A massive hit on Netflix this tv show explores the story behind chess and the excitement of the competition, portraying how it was a man’s game where women were not accepted or taught of it.

Beth Harmon the main character shows her strength in the limited series as well as her many moments of weaknesses as an orphaned child prodigy with a self-destructing addiction, struggling with a drug and alcohol dependency. Set in the cold war era, we see her struggles in trying to become the greatest chess player in the world.

She quickly becomes a skilful chess player due to her visualization skills. A few years later, Beth is adopted, adjusting to her new home, Beth enters a chess tournament and wins despite having no prior experience in competitive chess. She develops friendships with numerous people finding family in many places.

Based on Walter Tevis’ 1983 novel of The Queens Gambit, referring to the famous chess opening. It has received a positive reaction from the chess community, and data suggests that it has increased public interest in the game.

The need to surround yourself with people who believe in you is explored in this series, and when doing this, accepting help off the people who offer it. We also learn how we should not just settle for anything, feeding our need for gratification and quickly filling a position out of desperation. As well the final point that we should not fit into societal expectations. The Queen’s Gambit shatters tired cliches and gender stereotypes in favour of a complex and untraditional lead, but that is exactly what makes it so memorable. By fighting the urge to fit a certain label, you can give yourself the same chance as everyone else.