated players came from the country. At the time of writing, Russia still has more than twice as many Grandmasters and International Masters as...
Surprisingly, he also gave the production some pointers on topics he wasn't initially brought in for. In Episode 4, "The Middle Game," he suggested adding a scene in an elevator where Borgov refuses to underestimate Beth because she is an orphan who will fight because she has nothing to...
For the original 1983 book of the same name, author Walter Tevis used his own experience and sought out the help of experts like Pandolfini to make sure the depictions of the game were as accurate as possible. However, an onscreen adaptation would require changes to adapt...
Netflix's the Queen's Gambit has proven to be immensely popular, becoming the streaming service's most watched miniseries of all-time. In addition to gripping, novelistic storytelling, the show also benefited from the accuracy of its portrayal of how the game is played, its history and its community. Much of this...
At the height of the Cold War in the 1960s a young American chess prodigy called Bobby Fischer single-handedly took on a Soviet chess machine that had dominated the game for decades. As a teenager he taught himself Russian so he could read magazine articles about his rivals. His...
Netflix's "The Queen's Gambit" is the most accurate portrayal of chess in Hollywood, but it doesn't go far enough to depict the sexism ingrained in the culture of the sport, female chess influencer Alexandra Botez told Insider. Botez is a Twitch chess streamer who...
About fifteen minutes into the first episode of The Queen’s Gambit—the wildly popular Netflix series about the ascent of a prodigy through the world of 1960s competitive chess—eight-year old Beth Harmon opens the door to the basement in the orphanage where she lives, and disappears down the stairs.
Since its Netflix debut in October, The Queen’s Gambit has delivered record-setting viewership numbers. Sixty-two million member accounts watched the seven-episode limited series over the first 28 days of its release (For context, Netflix measures whether an account streams at least two minutes of a series or...
Of course, without having played any of the centuries-old game, Taylor-Joy had to study with the experts, including Russian grandmaster and former world champion Garry Kasparov and veteran chess coach Bruce Pandolfini. Taylor-Joy said they had about three competitive players on set when they filmed those scenes....