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The Queen's Gambit - Our Weekend Watch pick on Netflix

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Weekend Watch recommendation: The Queen's Gambit limited series on Netflix.

You will be enthralled by this artfully produced production about a young woman who is orphaned at an early age when her mother dies in a car crash. All alone, she was put into an orphanage where she learned how to play chess from the janitor. He at first tells her "girls don't play chess", but is quickly persuaded by the persistent little girl into teaching her the basics of the game. He soon recognises her raw talent as "astounding" and introduced her to the local chess club. As a 9 year old girl, she beat everyone there and continues playing until she is adopted at age 13. Encouraged by her troubled, caring adoptive mother, she went on to become a professional chess player with international success before she was even 20 years old.

We grow with her from childhood to womanhood, watching her discover the world, making friends and mistakes along the way. Her life is tragic, genuine and enrapturing, making for a powerful story, underscored by a rare look into the world of professional chess.

Absolutely not boring, this is a must-see for men and women alike.


In a 1950s orphanage, a young girl reveals an astonishing talent for chess and begins an unlikely journey to stardom while grappling with addiction.

Starring: Anya Taylor-Joy, Bill Camp, Marielle Heller

Creators: Scott Frank, Allan Scott

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