The Queen’s Gambit is a coming-of-age period drama miniseries based on Walter Tevis’s 1983 novel of the same name. The title refers to “Queen’s Gambit”, which is a popular chess opening. It was written and directed by Scott Frank, who created it with Allan Scott. Beginning in the mid-1950s and proceeding into the 1960s, the story follows the life and development of an orphaned chess prodigy on her rise to the top of the chess world while struggling with drugs and alcohol dependency. I absolutely loved this series.

The Queen’s Gambit begins in Lexington, Kentucky, with nine-year-old Elizabeth Harmon (Isla Johnston) riding in the back seat of her mother Alice Harmon’s (Chloe Pirrie) car.  Alice instructs Beth to “close your eyes” as she collides into an on-coming truck, which left Alice dead and Beth homeless. Beth had no visible signs of injury from the crash and was admitted to Methuen…

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