Queen's Gambit Chess

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6/13/2023 – Remember The Queen's Gambit? It was released in October 2020, and became Netflix's most-watched scripted miniseries, making it the top program in 63 countries. The series received high critical acclaim, but also resulted in a massive general interest in the game. Now Netflix is poised to release a game that combines the story and character elements from the show, while training players the strategy of the game.

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The Queen's Gambit was a Netflix Original series with seven episodes, each roughly about 60 minutes long. The series is adapted from the book authored by Walter Tevis. Garry Kasparov and Bruce Pandolfini were special chess consultants, and the late Iepe Rubingh, founder of Chess Boxing, was the on-set consultant.

Plot summary from IMDB

Eight-year-old orphan Beth Harmon is quiet, sullen, and by all appearances unremarkable. That is, until she plays her first game of chess. Her senses grow sharper, her thinking clearer, and for the first time in her life she feels herself fully in control. By the age of sixteen, she's competing for the U.S. Open championship. But as Beth hones her skills on the professional circuit, the stakes get higher, her isolation grows more frightening, and the thought of escape becomes all the more tempting.

This summer Netflix is launching a new game: on July 25th, subscribers can download a mobile title called The Queen’s Gambit Chess based on the series of the same name. It is billed to combine story and character elements from the show, while training players the strategy of the game. Official description:

Welcome to Beth Harmon’s world. Take lessons, play puzzles and matches, or compete against friends in this stunning love letter to the award-winning drama. Beyond the chess board, players can meet familiar faces like Mr. Shaibel and Borgov, visit iconic locations including Beth’s house, the Methuen orphanage, the Las Vegas tournament, and more. From beginners to chess masters, this immersive experience appeals to every type of fan.

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