The Queen's Gambit was released on October 23, 2020, and has quickly gained a fanbase.
The Netflix Original is based on Walter Tevis' 1983 novel by the same name, and follows the story of a young chess prodigy named Beth Harmon. Beth is orphaned at the age of eight and learns to play chess with the orphanage's janitor Mr. Shaibel; she exhibits intelligence and is quick to pick up the game, eventually showcasing incredible abilities. Beth eventually begins to enter chess tournaments and slowly gains recognition. She performs remarkably, and people take notice to her winning, especially impressed by her young age and gender. All the while, Beth begins to struggle with addiction because the orphanage uses tranquilizers to keep the girls calm.
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The miniseries consists of seven episodes and stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Harry Melling, Thomas Brody-Sangster, Moses Ingram, and Jacob Fortune-Lloyd. Despite relative few Americans knowing the game of chess exceptionally well, the show has gained popularity among audiences in addition to critical acclaim. It has 100% on Rotten Tomatoes and an audience score of 97%. The show is also currently #1 on Netflix.
Audiences have joked about their understanding of chess when professing their love for the show
The queens gambit briefly convinced me I could be good at chess but my last ten games on chess dot com tells me tha… https://t.co/79w07lNhvP— rachel syme (@rachel syme) 1604273516
me starting The Queen’s Gambit: what’s the deal with chess me after four episodes: if Beth just castled kingside s… https://t.co/clVcMcSadg— Marc (@Marc) 1604276000
Watching people playing chess in The Queen's Gambit. https://t.co/TbUwpBsdxE— dza. (@dza.) 1603986013
Watches one episode of queens gambit https://t.co/cvg7GIFDHn— Hannah (@Hannah) 1604615268
Others simply lauded the show's story, acting, and overall execution.
The Queens Gambit is one of the best shows I’ve seen in a long time. Every detail is delectable. All of it is just... *chefs kiss*— Chloe Bennet (@Chloe Bennet) 1604734821
The Queens Gambit is not just about how to play chess, it's all about how you live life https://t.co/kFhOVw0ZcL— cinema nostalgia (@cinema nostalgia) 1604638649
The Queens Gambit is arguably the best Miniseries of the year. A damn near perfect show. Anya Taylor-Joy should def… https://t.co/rrW7n5hzin— Jon (@Jon) 1604944316
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