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More on Queen’s Gambit

The opinion on this Netflix series that I did not receive is one I would cherish; that of my late friend Richard Parker, snatched from this world in his 30s. He was the first chess whiz I ever met, and played at an expert level in high school, but gave chess up for science at MIT. I’m guessing he’d have enjoyed Queens Gambit, and would have gleefully picked nits at any errors.

This from Daniel Dern:

“The NYT had a good What they got right, what they missed or tweaked article on Queen’s Gambit, pointing out the efforts they went to, to have real chess games, etc., although for viewing simplicity, moves were being made more quickly.”

This from Kevin Sullivan:

“I concur with your high praise for The Queen's Gambit. I had actually read the book when it first came out in the 80s, and eagerly anticipated the story's arrival on the screen.  I found Anya Taylor-Joy captivating and her portrayal of Beth Harmon to be dead on target. As a movie fan, you might enjoy (or already have known) that Tavis was the author of the fine books (and popular movies) The Hustler, The Color of Money, and The Man Who Fell to Earth.  And for deep trivia, you might enjoy that Tavis, while at the University of Kentucky, studied with A.B. Guthrie, the Pulitzer Prize winner most notably known for his screenplay of the genre-shaking Shane, as well as his Western trilogy, starting with The Big Sky.”


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