OT: The Queen's Gambit Discussion (spoilers)

Feel like I haven't binged a show in a while. This one follows an orphan in her journey to becoming a chess prodigy filled with drug and alcohol addiction. I enjoy playing chess, but it's not something I do regularly, and even then I only really know how the pieces move, none of the theory. I never had any interest in watching people play, so I didn't think this show would interest me that much. But I was wrong, it's definitely more of a drama than being entirely about chess, but there's a bunch of references to chess theory and old chess players. apparently they hired a chess grandmaster as a consultant, I believe he was a world champion? Anyways I really enjoyed the show, definitely helped take my mind off our blowout loss this weekend/the state of out football program :(. Also as a sidenote, most of the show took place in Lexington, Kentucky in the 60s but nobody had a southern accent?

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I finished it over the weekend and enjoyed it as well.

this scene was in Russia right? I knew there had been a lot of Russian chess players, but didn't know how seriously they took it over there. Guess they invested in it just as they would their olympic sports

I think one of the biggest shockers to me is that I thought her adoptive mother was definitely gonna screw her over somehow, but she ended up not doing that, and was actually a really good person even with all her flaws, and it was sad when she died

Really liked the show and it has rekindled my interest in playing again. It was more about her growth and struggles with addiction than it was about chess. If you're a chess fan there are several Youtube videos about the classic games they used in the series.

I'm only 2 episodes in and I'm surprised about how much I am liking it so far

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It really could have been a movie. And Jojen Reed looks like he's 13 wearing a fake mustache. 30 going on 13.

Fun Fact: It originally was suppose to be the movie. The director? Heath Ledger

Yeah that character is so ridiculous in the first couple episodes. He turns out alright once he loses the damn duster and cowboy hat.

Duster rankings: Morpheus > Mac > Dennis > Benny Watts

Binged it in 2 nights. great show. the underbelly of chess is so compelling, and the writing was very good.

and... those eyes.... mesmerizing

If I had to play chess against that....it would be over before it even started. Yowza!

Yeah, but what about the game?

Checkmate

Fantastic show. I think it's one of the best things - if not the best - thing that Netflix has done.

Great show. Wasn't a fan of the ra-ra ending with all her friends rallying around her to help her win. That didn't seem to jive with the overall theme of the show up until that point. They cast Anya Taylor-Joy perfectly. She delivers her lines so well. I seriously thought it was based on a true story up until episode 3. This is the first show i've seriously wanted to binge in a long while.

I criticize knowing full well I could never do what these athletes do.

Spoiler alert (last episode) I was ok with it. I think it fit the story as that episode was about redemption and reconnection (Jolene returning, etc.) She's basically been alone (either by choice or by circumstance) for almost the entire series; and then she figures out (with help) that she can't do it alone (beat addiction or beat Bergov.)

people on reddit were saying there was a hidden message of some sort with Borgov giving Elizabeth his king in the last match, not sure how true that is. Also thoeries of the lady she partied with in Paris (and in NYC) - Cleo, might've been a KGB agent

I definitely thought Cleo was a Russian agent when she met Elizabeth in Paris.

Not sure about whether or not Bergov was sending some sort of secret message to her when he handed her his king. If so, nothing was done about it.

Very much looking forward to this, next on my binge list since I finish barbarians

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Also nice to see ol Dudley Dursley getting a bunch of acting roles these days. I have yet to watch "The Devil All the time" but I think he is in that one as well.

Holy crap I had no idea he was Dudders!

I'm going to use that line when I grab a 30 rack of Busch Light from now on. "My tranquility needs to be refurbished."

I haven't finished the show yet so I'll have to check back in later but Garry Kasparov, who is one of the greatest living grandmasters, was the consultant. And he's Russian so he was able to advise on the KGB as well, apparently. Supposedly the director wanted Garry to play Borgov but he wouldn't. Would have been a fun cameo.

Also, we should start a little friendly TKP chess league or something. There's loads of online chess apps we could use to do little tournaments and stuff. I'd enjoy that.

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Just finished the show, itching to take up playing again meow. Also season 2 needs to happen!

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β€œI served in the United States Navy"

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Not sure there will be a season 2 and I am not sure there should be. I don't know where they'd take the show as she (maybe) conquered her addictions, she beat the top player in the world on his turf and she found people in her life she could count on.

And isn't this adapted from a book? I don't think there is anymore source material to make another season.

It is but that didn't stop Amazon from creating 3 additional seasons of Man in the High Castle.