The Queen’s Gambit – Review!

Chess. Or is there more to this drama?

Guess what? I thought this was just gonna be another quarantine show to binge watch. A show to think nothing more or less about. Nonchalant at its very best. An overly hyped show. But was I wrong? HELL YES!

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I mean, there’s a reason why it’s Netflix’s most-watched scripted limited series of all time!

If you didn’t know this about me already (unless you’re psychic of course)…

I’m a huge chess fan. And player. Have been since I can remember. I’d say from the age of 7, when my brother taught me. I was even a member of the chess club at primary school. Chess was my lunchtime fun! When I was in my zone; to make fun of my fellow club members about their silly moves. The peak of it was my friend who was telling me that she’s allowed to take my king off the board like any other regular piece. I knew the rules, unlike this unfortunate time my friend didn’t, so you can imagine how this argument went down…

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I didn’t think this tv show could have me enthralled any more with chess. But it did. Even I was blown away! Let me give you a quick synopsis of what it’s about.

‘The Queens Gambit’ is a 2020 period drama, following the life of an orphan chess prodigy, Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy) on her pursuit to become the world’s greatest chess player, all while struggling with her inner demons, alcohol and drug dependancy.

Episode one – begins with the tragedy of nine-year-old Beth, losing her mother in a car crash, with no other family members to care for her, is taken to an orphanage. Already piled with tranquillisers, Beth befriends quite a scruffy looking janitor Mr Shaibel, who introduces her to chess. Initially, becoming fascinated with the game, her mind becomes consumed with chess. Recalling with the upmost detail the vital lessons Mr Shaibel taught her, echoes throughout the rest of the series. Fuelling her passion for chess, by night she even envisions the chessboard and pieces on the ceiling, allowing her extraordinary mind to manoeuvre the pieces and hone in on her skill.

Also, could we give a round of applause for Anya Taylor-Joy’s outstanding performance? A truly breathtaking storyteller, her talent is unable to be taught. The execution was like no-other. I’d find it immensely difficult to imagine another actress being able to communicate body language, emotions, and subtle but effective minute details, that only the viewer can truly feel.

Mic Drop.

Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy)

FYI, Beth Harmon is a fashionista so if you’re looking for style tips, her outfits are inspirational!

The following segments are somehow even more addictive and leaves you craving another episode. One after the other. You’re on an emotional rollercoaster along with Beth, as there are many aspects that we can individually relate to. I was even tearing up towards the end of the series. Yes, the series is that powerful, I promise I’m not a cry baby.

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I’m trying not to give too much away in case you haven’t seen it, but if you haven’t, you better be signing into your netflix account straight after you finish reading my review, of course!

If you’re a chess fan, you’re going to love this series. If you’re a chess novice, you’re going to love this series probably the same amount or maybe even more! Drama’s like these really are inspirational, as it encourages others, especially girls and women to play. Chess is quite a male dominated game, I’m not entirely sure why, but that needs to change. Chess is such a great, fun game, that requires brainpower and strategy; it’s a game like no other.

I’ve fallen back in love with chess! I’ve never fallen out of love with it, but somehow not having a chessboard lurking around, has made me only play it in gaming cafe’s! And in lockdown, that’s hit me like a tone of bricks without realising. Chess is missing from my life since I can’t go to cafe’s! And imagine picking up those chess pieces now… Eww! In the meantime, the chess app has been my number one friend! I used to hate playing chess online as it isn’t the same as holding the pieces and having the chessboard actually in front of you. But ever since I’ve watched ‘The Queen’s Gambit’, if she can envision chess on the ceiling, then I can handle playing on a smartphone!

If you wanna play me on the chess app sometime, and lose…

Have you watched ‘The Queen’s Gambit’? Do you play chess? Do you want to learn? Do you prefer other games? What do you think? Have you caught the chess bug? Did you enjoy this post? Comment below!

26 thoughts on “The Queen’s Gambit – Review!

  1. Thanks for the like/follow to AimlesslyFound! I loved your review of The Queen’s Gambit… Her style had me drooling, especially when she made it to Paris and Moscow… And ahhhhh the 60s wallpaper and telephones! #timemachineplease

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    1. Same!! They need to have a Queen’s Gambit store, the outfits will sell out as fast as chess sets have!
      It makes you realise, how disappointing 90% of fashion is nowadays – especially fast fashion. We hardly see timeless pieces, or garments you look at and just say wow. The million dollars look. Who knows, we might find a dupe on depop!😂😂😟

      Thankyouu so much for sharing, and you’re so welcome, Aimée!!🤗🤍

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  2. Idk if I’m cut out for chess hon I have a hard enough time putting myself together and coming up with new outfits and looks I’m really in to shoes 👠 they’re so my guilty pleasure lol ❣️And the Netflix series looks really interesting,,the women is gorgeous and so cute I’m sure she’s gotta a lot of amazing looks and amazing styles ❣️

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    1. I think even people who disliked chess before this show, appreciated this series as it’s much deeper than what it seems to be on the surface.

      Her styles in it are everything! I love shoes too, especially stilettos! I can’t handle block heels at all! They’re just not me🤷‍♀️

      Thankyouu so much for sharing!🤗

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  3. Loved the Queens Gambit and your post. Maybe it’s a game I should relearn durring this time but so busy writing my blog and my book . Played when I was younger. Maybe I need a break. You did a great job on this post. I love hearing from you. Blessings, Victoria

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    1. Me too! Aww thankyouu so much! Chess is that one game you can pick up years later, and recollect the moves.
      I definitely need to read your book!
      Aww thankyouu so much, I enjoy hearing from you too!🤗

      Thankyouu for sharing, Victoria!!🤗💓

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  4. Love how you describe this show, I absolutely loved the Queens Gambit! I was hooked from the start, there are so much going on in the show and the characters and the actors playing are perfect – especially the strong and independent Beth!

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    1. It’s amazing isn’t it?! I wish there was a season 2, but I think it’s a season 1 only type of show. It’s difficult to imagine where else it would go.🤔

      10/10 show! And Beth is something else, extraordinary!

      Thankyouu so much for sharing!🤗💓

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  5. Love this post and the show! I still have some more episodes to watch, thankfully.

    And how cool is it that you actually play chess! It was always my dream to do so, but aside from learning how the pieces move, I’ve not been a quick study. Strategy is tough for me, because I just can’t see it. I know, perhaps some further study might help, maybe I can just watch the show?

    Wishing you some fun games!

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    1. I’m so jealous! I wish I could rewatch it without knowing what happens!😂

      I guess I have to thank my brother for teaching me, or else I don’t think I’d know how to play!
      It’s never too late to learn the strategy!

      Beth Harmon is going to be a hard one to follow😂 hallucinations of chess and all!
      But it’s definitely worth a shot! Chess clubs are great ways to sharpen up your strategy also! They have them locally too, which can be pretty fun!

      Thankyouu so much and for sharing, Susan!🤗💓

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    1. I think everyone’s having the same idea as all chessboards are virtually sold out!😂
      It’s never too late to learn! Everyone needs a Mr Shaibel, I know I do!

      Thankyouu so much for sharing, Kaylynn!🤗💓

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  6. Yep. This show was excellent. I never binge watch television, but I started the first few over a friend’s house, told my husband to watch them to catch up by the time I got home, so we could finish it that night lol

    Also, I have a friend who started a chess club for little (Black) girls. They meet virtually for six weeks and someone teaches them chess.

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