Wed. Sep 28th, 2022

Final yr noticed the Netflix sequence The Queen’s Gambic (opens in new tab)It is nothing like a lockdown hit: The present, based mostly on a 1981 novel by the identical identify, follows chess prodigy Beth Harmon on her journey from enjoying within the basement to enjoying the world’s greatest within the Soviet Union. The present is a piece of fiction. In depicting the journey of a younger feminine participant in an ‘genuine’ chess scene from the Nineteen Sixties, nevertheless, the present is now accused of discrediting the historical past of a lady who really did it.

Within the present’s last episode, protagonist Beth, performed by Anya Taylor-Pleasure, participates in a high-level event in Moscow (then the middle of the chess world). An in-universe commentator at one level stated the next in regards to the match: “The one uncommon factor about this [Beth], in actual fact, he has a gender, and that too is just not distinctive in Russia. Nona is Gaprindashvili, however she is the ladies’s world champion and has by no means confronted males.”

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